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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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)

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)

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?

Get the DVDDownload this episodewritten by Phil Ford
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?

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), 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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Prisoner Of The Judoon – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresAn object that’s been moving fast enough to cross the entire solar system in 45 minutes screams into Earth’s atmosphere and crashes not far from where Sarah lives. Mr. Smith warns that the crash site is already under the control of UNIT, but that UNIT isn’t aware of the ejection and subsequent crash of one of the ship’s life pods. Sarah, Luke, Clyde and Rani track the pod to a condemned building, finding a lone Judoon trooper there. The Judoon regards Sarah and the others as an annoyance, as it is tracking far more important quarry: Androvax the Annihilator, a war criminal responsible for the destruction of a dozen worlds, is now at large on Earth.

Season 3 Regular Cast: Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Tommy Knight (Luke), Daniel Anthony (Clyde Langer), Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra)

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

Guest Cast: Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Terence Maynard (Madison Yorke), Robert Curtis (Security Man), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Paul Kasey (Captain Tybo), Nicholas Briggs (voice of Captain Tybo), Mark Goldthorp (Androvax), Scarlett Murphy (Julie)

Notes: The Judoon made their first TV appearance in the Doctor Who third season opener Smith And Jones, though Sarah Jane’s detailed knowledge of both the Judoon and the Shadow Proclamation (both of which were also seen in The Stolen Earth) would seem to indicate that she might have met the Judoon during her travels with the third or fourth Doctor. Nicholas Briggs once again provides the guttural voices of the Judoon in this episode, and in so doing completes his modern Doctor Who trifecta: he has voiced numerous aliens in both Doctor Who and now The Sarah Jane Adventures, as well as having appeared on screen in Torchwood: Children Of Earth: Day Four.

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Prisoner Of The Judoon – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresUnder the control of Androvax the Annihilator, Sarah has returned to a genetic engineering lab that she’s been investigating, and sets the lab’s wealth of nanoforms to the task of rebuilding Androvax’s ship… and then to the destruction of Earth. Judoon Captain Tybo and the kids arrive at the same lab, pursuing Androvax – and the rest of his Judoon platoon will arrive on Earth at any moment. If they can’t come up with a way to get Androvax out of Sarah’s body, the race is on to see who will destroy Earth first: Androvax or the Judoon, who will let nothing and no one keep them from their quarry.

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

Guest Cast: Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Terence Maynard (Madison Yorke), Robert Curtis (Security Man), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Paul Kasey (Captain Tybo), Nicholas Briggs (voice of Captain Tybo), Mark Goldthorp (Androvax)

Sarah Jane AdventuresNotes: This episode offers the Doctor Who universe explanation of the 1947 Roswell incident, and mentions the “Dreamland base,” tying into a CG-animated Doctor Who adventure, Dreamland, broadcast toward the end of the third season of The Sarah Jane Adventures. The new Doctor Who series had previously mentioned Roswell, with the ninth Doctor encountering the “mileometer from the Roswell spacecraft” in Henry Van Statten’s underground museum in the 2005 episode Dalek. Being taken over is practically a hobby for Sarah Jane: she fell under the thrall of the giant spiders of Metebelis 3 (a.k.a. Planet Of The Spiders), and by Eldrad of Kastria in her final story as a Doctor Who regular, The Hand Of Fear. And speaking of the Pertwee years, the Judoon sentence Luke, Rani and Clyde (and possible Sarah) to exile on Earth; the good news is that they seldom leave it anyway, so they probably won’t be sitting around in a lab trying to fix a dematerialization circuit for years on end…

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The Mad Woman In The Attic – part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresA boy wanders into a vacant house on Bannerman Road in 2059, finding an old woman living a hermit-like existence. She says her name is Rani Chandra, and begins to tell the boy of the adventures she had 50 years ago with her friends Luke, Clyde and Sarah Jane Smith. She also recounts the tale of how she came to be the hermit she is now – the tale of a demon living in an abandoned amusement park, the one monster from whom her friends couldn’t save her.

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

Guest Cast: Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Souad Faress (Old Rani), Gregg Sulkin (Adam), Brian Miller (Harry), Toby Parkes (Sam), Eleanor Tomlinson (Eve), Kate Fleetwood (Ship)

Notes: Brian Miller, appearing as the somewhat suspicious amusement park proprietor, is the husband of Elisabeth Sladen; this is far from his first appearance in the Doctor Who universe, as he provided Dalek voices in Resurrection Of The Daleks (1984) and Remembrance Of The Daleks (1988), and appeared “in the flesh” in 1982’s Snakedance. Souad Faress previously appeared in the 1979 Blake’s 7 episode Horizon – in which Brian Miller also appeared.

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The Mad Woman In The Attic – part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresA face in the mirror – the artificial intelligence at the heart of Eve’s stranded spacecraft – peers into the minds of Sarah, Luke and Rani, picking out their past and predicting their futures. In Sarah’s future, she sees the return of the TARDIS, but for Rani’s future, she sees nothing except the life of a hermit in what was once Sarah’s attic – a future that seems inescapable. Sarah and Clyde find Rani and meet Eve, and Rani tries to convince her friends that Eve isn’t a force of evil, but simply needs their help. Even if she convinces everyone that this is true, is she right?

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

Guest Cast: Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Souad Faress (Old Rani), Gregg Sulkin (Adam), Brian Miller (Harry), Toby Parkes (Sam), Eleanor Tomlinson (Eve), Kate Fleetwood (Ship), John Leeson (voice of K-9), Jai Rajani (Shuresh)

Appearing in footage from Planet Of The Spiders: Jon Pertwee (The Doctor)

Appearing in footage from The Hand Of Fear: Tom Baker (The Doctor)

Notes: For the first time in The Sarah Jane Adventures, footage from Sarah’s travels in the classic Doctor Who series is shown, namely her introduction to the third Doctor in The Time Warrior, the possessed Sarah attacking the third Doctor in Planet Of The Spiders (his final story), and Sarah’s farewell to the fourth Doctor in The Hand Of Fear. This is only the second time that classic Doctor Who footage has been incorporated into a modern episode from the Doctor Who universe (the first being a brief sequence in the Doctor Who Christmas special The Next Doctor).

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The Wedding Of Sarah Jane Smith – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresLuke, Rani and Clyde are growing suspicious: Sarah has been increasingly secretive about a number of recent evening excursions. Luke places a tracking device on Sarah’s car and instructs Mr. Smith to pinpoint where Sarah is going. It turns out that it’s nothing more suspicious than a date, and while Luke tries to cope with some confused and very human feelings, Clyde and Rani do some investigating of their own, looking into the background of Sarah’s new boyfriend. Finally, Rani is convinced that nothing is amiss, but Clyde remains suspicious. When Sarah abruptly announces that she’s getting married, and just as abruptly deactivates Mr. Smith, it seems that Clyde’s fears may be founded. But even Clyde isn’t ready for a surprise guest who appears on the big day: a guest who doesn’t have an invitation, but does have a TARDIS.

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

Guest Cast: David Tennant (The Doctor), Nigel Havers (Peter Dalton), Mina Anwar (Gita), Ace Bhatti (Haresh), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), John Leeson (voice of K-9), Paul Marc Davis (Trickster), Zienia Merton (Registrar)

Sarah Jane AdventuresNotes: Nigel Havers was one of the stars of the UK series Manchild, a sort of all-male version of Sex And The City, in which his co-stars included Anthony Stewart Head (of Buffy fame and the villain of Doctor Who stories such as School Reunion and the Big Finish Excelis audio series) and Don Warrington (the ill-fated President from Rise Of The Cybermen, and the voice of Big Finish’s Rassilon). Appearing very briefly as the officiant at Sarah’s wedding is Zienia Merton, best known to SFTV fans as Sandra Benes from Space: 1999, but also a guest-star in the fourth-ever Doctor Who serial, Marco Polo, which starred William Hartnell as the Doctor in 1964. K-9 mentions a “stair navigation” hover mode, never before seen; this episode aired just two days before the K-9 spinoff series brought viewers a new-style K-9 who spends almost all of his time hovering!

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The Wedding Of Sarah Jane Smith – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresThe trap has been sprung: the new man in Sarah’s life is a pawn of the Trickster, who still wants revenge against Sarah, and the trap is almost perfect. If Sarah calls the wedding off, Earth will suffer the consequences, and if she goes through with it, she belongs to the Trickster and his torments forever. Luke, Clyde, Rani and K-9 join forces with the Doctor, but the Trickster has trapped them in one second of recurring time, a temporal schism that leaves the TARDIS powerless to help. The Doctor isn’t giving up on Sarah yet, but the Time Lord doesn’t hold the key to ending this siege: Sarah’s fate lies in the hands of Clyde… and the man she was going to marry.

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

Guest Cast: David Tennant (The Doctor), Nigel Havers (Peter Dalton), Mina Anwar (Gita), Ace Bhatti (Haresh), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), John Leeson (voice of K-9), Paul Marc Davis (Trickster), Zienia Merton (Registrar)

Sarah Jane AdventuresNotes: David Tennant filmed these episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures after completing filiming on his final Doctor Who episode, The End Of Time; in a TV interview, Tennant revealed that the last scene he filmed and the last line he delivered as the Doctor was “You two with me, spit spot!” as the Doctor dashes up the stairs. The Doctor mentions a “Pantheon of Discord,” a cabal of powerful beings who are trapped outside of time, trying to wreak chaos; it’s possible that this pantheon may also include such previous enemies as Fenric, the Gods of Ragnarok, Kwundaar, and perhaps even the Black Guardian.

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The Eternity Trap – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresSarah, Rani and Clyde pay a visit to Ashen Hill Manor, reputedly the most haunted house in England. Professor Rivers and her somewhat smug assistant Toby have already set up shop in the house, looking for spikes in electromagnetic readings and other signs of paranormal activity. Despite Sarah’s reassurances that there are no such things as ghosts, strange things begin occurring almost immediately, including Rani’s sighting of Erasmus Darkening, an alchemist who supposedly conducted dark experiments in a lab beneath the manor in the 1600s. When Professor Rivers vanishes without a trace, even Sarah Jane has to admit that something strange is happening.

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

Guest Cast: Floella Benjamin (Professor Rivers), Donald Sumpter (Erasmus Darkening), Callum Blue (Lord Marchwood), Adam Gillen (Toby Silverman), Amelia Clarkson (Elizabeth Marchwood), Rhys Gear (Joseph Marchwood)

Note: Floella Benjamin has appeared as Professor Rivers in parts 1 & 2 of season 1 finale The Lost Boy, and in part 2 of season 2’s Day Of The Clown. Absent from this episode is Tommy Knight as Luke.

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The Eternity Trap – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresClyde and Rani make an amazing discovery while exploring the catacombs in which Erasmus Darkening reportedly conducted his alchemy experiments, finding advanced electronics. But it soon becomes apparent that Darkening isn’t the only “ghost” on the premises – and not all of them are under Darkening’s power. In fact, some of these apparitions may prove to be more than willing to help in the fight against Darkening’s power. But will help from the other side be enough? Sarah still can’t bring herself to believe in ghosts, despite the mounting evidence.

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

Guest Cast: Floella Benjamin (Professor Rivers), Donald Sumpter (Erasmus Darkening), Callum Blue (Lord Marchwood), Adam Gillen (Toby Silverman), Amelia Clarkson (Elizabeth Marchwood), Rhys Gear (Joseph Marchwood), Tony Boncza (Mr. Scriven)

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Mona Lisa’s Revenge – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresClyde’s artwork lands in a local gallery, winning his class a trip there and a rare opportunity to see a prized piece of art on loan from the Louvre: the Mona Lisa itself. But when the legendary painting is unveiled, it isn’t the Mona Lisa at all – it’s an image of one of the gallery’s employees, trapped inside the painting. The news spreads quickly that the Mona Lisa has been stolen, and police pour into gallery. The woman who most people associate with the Mona Lisa is, in fact, on the loose in the gallery: she has escaped the painting and has at least a limited existence as flesh and blood. She arms herself with the Sontaran blaster depicted in Clyde’s painting and begins to trap the police in other paintings throughout the gallery. Only Luke, Clyde and Rani remain – until Sarah herself walks into the gallery, and into the Mona Lisa’s trap.

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: Suranne Jones (Mona Lisa), Ace Bhatti (Haresh), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Jeff Rawle (Mr. Harding), Liza Sadovy (Miss Trupp), Lizo Mzimba (himself)

Notes: The gallery scenes were filmed at the Welsh National Temple of Peace and Health, which explains its resemblance to the space station in the Doctor Who episode The End Of The World, which also used it as a location.

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Mona Lisa’s Revenge – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresSarah has been trapped in a painting by the Mona Lisa, who will stop at nothing to find her brother, who is also encased in a painting elsewhere in the gallery. When Luke, Clyde and Rani try to interfere, a gun-toting highwayman from another painting is sent after them. Clyde is captured and brought before the Mona Lisa, who plans to keep him as an insurance policy against the others – and the means to free her brother and devour all life on Earth. With Sarah unable to help them, Luke sees no choice but to give the Mona Lisa what she wants… unless he can do what his mother has always done, and come up with a plan to save the world.

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

Guest Cast: Suranne Jones (Mona Lisa), Ace Bhatti (Haresh), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Jeff Rawle (Mr. Harding), Liza Sadovy (Miss Trupp), Paul Kasey (Highwayman), John Leeson (voice of K-9)

Notes: The Mona Lisa itself has already played a significant part in Doctor Who history, as it was central to the plot of 1979’s City Of Death, co-written by Douglas Adams – but it’s just possible that City Of Death helps to explain this story. Luke theorizes that Leonardo da Vinci may have used paints laced with alien minerals for the Mona Lisa; it’s just possible that da Vinci’s paint was provided for him by Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, who demanded that da Vinci paint extra copies of the Mona Lisa for him as part of a scheme to fund time travel experiments in the 20th century. (It is mentioned in City that, as of 1979, the Mona Lisa in the Louvre – and therefore the one in this story as well – was one of Scaroth’s duplicates.)

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