Exactly 40 years ago today, Elisabeth Sladen made her Doctor Who debut as Sarah Jane Smith. She served as companion to the Third and Fourth Doctors, and more recently met the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors before Sladen’s death in 2011.
Sarah Jane Smith is continuously voted as one of the show’s best companions, and has inspired countless Doctor Who actors, writers and producers to this day. Even the current companion was named in tribute to Sladen, who’s middle name is Clara.
Elisabeth Sladen and Sarah Jane Smith will never be forgotten, and will remain a legend in the history of Doctor Who. You can view BBC’s gallery of Sarah Jane Smith here.