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The Sarah Jane Adventures Seasons 1-5 Review

hotdvdcollection.com / Jun 09, 2012

The Sarah Jane Adventures Seasons 1-5

I saw amazing things out there in space. But there is strangeness to be found wherever you turn. Life on Earth can be an adventure too … you just need to know where to look!" — Sarah Jane Smith The Sarah Jane Adventures Seasons 1-5

The Sarah Jane Adventures features Sarah Jane Smith, a companion of the Third and Fouth incarnations of Doctor Who from the Doctor's original series. Elisabeth Sladen reprises her role and is back in action, discovering alien plots to take over the world, or simply helping lost extraterrestrials get home. The Sarah Jane Adventures Seasons 1-5

Aided by her new young friend, Maria Jackson (Yasmin Paige), and her newly (and genetically engineered) adopted son Luke Smith (Tommy Knight), Sarah Jane has no problem taking on any challenge! The Sarah Jane Adventures Seasons 1-5

The Sarah Jane Adventures is a British television series, produced by BBC Wales for CBBC, created by Russell T. Davies and starring Elisabeth Sladen. The programme is a spin-off of the long-running BBC science fiction programme Doctor Who and focuses on the adventures of investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith. The series debuted on BBC One with a 60-minute special, entitled "Invasion of the Bane", on 1 January 2007. A full series of ten 25-minute episodes followed, beginning on 24 September 2007. The series consists of five two-part stories and is set in Ealing, London. The Sarah Jane Adventures Seasons 1-5

In 2006, Children's BBC expressed an interest in producing a Doctor Who spin-off. Their initial idea was "a drama based on the idea of a young Doctor Who", but Russell T. Davies vetoed this. "Somehow, the idea of a fourteen-year-old Doctor, on Gallifrey inventing sonic screwdrivers, takes away from the mystery and intrigue of who he is and where he came from," said Davies. He suggested instead a series based on the Doctor's former companion Sarah Jane Smith. The Sarah Jane Adventures Seasons 1-5

The character of Sarah Jane, played by Sladen, appeared in Doctor Who from 1973 to 1976, alongside Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor and later Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor. A pilot for another Doctor Who spin-off series, K-9 and Company, made in 1981, featured Sarah Jane and the robot dog K-9; however, the option to make a series was not picked up. Sarah Jane and K-9 returned to Doctor Who in various media many times over the years, most notably in the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors (1983) and in the 2006 episode "School Reun ion". The Sarah Jane Adventures Seasons 1-5

New Year's Day special

The Sarah Jane Adventures was first seen by its original British audience in the form of a 60-minute New Year's Day special, titled "Invasion of the Bane", which was co-written by Russell T. Davies and Gareth Roberts. The Sarah Jane Adventures Seasons 1-5

Though it may have appeared so to the viewing audience, "Bane" was not a pilot. Instead, it was a holiday special. Nevertheless, because of the atypical broadcast order - holiday specials in Britain typically air after the regular run of the series to which they're attached - the story had many conventional introductory elements common to pilots. Creator Russell T. Davies has commented upon the exceptional broadcast situation, saying 'Sarah Jane Adventures is slightly unusual in that it was commissioned before we'd written the script. If we'd written a load of rubbish, they'd still have had to make it.' He refers to "Invasion of the Bane" simply as the "first episode". The Sarah Jane Adventures Seasons 1-5

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