The universe is messing with Doctor Who fans

Posted: 20 April 2011 in life, television
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In the run-up to the new series of Doctor Who commencing on Easter Saturday the universe seems determined to exact penalties for the prospect of the excitement to come.

Already for Matt Smith’s 2nd run as the wonderfully bonkers 11th Doctor we have the prospect of a stunning opening 2 parter with location filming in Utah, together with the presence of President Nixon, NASA astronauts, River Song, and the new monsters known as the Silence. To follow this up will be a story with pirates and swashbuckling aplenty, “The Doctor’s Wife” from the pen of the mighty Neil Gaiman, a tale about cloning from the man who created “Life On Mars” and “Ashes To Ashes”, not to mention the return of the Ood and the Cybermen.

But for all these pleasures to come there are sour tastes being left for us long-time fans of the series with the loss of legends of the series within the space of 2 months…

Firstly, in February the world lost Nicholas Courtney at the age of 82. Known for his portrayal of the Brigadier since 1968, Courtney was as much a part of the fabric of the series as the Doctor, the TARDIS or the Daleks. His final appearance in the universe of “Doctor Who” came in 2008 when he guest starred in ” The Sarah Jane Adventures” with Elisabeth Sladen, whom he had first appeared with in her first story way back in 1973. And today comes the news that Sladen herself has passed away from cancer (as did Courtney) at the all-too young age of 63. As Sarah Jane Smith she has been justifiably cited as being the best companion the series has ever had. First appearing with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker in the 1970s, she provided a bridge from the classic to new series by returning to appear with David Tennant and Matt Smith in the 21st century.

Whilst the series itself seems to be eternal it’s saddening to know that the characters of Sarah Jane Smith and the Brigadier can never grace our screens again in new adventures with the last of the Time Lords. But Nicholas Courtney and Elisabeth Sladen will remain immortal thanks to the proliferation of DVDs from the classic series and the memories of the generations that grew up with them.


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