This isn’t something that has been rushed out, however, but has in fact been in preparation for some time, as DWM editor Tom Spilsbury explains:
â€œJust as it was for everybody else, it was a massive, massive shock on Tuesday evening, when I heard the news of Elisabeth Sladenâ€™s passing. It scarcely seemed possible. It was sadly ironic that weâ€™d just received copies of the latest DWM Special in the office that morning; this one focusing on The Sarah Jane Adventures. I was greatly looking forward to seeing Lisâ€™ reaction to the magazine. She was always so kind in complimenting the work we put into the mag â€“ but in truth we could never do any of it without the huge support of the people who make the programmes. Elisabeth was more generous than anyone in offering up her time for interviews.
â€œThis DWM Special Edition is officially published today, and although it certainly wasnâ€™t intended to be a commemoration of Elisabethâ€™s life and career, I hope people enjoy it, and find comfort in the huge amount of pleasure she gave to millions of viewers â€“ children of all generations. In due course, DWM will be publishing a proper tribute issue, which will look at Elisabethâ€™s life, with contributions from friends and colleagues.â€
DWM editor Tom Spilsbury
The Sarah Jane Companion is the ultimate guide to the adventures of the Doctorâ€™s best-loved companion, as played by Elisabeth Sladen, written and researched by Andrew Pixley.
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