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.

LogBook entry by Earl Green