List of The Sarah Jane Adventures serials

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This is list of serials of the science fiction drama television series The Sarah Jane Adventures. The first episode, a 60-minute special, premiered on 1 January 2007. A series of ten[1] 25-minute episodes aired from 24 September until 19 November 2007.[2] Series 1 is made up of five two-part serials,[3] the second and subsequent series consist of six two-part serials each. The third, 12-episode[4] series produced by Russell T Davies began airing on 15 October 2009. The twelve-part fourth series began airing 11 October 2010. A fifth series was confirmed for production and eventual broadcast in 2011,[5] but only three stories were completed prior to the death of Elisabeth Sladen, the series' lead actress.[6]

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Premiere Finale DVD release date Blu-ray release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Region A Region B
New Year's Special 1 1 January 2007 7 October 2008[7] 29 October 2007[8] 12 January 2009
Re-released 2 March 2010 [9]
N/A N/A
1 10 24 September 2007 19 November 2007 10 November 2008[10] 4 June 2009 [11]
Re-released 5 January 2010
N/A N/A
2 12 29 September 2008 8 December 2008 10 November 2009[12] 9 November 2009[13] 3 June 2010[14]
Re-released 2 March 2011
N/A N/A
3 12 15 October 2009 20 November 2009 4 January 2011[15] 1 November 2010[16] 2 March 2011[17]
Re-released 2 June 2011
N/A N/A
4 12 11 October 2010 16 November 2010 6 December 2011[18] 31 October 2011[19] 1 March 2012[20] TBA 31 October 2011[21]
5 6 3 October 2011 18 October 2011 12 June 2012[22] 6 February 2012[23] 5 July 2012[24] TBA 6 February 2012[25]

Episodes[edit]

New Year's Day special (2007)[edit]

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate Viewers (millions)
01 "Invasion of the Bane" 1.X 60-minute special Russell T Davies
& Gareth Roberts
Colin Teague 1 January 2007 2.9

Series 1 (2007)[edit]

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate[26] Viewers (millions)[26]
02 Revenge of the Slitheen 1.1
1.2
2 episodes Gareth Roberts Alice Troughton 24 September 2007 1.4
1.55
03 Eye of the Gorgon 1.3
1.4
2 episodes Phil Ford Alice Troughton 1–8 October 2007 1.47
1.44
04 Warriors of Kudlak 1.5
1.6
2 episodes Phil Gladwin Charles Martin 15–22 October 2007 1.43
1.6
05 Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? 1.7
1.8
2 episodes Gareth Roberts Graeme Harper 29 October – 5 November 2007 1.61
1.73
06 The Lost Boy 1.9
1.10
2 episodes Phil Ford Charles Martin 12–19 November 2007 1.77
1.86

Series 2 (2008)[edit]

This was the last series to feature Yasmin Paige as Maria Jackson and her family who made their final regular appearance in The Last Sontaran although she and her dad, Alan (Joseph Millson) did make a final appearance in the second episode of The Mark of the Berserker.

Anjli Mohindra joined that cast as Rani Chandra in the second serial The Day of the Clown along with her parents, Gita (Mina Anwar) and Haresh (Ace Bhatti).

Nicholas Courtney made his final appearance as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in the series finale Enemy of the Bane which also featured the return of Samantha Bond as Mrs. Wormwood. Jocelyn Jee Esien made her first appearance as Clyde's mother, Carla.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate[26] Viewers (millions)[26]
07 The Last Sontaran 2.1
2.2
2 episodes Phil Ford Joss Agnew 29 September 2008 0.8
0.48/0.7
08 The Day of the Clown 2.3
2.4
2 episodes Phil Ford Michael Kerrigan 6–13 October 2008 0.51/.6
0.44/0.8
09 Secrets of the Stars 2.5
2.6
2 episodes Gareth Roberts Michael Kerrigan 20–27 October 2008 0.52/0.9
0.51/0.7
10 The Mark of the Berserker 2.7
2.8
2 episodes Joseph Lidster Joss Agnew 3–10 November 2008 0.53/0.9
0.63/0.9
11 The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith 2.9
2.10
2 episodes Gareth Roberts Graeme Harper 17–24 November 2008 0.48/0.7
0.59/0.8
12 Enemy of the Bane 2.11
2.12
2 episodes Phil Ford Graeme Harper 1–8 December 2008 0.46/0.9
0.56/0.7

Comic Relief special (2009)[edit]

A short, 5-minute special was made for the 2009 Comic Relief appeal and featured Ronnie Corbett and K-9.[27]

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate Viewers (millions)
"From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love" 1 episode Gareth Roberts & Clayton Hickman Joss Agnew 13 March 2009 8.3

Series 3 (2009)[edit]

This series was the first to be broadcast in HD. David Tennant guest starred as The Tenth Doctor in The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith which was also the final story he filmed during his time as the Doctor. Also, K9 became a regular character at the end of The Mad Woman in the Attic due to an agreement being reached with Bob Baker who owned the rights to the character.

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate[28] Viewers (millions)
13 Prisoner of the Judoon 3.1
3.2
2 episodes Phil Ford Joss Agnew 15–16 October 2009 0.73
0.82 [29]
14 The Mad Woman in the Attic 3.3
3.4
2 episodes Joseph Lidster Alice Troughton 22–23 October 2009 0.75
0.84 [30]
15 The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith 3.5
3.6
2 episodes Gareth Roberts Joss Agnew 29–30 October 2009 1.6
1.5 [31]
16 The Eternity Trap 3.7
3.8
2 episodes Phil Ford Alice Troughton 5–6 November 2009 1.1
0.93 [32]
17 Mona Lisa's Revenge 3.9
3.10
2 episodes Phil Ford Joss Agnew 12–13 November 2009 1.12
0.92 [33]
18 The Gift 3.11
3.12
2 episodes Rupert Laight Alice Troughton 19–20 November 2009 0.8
0.8 [34]

Series 4 (2010)[edit]

Phil Ford, Rupert Laight and Joseph Lidster return as writers for the series, as does Gareth Roberts, writing two stories – one on his own and another with Clayton Hickman (former editor of Doctor Who Magazine).[5]

Matt Smith guest stars as the Eleventh Doctor in episodes 5 and 6, the story entitled Death of The Doctor, along with Katy Manning, who reprises her role as the Third Doctor's companion Jo Grant. The story was written by former Doctor Who showrunner and Sarah Jane Adventures creator Russell T Davies, the first time he has written for the Eleventh Doctor. It also includes the series' first (and last) visit to an alien planet.[35]

At the end of the second episode of this series, Luke Smith goes to Oxford University, and K-9 accompanies him.[36]

Jocelyn Jee Esien reprises her role as Clyde's mum Carla, having only previously appeared in 2008's The Mark of the Berserker.[37]

No Title[6] Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate Viewers (millions)
19 The Nightmare Man 4.1
4.2
2 episodes Joseph Lidster Joss Agnew 11–12 October 2010 0.59
0.67[38]
20 The Vault of Secrets 4.3
4.4
2 episodes Phil Ford Joss Agnew 18–19 October 2010 0.73
0.61[39]
21 Death of the Doctor 4.5
4.6
2 episodes Russell T Davies Ashley Way 25–26 October 2010 0.92
0.96[40][a]
22 The Empty Planet 4.7
4.8
2 episodes Gareth Roberts Ashley Way 1–2 November 2010 0.99
0.81[41]
23 Lost in Time 4.9
4.10
2 episodes Rupert Laight Joss Agnew 8–9 November 2010 0.98
0.68[42]
24 Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith 4.11
4.12
2 episodes Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman Joss Agnew 15–16 November 2010 0.82
0.81[43]
  • ^a The 25 December 2010 omnibus repeat had 1.4 million viewers, more than its original airing.[44]

Series 5 (2011)[edit]

Filming for the first three stories of series 5, two by Phil Ford and one by Gareth Roberts, was completed prior to Elisabeth Sladen's death.[6] Production for the second half of the series, comprising three more two-part stories, was planned for spring 2011[5] but never commenced due to Sladen's illness.[45] The filmed episodes of series 5 were broadcast in October 2011, with a short montage of key moments from all five series plus scenes from Sladen's time on Doctor Who added to the end of The Man Who Never Was to mark the end of the programme. The three stories that never entered production were titled Meet Mr Smith (by Gareth Roberts & Clayton Hickman), The Thirteenth Floor (by Phil Ford) and The Battle of Bannerman Road (by Russell T Davies).[46] The Thirteenth Floor was rewritten as an episode of Wizards vs Aliens.[47]

No Title Code Episodes Writer Director Original airdate Viewers (millions)
25 Sky 5.1
5.2
2 episodes Phil Ford Ashley Way 3–4 October 2011 0.534
0.532[48]
26 The Curse of Clyde Langer 5.3
5.4
2 episodes Phil Ford Ashley Way 10–11 October 2011 0.793
0.733 [49]
27 The Man Who Never Was 5.5
5.6
2 episodes Gareth Roberts Joss Agnew 17–18 October 2011 0.71
0.60 [50]

See also[edit]

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