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The Sarah Jane Adventures
By Martin Barber
Sarah Jane and friends
High adventure for Sarah Jane and the gang
Sarah Jane Smith, a former companion to Doctor Who, is back on our TV screens with a team of young helpers - all ready for a series of adventures that are out of this world.

Watch our webTV interview with the star of the show, Elisabeth Sladen.

Enemies of the Doctor are out for revenge in The Sarah Jane Adventures (SJA) – the latest Doctor Who spin-off, created by the award-winning writer Russell T Davies.

Starring one of Doctor Who's most famous former companions – investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith - the fast-paced children's drama series starts on Monday, 24 September, 2007 on BBC1 with Revenge Of The Slitheen.

"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," said Russell T Davies.

"We hope brand new viewers join us for 10 full-blooded episodes of excitement and danger," he added.

Sarah Jane Smith

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!

Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith
Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith

Sarah Jane Smith is played by Elisabeth Sladen who also starred as Sarah Jane in the original Doctor Who series as companion to the third and fourth Doctors, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker.

She was a regular in the series from 1973 to 1976 and made a return to the show in the 2006 episode School Reunion opposite David Tennant, the tenth Doctor.

"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," said Lis.

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

Interview with Lis Sladen

The new SJA 10 part series follows Invasion Of The Bane, a feature length episode of the drama that was first broadcast on New Year's Day 2007.

Just days after finishing filming for the SJA special, Lis shared her excitement about the new show in an exclusive webTV interview with Martin Barber for BBC Norfolk Kids during the Cult TV Festival 2006 in Hemsby.

Watch: Lis Sladen talks about the Sarah Jane Adventures
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MB: Does SJA pick up where School Reunion left off?

ES: There is a gap of time which is a very relevant gap of one-and-a-half years where this could have happened and she could have got her act together.

She still has K-9, he's still daring and doing.

MB: K-9 is just in this hour special isn't he?

ES: To my knowledge, yes. He actually has a very important job to do that Sarah knows about.

Elisabeth Sladen and Yasmin Page
Sarah Jane in her attic with Maria

She misses him desperately, and doesn't know when he might return, but he is safe.

MB: I know you're delighted with the look and feel of SJA. Why are you so pleased with it?

ES: I opened the script and I didn't know what to expect.

I would get to a scene and it is just the most lovely moment when you read something, when you're familiar with a character and a format you think you're going to have, and you find something you never thought of.

It happened about three times!

I think I've been so lucky in the director Colin Teague, he has filmed it like a film.

And there is an explosion! They haven't had as bigger one on Doctor Who or Torchwood. We've had the biggest explosion, I'm really proud of that. I don't know why.

It's a very silly thing to be proud of. It's a great, massive explosion. [she laughs]

MB: What causes it?

ES: I can't say. [she laughs] Actually, I don't know if I should have said that at all!

MB: What's it like to have Sarah Jane's character as part of your life for so many years?

ES: I feel very protective of her. I supposed I look at a script for Sarah Jane in a totally different way to how I'd look at any other script.

I'm on two levels with her. I'm reading it and wanting to do what it says there, but I'm also judging it.

MB: CBBC viewers have taken a real shine to Sarah Jane - it must be great having this army of new young fans.

Sarah Jane looks out of her attic window
Is Sarah Jane looking up towards an alien invasion?

ES: It's so lovely. I went down to film Totally Doctor Who last year and I was in the canteen and there was this rush of little heads towards me.

It was so lovely. I thought how brilliant is that. And then the dads would introduce themselves. [she laughs]

One of the dads said 'You wrote to me when I was eight, this is my son!' - how amazing. I don't know of any other programme which is like that.

The Sarah Jane Adventures: Invasion Of The Bane was first broadcast on New Year's Day 2007 at 4.50pm on BBC One.

Watch: Lis Sladen talks about the Sarah Jane Adventures
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The new 10-part series of The Sarah Jane Adventures features five stories each told over two episodes starting at 5pm (BST) on Monday, 24 September, 2007 on BBC One.

See also

Gallery: Sarah Jane's adventures in time and space

Watch: Lis Sladen talks about returning to Doctor Who in School Reunion

Watch: Lis Sladen talks about Genesis Of The Daleks and classic Doctor Who

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