Thursday, 21 April 2011

R.I.P. Elisabeth Sladen

I'm re-posting this piece, slightly amended, originally a response to Tony Lee's moving article about Elisabeth Sladen. This time with some of the images from the annual. You can read Tony's article here.

Sarah Jane was ‘the’ companion when I was growing up. When I had the chance to write and illustrate a story for the Doctor Who annual, the first thing I did was start looking for photo-reference of Sarah Jane, even before I had a story in mind. I went to an old scrap book I had and found my clippings of Elisabeth Sladen from old issues of the Radio Times collected way back in my childhood. Photo’s I’d drawn countless times as a kid, I’d get pocket money off other kids at school in return for my portraits of their and my idol Sarah Jane. I had a serious shiver run down my spine as I drew her again for the Annual, knowing I’d be spreading her image again, but this time a bit further than the school yard. That was to be my last work on the Doctor Who series, but, I hope a fitting tribute, and a dream come true. R.I.P Liz, Sarah Jane lives on.

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