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Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith

Others, many who had actually met her, have shared words of praise for Elisabeth Sladen, the actress who played Sarah Jane Smith on Doctor Who, after her death was announced this week. All I can offer in my own sadness is that her death reminded me of a few quotes from the Doctor Who episode "School Reunion" written by Toby Whithouse:


Sarah Jane Smith: I thought you died. I waited for you and you didn't come back and I thought you must have died

The Doctor: I lived. Everyone else died.

Sarah Jane Smith: What do you mean?

The Doctor: Everyone died, Sarah.


And later on:


Rose Tyler: I've been to the year five million, but this, this is really seeing the future – you just leave us behind! Is that what you're going to do to me?

The Doctor: No. Not you.

Rose Tyler: But, Sarah Jane - you were that close to her once, and now you never even mention her. Why not?

The Doctor: I don't age. I regenerate. But humans decay. You wither and you die. Imagine watching that happen to someone you...

Rose Tyler: What, Doctor?

The Doctor: You can spend the rest of your life with me. But I can't spend the rest of mine with you. I have to live on, alone. That's the curse of the Timelords.


And finally:

Sarah Jane Smith: No. The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love. Whether it's a world, or a relationship... Everything has its time. And everything ends.


I regret that I never had the chance to meet her.

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