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'Doctor Who' Star's Memoir to be Published Posthumously

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 26th 2011 8:45AM
Elisabeth Sladen may not have been a household name in the U.S., but to generations of Brits who grew up watching 'Doctor Who' from behind the sofa each Saturday, she was a legend. Her untimely death from cancer earlier this year caught fans by surprise, and they were joined by 'Doctor Who' stars, writers and producers in mourning her passing.

Now it's been announced that Sladen's autobiography will be published posthumously. Publisher Aurum Press told the BBC that the original April release date has been brought forward to November 7, "with the support and participation of Elisabeth's family".

Former 'Doctor Who' star David Tennant has written a foreword to the "warm and witty" memoir, which covers Sladen's almost 40 years with the show as well as her "humble" beginnings in post-war Liverpool and her early stage and screen appearances.

Sladen first appeared in 'Doctor Who' in the early '70s and played the Doctor's companion and fearless TARDIS resident, journalist Sarah Jane Smith, opposite two different Doctors -- Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker -- from 1973 to 1976.

She later reprised the role in two BBC TV spin-offs and several radio plays, eventually playing Sarah Jane opposite a grand total of nine Doctors. She made her big comeback in the role in the rebooted 'Doctor Who,' guest-starring alongside David Tennant, Anthony Head and K9 in the 2006 episode, 'School Reunion.'

That appearance was later expanded into regular guest spots on the mothership and a spin-off series, 'The Sarah Jane Adventures,' which is currently airing its fifth season in the U.K.

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I will miss Sarah Jane / Liz Sladen. She was my favorite companion, plus I had a crush on her. Thanks!

October 26 2011 at 4:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Ah, my Sarah Jane. So sad. Rest in peace, Elisabeth. You will be remembered.

October 26 2011 at 2:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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