Well, I (like most Doctor Who fans at the moment) am fairly gutted. We've lost one of the icons of the program. A heroine of our childhood. Elisabeth Sladen, who played dear, plucky Sarah Jane Smith on the program from 1973-1976, has passed away from cancer, aged 63.
I really don't know what to say. This is all very shocking. She'd kept her cancer battle close to the vest, so very few people knew. And 63, while not a spring chicken, is still too young to die in this day and age. Her friends and family, and the family of Doctor Who fans who grew up watching her during the '70s and '80s, as well as the young fans of today who watched her series The Sarah Jane Adventures, have lost someone special today.
May she rest in peace.