Monday, October 10, 2011

Maybe Santa Claus will be saying 'Who! Who! Who!' this year when he brings you 'Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography'

If you're on Santa's nice list, the good news is that "Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography" is scheduled to be released in the United States on Dec. 15 - just in time for the holidays.

If you're on Santa's naughty list, you can still pre-order the book for yourself.

The death of Sladen, the former "Dr. Who" companion and star of "The Sarah Jane Adventures," earlier this year stunned the Dr. Who Universe. She had kept her illness - cancer - secret even while filming what would be the final episodes of her own spin-off series. A sign of the popularity of Sladen and Sarah Jane: Her death was front-page news in several British newspapers.

From her editor, Sam Harrison:

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.

Here's the official synopsis:
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—traversing time and space alongside classic Doctors Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, while a generation of children crouched behind the sofa, 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 quit 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 specials, 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.

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