The Sarah Jane Adventures continues with episodes 7 and 8 this week and there’s a Halloween theme – haunted houses feature in The Eternity Trap!

Part one airs on Thursday, 5th November at 4.35pm:

A haunted house, with mysterious whispers and secrets in the shadows attracts Sarah Jane’s attention in the first of a new, two-part adventure, written by Phil Ford and directed by Alice Troughton.

When Professor Rivers and the gang investigate an old legend, a monstrous creature appears in the night as the terrifying grasp of Erasmus Darkening reaches out from centuries past.

Part two follows on Friday, 6th November at 4.35pm:

Sarah Jane and the gang discover the secrets of Erasmus Darkening, in the second and concluding part of The Eternity Trap, but are they too late? As ghosts from the past rise up, and the quest to find the missing children reaches a climax, it seems that nothing can stop the ancient alchemist’s rise to victory.

Along with the usual cast, The Eternity Trap also features Floella Benjamin as Professor Rivers and Donald Sumpter as the superbly named Erasmus Darkening, not to mention Callum Blue as Lord Marchwood, Adam Gillen as Toby Silverman, Amelia Clarkson as Elizabeth Marchwood, Rhys Gear as Joseph Marchwood and Tony Boncza as Mr Scriven.

Meanwhile, SFX have previewed the episode, right asking ‘How do you follow up the amazing The Wedding Of Sarah Jane Smith?’

The Eternity Trap is by Phil Ford – co-writer with Russell T Davies of The Waters of Mars – so SFX rightly consider that this week’s Sarah Jane Adventure might give us some clues as to the way Ford plans to provice the scares in the next Doctor Who

“It’s the scary ones that I enjoy the most,” Ford told SFX. “‘The Eternity Trap’ is one of those stories which was born out of necessity… we didn’t have the budget that we had before, so I stupidly aid, ‘Okay, I’ll do an episode that doesn’t have any FX in it at all.’ And I’d wanted to do a haunted house episode for a while. I wanted to do a haunted house story whether it was in Sarah Jane or not. And out of necessity, I think, we’ve created a really fabulous episode.” Well, if “Midnight” is anything to go by, there’s nothing wrong with cheap episodes!

The SFX website have audio interviews with both Phil Ford and Elisabeth Sladen.