The actress who played the assistant in "Doctor Who" between 1973 and 1976 and recently reprised the role has died, reports the BBC. Elisabeth Sladen was 63.
Sladen had been battling cancer, the story says. In her role as Sarah Jane Smith, she played opposite Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, who both took turns as the Doctor in the sci-fi series. She returned to the program in 2006 and appeared with the show’s two most recent Doctors played by David Tennant and Matt Smith.
Her character was a journalist and known for being both nosy and stronger than some of the Doctor’s other companions, the story says. Sladen, born in Liverpool, also appeared in a children’s spinoff, “The Sarah Jane Adventures.”
John Barrowman, who co-starred with Sladen when she appeared in "Doctor Who" in 2006, noted on Twitter, "I loved my time on the Tardis with her. I am proud to have worked with such an icon of the sci-fi world."