I grew up watching Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Smith was my hero. Therefore writing this article is bittersweet, bringing back happy memories of watching Sarah Jane’s adventures and the sad knowledge there’ll be no more (actress Elisabeth Sladen died April 2011, after a short battle with cancer
For those who are new Whovians, Sarah Jane was a feisty, independent young woman who didn’t fall in love with the Doctor. In fact she was his best friend before Donna, and the two characters are very similar in that both stood up to the him.
Given Sarah Jane was around in the early ’70s, this was a pretty big deal. Gone were the stereotypical helpless damsel in distress – Sarah Jane often got herself and the Doctor out of danger.
Of course, Elisabeth appeared in the new series alongside David Tennant and Matt Smith, as well as having her own show. Here, Sarah Jane investigated alien threats while raising an adopted son. She was shown to be nurturing and loving, and she always gave the aliens an “out”. However, if they didn’t accept this (which was more often than not
she wouldn’t hesitate to remove the threat by any means possible.
Like her character, Elisabeth was a strong woman. Few knew about her cancer and she gave no sign of suffering on-screen. That made her death a sudden shock that rippled beyond the Who fandom, making news headlines. I was greatly saddened and part of me still cannot believe she’s gone. Then again, in a very real way she’s still with us.
It was coming. One day I would get to do a Dr. Who post. The theme for the next two weeks is favorite sidekick and when it comes to Dr. Who my favorite is Martha Jones.
I know a lot of Dr. Who fans and she does not always rise to the top. But let me make my case. I admit, I hated Rose. Not because I had anything against her personally, but I prefer my Dr. Who as a character apart, isolated, alone–a character who encapsulated the true cost of being a hero, of having to stand apart. Someone who eventually leaves, because he must. Even though I write romance novels, he is the one hero who I identified with because of his aloneness. When he and Rose fall in love, that fundamental Dr. Whoness seemed ripped out by the seams. I didn’t like it. He’s the one hero who I need to remain attached
Enter stage left: Martha Jones. Her love for the Doctor is unrequited and painful, something she wears on her sleeve for all to see. I ached every time I watched them together. That process makes her stronger. It builds her to be something and someone who not only saves the world when the Doctor is captured by the Master, but like other Dr. Who sidekicks, think Sarah Jane, she becomes a Dr. Who protegy, doing his work on earth after the Doctor leaves. Martha nailed it, and because of her, I learned to love Dr. Who again after the whole Rose romance had me lose faith. When Martha finally chose to leave him, sadder, wiser, stronger. It seemed like she left him because the Doctor love another. She knew, deep down inside. its because the Doctor belongs to all of us.
And while I’m here, I’ve got a new book out. Just wanted to share. It’s contemporary, but its second chance romance for a single mother and divorced sports coach. Like Martha, Jocelyn and Jared deserved a second chance to find someone to love.
I so love my cover. Here’s the blurb.
Chamber of Commerce CEO and single mother Jocelyn Wade plays to win—in the boardroom, at local politics and for her daughter. With an overloaded life and a heart scarred shut, she doesn’t do relationships. Ever. Until Jared Wyatt, the hot out-of-town fling she can’t seem to forget swaggers into her life with a different agenda—making Jocelyn his own.
Surviving a shattered marriage, Jared swore off women until a night of unparalleled passion with Jocelyn reawakens needs he thought long gone. When a new job as high school athletic director lands him in Jocelyn’s town, where sports and business rule, he must stay one move ahead of her in the game to win her body and heart.
After rancorous local politics upend their game board, they both must learn to trust again or lose a second chance at love.
A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave