Friday, 4 January 2013

Elisabeth Sladen: The Autobiography by Elisabeth Sladen and Jeff Hudson Review

Written By Elisabeth Sladen and Jeff Hudson
Foreword By David Tennant

Genre
Autobiography. Television Tie In

Synopsis

When Elisabeth Sladen debuted as journalist Sarah Jane Smith in 1973 Doctor Who story 'The Time Warrior', she had no idea that the character would become one of the most popular in the series' history.

When she quit the TARDIS in 1976, having traversed space and time alongside Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, the story was front page news. But you don't just walk away from the Doctor. Elisabeth reprised her role many times, and went on to tour the weird and wonderful world of Doctor Who fandom.

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?

Completed only months before her death in April 2011, Elisabeth's memoir is funny, ridiculous, insightful and entertaining, and a fitting tribute to a woman who will be sadly missed by millions.

Review

After the charming and poignant foreword by David Tennant, I was expecting a very well written and sweet autobiography by one of the Doctor's most loved and missed companions.

That is exactly what we have here. A sweet, poignant autobiography. That said however, she doesn't pull any punches here either. There were times when she didn't enjoy being in Doctor Who or when she had serious trouble getting jobs at all.  The sheer honesty and with with which she tells these stories are endearing to say the least.

Yet, she doesn't dwell on any of the bad things but nor does she gloss them over. This is a very truthful, funny and quite frankly, lovely autobiography.

Unlike the David Hasselhoff autobiography that felt over long, kept repeating itself and wasn't that enjoyable, this one was the first autobiography in a long time that I just couldn't put down.  I honestly couldn't wait to get to the next part to see what she was going to talk about next and that's quite rare for me with autobiographies.

I would highly recommend this to fans of Doctor Who and even those that aren't. This is not only a great autobiography but also a fitting tribute to a well loved television personality and a very under rated actress.

Presentation 4/5
Informative 3.5/5
Recommended 4.5/5
Overall 12/15

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