As the Doctor Who community speculates over the announcement that Jenna-Louise Coleman will be the Doctor’s next companion, we turn our attention to Elisabeth Sladen, whose seasons on Doctor Who as Sarah Jane Smith from 1973 to 1976 redefined our expectations for all the companions who came after. The Sarah Jane Adventures spin-off series, which followed her successful reunion with the Doctor in 2006 opposite David Tennant, delighted her long-standing fans as well as a new generation. Sadly, Elisabeth Sladen died last April while Season Five was still in production, but six of the planned episodes were completed, and subsequently aired in the UK last fall. The DVD includes three two-part stories and a memorial piece, Goodbye Bannerman Road.
Don’t forget, Frozen Planet continues this Sunday at 8 pm on Discovery in both the US and Canada.
Opening this week in cinemas: Rachel Weisz (Page Eight), Tom Hiddleston (Wallander) and Simon Russell Beale (MI-5 – Vols 9 & 10) star an acclaimed new adaptation of The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan. Our nine-play DVD The Terence Rattigan Collection includes the BBC’s 1994 version, which starred Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey), Colin Firth and Ian Holm.