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Elisabeth Sladen: Actress who came to fame as Dr Who's assistant and later had her own spin-off series

As Sarah Jane Smith, the titular Time Lord's assistant in Doctor Who, Elisabeth Sladen played one of the sci-fi programme's longest-running characters, who was voted the Doctor's most popular companion by fans, gained cult status – and was catapulted to her own spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures.

'Doctor Who' star Elisabeth Sladen dies

The Doctor Who actress Elisabeth Sladen has died.

Can a father and son share Doctor Who fun?

Andy and Joshua McSmith find out if a new attraction dedicated to the sci-fi show can keep two generations of fans happy

Doctor Who Experience - picture preview

The Doctor Who Experience, a fully interactive themed adventure and exhibition, opens at London's Olympia Two venue on Sunday. Here, we bring you a sneak peak. Warning! There will be no sofas to hide behind...

Karen Gillan - From the Tardis to tackling monsters

Karen Gillan, Doctor Who's feistiest assistant so far, is busy setting screens alight with a new British horror film and a Christmas special. James Mottram meets her

DVD: Doctor Who: Series 5, For retail & rental (2 Entertain)

No David Tennant, no Russell T Davies...no problem.

Doctor Who Live, Wembley Arena, London

Who can fill Wembley without turning up?

BBC Proms: Doctor Who, Royal Albert Hall, London

While the queues for Sunday morning's Doctor Who Prom snaked, as usual, past the Royal Albert Hall, once inside it was clear that this was no ordinary Prom audience. There were tweed jackets and velvet bowties galore, and the arena was filled with children clutching cardboard cut-outs of Daleks and pointing at the Tardis, which had somehow landed on stage next to the old bust of Henry Wood.

BBC 'sorry' for ad during Doctor Who

The BBC says it will ensure an on-screen ad during the climactic seconds of Saturday's Doctor Who will not happen again, after it prompted thousands of complaints.

Doctor Who and
the free PC games

The lore of the Time Lords says that as soon as a new Doctor appears (and acquires a hot new assistant), so too does a box-fresh (Tardisfresh?) digital version of said time traveller.

How BBC viewers wished to turn back time on Doctor Who

For a string of actors over the past four decades, being reincarnated as the new Doctor Who has proved to be a precarious moment, with public opinion over their portrayal of the Time Lord almost certain to be divided. Find the right balance and adoration awaits – but play the Doctor wrong and obscurity or ridicule beckons.

The aliens are here! Again!: The five golden rules of sci-fi remakes

Two-and-a-half decades after the rodent-scoffing invaders of 'V' first landed on our TV screens, they're back. But will they conquer the schedules?

Doctor Who: has age withered this Time Lord?

Doctor Who is due back at Easter, with a new Doctor, Matt Smith, but, frankly, so what? It's all getting very self-congratulatory now – and if you want grown-up sci-fi, head to Sky1's Caprica, says Gerard Gilbert

Billie Piper: 'I'm a selfish woman!'

As she reprises her turn in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, the pop star-cum-actress is relishing her roles as Belle de Jour – and a new mum

David Tennant predicts heartbroken Dr Who viewers

David Tennant said today that viewers would be left heartbroken by the final "brilliant" plot twists as he bows out of Doctor Who tomorrow.

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