Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Look Who's Joining Sarah Jane...

Word up!! (?) Here's a Press Release from t'BBC, issued on Tuesday the somethingth of May. Yippee, says I.

Doctor Who fans are in for a treat this Autumn as David Tennant makes a special appearance as The Doctor in CBBC's hit drama series The Sarah Jane Adventures with a starring role across two episodes.

Investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith, one-time companion to that strange wanderer in time and space known as The Doctor, is reunited with her old friend as The Sarah Jane Adventures is back for a third series of alien-busting adventures on CBBC this September.

Elisabeth Sladen, who plays Sarah Jane, says: "When I heard the news that David was going to be joining us I was absolutely over the moon. Not only has it made my day but it will also make the viewers' day.

"It's fantastic news that Sarah Jane is going to spend some time working with The Doctor again and is testament to just how successful this CBBC series is."

Russell T Davies, Executive Producer of The Sarah Jane Adventures, adds: "Viewers thought they may have to wait until November for the next full episode of Doctor Who, but this is an extra special treat.

"And it's not just a cameo from David – this is a full-on appearance for The Doctor as he and Sarah Jane face their biggest threat ever."

The series includes 12 weeks of brand new adventures featuring a new alien race, the reptilian Veil and their enemies the Judoon, alongside an extraterrestrial girl that can make people play games against their will.

There will also be a living painting, the inhabitants of a supposedly haunted house, monsters who want to infect Earth with a strangely aggressive weed and a chance for Sarah Jane to find personal happiness with someone who could be the perfect person to complete her family.

Alongside adopted son Luke, Sarah Jane's team is made up of Luke's streetwise pal Clyde Langer, their schoolmate Rani, who lives opposite and has aspirations to become a journalist like Sarah Jane, and Mr Smith, their Xylok supercomputer up in the attic, plus Sarah Jane's robot dog, K-9.

Here's Russell T talking about it all...


Putting on my fanorak for a moment, my own personal hope for this story - which I suspect may be the last SJA in what I believe, for various reasons all to do with the relaunch of Dr Who in 2010 unencumbered by the baggage of various previous era spin-offs will be the final series - is that our Sarah Jane finally finds some sort of happiness, her old friend the Doctor wishes her well after a ripping final adventure together and tells her that her work is done, that the Earth is well-placed to protect itself now and it's time she found a life of her own. Sarah Jane can close down Mr Smith, give K9 the punt up the posterior he's long deserved, and walk off into the sunset with the new man in her life and her alien son Luke by her side. Awww. Let's hope Sarah's old chum Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, who has already featured in The Sarah Jane Adventures, is down to be a guest in this wedding episode too....I'm sure a meeting between the tenth Doctor and the Brig will be the final 'check' box on David Tennant's Dr Who fanboy 'to do' list.

Incidentally, it's also now confirmed that there's yet more David Tennant as the Doctor for 2009 in the form of a new animated adventure, similar to 'The Infinite Quest' a couple of years ago. This one sees Tennant team up with his own current squeeze Georgia Moffatt (she played Jenny in 'The Doctor's Daughter' last year, you'll remember) with a guest cast which includes David Warner.

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