‘Doctor Who’ star Elisabeth Sladen dies aged 63

Sladen had been battling cancer

Elisabeth Sladen, star of the Doctor Who series and spin-off show The Sarah Jane Adventures, has died aged 63.

She died yesterday morning (April 19) after a private battle with cancer, reports BBC News.

Liverpool-born Sladen played Doctor Who‘s assistant Sarah Jane Smith opposite Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker between 1973 and 1976. She returned to the show after its revival in 2006, in the story School Reunion and returned twice more alongside David Tennant‘s Doctor.

Her comeback proved so popular that she was granted her own spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Russell T Davies{/b] who masterminded her comeback said: “I absolutely loved [b]Lis. She was funny and cheeky and clever and just simply wonderful. The universe was lucky to have Sarah-Jane Smith and the world was lucky to have Lis.”

CBBC controller Damian Kavanagh said: “Lis brought joy, excitement and a sense of wonder to her many fans in her role as Sarah Jane Smith. She was adored by our young audience and I know all of them will miss her as much as I will.”