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The Sarah Jane Adventures
FormatScience Fiction
Created byRussell T. Davies
StarringElisabeth Sladen
Yasmin Paige
Tommy Knight
Daniel Anthony
Theme music composerMurray Gold
Country of originUK
No. of episodes11
Executive producer(s)Phil Collinson
Russell T. Davies
Julie Gardner
Producer(s)Matthew Bouch
Running time60 min (special)
25 min (series)
Original channelBBC One
CBBC Channel
Picture formatPAL (576i)
Original run1 January 2007 – Present
Preceded byK-9 and Company
Related showsDoctor Who
Other websites
Official website

The Sarah Jane Adventures is a 2007 science fiction television series. It is a spin off from the British cult series Doctor Who.

The series stars Elisabeth Sladen as the journalist Sarah Jane Smith, who was a companion of the Third and Fourth Doctor in the classic Doctor Who series. Sladen played the original part of Sarah Jane from 1973 until 1976. Sarah Jane was considered the most popular companion of the Doctor and appeared in the new series episode "School Reunion" along with her robot dog, K-9.

Unlike the other spin off of Doctor Who, Torchwood, the target audience for The Sarah Jane Adventures is children as it is shown on CBBC.

Connections to Doctor Who

The series features many connections to Doctor Who. The Slitheen family, who first appeared in the Doctor Who episode "Aliens of London" appeared in two stories in the first series, and the Sontarans, who first appeared in the Doctor Who story The Time Warrior featured in two stories in the Second series. Doctor Who had also used ideas from The Sarah Jane Adventures. In the Doctor Who episode "Turn Left", the Doctor makes a reference to the Trickster - an enemy who had only featured in The Sarah Jane Adventures. Sarah Jane also appeared with her son Luke Smith in the Doctor Who episodes "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End".


Special (2007)

The first episode was a 60 minute special, and served as a basic introduction to the series.

Number Story Title Date Shown
01 Invasion of the Bane 1 January 2007

Series 1 (2007)

The first series featured five stories. Each story was made up of two episodes.

Number Story Title Dates Shown
02 Revenge of the Slitheen 24 September 2007
03 Eye of the Gorgon 1st and 8th October 2007
04 Warriors of Kudlak 15th and 22nd October 2007
05 Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? 29th October and 5th November 2007
06 The Lost Boy 12–19 November 2007

Series 2 (2008)

The second series featued six stories. As with the first series, each story was made up of two episodes

No Story Title Dates Shown
07 The Last Sontaran 29th September 2008
08 The Day of the Clown 6th and 13th October 2008
09 Secrets of the Stars 20th and 27th October 2008
10 The Mark of the Berserker 3rd and 10th November 2008
11 The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith 17th and 24th November 2008
12 Enemy of the Bane 1st and 8th December 2008

Comic Relief Special (2009)

A short, 5-minute special was made for the 2009 Comic Relief appeal.

Number Story Title Dates Shown
13 From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love 13 March 2009

Series 3 (2009)

A third series is currently being filmed. It will feature 6 more stories, each with two episodes. David Tennant who plays the Tenth Doctor will feature in one of these stories.

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