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Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography First Edition Edition
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Elisabeth Sladen was one of those people about whom you never hear a bad word. Everyone who ever met her or worked with her seems to have absolutely loved her, and in reading her autobiography, you can see why. It seems to be impossible for her to say anything critical of anyone-- the most she might say is that Jon Pertwee liked to have things his way or that a particular director was hard to work with. Even then, she counterbalances much of this by attributing it to the professionalism of Pertwee or the director, and their desire to have things done right.
It was interesting to read that she was not a Who fan to begin with and that when she left the show, she expected to never go back but planned to go in other directions with her acting. If anything, this book is the story of her coming to terms not only with her impact on Doctor Who, but the show's impact on her. I am glad that she was able to realize her incredible impact on the show and on the viewers before she died.
I enjoyed hearing the anecdotes about the show and the people she worked with, but more than anything appreciated her generous spirit. You can see why the Sarah Jane character is so beloved because Lis put so much of herself into Sarah Jane without probably realizing it. It is telling that even when she found out she was terminally ill, her greatest concern was for her co-actors on The Sarah Jane Adventures who would now be out of work because of her.
Rest easy, Lis. This Doctor Who fan will never forget you.
Thus began my love of Doctor Who, which I learned about only slowly, video-taping it week after week on my parents new VCR. It took years for PBS to cycle back to the story that was my introduction to the series, "The Hand of Fear". So, though Sarah Jane Smith was the first companion I ever saw, she was the last one I really got to know. Even so, it was easy to see (when I finally got to see) how Sarah Jane is the companion among companions.
When Doctor Who returned in the 2000's, I was right with it from the first episode. Though I still enjoyed watching the classic series on my now 20-year-old VHS tapes, it was exciting to have the series back. It's had a number of truly great moments--"Are you my Mommy?", weeping angels, Vashta Nerada, Pandorica--but one of the greatest has to be the return of Sarah Jane in "School Reunion". It is a well-done episode that makes a nice connection between the classic series and the new series. And it led to The Sarah Jane Adventures, a show that both my kids and I have enjoyed.
So what does this rather unusual and extended introduction mean?Read more ›
Lis Sladen was "my" companion on Doctor Who. When I started watching the show on PBS back in the 80s, Tom Baker was the Doctor and Lis was his feisty companion Sarah Jane. When she returned to the show in 2006 for the School Reunion episode with David Tennant, I was verklempt. When Russell T Davies had the smarts to give Sarah Jane her own show -- The Sarah Jane Adventures -- I was overjoyed that Sarah Jane Smith would be around for many years to come. Still clever, still funny and looking as if she'd made some bargain with a Time Lord, because Lis Sladen did not look like a woman in her 60s. This autobiography is for Who fans.
The majority of the book is dedicated to her time on the show in the 70s, meeting fans at the Who Conventions and her inability to escape the famous character. It's a loving, playful book of memories and you can hear Lis' voice almost narrating it in your head. It's a fitting tribute to her time on Doctor Who and a lovely goodbye for the fans. Sarah Jane Forever!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A MUST for Dr. Who fans. We all miss Sarah and this book is a good look at who Liz really was. Nice look back at those years and a peek behind the scenes of her Dr. Who time..Published 4 months ago by Robert M Marinaro
Elisabeth Sladen's Autobiography turned out to be a charming read. Not at all pompous, her story comes across as someone genuinely surprised at the popularity of her most well... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Prof. Torach
Engaging, readable autobiography written by Liz Sladen of Dr. Who. She had an engaging writing style that keeps one reading, and an eye for the silly and downright absurd. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JMW
I personally did not read this book. I bought it as a gift for a 20 year old girl. So I asked her to rate it. She loved it.Published 9 months ago by Bonnie Dunkin
Elisabeth recalls many memories of her life, especially as related to acting and how it led to Doctor Who. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robert Davidson
Liz's story is one I found very interesting. She told a clear story of how she saw her life and followed her dreams. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Joe
This is the autobiography of a wonderful part of the Whovian family, telling of her many achievements both with The Doctor and in other productions. Read morePublished 17 months ago by GUSR19
I absolutely LOVED this book. I LOVE Elisabeth Sladen. She was my favorite Doctor Who companion. I miss her terribly. She was a wonderful person. And now she is a wonderful spirit. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer