It’s that time of the week again tonight, as Sarah Jane Adventures sees our heroes Sarah Jane Smith, Luke, Maria and Clyde battle against the smell and machinations of the evil Slitheen family…
WIth each of them facing certain doom at the hands of Raxacoricofallapatorius’ worst, I’ll certainly be tuning in to learn of their fate…
5.00-5.25pm BBC ONE
Trapped in school with the monstrous child of the Slitheen, Maria, Luke and Clyde make a timely escape thanks to some deodorant and the help of Sarah Jane and her sonic lipstick, as the drama continues.
With the Slitheen’s deadly plans to destroy the Earth well under way, the gang race back to Sarah Jane’s attic to work out how to stop them. Helped by Mr Smith, Sarah Jane’s super-computer, they soon discover that the Slitheen are going to drain all the energy from Earth using a worldwide network of giant supercapacitors.
But as a power black-out starts to spread across the world, taking Mr Smith out of action, time is running out and the gang have to rely on their wits alone. Will they be able to save the Earth before the Slitheen switch off the Sun for ever? (BBC Press Office)
That seems like some pretty heavy-duty hardware the Slitheen have there… let’s hope Sarah and the job are up to it!
Despite some indifference within Doctor Who fandom, Sarah Jane Adventures has been well-received in the press, with The Telegraph describing it:
Like the revived Doctor Who at its best (i.e. at its least self-indulgent), the result is a clever blend of old and new. The new series includes plenty of sparky dialogue, complete with gags about Jamie Oliverâ€™s school dinners, and the headmasterâ€™s advice at assembly to “Study hard, because I guarantee none of you are going to be pop stars.” The old comes with the plucky children, the hissable baddies and the lumbering monsters â€“ although itâ€™s surely a shame that even the first story here couldnâ€™t invent some monsters of its own.
Interesting point at the end there, mising something that a lot of us might well have taken for granted – apt villains in the Slitheen, but would original baddies have served the series better…?