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Revenge Of The Slitheen – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresWhen the school year begins anew, Maria Jackson returns to class with Luke, the alien boy adopted by Sarah Jane, and their new friend Clyde. But something’s just not right at their school – a foul smell pervades the entire campus, lunch is moldy, and the flatulent faculty simply tell the offended students to “pick out the bad bits”. Worse yet, Clyde quickly discovers that bringing a packed lunch simply isn’t an option. When Luke demonstrates an aptitude for science, his science teacher begins to pick his brain for solutions to a massive electrical system that, while it’s well beyond current human technology, has a fatal flaw. Sarah begins to investigate the company that constructed the school’s new technology center, and sends Maria and Luke to look it over for themselves – where they find a plot to destroy the Earth.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Yasmin Paige (Maria Jackson), Tommy Knight (Luke), Daniel Anthony (Clyde)

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Gareth Roberts
directed by Alice Troughton
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Joseph Millson (Alan Jackson), Juliet Cowan (Chrissie Jackson), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Martyn Ellis (Blakeman), Ian Midlane (Jeffrey), Pamela Merrick (Wendy), Imogen Bain (Janine), Anton Thompson McCormick (Carl), Jimmy Vee (Carl Slitheen), Paul Kasey (Jeffrey / Blakeman / Janine Slitheen)

Notes: Alice Troughton, who is still no relation to second Doctor Patrick Troughton, is the first director to helm episodes of the new Doctor Who as well as Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures. Although Mr. Smith is an otherworldly computer, it appears to rely on completely earthly power sources. Lachelle Carl has played an American newscaster on numerous occasions in Doctor Who, including – ironically – Aliens Of London, the first appearance of the Slitheen. The character of Kelsey, from Invasion Of The Bane, was replaced in the weekly series by Clyde.

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Revenge Of The Slitheen – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresAfter extricating herself from the Slitheen trap, Sarah rescues the children – and is appalled to find that Clyde has learned of the Slitheen’s presence and her own brand of special investigations. With the help of her computer, Mr. Smith, Sarah finds out more about the Slitheen and their plan to bring Earth to its knees. But when Luke sees the blueprint for a worldwide Slitheen power network, he realizes that his exceptional work on a science assignment has put the human race in jeopardy. The Slitheen put their plan into motion, plunging much of the world into darkness, and even independently-powered devices like cars and Sarah’s sonic lipstick won’t work. Armed with determination and no small amount of vinegar, Sarah and her friends take off at a run to save the world.

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Gareth Roberts
directed by Alice Troughton
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Joseph Millson (Alan Jackson), Juliet Cowan (Chrissie Jackson), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Martyn Ellis (Blakeman), Ian Midlane (Jeffrey), Pamela Merrick (Wendy), Imogen Bain (Janine), Anton Thompson McCormick (Carl), Lachelle Carl (American Newsreader), Jimmy Vee (Carl Slitheen), Paul Kasey (Jeffrey / Blakeman / Janine Slitheen)

Notes: The Judoon (Doctor Who: Smith And Jones) are mentioned as pursuing the remaining members of the family Slitheen. Sarah apparently tips off UNIT to the need for a cleanup operation at the school.

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Eye Of The Gorgon – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresWhile Sarah investigates reports of sightings of a ghostly nun at a rest home, an elderly woman gives Luke a talisman and begs him to keep it a secret, instructing him not to “give it to her. Sarah goes to meet the woman, discovering that she knows a surprising amount about alien races – and she is still terrified by the very mention of one of those aliens: the Gorgon. After the talisman is identified as alien technology, a nun comes calling to get the talisman from Luke. He and Clyde refuse to hand it over, and are kidnapped and taken to the nuns’ abbey.

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Phil Ford
directed by Alice Troughton
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Joseph Millson (Alan Jackson), Juliet Cowan (Chrissie Jackson), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Phyllida Law (Bea Nelson-Stanley), Sarah Crowden (Mrs. Gribbins), Doreen Mantle (Mrs. Randall), Beth Goddard (Sister Helena), Audrey Ardington (The Abbess)

Notes: Bea has apparently met the Sontarans, as has Sarah; Sarah’s first encounter with the third Doctor coincided with a trapped Sontaran’s attempts to escape medieval Earth (Doctor Who: The Time Warrior), and she encountered another Sontaran in the distant future of Earth, shortly after the Doctor’s regeneration (The Sontaran Experiment). After this episode aired, the BBC announced that the Sontarans would make a comeback in the new Doctor Who’s fourth season.

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Eye Of The Gorgon – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresWith Maria’s dad turned to stone by the Gorgon, Sarah and Maria race to find a way to reverse the process. At the abbey, Luke and Clyde are horrified to see that the Gorgon’s nuns have gotten the talisman from Sarah. As the nuns use the talisman to open a portal to the Gorgon homeworld, the Gorgon-possessed Abbess continues to weaken, and the nuns prepare to search for a new host body. They choose Sarah for this deadly honor, and then reveal the truth: the talisman will connect Earth and the planet of the Gorgon, but only to allow the Gorgon to invade and conquer the human race.

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Phil Ford
directed by Alice Troughton
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Joseph Millson (Alan Jackson), Juliet Cowan (Chrissie Jackson), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Phyllida Law (Bea Nelson-Stanley), Sarah Crowden (Mrs. Gribbins), Doreen Mantle (Mrs. Randall), Beth Goddard (Sister Helena), Audrey Ardington (The Abbess)

Notes: Bea claims to have known a sultan who had seen a Yeti. One wonders…

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Warriors Of Kudlak – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresLuke wonders why so many forms of entertainment on Earth are somehow tied into war, so he tags along with Clyde to a new laser tag arena – an arena that happens to be at the heart of Sarah’s latest investigation. Several teenagers have gone missing during visits to this chain of laser tag centers, all of which are owned by a mysterious Mr. Kudlak. Mr. Grantham, operator of the arena visited by Luke and Clyde, is impressed by Luke’s seemingly superhuman skill at the game – and reports this to his boss, who suggests keeping a careful eye on the boys. But as they discover, there’s no prize for being good at this game – unless you count being teleported somewhere far away from home.

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Phil Gladwin
directed by Charles Martin
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Chook Sibtain (Mr. Grantham), Sarah Haynes (Carrie Metcalf), Pamela Merrick (Wendy), Sonny Muslim (Lance), James Bellamy (Brandon Butler), Nadiyah Davis (Jen), Chrissie Furness (Cashier), Paul Kasey (Kudlak / Emperor / Mistress), Silas Carson (voice of Kudlak / Emperor), Tina Greatex (voice of Mistress)

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Warriors Of Kudlak – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresLuke and Clyde find themselves, along with other laser tag winners, as captives of General Kudlak, who is abducting the most capable laser tag players from Earth to serve as soldiers on behalf of his insectoid species, which is locked in a seemingly endless war. When Sarah discovers where Luke and Clyde have been sent, and why, she’s outraged and demands that Grantham teleport her to Kudlak’s warship in Earth orbit. She confronts the General about the abductions, but neither of them know that Luke and Clyde are already staging their own escape attempt.

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Phil Gladwin
directed by Charles Martin
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Chook Sibtain (Mr. Grantham), Sarah Haynes (Carrie Metcalf), Pamela Merrick (Wendy), Sonny Muslim (Lance), James Bellamy (Brandon Butler), Nadiyah Davis (Jen), Chrissie Furness (Cashier), Paul Kasey (Kudlak / Emperor / Mistress), Silas Carson (voice of Kudlak / Emperor), Tina Greatex (voice of Mistress)

Notes: Sarah says that she never thought she’d see the Earth from space again – a statement which could apply equally to her travels with the Doctor, or to the unresolved cliffhanger of the Sarah Jane Smith audio series from Big Finish, which left her character in orbit with no apparent means of escape.

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Whatever Happened To Sarah Jane? – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresAfter experiencing an eerie sensation while hanging out with Luke, Maria, Clyde and Maria’s dad at the park, Sarah is reminded of an odd alien puzzle box that came into her possession. When she received it, she was told to give it to the person she trusts the most – and so she now gives it to Maria. She also lets Maria and Clyde in on a little secret: a large meteor is headed for Earth, and a collision would meant the end of all life on the planet…but Mr. Smith will harmlessly deflect it, without drawing any attention from the authorities. The next day, when Maria drops by Sarah’s house, Sarah isn’t there, there’s no sign of Luke, and suddenly Clyde has no idea who she is. Even Maria’s dad doesn’t remember Sarah. Sarah’s house is occupied by a woman named Andrea Yates, and there’s no evidence of any of their adventures together. When Maria tries to prove to her dad that Sarah Jane existed, she finds nothing but an obituary dated 1964 – involving a girl who died after falling off a pier during a school trip, witnessed only by a fellow schoolgirl named Andrea Yates. Something has happened to change history – and now Sarah and Mr. Smith aren’t there to save the world.

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Gareth Roberts
directed by Graeme Harper
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Joseph Millson (Alan Jackson), Juliet Cowan (Chrissie Jackson), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Jane Asher (Andrea), Paul Marc Davis (The Trickster), Jimmy Vee (The Graske), Jessica Ashworth (young Sarah Jane), Francesca Miller (young Andrea), Jason Mohammad (Newsreader), Philip Hurd-Wood (voice of the Graske)

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Whatever Happened To Sarah Jane? – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresMaria, escaping an abduction by a Graske, is thrown back in time to 1964, where she meets young Andrea and Sarah on the very day in 1964 that one of them is destined to die. She tries to convince both girls to stay away from the pier, but the Graske returns and snatches Maria away again, depositing her in a limbo space with the adult Sarah. Maria’s dad finds the alien artifact that Sarah gave to Maria, and it preserves his memory of her when she’s removed from time – though he can’t seem to find anyone else who remembers Maria. He tracks down Andrea Yates to ask her about the incident in which, according to this timeline, Sarah died – and discovers that Andrea has made a deal with a very different kind of devil. When news reports reveal that a meteor is hurtling toward a collision with Earth, it seems that Sarah and Maria’s absence from history may spell doom for the entire world.

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Gareth Roberts
directed by Graeme Harper
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Joseph Millson (Alan Jackson), Juliet Cowan (Chrissie Jackson), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Jane Asher (Andrea), Paul Marc Davis (The Trickster), Jimmy Vee (The Graske), Jessica Ashworth (young Sarah Jane), Francesca Miller (young Andrea), Jason Mohammad (Newsreader), Philip Hurd-Wood (voice of the Graske)

Notes: The Graske first appeared in the Doctor Who interactive game Attack Of The Graske, also written by Gareth Roberts, which appeared on the BBC’s red button channel on Christmas 2005. As it’s not part of the series proper, this may be the first time that a character originating from a medium other than TV has crossed over into the Doctor Who universe proper.

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The Lost Boy – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresWhen Luke’s face appears on a TV newscast about a grief-stricken couple’s search for their missing son, Sarah and Luke’s friends are shocked. Maria’s mother tips the police off about having seen Luke at Sarah’s house, and they descend upon the house to recover Luke and place Sarah under arrest. After a little bit of intervention from UNIT, Sarah is released with no charges filed, but everyone is suspicious of Luke’s “real family” – especially Luke, who finds himself now virtually a prisoner in their home. But when Clyde, believing he has solid proof that Luke is not in the hands of his real parents, calls on Sarah’s computer, Mr. Smith, he discovers that there’s more wrong than anyone realized.

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Phil Ford
directed by Charles Martin
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Joseph Millson (Alan Jackson), Juliet Cowan (Chrissie Jackson), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Jay Simpson (Jay), Holly Atkins (Heidi), Ryan Watson (Nathan Goss), Floella Benjamin (Professor Rivers), Julian Dutton (Chief Inspector), Paul Kasey (Jay Slitheen), Jimmy Vee (Nathan Slitheen), Ruari Mears (Heidi Slitheen)

Notes: The Pharos Institute is apparently the same group that built the enormous receiving antenna from which the fourth Doctor fell shortly before his regeneration in the 1981 Doctor Who episode Logopolis; it is noted in dialogue that the Institute has existed for over 20 years.

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The Lost Boy – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresWith Luke’s family revealed to be Slitheen, and Mr. Smith having turned against Sarah, it doesn’t seem that things can get much worse. Luke escapes his captors and goes to Sarah’s house, but Mr. Smith is waiting to spring a trap. Harnessing Luke’s latent potential for telekinesis, Mr. Smith forces the moon out of its orbit and toward Earth. With Mr. Smith out of commission, Sarah has to rely on Maria’s dad for his computer smarts…but can his skills shut down a computer that’s not of this Earth? And can Clyde help him from the other side of the screen?

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Phil Ford
directed by Charles Martin
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Joseph Millson (Alan Jackson), Juliet Cowan (Chrissie Jackson), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Jay Simpson (Jay), Holly Atkins (Heidi), Ryan Watson (Nathan Goss), Floella Benjamin (Professor Rivers), Julian Dutton (Chief Inspector), Paul Kasey (Jay Slitheen), Jimmy Vee (Nathan Slitheen), Ruari Mears (Heidi Slitheen), Jason Mohammad (Newsreader), John Leeson (voice of K-9)

Notes: Despite statements from the BBC that K-9 would not appear in The Sarah Jane Adventures beyond Invasion Of The Bane, he appears here, voiced as always by John Leeson.

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