Late ‘Doctor Who’ star Elisabeth Sladen’s memoirs to be published

Sladen was midway through writing the book when she died this year

The memoirs of late Doctor Who actress Elisabeth Sladen will be published next month.

Sladen, who played iconic companion Sarah Jane Smith in the long-running series, died in April this year after a short illness. She had been working on the book about her life, and now, with the co-operation of her family, the book has been completed.

Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography will be published by Aurum Press on November 7, with a foreword by tenth Doctor David Tennant, who appeared alongside Sladen several times.

Sarah Jane Smith made her debut in 1973 story The Time Warrior. She appeared alongside Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, before leaving the show in 1976, having established herself as one of the show’s most popular companions.

Her enduring popularity meant that when the show was revived in 2005, she was asked to return the following year in the story School Reunion. As well as making repeated appearances in the main show, she was rewarded with her own spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures, which became CBBC’s highest-ever rated show.

When she died, she was halfway through filming the fifth series, the completed episodes of which were recently screened. Fans can vote for their favourite ever episode at the show’s official website.