It starred Elisabeth "Lis" Sladen , reprising her role of Sarah Jane Smith, investigative reporter and former companion of the Doctor in his Third and Fourth incarnations in the classic series. The series lasted from to , when Sladen passed away.
This was the second attempt to produce a Sarah Jane-centric Spin-Off , the first being 's K-9 and Company; only a pilot episode of that was produced. Sarah Jane appeared to be a bit of an eccentric recluse at first, but it turned out she was really an expert on aliens and their technology. She was joined by local kids Maria and Clyde, as well as her adopted and Artificial Human son, Luke, as they battle aliens on Earth Later episodes introduce Rani, Clyde and Luke's schoolmate, and Sky, Sarah Jane's adopted alien daughter a character introduced late in the series as a replacement for Luke.
SJA is sort of the opposite of the other Whoniverse spinoff, Torchwood. Like Torchwood, the series occasionally crosses over with Doctor Who proper.
The Doctor also occasionally pops up in SJA, in his tenth and eleventh incarnations. Also not to be confused with Downtime, a semi-fanmade direct-to-video production about Sarah Jane.
The series was cancelled following Sladen's death, but three out of the six planned two-parters for Series 5 were already completed and aired posthumously in October Although UK media reported that the BBC was considering continuing the series in some fashion, common sense prevailed and the series was retired.
Aliens , which allowed most of the production team though not the cast of SJA to keep their jobs. At least one episode of WvA "The Thirteenth Floor" was adapted from one of the episodes that had been planned for SJA's fifth season but never filmed due to Sladen's death.
And the story goes on This show provides examples of: Due to Sladen's death midway through production of Series 5, several arcs ended up being abandoned or never resolved. These include the mystery of the Shopkeeper a character introduced in Series 4 who was to have returned in the second half of Series 5 ; Rani and Clyde's relationship; and the fate of Sarah Jane's adopted alien daughter, Sky who according to Doctor Who Magazine was only intended to appear on the series for one season, with her storyline resolved at its end.
It was also going to be confirmed again per DWM that Luke was gay, following a few subtle dialogue hints in earlier episodes. Adam and Eve Plot: On finding that he and Rani are apparently the last two humans in the world, Clyde immediately decides they're in one of these.
Rani isn't so keen on the idea. This was also suggested as a third option in "The Vault of Secrets". Fortunately, they figured out a fourth one. One of the only things that can truly terrify Sarah Jane Smith is the prospect of losing her son.
Mostly averted, due to it being sister series to shows with few-to-none cast as young as Generally speaking, only a handful of teens including Clyde, Rani, Maria and Luke are fit to fight aliens. Sarah Jane's initial attitude towards Maria, then Clyde, then Rani. Ventilation shafts, that takes me back. Aliens of London Mr Smith, as a main example. Sarah Jane, particularly explicitly in "The Gift" where she essentially declares, "Screw the world.
I'm saving my son. Chrissie drops by to visit them frequently. During a potential apocalypse in "The Lost Boy", Chrissie calls her ex-husband, saying that she wants to be with him and their daughter. And I Must Scream: People trapped in the paintings in "Mona Lisa's Revenge". And Mona Lisa herself. Sarah Jane says she almost feels sorry for her. And The Story Goes On Sarah Jane, despite meeting all kinds of aliens, flatly refuses to consider the possibility that the events in "The Eternity Trap" are caused by ghosts, or even by aliens with similar properties.
This despite the fact that it is an Artificial Intelligence belonging to an orphaned alien with the ability to alter time and control and read minds and that it runs on black holes. In "Death of the Doctor" Sarah Jane initially didn't buy the existence of the Shansheeth, a vulture-like alien race that claimed to be the undertakers of the universe.
This was at least in part due to her refusal to believe the Shansheeth's report that the Doctor was dead. The pendant in "Mark of the Berserker" is addictive, with mind control powers.
The Mona Lisa, which is painted from minerals originating in a space rock. Martin Trueman, the villain of "Secrets of the Stars". Well, when you compare Eve to the Bane or Slitheen But subverted in "Mona Lisa's Revenge". Beware the Nice Ones: She's an ex-companion of The Doctor, do not tick her off.
It's actually scary to wonder who the Doctor is more pissed off at; the Shansheeth for stealing his TARDIS, Screwdriver and faking his death, Jo for thinking she's stupid, or himself for allowing her to think she was dumb. Luke gets a few in Series 4; his speech to the nightmare man and the look on his face when he returns at the end of Series 4. Androvax in "Prisoner of the Judoon". Clyde even calls him a "body-snatching alien scumbag".
After the Brigadier shoots a suspicious officer who was really a Bane: I always suspected Major Kilburn was a slimy creep. Villains brainwashing people comes up with some frequency. Clyde seems to be especially prone to being a victim of it. The Rakweed in "The Gift" is killed by soundwaves of a certain frequency. But how does it protect you? I don't know, with it's The Bus Came Back: Maria, as well as the Brigadier and Jo Grant.
Cannot Spit It Out: The Slitheen-Blathereen in "The Gift". Luke informs Sarah Jane that he might be eligible to start university a year early. Sarah Jane suggests it might not be the ideal moment for the conversation, seeing as how they're currently handcuffed to a large alien bomb.
A episode revealed that 60s Doctor Who companions Barbara Wright Chesterton and Ben Jackson were both still alive, despite the actors who played them having died in the s. By contrast, the character of Harry Sullivan, whose actor died in the s, was referenced in the past tense enough to indicate that he's deceased. Sarah Jane Smith herself is still alive, despite the death of Elisabeth Sladen. The last episode of the series ends with the words "And the story goes on In "The Day of the Clown".
Ealing comes to be known as the "Ealing Triangle" for all the weird stuff that happens there. Commander Kaagh in "The Last Sontaran". While the parent series has had a comic strip based on it since the s, and even the more adult-oriented Torchwood garnered a comic strip, with the sole exception of a couple of narrated web comics, SJA - a series marketed as a more child-friendly entry in the franchise - never got a chance to have its own comic adaptation.
There's even a token reference to Maria from series 1 and 2. The occasional throwaway reference aside, the series manages to avoid this with its younger viewers, even in the continuity-heavy " Death of the Doctor ". That said, some level of lockout is unavoidable for viewers who have never seen Doctor Who. Frequent references to Doctor Who new and classic and more subtly to Torchwood. The same episode also heavily implies that Eve's people were killed in the Time War. Sarah Jane lives on Bannerman Road.
The Doctor himself gets mentioned a number of times throughout the series, sometimes accompanied with flashbacks, sometimes not. Notably, his removal from time is an eventual goal of the Trickster. The art gallery in "Mona Lisa's Revenge" used to house the Cup of Athelstan, stolen in "Planet of the Dead" , and its theft is referenced.
The Eleventh Doctor references Amy and Rory's marriage , as well as his previous regeneration in which he is said to have visited every one of his past companions. What did you expect? Older than she looks, Sarah Jane spends her time being generally awesome. The addition of Sky in the fifth season threatened to be this, but ultimately ended up averting the trope because the character ending up not being annoying and she never really got to replace any cast member in the long term because the series ended only six episodes after she joined.
Not her fault, either. At least once a series up until series 4 , an alien will explode messily when at least one of the regulars is standing too close to them. On one such occasion, Clyde laments that it always happens to him. In series 4, he lampshades that he got through the series without being gunged The recurring villain the Trickster has also gotten mentioned, but did not appear, in the parent series, as well as Torchwood. Although the Trickster's Brigade appeared in both.
Originally, Martha Jones was supposed to appear in the finale of the second series she was replaced with The Brigadier. Had this went through, she would have been the first and only character to appear on all three shows other than the American newscaster Trinity Wells and the unnamed French newscaster. Had the series continued beyond after Elisabeth Sladen's passing, the Doctor would have made another appearance, but not the David's Doctor or Matt's: Ace, former companion to the Seventh Doctor, was scheduled to have joined the gang for a one-off.
More so with Sarah Jane's parents.