#TV #Review: The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007-2011)


I came to The Sarah Jane Adventures rather late in the game and well after the death of the wonderful Elizabeth Sladen in 2011. In my view, this is an utterly brilliant series that more faithfully captures the original spirit of Doctor Who than does the current Doctor Who itself.  Each story consists of two, easily digestible, episodes of thirty minutes. Set in the Doctor Who universe, the plots concern a modern-day Enid Blyton-esque team, led by intrepid journalist and ex-Doctor Who companion Sarah Jane Smith, who save the world on a daily basis.

There are so many things that appeal to me about this series. The team itself is made up of good-natured, realistically portrayed, but constantly misbehaving teenagers. It has also occurred to me that almost all the main characters are only-children from one-parent families and there’s nothing actually wrong with any of them! (Take that ‘traditional family values‘ brigade). Also, Sarah Jane herself proves that older does not mean obsolete. There is a heart-warming quality about the show that always leaves me feeling happy, and without any sickly saccharine aftertaste either. If someone like me, a gore-splattered pulp-meister, loves the show this much, then so should you and I highly recommend it for SciFi nerds of any age.

For any elder-nerds out there, I direct you to read New Wave SF novel Michaelmas by Algis Budrys. Laurent Michaelmas is a guitar-playing journalist (shades of The Newsroom) who, in cahoots with his hugely powerful computer Domino (a bit like Mr.Smith), rules the world. Parallels?

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