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Exclusive: 'Doctor Who' planning Elisabeth Sladen tribute

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Sarah Jane Smith

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Doctor Who will pay tribute to Elisabeth Sladen when the show returns for a new series this Saturday.

The actress, loved for her portrayal of investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith, passed away yesterday morning after battling cancer.

Asked if a tribute to Sladen will be featured on the upcoming episode, a spokesperson for Doctor Who told Digital Spy that the show's production team are "planning something suitable".

However, further information on what that might include is not yet available.

It has now been confirmed that a 15-minute tribute titled My Sarah Jane: A Tribute to Elisabeth Sladen will be broadcast on Saturday at 6.45pm on the CBBC channel, directly after Doctor Who on BBC One.

Matt Smith will kick off his second series as The Doctor in 'The Impossible Astronaut', which premieres in both the UK and US this weekend.

Paying tribute to Sladen earlier today, Smith said that he had been "welcomed", "educated" and "delighted" by the 63-year-old.

> Obituary: Elisabeth Sladen
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