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A uniue insider's view of the world's longest running science fiction series from one of the fans' favorite companions David Tennant's foreword caps this warm witty memoir a fitting tribute to a woman who will be sadly missed by legions of fans When Elisabeth Sladen first appeared as plucky journalist Sarah Jane Smith in 1973 Doctor Who story The Time Warrior little did she know the character would become one of the most enduring and fondly remembered in the series' history Here she shares the story of her years as Sarah Jane travers Review from BadelyngeNinety nine out of every hundred people reading this book are going to be dyed in the wool Doctor Who fans Lis knew this uite well Which is probably one of the reasons the bulk of the book is taken up documenting the short period of her life working on the show She s giving the target audience what they want I m a hardcore Doctor Who fan myself I love all her insights and observations about the show But I would also have liked to read about the real Elisabeth Sladen behind the Sarah Jane Smith parade There are glimpses of it of course but not enough Her parent s history is just a short prelude and her childhood rushes by in a confusingly unchronological blur of Elvis posters and tomboy hi jinx Her early career on stage and tv bring structure to the book as the various productions provide a set of hooks to pin her years on There are some fascinating insights into the many famous faces she worked with or encountered names like Michael Crawford Robert Morley and Alan Ayckbourn Here she also meets her soon to be husband and apparent soul mate Brian Miller There is a sort of embarrassed reluctance though to let the reader get under the surface of their relationship whether in defence of their privacy or insecurity about how much personal detail a fan of a tv show would want I don t know There is an opinion probably accurate expressed by her daughter that Lis didn t really fully realise just how much she was loved by the fans of the showIt s no use denying that most fans of the classic show are pretty hard core nostalgia junkies I am one of them so I lapped up all the stories about her time on the show All the stuff about her love hate relationship with Jon Pertwee are priceless the utter Doctor Who legend that was Barry Letts Tom Baker the lovely but tragic Ian Marter There are also names that she was less impressed with allowing her grumpier aspects to have a bit of page space Her time on the show comes to an and the book almost fast forwards to the finish stopping briefly to describe some of her later involvements on specials and spin offs conventions missed career opportunities the birth of her daughter and the eventual resurgence of the show that would lead to The Sarah Jane AdventuresWe live in a media age where it seems that not a day can go by without someone familiar passing away but I can honestly say I have never been shocked so badly as the night I found out we d lost Lis Sladen This book was completed only at the last and it has been a sad pleasure to hear her voice in my head again

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Pecials a 1981 spin off pilot with robotic sidekick K 9 and radio plays She discusses touring the weird wide and wonderful world of Doctor Who fandom And lastly she shares details of Sarah Jane's most recent incarnation when TV wunderkind Russell T Davies approached her to come back again this time to a Doctor Who backed by lavish budgets and garlanded with critical plaudits how could she possibly say no Funny ridiculous insightful and entertaining hers is the story of another girl another planet completed just months before she died One thing I always look for in a celebrity bio is copious background info about the show or movie that made the person famous in the first place For example as much as I adore Carrie Fisher in all her eccentric insanity she doesn t talk much at all about the making of the Star Wars movies in her memoirsand that s what I want most to read about To my delight Elisabeth Sladen s posthumously published autobiography really delivers on the Doctor Who backstage tales It s like when she sat down to write her book she really remembered who her fans were and thought about what they wanted most to read about in her life She had to have kept a diary andor had an incredible memory because there are such very specific stories included It s also possible that many of the tales were told over and over she indicates early on that she loved actor s tales and that she collected them so it makes sense that she would have her own collection to contribute to the Doctor Who discourse Reading the book was bittersweet Sladen s death came as a deep shock She and Sarah Jane are still missed I recommend this book to anyone who loves Who and Sarah Jane as well as to anyone who just loves to read about stage acting and TV in the 1970s

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Ing time and space alongside classic Doctors Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker while a generation of children were terrified but transfixed as their heroine found herself menaced by Daleks dinosaurs Cybermen man eating alien flora Egyptian mummies extras in Bubble Wrap and even the Loch Ness Monster By the time she uit the TARDIS in 1976 making front page news Elisabeth had become one of the most familiar faces of a TV golden age But that wasn't the end of Sarah Jane Elisabeth discusses the many times she has reprised her role anniversary s A Tear Sarah JaneSo why did I give this book five stars Well to be honest I wish Goodreads did half starsTo me this is a 45 star mainly due to the later part of Elisabeth s life jumping forward too muchThat very minor annoyance apart this is a great readElisabeth s personality really shines and her humour and occasional naughty word always bring a smile The Doctor Who fan will find a lot here and the little insights especially about Jon Pertwee are fascinating It has been said Elisabeth was a very private person and this also shows here with little information about her private life compared to her many acting appearancesKnowing how the story really ends this adds poignancy when reading and yes emotion does hit the reader There is deeply moving forward by David Tennant and an Epilogue by her husband and daughter Brian and Sadie Miller so sad you feel their lossMay I also recommend the audio book version I have also borrowed that and you get David Tennant actually speaking his words and Brian Miller the epilogue Elisabeth s text is read by Caroline John a veteran of Dr Who She really has used her skill as an actress to read in a voice so like Elisabeth s it is uncanny Update 2162012 Heard today that Caroline John has died Another sad loss RIP


10 thoughts on “Elisabeth Sladen

  1. says:

    Review from BadelyngeNinety nine out of every hundred people reading this book are going to be dyed in the wool Doctor Who fans Lis knew this uite well Which is probably one of the reasons the bulk of the book is taken up documenting the short period of her life working on the show She's giving the target audience what they want I'm a hardcore Doctor Who fan myself I love all her insights and observations abou

  2. says:

    I finished reading Lis's autobiography yesterday It was very much a career autobiography as Lis was very much a

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    I read this when first came out she finished it just in time because she died not long after it came out like Kieth Ffloyd she just made it Sad that she never really made anything from itBoth Jon Pertwee Tom Baker David Tennant and Matt Smith a

  4. says:

    Elisabeth Sladen is best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith one of Dr Who's most popular companions She starred in the series from 1973 1976 alongside two doctors Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker There were a few spin offs along the way such as TV specials and radio plays However no one would have expected the resurgence of Sarah Jane's popular

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    A Tear Sarah JaneSo why did I give this book five stars Well to be honest I wish Goodreads did half starsTo me this is a 45 star mainly due to the later part of Elisabeth’s life jumping forward too muchThat very minor annoyance apart this is a great readElisabeth’s personality really shines and her humour and occasional ‘naughty’ wo

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    Highly entertaining this gives a huge behind the scenes insight into early Doctor Who and many of the actors and behind the camera people involved along with a glimpse into the nuts and bolts of being an actressuite a few tasty bits of gossip as well and particularly interesting for the light it shines on Jon Pertwee and early Who script development The indifference of some of the directors toward anyone but th

  7. says:

    Plenty of stories I didn't know about making Doctor Who even though I thought I knew that well Plus reading about

  8. says:

    I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Elisabeth Sladen – the seemingly immortal Sarah Jane Smith has died She is hilariously and wickedly alive in the pages of her autobiography finished just be

  9. says:

    One thing I always look for in a celebrity bio is copious background info about the show or movie that made the person famous in the f

  10. says:

    liked it very much; Sladen comes across as a modest person driven by her instinctive desire to be an actor prepared to tel