Sky – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresSarah Jane watches a meteorite as it plunges to Earth, only it’s no meteorite: it’s a crashing space vehicle delivering a hunter called the Metalkind to Earth. Hours later, Sarah Jane is awakened by someone at the door, but when she opens the door there’s no one there – except for a baby left unattended. The infant obviously isn’t human, though: her cry blows every light bulb and power outlet along Bannerman Road.

At a nearby nuclear power station, another alien incursion takes place. The mysterious and powerful Miss Myers appears out of a ball of energy and “enlists” the plant’s worker to help her track down her child. The Metalkind is also seeking her child, for entirely different reasons. Sarah, Rani and Clyde are left holding the baby – which turns out to be a living weapon.

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directed by Ashley Way
music by Sam Watts & Dan Watts / title music by Murray Gold

Cast: Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Tommy Knight (Luke Smith), Daniel Anthony (Clyde Langer), Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra), Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Christine Stephen-Daly (Miss Myers), Gavin Brocker (Caleb), Paul Kasey (The Metalkind), Chloe Savage (baby Sky), Ella Savage (baby Sky), Amber Donaldson (baby Sky), Scarlet SkyDonaldson (baby Sky), Sinead Michael (Sky), Floella Benjamin (Professor Rivers), Peter-Hugo Daly (Hector), Will McLeod (voice of the Metalkind)

Notes This was the first Sarah Jane Adventures episode to air after the death of series star Elisabeth Sladen earlier in 2011. Of a planned six two-part stories, three were finished prior to production halting due to her illness.

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Sky – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresIn a burst of alien energy, Sky suddenly grows from an infant to a girl in the early stages of adolescence. Miss Meyers orders Sky to destroy the Metalkind and fulfill her destiny as a genetically-engineered weapon, but Sarah puts a stop to those instructions and makes a quick escape with her friends. Miss Meyers rigs up her Metalkind captive to send a distress signal to others of his kind, drawing them to Earth. At Sarah’s home, Mr. Smith finds that Sky’s destructive abilities can’t be deactivated: if she ever encounters sufficient numbers of Metalkind, she’ll become a powerful living bomb who can’t be defused. Sarah desperately tries to convince Sky that it’s still her choice whether or not to use that power… but when the Metalkind start arriving, what chance will anyone on Earth have?

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directed by Ashley Way
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Cast: Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Tommy Knight (Luke Smith), Daniel Anthony (Clyde Langer), Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra), Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Christine Stephen-Daly (Miss Myers), Gavin Brocker (Caleb), Paul Kasey (The Metalkind), Chloe Savage (baby Sky), Ella Savage (baby Sky), Amber Donaldson (baby Sky), Scarlet SkyDonaldson (baby Sky), Sinead Michael (Sky), Will McLeod (voice of the Metalkind), Cyril Nri (The Shopkeeper)

Notes: The Shopkeeper (and his parrot, or is that the other way around?) made his previous appearance in season 4’s Lost In Time two-parter. Although credited, Tommy Knight does not appear in this episode.

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The Curse Of Clyde Langer – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresClyde and Rani’s school day – and Sarah’s attempt to enroll Sky in their school – is brought to a standstill when fish begin raining from the sky. Mr. Smith suggests a connection between the unusual storm and a Mojave totem pole on display at a nearby museum – a totem whose discovery was also associated with raining fish. Clyde touches the totem pole and gets a splinter in his finger. The next day, his friends begin turning against him and telling him to get out of their sight – anyone exposed to the sight or sound of Clyde’s name suddenly hates him. Even his own mother kicks him out of his house. In the space of one day, Clyde has gone from alien hunter and budding artist to homeless.

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Cast: Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Daniel Anthony (Clyde Langer), Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra), Sinead Michael (Sky), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Lily Sarah Jane AdventuresLoveless (Ellie), Jocelyn Jee Esien (Carla Langer), Sara Houghton (Doctor Madigan), Elijah Baker (Steve Wallace), Anwar Lynch (Security Guard)

Notes: Clyde’s perusal of a book about the French Revolution is a gag that goes all the way back to the very first Doctor Who episode, in which the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan was seen reading a similar book. (In 1988’s 25th anniversary story Remembrance Of The Daleks, Ace was seen glancing at a similar book – possibly the same one, since both stories took place at Coal Hill School.)

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The Curse Of Clyde Langer – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresLed to shelter by a homeless girl, Clyde is a man without a home, a family, or friends. Determined to survive, he has to learn the ways of life on the streets fast. Sarah and Rani still can’t say his name without feeling a sudden, inexplicable rage, but Sky seems completely unaffected. Sky finally works up the courage to set Mr. Smith to the task of solving the curse, but he discovers that the “curse” is actually a cover for an alien being trying to gain a foothold on Earth. Thanks to the splinter that’s still in hs finger, Clyde holds the key to stopping this alien invasion… but how can anyone ask him for his help when they can’t bear to say his name?

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Sarah Jane AdventuresCast: Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Daniel Anthony (Clyde Langer), Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra), Sinead Michael (Sky), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Lily Loveless (Ellie), Jocelyn Jee Esien (Carla Langer), Sara Houghton (Doctor Madigan), Angela Pleasance (Mystic Mags), Ewart James Jones (Max)

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The Man Who Never Was – Part 1

The Sarah Jane AdventuresLuke is coming home from college, and it’ll be the first time he’s met Sky since Sarah adopted her. Sarah’s been invited to a sneak preview of the soon-to-be-launched SerfBoard personal computer, and takes Luke and Sky with her so they can get to know each other. But both of them notice something else: Serf “glitches,” a telltale sign of a hologram. Sarah manages to land an exclusive interview with Serf, and begins asking awkward questions, producing the expected result: whoever is controlling the hologram of Serf can’t keep up with the unusual line of questioning. But Serf isn’t the real threat, and he’s not in charge of Serf Systems. Who’s pulling the strings, and what secrets lie inside the SerfBoard that’ll soon be in the hands of millions?

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Cast: Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Tommy Knight (Luke Smith), Daniel Anthony (Clyde Langer), Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra), Sinead Michael (Sky), James Sarah Jane AdventuresDreyfus (Harrison), Mark Aiken (Serf), Edyta Budnik (Adriana), Peter Bowles (Lionel Carson), Dan Starkey (Plark), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith)

Notes: While Serf’s name is a play on Vint Cerf, one of the computer scientists instrumental in the creation and development of the internet, the character of Serf seems to be largely based on Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs, who died mere days before this story’s premiere. (The iPad-like SerfBoard and its carefully orchestrated PR rollout are also storngly reminiscent of Jobs’ meticulously stage-managed 2010 introduction of the iPad, and the jab at Serf’s payment and treatment of its labor force is also clearly aimed at Apple.) Serf is played by Irish-born actor Mark Aiken, who’s been busy on both sides of the Atlantic, appearing in 24, Charmed, Alias, CSI and MI-5.

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The Man Who Never Was – Part 2

The Sarah Jane AdventuresThe real power behind Serf has been revealed: the hologram of the long-dead computer tycoon is being generated by enslaved aliens, at the behest of Serf’s former business partner. Desperate to keep the truth from getting out, he locks up Sarah, Sky and Luke, and threatens the alien minions trapped in the bowels of the Serf Systems building. After receiving a message from Luke, Clyde and Rani go undercover to get into Serf’s building to rescue Sarah and the others. Sarah finds that others have been detained in order to keep Serf’s illusion a secret, and helps to free them as well. But can the plot be exposed before Serf’s hypnotic hologram persuades the public to buy a SerfBoard for every home?

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Sarah Jane AdventuresCast: Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Tommy Knight (Luke Smith), Daniel Anthony (Clyde Langer), Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra), Sinead Michael (Sky), James Dreyfus (Harrison), Mark Aiken (Serf), Edyta Budnik (Adriana), Peter Bowles (Lionel Carson), Dan Starkey (Plark), Alexander Armstrong (Mr. Smith), Jason Mohammad (Newsreader)

Notes: The was the final episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures produced before production was halted due to Elisabeth Sladen’s health. She died on April 19th after a lengthy battle with cancer, and the three two-part stories already “in the can” for the fifth season were completed and aired in October of that year, Sarah Jane Adventureswrapping up the series. A special montage covering the entire series was added to the end of The Man Who Never Was. With no new season of Torchwood commissioned following Miracle Day, the end of The Sarah Jane Adventures also marks the end of Russell T. Davies’ involvement in the Doctor Who universe.

Guest star Dan Starkey is better known as the actor most frequently engaged to play Sontaran roles in both Sarah Jane Adventures and the new Doctor Who; he has also begun providing Sontaran voices for Big Finish Productions’ Doctor Who audio stories. Alexander Armstrong, the voice of Sarah’s sentient computer Mr. Smith, would go on to appear (in person for once!) in the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special.

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