Monday, February 26, 2018

We ♥ BBC iPlayer!

Just a quick heads up to everybody reading in the United Kingdom - the complete Sarah Jane Adventures series boxset is available right now (for free) on the BBC iPlayer service.

Yep. That's every episode made. So says Russell T Davies himself:

What are you waiting for? Start that 11th anniversary marathon NOW!!*

*Looks like it's available for 2 months - so until approx mid-April.

Monday, January 30, 2017

DW: Gaze Of The Medusa [Preview]

Out now from Titan Comics - the collected Doctor Who mini-series, Gaze Of The Medusa! Written by Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby, and with art by Brian Williamson - the story features the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith against an enemy you won't see coming (unless you want to be turned to stone!)...

The cover, and 4 preview pages from within:

 The book can be picked up from comic book shops, or online at Forbidden (ships internationally).

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

SJA's 10th Anniversary!

It's a happy 10th birthday to The Sarah Jane Adventures. The series launched on New Year's Day 2007 with its brilliant, colourful pilot episode - Invasion of the Bane. A series followed in the autumn, and every autumn up to 2011.

To celebrate the milestone, a group known as the Attic are reuniting as many members of the cast and crew as they possibly can, for a one-off event this July. Click here to be taken to their website.

Confirmed so far to attend are:

Tommy Knight (Luke Smith)
Daniel Anthony (Clyde Langer)
Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra)
Yasmin Paige (Maria Jackson)
Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra)
Katy Manning (Jo Jones nee Grant)
Joss Agnew (Director)
Phil Ford (Writer)
Gary Russell (Script Editor)
Joe Lidster (Writer)
Scott Handcock (Runner)
Richard Wisker (George in the episode 'Lost in Time')
Cheryl Rowlands (A nun in the episode 'Eye of the Gorgon')
Paul Marc Davies (The Trickster)

They'll be auctions of scripts, merchandise and other bits and bobs. All proceeds go towards children's hospice Ty Hafan.

Why don't you join them Saturday 29th July, and celebrate what remains a fantastic show!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ronnie Corbett

Comedian Ronnie Corbett has died. Best known for his sketch show The Two Ronnies (alongside another comedy great, Ronnie Barker) Corbett appeared in a very special instalment of The Sarah Jane Adventures back in 2009, when he guest starred in the series' Comic Relief special From Raxacoricofallapatorius With Love. He was 85.

SARAH wishes to extend its sympathies towards Ronnie's friends and family.

BBC News has published tributes here, as well as a look back on some of his best jokes.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

March 2016 - Interviews & Signings

Elisabeth Sladen's daughter Sadie is interviewed in the latest issue of Starburst. The independent science-fiction and fantasy magazine previews her novel, Moon Blink. It also discusses her transition from actress to writer, and hints of Sadie's future in script writing. You can pick up a copy now, in Starburst magazine issue 423.

Meanwhile, if you're a reader from Newcastle, UK - good news! There's a signing of the new Fourth Doctor comic book at your Forbidden Planet store, this coming Saturday (26th). Published by Titan Comics, and out this Wednesday, the story of the book goes as follows:

The story takes place in Victorian England, that mysterious era of chamber pots and pocket watches. There is an unknown woman who is in charge of a secret army in an institution for the blind. There are Scryclops roaming the streets, and mysterious, timeless screams rip through the air. The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith arrive on the scene to investigate the Gaze of the Medusa.

It's written by Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby (both 2000AD veterans) who will be at Saturday's signing.

Also coming soon - on April 5th, to be precise - is the next chapter of Hachette's Doctor Who: The Complete History to feature any of Sarah Jane Smith's stories. Issue 16/volume 20 focuses on Planet of the Daleks, The Green Death (the final adventure for Death of the Doctor's Jo Grant) and finally, Sarah's debut in The Time Warrior.

The book can be picked up in a fortnight, at £9.99.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

On Record

Just in time for Record Store Day on April 16th, the classic Doctor Who adventure Genesis of the Daleks is being re-released on vinyl.


Transmitted on television in 1975, this classic story featured Elisabeth Sladen across all six episodes. The soundtrack went on to be released, abridged but with a Tom Baker narration filling in any gaps in story. This original record was made available in 1978 by BBC Records and Tapes - and was subsequently released onto MP3 in the early 2000s.

This new edition is brought to us by Demon Records, and its pressed on blue vinyl. There's no hint at the price - you'll just have to get yourself down to your nearest record store in April, and hope really really hard that they have it... and cheap!

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Running Late

There's a delay on the first issue of Titan's Doctor Who Fourth Doctor comic. Originally scheduled to come out March 1st, it looks like it won't be out this week either. Such delays have happened before, with the Ninth Doctor series in 2015.

We don't have a date for issue 1, but here's the complete gallery of covers available for the launch issue. Many thanks to Titan Comics for these.

Cover A, by Alice X Zhang

Cover B, a photo variant (edited by ??)

Cover C, by Brian Williamson

Cover D, by Jay Gunn

Cover E, by Matt Baxter

Cover F, blank cover

Many fans like the blank covers, as it allows them to take it to the series' artist, and have them draw a unique image on their edition.

The blank cover does have underneath it the Alice X Zhang image, also.

Best guess, issue one will hit stores on March 16th.

Meanwhile, Comic Book Resources have an exclusive look at the second issue covers on their site. That issue is slated for release March 30th; but this will likely slip back to some point in April/May.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Moon Blink

The cover to Sadie Miller's Moon Blink novel has been revealed:

Based on the early career of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers, Moon Blink is "a game of cat and mouse", set during the first moonwalk in July 1969.

You can read all about it here, and on Sadie's twitter page.

Meanwhile, three universes are about to meet - as our very own Finn Jones (Jo Jones' grandson in SJA's Death of the Doctor) has been cast as the lead in the Marvel Cinematic Universes' Iron Fist. Of course, Finn also had a memorable turn in HBO's Games of Thrones a couple of years back. His agent is to be commended for landing him some great roles!

Finally, see where Sarah Jane ranks amongst the best and worst of the Whoniverse's mothers.


I know posts are infrequent now - so check out our sister blog COAL

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Following In Her Mum's Footsteps

It's been announced that Sadie Miller (daughter of Elisabeth Sladen) will write a novel for Candy Jar Books, set within their Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off series. The book, titled Moon Blink, will be out in 2016.

There's more on the story at Doctor Who news - including quotes from the team at Candy Jar Books, as well as Sladen-Miller family friend (and SJA script editor) Gary Russell. It confirms that following Lis Sladen's death in 2011, Sadie turned her attention away from acting and towards the writing profession.

Well done Sadie - and good luck for future endeavours!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Comic Strip Presents...

Titan Comics have announced a new Doctor Who series featuring the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith!

The company has been releasing graphic adventures featuring the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors for over a year now - and has dipped its toes into limited series runs for the Eighth and Ninth incarnations too.

The Fourth Doctor series will be 5 issues long, and features a script by Gordon Rennie & Emma Beeby, with art by Brian Williamson.

As per Titan's press release: The all-new adventure is set in Victorian England, where a mysterious woman commands a hidden army in a house of the blind. Scryclops stalk the streets...and something alien and terrible screams from prehistory – with a hunger that cannot be satisfied! 

As most comic books do these days, there's a series of "variant" front covers, all of which are below. Which is your fave?

The book releases from next March.

Let's hope they get around to a SJA comic soon, too!