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“Life on Earth can be an adventure too – you just need to know where to look.” – Sarah Jane Smith

When feisty reporter Sarah Jane Smith met a mysterious man known as ‘The Doctor’, her life was changed forever; whisked off in his time and space machine, the TARDIS, Sarah suddenly found herself walking on strange new worlds, taking in breathtaking sights and encountering bizarre alien life forms the likes of which she never dreamed possible. Together with her new best friend, Sarah helped good triumph over evil, battling shape-shifting monsters, anti-matter creatures, evil Egyptian gods, prehistoric dinosaurs, giant spiders, the Loch Ness Monster and, the deadliest of them all, the dreaded Daleks. But then Sarah’s travels with the Doctor were brought to an abrupt end, and she was unceremoniously dumped back on Earth. Sarah thought her adventures would be over, but life still had more surprises in store for her; together with her trusty robot dog, K-9 (a gift from the Doctor), Sarah continued to fight injustice, facing threats such as black magic covens, immoral multi-national corporations and ruthless scientific institutions.

Then, years later, the Doctor came back into Sarah's life… While investigating strange goings-on at a school Sarah was reunited with her old friend, and helped him and his latest travelling companion, Rose, to thwart the plans of an evil race of bat-like creatures called Krillitanes. Sarah finally achieved closure by telling the Doctor how she felt about him, but when he offered her the chance to travel with him once more, Sarah turned him down, knowing that life on Earth can be a just as much of an adventure too.

Now filled with new purpose, Sarah resolved to spend her time tracking down stranded aliens to help them return home, whilst defending Earth against invading alien menaces. As well as K-9, Sarah is aided by an alien supercomputer called Mr Smith; her adopted son Luke, whom she met while thwarting an invasion attempt by the octopoid Bane; her inquisitive neighbour, Maria Jackson; and Luke’s school friends Clyde Langer and Rani Chandra.

Created by the prolific Russell T Davies, ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’ is another spin-off from the revitalised series of ‘Doctor Who’. It’s witty, scary, fast-paced and extremely good fun, certainly living up to the expectations set by its parent programme. Elisabeth Sladen is superb in the title role, ably reprising the character she brought to life on televisions screens back in the Seventies, while the supporting cast of Thomas Knight (Luke), Daniel Anthony (Clyde), Anjli Mohindra (Rani) and Yasmin Page (Maria) all give excellent performances in their respective roles.

The original pilot episode was followed by four full seasons of adventures, each more exiting and entertaining than the last, as Sarah and her friends fought alien invaders and supernatural menaces, evil businessmen and creatures from beyond our dimension, as well as being joined by the Doctor himself on more than one occasion.

However, it was during production of a fifth season of stories that tragedy struck, when lead actress Elisabeth Sladen passed away from cancer in April 2011; fans of ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’ were devastated at this untimely loss – Liz was a superb actress, and will be much missed.

The final three stories of 'SJA' ever made were shown on CBBC in October 2011 (sadly, threee other planned episodes, 'Meet Mr Smith', 'The Thirteenth Floor' and 'The Battle of Bannerman Road' were never made), ending the show on a high and seeing Sarah’s family grow with the introduction of an alien girl named Sky, whom Sarah adopted. Then, in a fitting tribute to Liz Sladen, CBBC showed a complete run of every single episode over the following week, school half term.

“And the story goes on…


'The Sarah Jane Adventures' - Christmas Special
'The Sarah Jane Adventures' - Season 1
'The Sarah Jane Adventures' - Season 2
'The Sarah Jane Adventures' - Season 3
'The Sarah Jane Adventures' - Season 4
'The Sarah Jane Adventures' - Season 5

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