The Nightmare Man – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresEncouraged by one of his teachers to take his A-levels early, Luke not only succeeds with flying colors, but is accepted in Oxford at what seems like an alarmingly young age (not taking into account that he’s not entirely human). Suddenly, he’s only days away from moving away from home, but something else is scaring him: repeated visits from an entity that he’s sure is going to try to destroy the world. This man appears only in his nightmares and warns Luke that the boy’s nightmares are feeding the being power. And then one night, Luke discovers that he isn’t just dreaming these encounters: the Nightmare Man is real.

Season 4 Regular Cast: Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Tommy Knight (Luke Smith), Daniel Anthony (Clyde Langer), Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith)

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

Guest Cast: Julian Bleach (The Nightmare Man), John Leeson (voice of K-9), Paul Kasey (Slitheen), Toby Longworth (voice of the Slitheen)

Notes: Actor Julian Bleach completes his trifecta of Doctor Who terror here, having appeared in Doctor Who as Davros in The Stolen Earth and Journeys’ End, and first appearing in Torchwood in From Out Of The Rain.

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The Nightmare Man – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresLuke is trapped in the clutches of the Nightmare Man, unable to wake up and unable to keep the being from also trapping Clyde and Rani in their nightmares. Sarah Jane discovers evidence that the Nightmare Man is real, and calls on all of her resources to help Luke and the others wake up. But when Luke, Rani and Clyde throw off the shackles of the Nightmare Man, he decides to stalk a victim whose nightmares must surely be even worse: Sarah Jane herself.

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

Guest Cast: Julian Bleach (The Nightmare Man), Doon Mackichan (Louise Marlowe), John Leeson (voice of K-9)

Notes: Luke and K-9 take their leave as series regulars in this episode, with K-9 going to look after Luke at Oxford in the story. Behind the scenes, K-9’s departure was probably necessitated by the fact that, since the last series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, the long-delayed, Australian-produced K-9 spinoff (also featuring the voice of John Leeson) had finally gotten off the ground after many false starts and pre-production roadblocks.

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The Vault Of Secrets – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresA young girl breaks into a high-tech complex disguised as a crumbling building in London, and is chased out of the building by three suited men with guns mounted on their decidedly artificial arms. When the girl is outside, she collapses in exhaustion – and notorious intergalactic criminal Androvax the Destroyer is revealed as having commandeered her body. He gives his pursuers the slip and flees.

Androvax next appears on Bannerman Road, where he takes over Rani’s body and asks Sarah Jane for help. The men pursuing him have locked Androvax’s entire civilization, the Veils, into a hyperdimensional vault, fearing that all of his people will be capable of the same crimes as Androvax himself. Since the android men in black are expecting Androvax, he needs Sarah’s help to free the Veils. But it’s only once Sarah, Clyde and Rani have been noticed by the men in black that it becomes apparent that Androvax isn’t telling them everything.

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

Guest Cast: Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Angus Wright (Mister Dread), Mark Goldthorp (Androvax), Cheryl Campbell (Ocean Waters), David Webber (Minty), Sophie Benjamin (Gill)

Notes: Androvax first appeared in the season 3 opener Prisoner Of The Judoon. Sarah gives MR. Smith the task of jamming transmission from NASA’s Mars Rover (presumably the Opportunity rover, since its identical twin, Spirit, has been marooned in Martian sand since April 2009); if Mr. Smith hadn’t accomplished this task, a large pyramid would’ve been visible in transmissions returned to Earth. Since Sarah says the pyramids was constructed by an ancient and “terrible” civilization, it’s presumably one of the Pyramids of Mars constructed by the Osirans, which Sarah herself visited with the fourth Doctor in the 1976 Doctor Who story of the same name. In this episode, Tommy Knight appears as Luke via webcam only.

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The Vault Of Secrets – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresAfter jumping from Clyde’s body to that of Rani’s mother, Androvax – now in possession of both of the keys to the vault imprisoning his people – has escaped from both the men in black and Sarah Jane. The men in black have no qualms about killing Rani’s mother to save the world from the Veils, but Rani certainly has a problem with it. And Sarah is now in the difficult position of having to entrust the entire future of the human race to suited androids who she isn’t entirely sure she trusts.

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

Guest Cast: Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Angus Wright (Mister Dread), Mark Goldthorp (Androvax), Cheryl Campbell (Ocean Waters), David Webber (Minty), Perry Blanks (Van Driver)

Notes: Clyde refers to Mulder & Scully, so apparently, as with Star Trek (see Doctor Who: The Empty Child), The X-Files is on the air in the Doctor Who universe. Tommy Knight is not credited in this episode, since Luke appears only in clips in the standard opening montage narrated by Clyde.

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Death Of The Doctor – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresUNIT soldiers converge on Bannerman Road bearing bad news: an alien race called the Shansheeth is coming to Earth, with the body of the Doctor, who has recently died. Sarah immediately goes into denial, certain that the Doctor could never meet such a fate, but UNIT and the Shansheeth present a devastatingly convincing case. And more than most of his acquaintances, Sarah is aware that even seeing a body wouldn’t be proof, since she has no idea what the Doctor looks like now.

The Doctor’s memorial is set to be held at UNIT HQ, and Sarah is stunned to find few in attendance. One other former companion of the Doctor does show up, however: Jo Jones, formerly Jo Grant, who traveled with the third Doctor, attends with her grandson, Santiago. Her instincts are the same as Sarah’s: the Doctor can’t have died so easily. In the meantime, Clyde and Rani get to know Santiago, but Clyde is distracted by an unusual energy that keeps arcing across his hand – the same kind of energy that enveloped the TARDIS when he last saw the Doctor. The three then eavesdrop on a conversation among the Shansheeth, confirming what Sarah and Jo have already said: the Doctor is still alive… and, as usual, is in terrible trouble.

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Russell T. Davies
directed by Ashley Way
music by Sam Watts & Dan Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Matt Smith (The Doctor), Katy Manning (Jo Jones), Finn Jones (Santiago Jones), Laila Rouass (Colonel Karim), Jimmy Vee (Groske), Paul Kasey (Shansheeth), Ruari Mears (Shansheeth), Ben Ashley (Shansheeth), David Bradley (voice of Shansheeth Blue), Phillip Hurd-Wood (voice of the Groske), Jon Glover (additional Shansheeth voices)

Notes: Luke puts in another webcam appearance in this episode, which also marks writer Russell T. Davies’ return to the Doctor Who universe, for the first time since The End Of Time Part Two. Clips from that episode, The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, Pyramids Of Mars (referenced twice in as many stories) and Death To The Daleks are shown as Sarah, Clyde and Rani remember the first and last times they met the Doctor; curiously, while Sarah recalls her encounters with the third, fourth and tenth Doctors, her brief meeting with the Doctor’s second and fifth incarnations (The Five Doctors) isn’t shown to be remembered (an omission which has occurred before, as Sarah seems to have forgotten that incident as far back as School Reunion). Jo mentions Metebelis III (The Green Death and Planet Of The Spiders), Peladon and Aggedor (The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Peladon), and Karfel (Timelash – a sixth Doctor episode in which it is revealed that the third Doctor and Jo visited there before), while Sarah recalls a visit to Renaissance Italy (Masque Of Mandragora). Contrary to some print fiction published in the non-TV lean years of Doctor Who, Jo is still married to Cliff Jones, who is still an environmental activist. Though Jo has reappeared in many of the spinoff media (both print and audio), this is the character’s, and Katy Manning’s, first return to the role on TV. Russell T. Davies has said in interviews that, budget permitting, he would have brought back many more former comrades of the Doctor, such as the Brigadier and Romana. Though the music is credited to the usual SJA composing team of Sam and Dan Watts, Murray Gold‘s UNIT theme from Doctor Who accompanies the first appearance of the UNIT soldiers.

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Death Of The Doctor – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresThe Doctor appears in the flesh – more or less – as the Shansheeth corner Sarah, Jo, Rani, Clyde and Santiago. The only problem is that the Doctor has to switch places with Clyde. This deposits Clyde in a treacherous alien landscape while the Doctor battles the Shansheeth and saves his former companions in person. The two switch places multiple times, with the Doctor finally taking Sarah and Jo to the alien planet with him, needing their help to prevent that planet’s destruction. But this leaves the younger adventurers trapped, at the mercy of the Shansheeth and UNIT Colonel Karim (who turns out to be in league with the Shansheeth). By the time the Doctor, Sarah and Jo return to Earth, there’s no time for reminiscing – Clyde, Rani and Santiago’s lives are at stake, and the Shansheeth have no problem threatening any of them to get what they really want: the key to the TARDIS.

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Russell T. Davies
directed by Ashley Way
music by Sam Watts & Dan Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Matt Smith (The Doctor), Katy Manning (Jo Jones), Finn Jones (Santiago Jones), Laila Rouass (Colonel Karim), Jimmy Vee (Groske), Paul Kasey (Shansheeth), Ruari Mears (Shansheeth), Ben Ashley (Shansheeth), David Bradley (voice of Shansheeth Blue), Phillip Hurd-Wood (voice of the Groske), Jon Glover (additional Shansheeth voices)

Notes: The Doctor mentions that Amy and Rory are traveling with him, placing Death Of The Doctor after The Big Bang (we don’t see Amy and Rory because they’re away from the TARDIS on their honeymoon). Jo says here that she hasn’t seen the Doctor since his departure in The Green Death, though the Doctor says that “the last time he was dying” he looked in on all of his former companions, not just the Russell T. Davies-era companions he was seen to visit in The End Of Time Part Two. In one scene given a great deal of scrutiny even before the episode aired, the Doctor tells Clyde he can regenerate “507 times,” though it’s entirely possible that he’s joking (or dodging the question of his own mortality). When Clyde asks if the Doctor is “always white,” the Doctor says he can “be anyone.” The end of the episode contains a huge laundry list of former TARDIS travelers and their current activities, some of which conflict with the various spinoff media:

  • Tegan Jovanka: still in Australia, “fighting for Aboriginal rights.” (Presumably in her spare time from being a high-powered businesswoman in Brisbane, as heard in The Gathering.)
  • Ben and Polly: running an orphanage in India.
  • Dr. Harry Sullivan: saved thousands of lives by creating new vaccines, presumably after his work with UNIT and (as mentioned in Mawdryn Undead) the Ministry of Defense. Sarah speaks of Harry in the past tense; actor Ian Marter, who played Harry, died in 1986.
  • “Dorothy Somebody” – presumably Ace (real name: Dorothy McShane) – has raised billions through her organization, A Charitable Earth (the initials work out to “ACE”). (This is the hardest to square with the spinoff media, almost all of which bend over backward to deposit Ace in late 19th century France, a fate first posited in the novelization of The Curse Of Fenric which, since it was written by Ian Briggs, who not only wrote the TV episodes but also created Ace, has to be given at least some consideration. The New Adventures novels Set Piece and Lungbarrow equip Ace with a time-traveling motorcycle, however, so Ace’s fate may be playing out in multiple time zones.)
  • Ian and Barbara – married and are both professors at Cambridge, and supposedly they’ve “never aged, not since the sixties.”

As most of these characters’ post-TARDIS lives have seldom been mentioned except in media such as the novels and audio plays, these explanations can be considered more or less official. It’s also worth noting that the script editor of The Sarah Jane Adventures, Gary Russell, has been heavily involved with all of the novel ranges to date as well as with Big Finish’s audio productions, so it’s likely that he advised writer Russell T. Davies on the destinies for these characters that various fan writers had charted down through the years.

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The Empty Planet – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresClyde and Rani wake up one morning to find that they’re apparently the only human beings left anywhere in the world. Even Sarah has vanished without a trace – even leaving her sonic lipstick – and Mr. Smith is completely inert. The power is still on, but mobile phone networks are down. Clyde wonders why cars and planes haven’t crashed everywhere they go. After nearly a day of searching, they find one other human teenager, a boy named Gavin, and more trouble than they can handle, in the form of two huge robots roaming the streets.

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

Guest Cast: Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Jocelyn Jee Esien (Carla Langer), Joe Mason (Gavin), Paul Kasey (Red Robot), Ruari Mears (Yellow Robot)

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The Empty Planet – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresGavin helps Rani out of a tight spot, cornered by a huge robot, but he balks when he hears Rani and Clyde planning to follow the robots back to their base instead of running for their lives. Clyde and Rani can only come up with one reason that they’ve been left alone on Earth – their “grounding” by the Judoon after their first run-in with Androvax – but that doesn’t apply to Gavin. The robots pursuing them turn out not to be deadly – and, as it happens, not even remotely interested in Clyde or Rani. Gavin is their target, and he’s the key to restoring life to Earth… and Rani and Clyde have sent him running for his own safety.

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

Guest Cast: Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Jocelyn Jee Esien (Carla Langer), Joe Mason (Gavin), Paul Kasey (Red Robot), Ruari Mears (Yellow Robot), Jon Glover (voice of the Robots)

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Lost In Time – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresSummoned to a mysterious shop of curiosities, Sarah, Rani and Clyde are alarmed to discover that they’re been drafted into helping solve a mystery involving three artifacts made of an alien metal, scattered through Earth’s history. Without even being given a chance to refuse this assignment, the three are sent to different time periods – Clyde to war-torn England in 1941, Rani to the Tower of London in the last hours of the reign of the nine-day Queen, and Sarah to a house whose sole occupant is certain that the place is haunted. Each only has a limited amount of time to find the missing pieces, and each is in much more peril than they’re prepared for.

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

Guest Cast: Cyril Nri (The Shopkeeper), Amber Beattie (Queen Jane), Elizabeth Rider (Mistress Ellen), Fiona Hampton (Lady Matilda), Richard Wisker (George), Tom Wlaschiha (Koenig), Gwyneth Keyworth (Emily), Lucie Jones (Gemma), Morgan-Faith Hughes (Katy), Llewcus Oaten (Ben)

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Lost In Time – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresThings aren’t go well in any of the points in Earth’s past where Sarah and her friends are looking for pieces of the alien relic. Even once she finds the dagger that is part of the relic, Rani becomes more involved in the fall of the Nine Day Queen, opting to stay in the past to protect her. In World War II, Clyde finds himself dealing with treachery on the home front as Germans attempt to gain a foothold on British soil. Their piece of the relic is in plain view, and under heavy guard. And the relic that Sarah is sent to find in the late 19th century is the key to a tragedy that binds past and future – and it’s a relic that she won’t succeed in bringing back to present-day Earth.

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Rupert Laight
directed by Joss Agnew
music by Sam Watts & Dan Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Cyril Nri (The Shopkeeper), Amber Beattie (Queen Jane), Elizabeth Rider (Mistress Ellen), Fiona Hampton (Lady Matilda), Richard Wisker (George), Tom Wlaschiha (Koenig), Catherine Bailey (Miss Wyckham), Gwyneth Keyworth (Emily), Rowena Cooper (Angela), Lucie Jones (Gemma), Morgan-Faith Hughes (Katy), Llewcus Oaten (Ben)

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Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresSarah, Rani and Clyde rush to the landing site of a meteorist landing, intent on making sure that the space rock doesn’t spread any extraterrestrial germs into Earth’s ecosphere, only to find that someone else has beaten them to the punch. They’re surprised to see the same vehicle on Bannerman Road – the woman who neutralized the meteorite threat, Ruby White, has moved in a few doors down from Sarah Jane. Though she’s not terribly friendly at first, Ruby eventually reveals herself to be another defender of the Earth, with her own alien technology that alerts her to impending invasions of Earth. But Ruby seems to be more in top of things than Sarah is – in fact, Sarah seems to be losing her grip. She eventually concludes that the only responsible course of action is to step down, and hand off the job of protecting Earth to Ruby.

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Clayton Hickman & Gareth Roberts
directed by Joss Agnew
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Guest Cast: Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Julie Graham (Ruby White), Eddie Marsan (Mr. White)

Notes: Sarah says that she was 23 years old at the time of the Doctor Who story The Time Warrior.

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Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresWith Ruby’s true identity revealed, Sarah is trapped. Clyde and Rani aren’t convinced by the “message” Sarah leaves for them by way of Mr. Smith, however, and Ruby immediately sets about trying to turn the two against each other. But Ruby hasn’t counted on one thing – Luke returns from Cambridge, trying to find out why he can’t contact Sarah.

written by Clayton Hickman & Gareth Roberts
directed by Joss Agnew
music by Sam Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Get the DVDDownload this episodeGuest Cast: Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Julie Graham (Ruby White), Eddie Marsan (Mr. White), John Leeson (voice of K-9)

Notes: Luke makes his first appearance in person since part 2 of The Nightmare Man here, as does K-9.

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