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The Sarah Jane Adventures – The Complete Third Season (BBC DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Episodes: B+



One of Doctor Who’s most loyal companions, Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) returns in the third series of her own show, The Sarah Jane Adventures.  Once a companion to both the third Doctor (John Pertwee) and the fourth Doctor (Tom Baker), Sarah Jane became reacquainted with the strangeness surrounding the character when she was reunited with David Tenant’s tenth Doctor in series two of that show’s amazing re-boot.  Since that fateful episode, a groundswell of support for the Sarah Jane character prompted BBC producers to launch Ms. Smith into her own unique show.


Now in its Third Season, Sarah Jane Adventures features some of Doctor Who’s most dogged adversaries, including the Judoon and the Slitheen.  Although geared toward younger viewers, the stories in these episodes are still smart, and hit upon the themes that make Doctor Who what it is: the value of friendship, honor, and courage, and the rejection of overt violence to solve problems.


David Tenant fans should take note that this set includes his last appearance as the Doctor, and a touching goodbye between him and Sarah Jane, touchingly played by Ms. Sladen, who somehow manages the difficult task of carrying decades of experience while still remaining young and vital.  Her three young co-stars (Tommy Knight, Daniel Anthony, and Anjli Mohindra) carry the mail as well, satisfying younger audiences while also giving solid performances.


Extras on this set are thin, but do include a clip from an audio book The Sarah Jane Adventures: The White Wolf.



-   Scott Pyle


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