Sky (The Sarah Jane Adventures)
|25 – Sky|
|The Sarah Jane Adventures story|
Official Poster from the BBC Website.
|Script editor||Gary Russell|
Phil Ford (co-producer)
|Executive producer(s)||Russell T Davies
|Production code||5.1 and 5.2|
|Length||2 episodes, 25 minutes each|
|Originally broadcast||3 & 4 October 2011|
Sky is a two-part story of The Sarah Jane Adventures which was broadcast on CBBC on 3 and 4 October 2011. It is the first story of the fifth and last series. In this episode, Sky Smith joins the main cast.
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A meteor crashes in a junk yard to reveal a metal man. Meanwhile, Sarah Jane discovers a baby on her doorstep who can create power surges. Sarah Jane and Rani travel to the site of the meteor crash and are met by Professor Celeste Rivers, who investigates the site with them. Sarah Jane and Rani find a homeless man who saw the metal man and describes him; they then discover that the metal man is heading to Bannerman Road.
Meanwhile, an alien woman named 'Miss Myers' appears at a nuclear power station and discovers that there was a power surge on Bannerman Road. She goes to the road and to the garden where Clyde and the baby named Sky are about to be attacked by the metal man. Miss Myers saves Clyde and Sky, then reveals that she is Sky's mother and is an alien.
Mr Smith locates Clyde at the power station, and Sarah Jane and Rani make their way there to find Clyde, Sky, and Miss Myers who reveals that her species, the Fleshkind, are fighting a war against the Metalkind. Sky is a weapon who will end the war. The metal man walks in, and Sky then transforms from a baby into a twelve-year-old girl.
At Miss Myers' command, Sky unintentionally attacks the metal man with a burst of energy. Miss Myers reveals that Sky was made and "grown" in a Fleshkind laboratory as a weapon to destroy the Metalkind. Sarah Jane and the gang escapes with Sky. Miss Myers tells the metal man he will help her get Sky and has him wired up.
Mr Smith concludes that Sky's metamorphosis was caused by her synthetic DNA and was done to maximize her effectiveness as a bomb. At the power station, Sarah Jane goes inside, and Sky follows. Sarah Jane, who is taken to Miss Myers, learns that the damaged metal man is wired up to the nuclear core in order for him to act as a homing device. Miss Meyers reprogrammed his mind as he swears vengeance on all flesh kind, including Earth's inhabitants. Believing that the Metalkind will be destroyed upon their arrival on Earth, she activates the calling of the Metalkind. Downstairs, Sarah Jane meets up with Sky, who tells her she must save Earth and goes to the nuclear core room. Sarah Jane orders Clyde and Rani to shut down the nuclear reactor in the control room before heading after Sky.
In the control room, Clyde and Rani discover the Nuclear Rod Regulation System and remove the rods based on the order of the visible spectrum. They close the reactor as the portal closes with a large power outage. The energy from the portal backlashes on Sky, destroying her genetic programming as a bomb. Miss Myers doesn't want the child anymore for she is no longer a weapon. The metal man, who reveals that he saved some of the portal's energy, breaks loose and uses the energy as he takes Miss Myers with him.
Sarah Jane explains Sky's appearance to Gita and Haresh at Bannerman Road, telling them the adoption agency had a mixup. In the attic, Sarah Jane finds the Shopkeeper and the Captain, previously met in Lost in Time. He reveals that he placed infant Sky on her doorstep. Sky chooses to stay with Sarah Jane as her adopted daughter.
- The Shopkeeper and his parrot, The Captain, previously appeared in Lost in Time.
- Rani suggests that the Doctor was the one who left Sky on Sarah Jane's doorstep. Rani met the Tenth Doctor in The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, and the Eleventh Doctor in Death of the Doctor. Sarah Jane denies that it was him, claiming he would give a reason for leaving a baby on her doorstep.
- Rani tells Sky about how Luke was created by aliens to invade the Earth while Clyde tells Sky about when they fought the Bane, both shown in the pilot episode "Invasion of the Bane".
This was the first story to be aired following the death of Elisabeth Sladen.
The first part was broadcast on Monday 3 October 2011 on CBBC while the second was broadcast on the following day, Tuesday 4 October 2011, on CBBC. The two parts were then again broadcast on Thursday 10 November and Friday 11 November 2011 on BBC One and for the first time in HD on BBC One HD.
Footage from this story of Clyde trying to make baby Sky laugh was featured in the BBC adaptation of Mr Stink.
- "The Sarah Jane Adventures – Sky" (Press release). BBC Press Office. Retrieved 15 September 2011.