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BBC ends Dr Who spin-off after Sladen's death

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May 05, 2011 | 5:00am EDT

The actress, who played the sidekick of Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker's time-travelling doctors for a decade, passed away at the age of 63 following a battle with cancer.

She had starred in her own series for the broadcaster's children's channel CBBC since 2007, and rumours suggested the show would carry on without the beloved actress.

However executives have chosen to end the programme as a mark of respect.

A statement from the BBC says, "Contrary to press reports today we can confirm that no new episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures will be filmed following the tragic death of actress Elisabeth Sladen in April, 2011.

"As a tribute to Elisabeth, the six episodes that were recorded with her last year will be broadcast on CBBC at a date to be confirmed."

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