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REMINDER: The Sarah Jane Adventures Premieres Tonight

Tonight, the U.S. SciFI Channel is premiering the Doctor Who spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures. Unlike the adult-targeted Torchwood spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures is aimed at kids.

The Sarah Jane character (played by Elisabeth Sladen) was last seen by U.S. audiences in the 2006 Doctor Who episode “School Reunion” which also featured the robotic dog, K-9. But longtime Who fans will know her as the Doctor’s sidekick between 1973 and 1976, alongside John Pertwee and Tom Baker.

From the SciFi Channel site:

The Sarah Jane Adventures features Sarah Jane Smith, a companion of the Third and [Fourth] incarnations of Doctor Who from the Doctor’s original series. Elisabeth Sladen reprises her role and is back in action, discovering alien plots to take over the world, or simply helping lost extraterrestrials get home.

Aided by her new young friend, Maria Jackson (Yasmin Paige), and her newly (and genetically engineered) adopted son Luke Smith (Tommy Knight), Sarah Jane has no problem taking on any challenge!

I have my DVR set. My daughter and I are avid Doctor Who viewers. I’m hoping this will be something else we can share. Besides the money in my wallet.

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12 Comments on REMINDER: The Sarah Jane Adventures Premieres Tonight

  1. Wally Conger // April 12, 2008 at 4:40 pm //

    I liked it. And Elisabeth Sladen is as adorable at 60 as she was thirty years ago.

  2. For some reason I kept reading the title on the program guide as “Sarah Connor” and figured it was the show about the Terminex Man chasing the mother and son…


  3. Richard Novak // April 12, 2008 at 11:20 pm //

    It was great! I look forward to the show every week.

    Love & blessings


  4. I liked it as well. I will post my first impressions soon…

  5. I had a huge crush on Sarah Jane back in the Baker day and still do, so I tuned in. She’s aged REALLY well (wish I could say the same, even though she has a few years on me). This was a “cute” show. I’ve seen a lot worse. I liked that Sarah Jane’s personality has been put just slightly off kilter by her time with the Doctor (and, in fact, she was channeling Baker a bit, I thought!). But it really will only appeal to the younger crowd. I’ll probably watch this from time to time, especially if they have a Who crossover. I haven’t been a total convert to the new Who (Eccleston/Tennant), or Torchwood, but I’m a casual viewer. It’s just not like the old days. Sorry, Bill S.!

    P.S. The plot devise to get K-9 out of the picture (a wise move) was REALLY lame.

  6. I have to agree with you on Sarah’s new show, her SECOND spin-off from Doctor Who (the first being K-9 and company). The thing that must be remembered here, though, is that Sarah’s new show is a HARDCORE children’s show in Britain. So its appeal to adults is just not going to be there. I found it cute, but did not like the kiddie aspect of it, which is going to be the case for the entire run of the show, Russell T. Davies made quite clear in DWMagazine. I have no use for kiddie shows. I also thought the K-9 thing was SO dumb. It’s totally impossible to have him with Sarah wherever she goes, but I think she should have had him as a “housepet,” so he could be around whenever she’s at home. But whatever. One thing I did think was WAY cool was that she had pictures of the Brigadier and Harry on her wall. There were some other pictures there, too, but I couldn’t make them out. As for Torchwood, I watch it now all the time, but it’s not fantastic. And as for Who, well Greg, I think you’re going to have to realize you are in the minority. The new Who is absolutely wonderful, very intelligent, very well acted, and quite ingenious. You are romanticizing the past and seem like you are unable to give the new Who a fair chance. Doctor Who is one of the top 2 or 3 new shows (I HATE to call it new, since it is the continuation of the old show, which they revere so much) of the new century. Long live Russell T. Davies, an equal of Ronald Moore’s!

  7. Heather H // April 13, 2008 at 2:16 pm //

    I hope Bill S and Greg L will stick with SJA. It’s much more than a “kiddie” show (especially after RTD gets less involved) and gets better and better as it goes. The first two stories are the youngest skewing. After that it’s more teen oriented – unless you think of teens as kiddies. The third, fifth, and sixth stories are excellent!

    Also, it tackles universal and adult topics like divorce (and not just from the kid angle), Alzheimers, kidnapping, and betrayal in very mature ways. And the relationships of the regulars (Kelsey is mercifully gone for the proper series replaced by the much better Clyde, who’s a great foil for Luke) develop nicely.

    It’s more like Classic Who than New Who any day. It even has cliffhangers!

  8. Ah, I see, Bill. Good is determined by the majority? I KNOW you can’t mean that! I could care less whether I’m in the minority or majority–I either like it….or I don’t.

    I do like Tennant’s Doctor (MUCH better than Eccy’s). I rated him very highly on my Doctor’s list, if you’ll recall.

    But overall, the new show just doesn’t “feel” right to me. I can’t really put my finger on it, but something is missing. I’m afraid it may be MY youth that’s missing. Sometimes a time in a person’s life and TV show will intersect and it’s magic. Sometimes a very good show just doesn’t hit a person at the right time in his or her life and there’s no connection made.

    You know that not liking the original Battlestar Galactica, I only reluctantly watched the new show for you. But something about it (the power of Moore!) caught me and I was hooked. That just didn’t happen with New Who.

    We’re living a period of high drama right now in the sci-fi/fantasy genre–the superb BG; the intricate Lost; the late, lamented Carnivale. That seems to be what connects with me now, I guess. The New Who’s I’ve seen just haven’t attained that level. Not that I still don’t like good, old-fashioned fun. That can be found in the likes of Farscape and especially Firefly/Serenity (unfortunately also both gone). New Who hasn’t satisfied on that level either, for me.

  9. To Heather H.: Was Kelsey the annoying friend? If so, dumping her was certainly the right move.

    Bill, I noticed, too, that when they were trying to come up with a name for Luke, Sarah Jane said “Alastair.” I’m sure she liked that name because of…..Brigadeer Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.

  10. Steve Who // April 15, 2008 at 2:03 am //

    I’ve watched the old Who’s, the new Who’s and this attempt at continuing the line. Personally, Tom Baker is Who and the rest are pale attempts at capturing the charm Baker had in spades. I thought the newer Who’s were more about cheesy special effects that I time again wished those funds could have been rolled into paying writers to produce better scripts.

    This Sarah Jane series, in my opinion, is sorely lacking in real charm and that je ne sais quoi that captures the imagination and makes you want to come back to see what’s happening. The strange octopus beast in the premiere is pretty pathetic–how exactly did a space faring race get to Earth and become so inept and, well, just plain stupid? Anyway I don’t want to overly beat up on the show, but it seems the olden days are loooong gone.

    I will not be watching TSJA again.

  11. Steve Who // April 15, 2008 at 2:12 am //

    CAVEAT: okay, I suppose if I put on heavy this-is-for-YOUNG-kids filters, then perhaps this show has redeeming features — but missing is the second layer of detail that would keep adults interested. I hope this can stimulate the imaginations of kids.

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