The Last Sontaran – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresMaria has momentous news that she’s afraid to share with Sarah, but it doesn’t concern an alien invasion: Maria’s dad has gotten a job that could send him – and her – to America. But before she has a chance to dwell on the news, there’s a UFO sighting to investigate at a radio telescope. When Sarah and her friends go to investigate, they find the daughter of the lead researcher, dazed and disoriented, and unsure of where her father is, having last seen him the night before in the nearby woods during the sighting of unknown lights in the sky. Clyde and Luke take a look in the woods, against Sarah’s wishes, and find something very solid, very large and very invisible. Sarah uses her sonic lipstick to uncloak it, discovering a Sontaran space pod – and its occupant, Commander Kaagh, the sole survivor of the Sontaran attempt to take over Earth with the ATMOS device. Kaagh plans to get revenge for the failed attack by using the radio telescope to order every satellite in the sky to deorbit and crash into populated areas of the Earth, and he’s not about to let Sarah and her “half-forms” stop him.

Season 2 Regular Cast: Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Yasmin Paige (Maria Jackson), Tommy Knight (Luke), Daniel Anthony (Clyde), Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra)

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directed by Joss Agnew
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Joseph Millson (Alan Jackson), Juliet Cowan (Chrissie Jackson), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Ronan Vibert (Professor Nicholas Skinner), Clare Thomas (Lucy Skinner), Anthony O’Donnell (Kaagh)

The Last SontaranNotes: The failed Sontaran invasion via ATMOS was seen in the Doctor Who episodes The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky; Kaagh’s “flashbacks” are new scenes interspersed with scenes from those episodes, neither of which featured him. Sarah has known the Sontarans for as long as she’s known the Doctor: her first trip in the TARDIS put her in the clutches of Sontaran warrior Linx in 1974’s The Time Warrior (also notable for being the Sontarans’ first appearance in Doctor Who), while her disgust at the thought of Clyde being subjected to Kaagh’s experiments no doubt comes from her own horrifying experiences as a Sontaran’s guinea pig in 1975’s The Sontaran Experiment. Kaagh’s helmet “slices” open into retracting segments, something that no Sontaran’s helmet has ever been seen to do before (not even in their recent Doctor Who appearance); it’s possible that Kaagh’s suit of armor is a special survival suit with that capability, despite looking identical to any other suit of Sontaran armor.

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The Last Sontaran – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresWith Sarah stunned by Kaagh, and the radio telescope under the Sontaran’s control, Clyde has no choice but to run for his life or become the subject for Kaagh’s experiments. He bumps into Luke and Maria, who help him escape the Sontaran and begin hatching a plan to regain control of the radio telescope to foil Kaagh’s plan. But Maria knows that they’ll need more help, and calls her father to tell him how to activate Mr. Smith in Sarah’s attic. Maria’s dad learns how to disable a Sontaran…but when he finds that his ex-wife has trailed him into Sarah’s house, he has to find a way to explain the fact that their daughter is doing battle with aliens trying to take over the Earth. If he can’t help Maria and the others to free Sarah and defeat Kaagh, he may not live long enough to report to his new job.

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

Guest Cast: Joseph Millson (Alan Jackson), Juliet Cowan (Chrissie Jackson), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Ronan Vibert (Professor Nicholas Skinner), Clare Thomas (Lucy Skinner), Anthony O’Donnell (Kaagh)

Yasmin Paige and Elisabeth SladenNotes: The Last Sontaran marks Yasmin Paige’s final appearance as a regular in The Sarah Jane Adventures, due to her school schedule. Mr. Smith sports a new appearance in this episode, possibly resulting from his reboot in The Lost Boy, though this wasn’t apparent from his appearance in the Doctor Who episodes The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End, which takes place between the first and second seasons of The Sarah Jane Adventures. Mr. Smith also appears to have a new sound effect straight from the vaults of the now-defunct BBC Radiophonic Workshop: the sound of the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy being activated!

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The Day Of The Clown – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresLuke still hasn’t quite adjusted to Maria and her father moving away when a new family has moved into their home. Clyde is quite taken with the new neighbors’ daughter, Rani, but he soon fnids that he’s drawn the wrong kind of attention from Rani’s father…who happens to be the school’s new headmaster. Mr. Chandra takes a tough, no-nonsense approach, but perhaps with good reason: three children have disappeared without a trace. Rani and Clyde, each in possession of tickets good for a visit to Spellman’s Museum of the Circus, begin to see fleeting visions of clowns that no one else seems to be able to see. Sarah and Clyde go to visit Spellman’s museum, and Luke and Rani wind up there as well, only to discover that Spellman himself is some sort of shapeshifter, capable of taking the form of the clown that Rani and Clyde have seen, as well as the Pied Piper. It’s no long possible to keep Rani from discovering that Sarah, Luke and Clyde fend off alien invasions…but will she live long enough to join them in fighting this one?

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directed by Michael Kerrigan
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Jem Brownlee (Dave Finn), Aaron Shosanya (Tony Warner), Bradley Walsh (Odd Bob / Elijah Spellman / The Pied Piper), Yasmin Paige (voice of Maria Jackson), Huw Higginson (Mr. Cunningham), Elijah Baker (Steve Wallace), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Mina Anwar (Gila Chandra), Alan Ruscoe (Clown), Sean Palmer (Clown)

Notes: Director Michael Kerrigan returns to the Doctor Who universe after 19 years; he directed the four-part Doctor Who episode Battlefield in 1989, kicking off the original series’ final season on the air.

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The Day Of The Clown – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresJust when escape seems impossible, salvation comes from an unlikely source – the sound of Rani’s cell phone ringing somehow disrupts Spellman’s telekinetic power, allowing Sarah and the others to escape. With Mr. Smith’s help, Sarah discovers that Spellman – as well as the legendary Pied Piper and the clown known as Odd Bob, both of whom Spellman also claims to be – is most likely an alien, a creature that can only maintaining its existence by feeding on strong emotions. Spellman’s preferred diet is fear, and he promises to provide himself with a feast by causing more children to disappear. Even if she can stop Spellman’s diabolical plan, Sarah and Luke may not escape his clutches.

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

Guest Cast: Bradley Walsh (Odd Bob / Elijah Spellman / The Pied Piper), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Mina Anwar (Gila Chandra), Alexander Armstrong (voice of Mr. Smith), Floella Benjamin (Professor Rivers), Jessica Mogridge (young Sarah Jane)

Notes: Again, Sarah visits the Pharos Institute, last seen in the season one two-parter The Lost Boy and possibly (but possibly not) related to the Pharos Project in the 1981 Doctor Who story Logopolis. In a Doctor Who in-joke that only longtime fans would spot, one of the clown images Sarah views on her laptop is a cropped portion of a well-known publicity photo from the 1966 story The Celestial Toymaker, starring William Hartnell; clearly the production team was clowning around. Mr. Smith’s ability to manipulate the British telephone network en masse was first demonstrated in the Doctor Who episode The Stolen Earth.

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Secrets Of The Stars – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresA small-time London psychic is suddenly drawing national attention, and Sarah is curious about his sudden popularity. While his stage show contains the usual expected parlor tricks, Martin Trueman is able to pull off feats that both astound and alarm Sarah: he exhibits very real mind control over members of the audience, and he even puts Sarah in the spotlight and nails down the details of her travels with the Doctor. But despite these worrying powers, Sarah can detect nothing alien about the man. She decides to pay him an unexpected visit, only to find that her every move is being anticipated. Convinced that there’s an alien presence at work, Sarah continues to use every resource at her disposal to investigate Trueman – but it’s too late: he’s used his gradually increasing influence over others to gain global media exposure, and during his broadcast he begins to take over entire segments of the human race, one star sign at a time. He also uses that influence to send Clyde on a mission to prevent Sarah from interfering further by any means necessary.

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

Guest Cast: Russ Abbott (Martin Trueman), Carryl Thomas (Cheryl Farley), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ed Hughes (Stuart Farley), Nicky Ladanowski (Lisa Trotter), Alexander Armstrong (voice of Mr. Smith)

Notes: Draconia gets its first mention in either the revived Doctor Who or any of its spinoffs; apparently the practice of astrology is alive and well among those noble aliens whose only on-screen appearance in Doctor Who was in the 1973 story Frontier In Space. The Draconians have proven popular enough to appear in novels and fan films as well; however, they have yet to put in any face time in new Who. The opening teaser’s cliffhanging line, “You’re going on a journey – a very long journey,” is an in-joke on the very same line of dialogue as spoken by the Rani (no relation to this series’ character of the same name) in the much-maligned 1993 charity sketch Dimensions In Time.

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Secrets Of The Stars – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresMartin Trueman’s takeover of the human race has begun, and Sarah has to find a way to stop Clyde – who is under Trueman’s mind control – from killing her without doing him any harm. No one realizes it in the moment, but Luke seems to provide the solution, perhaps because his lack of a real birthdate under Earth’s star signs renders him immune to Trueman’s power. The alien force that Sarah has suspected all along finally appears, using Trueman as its bridge into our universe. As Trueman extends his mind control to each sign of the Zodiac, Rani and her mother fall under his power. Even shutting down his worldwide broadcast doesn’t seem to be slowing the invasion of Earth by an ancient power. Is Luke the key to saving Earth – and if he is, what will it cost him?

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

Guest Cast: Russ Abbott (Martin Trueman), Carryl Thomas (Cheryl Farley), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ed Hughes (Stuart Farley), Nicky Ladanowski (Lisa Trotter), Alexander Armstrong (voice of Mr. Smith)

Notes: Recurring Whoniverse bit player Lachele Carl returns in the role of an American newscaster, but becomes a little more involved in the story than usual…

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The Mark Of The Berseker – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresWhile Sarah heads out of town on assignment, Luke goes to stay with Clyde and his mother, but this sleepover is anything but routine. Clyde’s estranged father shows up, apparently ready to mend fences, and Clyde doesn’t exactly seem receptive to his overtures. Rani, in the meantime, sneaks into Sarah’s house to ask Mr. Smith about an unusual pendant she found at school – something which, momentarily at least, gives her total control over her father’s actions. She leaves it there for Mr. Smith to analyze. Later, when trying to explain to his father what he and his friends do, Clyde shows off Mr. Smith – and his father finds the pendant, quickly discovering what its unique ability is…and using it.

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Joseph Lidster
directed by Joss Agnew
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Jocelyn Jee Esien (Carla Langer), Gary Beadle (Paul Langer), Perry Millward (Jacob), Huw Higginson (Mr. Cunningham), Elijah Baker (Steve Wallace), Jessica Lewis (Detention Girl), Andrew Phillips (Detention Boy)

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The Mark Of The Berserker – part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresClyde’s father uses the pendant, and its mind control ability, to get a flashy new car, take his son on a shopping spree, and more – all by using his newfound power of persuasion to convince people to give them away. But Clyde is still troubled by what’s happening, and even when his father repeatedly tries to tell him to forget his mother and his friends, he’s still worried. Unable to reach Sarah, Luke and Rani call on Maria, whose dad is able to find out about the origins of the pendant from UNIT’s database. The pendant is indeed an alien artifact giving its wearer power over the minds of others…but with repeated use, it begins to mutate the wearer into something not unlike the alien race that made it, and eventually the change is irreversible. Can Clyde and his friends keep this from happening – or is he about to lose his father again for good?

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directed by Joss Agnew
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Yasmin Paige (Maria Jackson), Joseph Millson (Alan Jackson), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Jocelyn Jee Esien (Carla Langer), Gary Beadle (Paul Langer), Prasanna Puwanarajah (Car Salesman)

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The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith – part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresSarah and her friends chase down a little schoolboy in a 1950s school uniform who has emerged through a random fissure in time. Too scared to go back on his own, the boy will only return if Sarah escorts him – and to her horror, she discovers that the fissure leads to her birthplace, just days before she’s discovered, left on the side of the road, with her parents never to be seen again. Try as she does to rationalize not going back and possibly changing history, Sarah feels she’s got enough time travel experience under her belt to deal with any problems. But moments after she steps through the fissure into 1951, Luke leaps in behind her to warn her that the present-day end of the fissure is unstable. Too late, Sarah discovers that she’s fallen for an irresistible trap constructed just for her…and that she has delivered Earth’s fate into the hands of the Trickster and his minion, the Graske.

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

Guest Cast: Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Rosanna Lavelle (Barbara Smith), Christopher Pizzey (Eddie Smith), Paul Marc Davis (The Trickster), Jimmy Vee (The Graske), Georgie Glen (Mrs. King), Robert Madge (Oscar), Philip Hurd-Wood (voice of the Graske)

Notes: None of the background information on Sarah contradicts any facts established in Doctor Who, since this sort of in-depth characterization wasn’t common for 1970s Doctor Who companions. The Trickster was last seen in the season one two-parter Whatever Happened To Sarah Jane?, which also featured the Graske, though the Graske was seen more recently in the Doctor Who short Music Of The Spheres at the 2008 Proms. The Trickster, though he hasn’t shown his face in Doctor Who, was apparently behind the attempt to change Donna’s – and therefore the Doctor’s – history in Turn Left.

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The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith – part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresThe Trickster eagerly declares himself victorious, but underestimates Sarah’s resolve. But even she’s having a hard time setting this situation right, when even Luke is suggesting that her parents must die to restore the timeline. Clyde and Rani, after discovering the alien artifact that kept Maria and then her father safe during the Trickster’s last incursion, find themselves in an alternate timeline where humanity is enslaved by the Graske – and the Graske is enslaved by the Trickster. Rani strikes a bargain to help the Graske in exchange for sending her back to 1951 with a piece of information that changes everything…but even with that information, Sarah is horrified to discover that the world still ultimately depends upon her parents to willingly lay down their lives.

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

Guest Cast: Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Rosanna Lavelle (Barbara Smith), Christopher Pizzey (Eddie Smith), Paul Marc Davis (The Trickster), Jimmy Vee (The Graske), Georgie Glen (Mrs. King), Robert Madge (Oscar), Andrew Bullivant (PC Ferguson), Philip Hurd-Wood (voice of the Graske)

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Enemy Of The Bane – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresLuke has a vivid nightmare involving the return of Mrs. Wormwood, the alien who genetically engineered him as an archetype for a new evolutionary stage of the Bane species. Sarah dismisses it as a normal childhood nightmare, but then more disturbing news arrives: Rani’s mother has vanished from her flower shop. Sarah finds a clue at the shop that leads her to a meeting with Mrs. Wormwood in person. Outcast from the Bane, she’s searching for an alien artifact called the Tunguska Scroll, which is one of many alien artifacts contained in UNIT’s Black Archive. She claims that this item will help her stop the Bane’s advance across the galaxy – it will save Earth and many other worlds, and will help her get her revenge. Sarah reluctantly agrees to help, and goes to see Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, retired from UNIT (but still subject to being pressed into duty as an advisor or “special envoy”). Rather than alerting UNIT to the Bane’s approach – which would draw unwelcome attention to Luke’s alien nature – he helps to sneak Sarah into the Black Archive to “borrow” the Tunguska Scroll. But while Sarah is doing that, Mrs. Wormwood’s true agenda – and her real allies – are revealed.

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

Guest Cast: Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Samantha Bond (Mrs. Wormwood), Nicholas Courtney (Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart), Anthony O’Donnell (Kaagh), Simon Chadwick (Major Cal Kilburne)

Notes: Aside from the generally-discounted-from-canon Dimensions In Time and an appearance in the 1995 fan-produced video Downtime – which also starred Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah – this marks Nicholas Courtney’s first on-screen appearance as (now retired) Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart since the opening story of classic Doctor Who’s final season, Battlefield (1989). His first appearance in the role was 40 years before this episode’s premiere in The Web Of Fear (1968)). Even after the end of the original television series, Courtney reprised the role of the Brigadier in productions like Downtime, BBC Radio’s two Jon Pertwee plays, and Big Finish audio stories such as The Spectre Of Lanyon Moor, Minuet In Hell, and even a UNIT-centered audio miniseries. Lethbridge Stewart’s visit to Peru – mentioned in the Doctor Who episode The Poison Sky – is something for which he’s only just now being debriefed by UNIT. Kaagh, last seen in The Last Sontaran, returns here, as well as Mrs. Wormwood, who was seen in the Sarah Jane Adventures pilot, Invasion Of The Bane.

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Enemy Of The Bane – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresSarah, Luke, Rani, Clyde and the Brigadier – with Mrs. Wormwood in tow – hide from UNIT at the flower shop. But, as Sarah suspects, it’s all a double-cross: Mrs. Wormwood has allied with Kaagh the Sontaran, and their plans for the Tunguska Scroll have nothing to do with saving Earth. Luke agrees to go with Mrs. Wormwood to keep Sarah and the others alive, but while he is her hostage, he learns that the Scroll will summon a cybernetic organism called Horath, furthering Mrs. Wormwood’s plans for conquest and revenge. When Mrs. Wormwood tries to tempt Luke with the Scroll, he takes it and makes a run for it until Kaagh stops him. At Sarah’s home, Major Cal Kilburne of UNIT is waiting to reclaim the Scroll as well, but the Brigadier discovers that Klburne’s mission isn’t exactly part of UNIT’s charter. Still held hostage by Kaagh and Mrs. Wormwood, Luke is taken to an ancient burial site that hides a dimensional portal leading to Horath – and he has no choice but to open it for them.

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

Guest Cast: Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Samantha Bond (Mrs. Wormwood), Nicholas Courtney (Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart), Anthony O’Donnell (Kaagh), Simon Chadwick (Major Cal Kilburne)

Notes: The White Barrow site at the episode’s climax is real, though there isn’t actually a Stonehenge-style stone circle there. The end credits of both parts of Enemy Of The Bane give credit to writers Robert Holmes (creator of the Sontarans) and Henry Lincoln & Mervyn Haisman (creators of the Brigadier).

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