Mona Lisa's Revenge
|17 – Mona Lisa's Revenge|
|The Sarah Jane Adventures story|
|Directed by||Joss Agnew|
|Written by||Phil Ford|
|Script editor||Gary Russell|
|Produced by||Nikki Wilson
Phil Ford (co-producer)
|Executive producer(s)||Russell T Davies
|Production code||3.9 and 3.10|
|Length||2 episodes, 25 minutes each|
|Originally broadcast||12 & 13 November 2009|
Luke enters Clyde's painting for a competition and Clyde wins first prize. The prize is a trip to see the first showing of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa in Britain for Clyde and his class but Sarah Jane Smith is unaware of this as she and Luke have argued over the untidiness of his room. While the class is at the International Gallery with its director, Mr Harding, something causes the image of Mona Lisa to come to life and step out of the painting, and to replace herself with Harding's assistant, Miss Trupp. She also has the ability to make other people and objects from paintings come to life and able to make real people become part of paintings, and does this with some of the gallery staff. Believing the painting to be stolen, the gallery calls the police, who arrive. They have not been there long before the Mona Lisa also puts them into paintings. She removes a Sontaran blaster gun that Clyde has unwisely painted from his winning picture and commands the gallery's director to take her to find her 'brother'. Seeing the coverage of the apparent theft of the painting on television, Sarah Jane Smith arrives at the gallery and argues with the Mona Lisa to let the painting people come back to life. Instead, she puts Sarah Jane into a painting.
The Mona Lisa tries to unleash a beast in the gallery basement, which she refers to as her brother. This creature is locked up in a vault and can only be released by using a puzzle box key. This key is destroyed by Harding who, despite his admiration for La Gioconda, cannot allow her to unleash the beast on the world. Luke, Clyde, and Rani have to try to solve the problem without Sarah Jane as she is now trapped in a painting. The Dark Rider captures Clyde and takes him to the vaults along with the Mona Lisa and Harding. As Mr Harding has destroyed the original key, Clyde is encouraged to draw another, that the Mona Lisa can bring to life as a replacement. This is done and the key is used, but before the beast can escape, a picture of K-9 drawn by Clyde also comes to life and fires at the beast, causing it to retreat into the vault. This sets off a chain reaction causing all the painting people to revert to being just works of art, and all those trapped in paintings to be released. The story ends with the Mona Lisa restored to her frame and Luke promising to tidy his room.
- The Mona Lisa painting played a key role in the Fourth Doctor story City of Death.
- The International Gallery was previously featured in the Tenth Doctor episode "Planet of the Dead".
- Clyde painted Sontaran sidearms in his art, having encountered Commander Kaagh in The Last Sontaran and Enemy of the Bane.
- Lionel Harding mentions 'the fiasco at Easter', a reference to "Planet of the Dead", in which Lady Christina DeSousa steals the cup of King Æthelstan.
- The concept of an alien force transforming living creatures into artworks (and vice versa) was previously explored in the Tenth Doctor episode "Fear Her" and would become an important and repeated plot device in the Eleventh/Tenth/War Doctor episode "The Day of the Doctor".
- Pixley, Andrew; Spilsbury, Tom (13 July 2011). "Credits". Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The Sarah Jane Companion, Volume Two (Special Edition #28): 114.