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!

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Adventures in 2015

Howdy again, all.

This isn't a return to regular news reporting on this blog, rather a quick catch-up on the world of The Sarah Jane Adventures. You can expect more of these, from time to time - but for all extent and purposes, this site will remain in archive-mode only.

On with the updates - drop us a comment below if you feel we've missed anything major!

Cast & Crew

Tommy Knight has rebranded himself - as Tommy-Lawrence Knight.

He featured in Waterloo Road between 2012 and its final series in 2015.

Teaming up with Yasmin Paige, Knight also appeared in E4's series Glue, created by Jack Thorne. You can catch the show on the All4 catch-up service.

Anjli Mohindra teamed up with Russell T Davies once more in Cucumber - Davies' return to gay drama. Again, it's available on All4.

Daniel Anthony was a series regular on Casualty between 2013-14.

Joseph Millson married his partner Sarah-Jane (no, really!) in 2013. He had a small role on 24: Live Another Day in 2014, and has recently returned to the theatre for Mr. Foote's Other Leg.

Elisabeth Sladen's widower, Brian Miller, appeared in 2014's Doctor Who ep Deep Breath.


Launching this Autumn is the BBC Store - an iTunes style "video on demand" download platform for BBC content. It's expected that the entire run of The Sarah Jane Adventures will feature, and that it will mark the first time series 3 has been commercially available in HD.

Meanwhile, Panini Magazines has teamed up with Hachette to publish a fortnightly book series - chronicling every episode of Doctor Who ever made, in great detail. The Complete History will, of course, feature every episode featuring Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, although the SJA are currently not in its remit. You can find details of the publication here.

The action figure of Sarah-Jane features in a 10th Doctor figurine boxset, exclusive to the UK retailer B&M Stores. It's expected that Character Options will reissue the figure soon, packaged together with the K9 toy. Look out for that at Toys R' Us across the UK and US.


A new Doctor Who spin-off aimed at the Young Adult (YA) demographic is to be launched. Titled Class, it will follows the pupils at Coal Hill School. You can read the latest developments for the series at Classy Who - sister site to!

The BBC decided not to renew Wizards vs. Aliens for a fourth series - meaning that the show ran from 2012 to 2014. Only the first series is currently available to buy on DVD or Blu-Ray, although it's expected when the BBC Store opens, all the episodes will be available to buy.


Thanks again for reading!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"She's My Best Friend..."

I'll be honest, that I don't often log into this Blogger site anymore. However, our visitor stats remain quite healthy. So then, despite the lack of any recent update - thanks for reading, and welcome to the world of Sarah Jane Smith!

A quick statement with regards to

We're here out of our love for possibly the Doctor's best friend, Sarah Jane Smith.

It's a sad fact that the woman behind that particular character, the magnificent Elisabeth Sladen, is no longer with us.

Since Lis' death in 2011, and the end of The Sarah Jane Adventures, my love and respect for the woman and her series has continued. My nephew is now old enough that he is discovering the show for himself - and as he watches on DVD it's a constant cycle of story after story; rewatched many times over, no end in sight.

But of course, the show has ended - and there's very little new news to write about. In effect, the main purpose of this blog is no more.

It will continue to exist as an archive of news for the series, and there may well be the occasional update here and there - but for the most part, that's all folks.

In the meantime, all of Elisabeth Sladen's appearences on 'Classic' Doctor Who are now out on DVD (the last release, Terror of the Zygons, hit UK shops last month) and of course The Sarah Jane Adventures is also out in full on DVD/partially Blu-Ray.

Russell T Davies and Phil Ford's Wizards VS. Aliens (their successful post-SJA effort) continues on CBBC  - with season two now showing. A third season is likely.

Finally, for a bit of self-indulgence and publicity, check out updates of my own blog.

Thanks again for visiting, and thanks for everybody who's left a comment. A big round of internet-applause for the rest of the site's writing team who have contributed over the years; in particular my partner in crime Nabu San. We did it!

To mis-quote our favourite lady:

Don't forget us.

Oh, and life reading blogs can be an adventure, too. You just need to know where to look!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Are You Watching...?

CBBC has started airing its new drama series, by the team behind The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Wizards VS. Aliens is a children's fantasy created by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford. It centres around two teenage wizards, who must protect the planet after alien creatures arrive to consume its magic.

Commissioned following the death of Elisabeth Sladen, the series utilises much of the behind the scenes crew that worked on the SJA.

I've seen the first two episodes, and despite some minor issues, I think it has the potential to be a great addition to children's drama in Britain.

It's on Monday and Tuesdays on the CBBC Channel, at 5:15pm. I'd expect repeats to follow within the first 7 days of broadcast. Of course, if you're reading this beyond 2012, chances are that the series
is now on a constant repeat cycle on the channel (as is the case with most of its dramas).

Following broadcast, episodes can be seen on the BBC's terrific iPlayer service.

A second series enters production soon, for broadcast in 2013. It will feature 14 episodes - two more than its first.

No news on international broadcasts.