This is quite a week for us Doctor Who geeks. The down side is that we learned yesterday of the passing of Elisabeth Sladen. Sladen played the investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith on Doctor Who. She first appeared with Doctor #3 back in 1973 and continued in the series until 1976, when she worked with Doctor #4. Her character was so popular that she returned to the show several times and even got her own spin-off show, The Sarah Jane Adventures. Sladen was 63 and died of cancer. Sarah Jane was spunky, smart, sweet and funny. I'll miss her.
On the up side, Doctor Who returns to BBC America on Saturday!!! I am so excited about this. My husband and I are working our way through all the old Doctor Who episodes. (We're currently on the 5th Doctor's final season.) We have enjoyed each actor's portrayal of the Doctor as each has had his own special way of playing him, ranging from Hartnell's professorial manner to Tennant's slightly manic, geek chic manner. The newest Doctor, Matt Smith, plays the Doctor in a wonderfully wacky way. He thinks bow ties are cool, he wears suspenders and pants that always seem slightly too short, and he laughs and smiles more easily than before. But you still don't want to make the Doctor mad. That has never been a good idea. And now, the Doctor is coming to America! How fun is this season going to be? Very!