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Random thought:

What if Class found a way to bring Luke Smith- Sarah Janes alien son - in? Him and Charlie would have a lot in common I think (saving the world at a young age, aliens, not understand all the pop culture references, being gay?) and they could be passed off as cousins or something. I just miss the SJA and would love to see his character brought back in somehow.

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Sarah Jane is Best Mum

I’ve been meaning to make a cute little video like this for Sarah Jane/Lis for quite some time, and because I didn’t have time to make a proper music video (also because I’m still having some trouble with my video program and will be moving on to another at some point), I thought her birthday would be the perfect occasion. I know I’m late or almost late for some people, but it’s still February 1st here.

Rest in peace, Elisabeth Sladen.

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From Raxacoricofallapatorius With Love

This Sarah Jane Adventures skit aired as part of Red Nose Day in 2009. Legendary comedian Ronnie Corbett, half of The Two Ronnies, plays a Slitheen. It’s very silly but also very funny, especially with the clever way it throws in Two Ronnies references. It’s also lovely to see K9 make an appearance as he was absent for the whole of SJA Series 2.

What If?: The Sarah Jane Adventures

Original Airdate: 2007-2011

The Sarah Jane Adventures was a CBBC series, revolving around investigate journalist and former time traveller Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen). Along with her young friends Luke, Rani, Clyde and Sky, Sarah Jane combatted extraterrestrial threats to the earth. The series was created and executive produced by Russell T Davies, the man behind the relaunch of Doctor Who. The series was a children’s spinoff of the long-running Who, with Sarah Jane herself already a well established and incredibly popular character from the series. The Sarah Jane Adventures was a great success, winning legions of fans - both children and adult- and numerous awards. However, midway through filming of the fifth series, Sladen sadly lost a closely guarded battle with cancer. Filming was immediately stopped and the BBC announced production on the series would not continue, naturally.    Since Sladen’s death in 2011, various tidbits about where the show was heading have been revealed in magazine articles and interviews. They include: 
  • Three stories of series 5 remained unproduced at the time of Lis Sladen’s death. Those were Meet Mr Smith, The Thirteenth Floor and The Battle of Bannerman Road.
  • Meet Mr Smith was due to star Alexander Armstrong (the voice of Mr Smith) in a physical capacity. The story would see Mr Smith be transformed into a human, by an alien called Ozmo. Ozmo would force Mr. Smith to work for him, carrying out certain tasks for his nefarious scheme.
  • The Thirteenth Floor would begin in a newspaper office, where a journalist would go missing. The next day, Rani would begin a work experience placement at the office and would be intrigued by the mystery of the missing journalist.
  • This was to be a Halloween special episode, taking influence from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  • The Thirteenth Floor script was cannibalised and restructured into an episode of the first series of Wizards Vs. Aliens, the series created by the SJA production team to save a full film crew from going out of work.
  • The Battle of Bannerman Road was to be written by show creator and executive producer, Russell T Davies, and looked to be one of the man’s typically loud finales.
  • Former Doctor Who companion, Jo Grant (Katy Manning) and her grandson Diego would return in the story, last seen in 2010’s SJA story Death of the Doctor.
  • Professor Rivers (Floella Benjamin) and The Shopkeeper were also due to return.
  • Long running series villain,The Trickster, was to return. In this episode it would be revealed that he instilled his essence into Sky at the moment of her creation, effectively making her his daughter. The Trickster had been manipulating events to bring Sky and Sarah Jane together.
  • After a long will they/won’t they? Clyde and Rani would finally get together in this story.
  • 13 Bannerman Road may have been blown up at the climax of the story.
  • Clyde and Rani may also have been written out of the series at this point. Both actors felt they were ready to leave the series at this point, but no final decisions were made before production came to its sudden stop.
  • If a sixth series of The Sarah Jane Adventures was commissioned, Russell T Davies hoped to mix things up by relocating Sarah Jane to the fictional Foxglove Village
  • A sixth series would Also see an adventure starring Ace (Sophie Aldred), companion to the Seventh Doctor, and a cameo by the man himself, Sylvester McCoy.
  • In the audio commentary for Death of the Doctor (available only on the Doctor Who story The Green Death DVD), Russell T Davies revealed that were the show to continue, Luke Smith would have been revealed to be gay, per the request of the BBC. The corporation wanted to have "just a normal gay character" on children’s BBC.  

Seeing what was lying ahead for the series makes it all the more upsetting it was halted in such a manner. Though there are a lot of morsels of information here that would excite fans -old and young alike- perhaps the most interesting planned development was Luke’s sexuality. The series was known and praised for the way it tackled sensitive topics for youngsters, including divorce, loss and homelessness. It would have been a bold move by the BBC and the production team, but looking at the talent behind the series, the chances are it would have played out brilliantly.

It’s also interesting to think of what the series would have been up to in Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary year. Russell T Davies has always unashamedly celebrated the series and its mythology in his work for it, so the chances are he would have went all-out in this landmark year for the franchise. Is anyone else revelling in imagining every companion ever paying a visit to Bannerman Road?

rootfathomless  asked:

Have you thought about the SJA crew? Would they be older than the Class crew or attending at the same time?

*high pitched screeching* how did I forget about them

the thing about this AU in particular is that the ages/positions of the characters in relation to canon is ALL OVER THE PLACE with absolutely no pattern, since the initial inspiration was Quill/Dorothea as students (well, Slytherin/Hufflepuff gfs) and everything has built from that point

so the Class kiddos are first years, while Quill and Dorothea are seventh years and most of the other companions are either somewhere in between or teachers/ministry workers - the pattern has logic in regards to the character’s positions in relation to those they interact directly with (like Clara being Twelve’s favourite student) but isn’t what necessarily what you would always expect to see

I might put Luke, Rani, Clyde, and Maria in like fourth or fifth year, and then Sky in first year (suggestions on houses for them would be great - I’m thinking Ravenclaw Luke, Gryffindor Rani, Hufflepuff Clyde? not sure though) 

where would Sarah Jane fit in, is the question, do I make her an adult with a job or do I make her a seventh year and an older sister to Luke and Sky? 

SJA: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith

I continue my look at the children’s Doctor Who spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures.

237: The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith

“You’re so important. Not just to me. The Trickster wanted to end your story, but it goes on. The things you’ve done, Sarah, they’re pretty impressive, but, oh, the things you’re gonna do. .”

Format: 2 episodes, each 25 minutes long

Writers: Gareth Roberts

Team Bannerman Road:

  • Sarah Jane Smith
  • Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
  • Luke Smith
  • Clyde Langer
  • Rani Chandra
  • K9

Story:

After Sarah Jane starts acting suspiciously, Luke, Clyde, Rani and K9 investigate. They discover she has a boyfriend, Peter Dalton, and they are going to get married. Clyde suspects Peter may be an alien. At the wedding, the Trickster returns. As the gang find themselves trapped in a time loop in Limbo, can the Doctor save Sarah, her friends and the entire planet Earth from the wrath of the Trickster?

What I liked:

  • The Doctor! Great to have him here!
  • Deals with the prospect of step-parents well
  • It’s romantic and heart-breaking

What I disliked:

  • The Doctor doesn’t really do anything

Overall thoughts:  This is another superb Sarah Jane Adventures story. It would be great without the Doctor here but he’s the icing on the (wedding) cake.

The first half is great as it allows us to spend some time with the characters without the end of the world being imminent. It’s only until the dying seconds that the threat becomes obvious. It’s a decent love story for Sarah Jane and it’s great to see her so happy here. Elisabeth Sladen really manages to portray love excellently here. It also uses this as an excuse to tackle the concept of step-parents and it’s done well. There is great suspicion from Clyde and Rani but Luke’s reaction is more subtle. He’s just confused, not sure what life might be like with Peter and worried about how his life will be changed by it. 

Then we get a superb cliffhanger as the Doctor turns up and demands the wedding is stopped. It’s such a trope of film and TV and wonderful to see the Doctor get to do it. It’s interesting to note the way the Doctor is shown here. There’s still a hint of the cockiness that defines the later part of this incarnation but he’s a lot of fun here and really builds up the Attic gang. I like to think he is more contained here as he is with friends and the story subtly shows again why the Doctor needs companions. 

The Trickster remains a great villain and this is a particularly nasty plan. Saving a man’s life, directing him to marry Sarah Jane and then force her into his agreement or being stuck in Limbo. In the end it’s Peter who saves the day which is heartbreaking. It’s a similar end to Father’s Day but at least then we knew Rose’s Dad ought to be dead. Here Sarah Jane’s true love sacrifices himself for her. 

The best thing for me is the way the characters get a really good chance to interact with each other. For the first half of the story there’s no threat and in the second half there’s no time limit or immediate danger of death so it feels a bit different. The three ‘kids’ are superb characters and seeing them spend time with the Doctor is really lovely. It’s also great to have K9 around too, he’s a great addition- a lot of fun but also a handy way of quickly explaining sci-fi ideas. 

Tender, heart-breaking and a whole lot of fun.

Next Time: Ghosts and Mona Lisa