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Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography

Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Elisabeth Sladen , David Tennant
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Who fans will not feel you a sense of her down-to-earth nature


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When Elisabeth Sladen first appeared as plucky journalist Sarah Jane Smith in the 1973 Doctor Who story The Time Warrior, little did she know the character would become one of the most enduring and fondly remembered of the series’ long history. The years that followed saw Elisabeth traverse time and space alongside classic Doctors Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, whilst a generation of children crouched behind the sofa, terrified but transfixed as their tea-time heroine found herself menaced by Daleks, dinosaurs, Cybermen, Egyptian mummies, actors in green Bubble Wrap and even the Loch Ness Monster. By the time she quit the TARDIS in 1976, making front-page news, Elisabeth had become one of the most familiar faces of a TV golden age.But you don’t just walk away from Doctor Who. Elisabeth was asked to reprise her role many times, appearing in anniversary specials, an ill-fated 1981 spin-off with robotic sidekick K-9, radio plays, and for the BBC’s Children in Need. She toured the weird, wide and wonderful world of Doctor Who fandom and became one of the series’ all-time favourite companions. So when TV wunderkind Russell T Davies approached her to come back again, this time to a show backed by multi-million-pound budgets and garlanded with critical plaudits, how could she refuse? This warm and witty autobiography, completed only months before Elisabeth died in April 2011, tells her remarkable story, from humble beginnings in post-war Liverpool, through an acclaimed theatrical career working alongside stage luminaries such as Alan Ayckbourn, to Coronation Street, Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em and the furthest reaches of the Universe. A unique insider’s view of the world’s longest-running science fiction series, and of British television yesterday and today, Elisabeth’s memoir is funny, ridiculous, insightful and entertaining and a fitting tribute to a woman who will be sadly missed by millions. Elisabeth Sladen played Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures. She also appeared in Coronation Street, Z-Cars and Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em among others, and enjoyed a long, successful and very happy career in the theatre. She died in April 2011.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1845134885
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (7 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136857
  • ASIN: B0077FAVI2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,305 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Last Word from the Top Companion" 15 Nov 2011
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I'm pleased to say that this is a great read. To be honest, if I hadn't enjoyed it, then I probably wouldn't have bothered with a review. I would have felt bad writing a negative one but fortunately I don't have to consider that.
Like all good autobiographies, it's got a good conversational style which the afterword by her family comfirms very much has her turn of phrase etc to it. It's the kind of book best enjoyed on train & bus journeys to & from work, when you can pretend your having a chat with her.
Dr Who is covered in some detail but that doesn't mean the rest is not interesting.

The early portion on her family history suggests enough material existed for a good "Who do you think you are. & similarly the period on her early life (find how she came to vommit on Edwina Currie)& a fascinating and varied stage career will easily prevent you skipping onto the Who section. She clearly loved acting and mixing with people such as actor Robert Morley & playwright Alan Ayckbourn but that's not to say it's a luvvie's bore of a book. Where there were famous names she had problems with she explains why she thought badly of them and in hindsight whether she was right.

Naturally the Who section is of prime interest & even though there will be anecdotes & stories heard before in interviews, commentaries & so on, she still does the fans proud. We learn who were the directors who were difficult to work with were ( some names there will surprise you) and best of all what it was like to work with Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker & more recently David Tennant.

She found Pertwee initially difficult to work with because their styles & approaches clashed but does acknowledge that some of his apparently insensitive acts were just the opposite e.g.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good............But Made Me Feel Sad!!! 13 Nov 2011
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I'm not & never have been a great reader but this book was very hard to put down. For any Dr Who Fan it is a must read & if like me you were a Sarah Jane Smith fan then its just excellent!!
Its written so well & the first comments by David Tennant & then the last section by Liz Sladens husband & Daughter brough tears to my eyes!!!............I was so shocked & sad when she died hearing & reading it on the Internet back in April & the last part of the book brought it all back!!!........I recommend this highly & even though it might make you miss her more it also reminds you of her & just how much of a fun person & great actress she clearly was!!!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly spellbinding! 10 Nov 2011
Utterly spellbinding! I literally couldn't put this book down... kids late for school? dinner burning? Nevermind, I need to get to the end of this chapter...
Honestly, my face hurt from smiling while I read - I never laugh out loud reading books, but I did with this one. (I mean, if you're gonna throw up on stage at age 11, you have to make sure it's all over a future Tory Minister, right?)
This book is written with such wisdom and humility - the only person who didn't realise the extent of her following was Elisabeth herself!!
From her childhood, through the days of working in Repertory theatre in Liverpool and Scarborough, to the early 'Doctor Who' with Jon Pertwee, and on through Tom baker and up to the present day 'Sarah Jane Adventures', this book conjures up pictures and scenes so perfectly, that you feel like you were privileged to be there yourself... (Jon pertwee reversing his car into the props truck is just great...)
And of course, amidst the humour, there is the poignancy of reading first hand accounts from such a vivacious woman who had such a fascinating life to write about, whilst knowing that that life was so suddenly and so shockingly cut short last April. This is a fitting tribute, with foreword by David Tennant, and a moving Post script by Sadie and Brian Miller, whose love for her, and pride in her acheivements is heartbreakingly clear.
An absolute must for any Dr Who or Sarah Jane fan, whether from 1973 or 2011, and all points inbetween. Goodbye Elisabeth/Sarah Jane, we will miss you!
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Hardback Novel.
320 pages.
Foreword by David Tennant.
Afterword by Sadie & Brian Miller.

Book Synopsis.
This autobiography detailed the life of actress Elisabeth Sladen who was one of Doctor Who's greatest companions, This book details her humble beginnings from a blossoming varied stage career, Small part in Coronation Street to losing the part as Betty in Some Mother's Do Ave Em in which she later appeared as a fruit shop owner.

However her greatest iconic role was just around the corner as she became Doctor Who's new companion journalist Sarah Jane Smith in season 11 starring alongside actor Jon Pertwee who she shared a love/hate relationship with to her time with Fourth Doctor actor & loveable eccentric Tom Baker who Lis adored & starred alongside Tom in some of the best Doctor Who stories ever written.

This book also reflects on life after Doctor Who & motherhood coming late in life for Lis to a break from acting & her return as Sarah Jane in her own spin off series one off titled K-9 & Company & of course The Five Doctors, Two 90's Radio adventures reuniting with Jon Pertwee & Nicholas Courtney & finally meeting up with Script editor & producer Russell T.Davis about reprising her role of Sarah Jane Smith in a Series 2 episode of NuWho alongside Tenth Doctor actor David Tennant.

Lis was so magnificent in the episode titled School Reunion which proved so popular Lis was given her on BBC spin off series titled The Sarah Jane Adventures which lasted 4 & a half seasons until Lis tragic death from cancer during the middle of series 5.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 7 days ago by gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening bio
Liz Sladen will always be Sarah Jane Smith to me and I am sure many others of a similar age, with a new generation welcoming her from the recent Tv series as well. Read more
Published 25 days ago by armourersergeant
5.0 out of 5 stars Elisabeth sladen
Sarah Jane smith was my favourite dr who companion so I called my daughter Sarah Jane smith as a tribute.
Published 1 month ago by tigger2
5.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Sladen: The Autobiography
Having watched Elizabeth Sladen on television it was good to learn more about her and her life. Well written and very readable.
Published 2 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctors Companion.
This lady was the forerunner of the doctors companions that did more that just scream. She was great with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker and revelation with David Tennant.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. L. M. Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Elisabeth Sladen Autobiography
This book was really interesting. Its the first autobiography that ive read so it was a big teaster for me. But unsurprisingly i really enjoyed it even though it was so long. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert poynter
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read
When I got this as a Christmas present, despite being a big fan of Liz Sladen, I put it away in a drawer and didn't bother to start reading it until a week ago. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. J. L. Fish
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just our Sarah Jane
For any Doctor Who fan this is a must read, frank, funny and sad in equal measures this is the wonderful story of the biggest of all the Doctors companions , but this story goes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Energise Records
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely lady much missed
I chose to read this because as a family we all love Doctor Who, I grew up with Sarah Jane and have watched the Sarah Jane Adventures with my sons. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stella Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars An Actress on Doctor Who
A heartwarming and sincere book. A must for Doctor Who fans and fans of the late Elisabeth Sladen. A funny articulate book that gives a good insight into working on Doctor Who. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. Lawley
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