By Clark Collis
Updated April 20, 2011 at 07:06 AM EDT

Neil Gaiman, Stephen Fry, John Barrowman, and Edgar Wright have all paid tribute via Twitter to Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who. The former star of the cult BBC sci-fi show died yesterday at the age of 63.

Big sadness. Rest in Peace,” wrote comics legend Gaiman, who has has penned an episode of the new season of Doctor Who. Comedian and author Fry was moved to say, “What terribly sad news about Elisabeth Sladen — her Sarah Jane was part of my childhood. Deepest sympathy to her family.Doctor Who and Torchwood star John Barrowman described how he was “proud to have worked with such an icon of the sci fi world.” Shaun of the Dead director and Doctor Who fan Edgar Wright wrote, “I cannot believe Elisabeth Sladen is no longer with us. She was the definitive companion for all time and space. Rest in peace Sarah Jane.”

Finally, writer and producer Russell T. Davies—who created the recent Doctor Who spin-off show The Sarah Jane Adventures—has also praised the actress. “I knew there was a great, great woman and a great actor sitting there not working,” Davies told BBC News. “And so we reached out to her and she then turned out to be such good company, and so cheeky, and so much fun as well and, of course, absolutely unchanged by time. She was such a beautiful woman.”

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