BBC Will Air Tribute To Elisabeth Sladen

And the first episode of the new series will be dedicated to this wonderful actress

The BBC will be broadcasting a special programme called My Sarah Jane: A Tribute To Elisabeth Sladen following the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who on Saturday at 6.45pm.

“Elisabeth Sladen created one of Doctor Who ’s best loved and most enduring characters, Sarah Jane Smith,.” says the official press release for the show. “For over 35 years she brought the feisty, compassionate journalist to life, creating a figure that was adored by audiences of all ages – truly a heroine whose appeal had no boundaries. This 15-minute programme is both a tribute and a celebration of Elisabeth Sladen. It brings together stories from friends and colleagues and draws on a rich archive of material to remind us of Sarah Jane's journey, from companion to the Third Doctor to the central character in CBBC’s award-winning The Sarah Jane Adventures .”

Doctor Who Magazine have also reported that there will be a dedication to Elisabeth Sladen at the start of Saturday's episode, while BBC America has also stated that it will be commemorating the actress during its broadcast of the episode later the same day.