She finished the draft before her shocking, untimely death, and the book has now been readied for release in November with her family’s blessing
Prior to her death in April this year, Elisabeth Sladen, known and loved by millions for over three and a half decades as Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures , had been working on a memoir. An account of her career on stage and screen and an insider’s view of the world’s longest-running science fiction series, the book had been completed in draft form but illness prevented Elisabeth from finishing it.
With the support of her husband, Brian Miller, and daughter, Sadie, Aurum will now publish Elisabeth’s memoir in November this year. The book traces Elisabeth’s story from humble beginnings in post-war Liverpool, through a joyful career in the theatre, to unexpected fame alongside Doctors Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. In the process it explores the far from glamorous realities of filming in TV’s golden age, the strange and wonderful world of Doctor Who fandom, and what it was like to return to the show over 30 years after Sarah Jane first set foot in the TARDIS.
Elisabeth’s editor at Aurum, Sam Harrison said: “I remember my first meeting with Elisabeth – the hilarious and eye-opening stories she had to tell and my feeling of elation that she wanted to turn them into a book. Having grown up watching her as Sarah Jane Smith it was a personal dream come true. She was a fantastic person to work with – fun but utterly professional – and it’s incredibly sad that she’s no longer with us. I’m glad she had a chance to share some of her memories in this book. I hope it will make a fitting tribute to a great actress and a wonderful woman.’
Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography will be published on Monday 7 th November