Thursday, September 06, 2007

Slight(!) Spoilers Ahead

When filming first started on The Sarah Jane Adventures this very website reported that an old enemy, the Slitheen, would feature amongst its first couple of episodes. Several insiders told us as much, but it didn't matter - many laughed off the claims, which annoyed me like crazy 'cos the one thing I don't write is dummy news. I'm an honest guy; so I figured that I should just sit back and wait for proof of the Slitheen return. And here it is!

At midnight today the BBC Press Office broke with news of the now titled episode one, "Revenge of the Slitheen" - the following report contains a huge mass of spoilers about that particular adventure:

"The new series The Sarah Jane Adventures sees the return of some familiar alien enemies from Doctor Who as the Slitheen are back and out for revenge.

Coming to CBBC on BBC One and CBBC at the end of September 2007, The Sarah Jane Adventures stars one of Doctor Who's most famous former companions – investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith.

The series is from the same people behind Doctor Who including multi-award winning writer Russell T Davies.

Having travelled the universe with The Doctor, Sarah Jane is used to dealing with alien encounters.

But when her young friends Maria, Luke and Clyde join her they soon become embroiled in a mysterious world of chases, danger, and monsters from outer space, discovering that life on Earth can be an adventure too.

In Revenge Of The Slitheen, the first two-part story from the new series, Maria, Luke and Clyde realise that all is not as it seems on their first day at their new school.

The food keeps going off, there's a funny smell and the new technology block is hiding some dark secrets. They soon find out that the Slitheen have disguised themselves as teachers as part of their deadly plan which threatens the future of Earth.

Will Sarah Jane and the gang be able to stop them all before it's too late?

Executive Producer Russell T Davies says: "This is a wonderful opportunity, to use all our Doctor Who resources here in Cardiff for the making of a brand new drama for CBBC.

"We hope brand new viewers join us for ten full-blooded episodes of excitement and danger, headlined by a truly excellent cast."

Sarah Jane Smith is played by Elisabeth Sladen who also starred as Sarah Jane in the Seventies Doctor Who series as a companion to the third and fourth Doctors.

Maria Jackson, Sarah Jane's neighbour and sidekick, is played by Yasmin Paige. Luke Smith, Sarah Jane's adopted son who was created by aliens, is played by Thomas Knight, and Daniel Anthony plays the streetwise Clyde.

Elisabeth Sladen says: "It's great to be back enjoying Sarah Jane with some fantastic new adventures. There's still so much more to find out about her after all these years.

"I hope that viewers have as much fun watching the series as I did making it."

Still no news on a broadcast date (I'm hearing maybe Tuesdays at 5, but take that with a pinch of salt) but at last the line up is complete, as we have all six episode titles. Not long to go I keep telling myself. And you know it's quite strange how excited I am for what is effectively a kid's TV show. Bring it on!
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