Re: How was Liz Sladen's death handled on Sarah Jane Adventures?
Brendan Moody wrote:
Sarah's illness in "Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith" was purely a plot device for that two-parter, and the three stories filmed for series five were ordinary ones, done on the assumption that Sladen would be continuing as normal and filming three more later. The last broadcast of the three completed stories, "The Man Who Never Was," has a closing montage that's valedictory in tone, but it's not something that was planned as a final episode ever, and there's no implication that Sarah Jane is going anywhere.
How did they work out the "plot device" illness in the 'Goodbye' episode?
Plus, I understand another Sarah-type woman was introduced. Was she a bad guy in disguise, or another "crusader" like Sarah?
Onscreen is canon, books are interesting. Movies change canon, scissors wrap paper...or...something.