Now it's been announced that Sladen's autobiography will be published posthumously. Publisher Aurum Press told the BBC that the original April release date has been brought forward to November 7, "with the support and participation of Elisabeth's family".
Former 'Doctor Who' star David Tennant has written a foreword to the "warm and witty" memoir, which covers Sladen's almost 40 years with the show as well as her "humble" beginnings in post-war Liverpool and her early stage and screen appearances.
Sladen first appeared in 'Doctor Who' in the early '70s and played the Doctor's companion and fearless TARDIS resident, journalist Sarah Jane Smith, opposite two different Doctors -- Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker -- from 1973 to 1976.
She later reprised the role in two BBC TV spin-offs and several radio plays, eventually playing Sarah Jane opposite a grand total of nine Doctors. She made her big comeback in the role in the rebooted 'Doctor Who,' guest-starring alongside David Tennant, Anthony Head and K9 in the 2006 episode, 'School Reunion.'
That appearance was later expanded into regular guest spots on the mothership and a spin-off series, 'The Sarah Jane Adventures,' which has now just entered its fifth season in the U.K.
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