The Sarah Jane Adventures the complete Fourth Series
There arenít going to be any more Sarah Jane
Adventures, with the sad and unexpected death of Liz Sladen last
year the BBC closed down production and so we have just five seasons.
A spinoff of Doctor Who the Sarah Jane
Adventures are unapologetically a kids show, pitched at a younger
audience. Although not quite as young as the audience that might have
thought that the recent K9 series was cool. But does it have
anything for the casual adult viewer?
This is season 4 so it must have something going for
it or we wouldnít have made it this far, of course the Doctor
occasionally turning up doesnít hurt the audience appreciation figures.
Last season it was David Tennant in his final minutes as the Doctor
since that story was filmed after the end of his season four, this time
itís Matt Smith but we are getting ahead of ourselves.
The series starts with The Nightmare Man about
an alien that resides in the darkest region of the mind waiting for his
chance to manifest in the real world. Itís not terrible butÖ.thereís no
easy way to say this. These kids canít act, their just so wooden. Of the
three teenage leads only Anjli Mohindra could not be replaced with at
Bunnings without anyone noticing. If you get over this and the terribly
hackneyed subplot about Luke leaving for University then itís ok.
The Vault of secrets is better, it has more aliens
and a less predictable plot and itís choc full of Androvax but who are
we kidding this is a mere entrťe paving the way for the main course
The Death of the Doctor
A provocative title, Matt Smith teaming up with not
one but two past companions and written by the man who bought Doctor who
back himself Russell T Davis, whatís not to like? When the Doctors body
is returned to Earth by the Shansheeth Sarah Jane is suspicious as is Jo
Grant another of the Doctors past companions invited to the funeral. As
their suspicions grow it turns into a race against time to stop the
Shansheeth gaining the greatest prize in the galaxy. More of a gift for
the fans of the Classic series than anything else the Death of the
Doctor succeeds in being a touching adventure.
The rest of the series has itís ups and downs worthy
of special mention is The Empty planet which has super cool
robots in it and a pretty good premise. And Goodbye Sarah Jane, a
story that would have made a fitting last episode for the series. But
we have half of season 5 left to go.
Special Features: I have to say that this is very
weird, Because Liz Sladen died before the release of this set the
special features are dedicated to her which is nice but thereís only one
special feature and thatís the classic Doctor Who episode Pyramids of
Mars in its entirety. A fine bonus to be sure but not exactly what
people were expecting I fancy. I suppose that docoís like My Sarah
Jane and various other tributes will be saved for the Season 5
release. Having said that itís a fantastic episode and if youíve never
seen it but are a big Sarah Jane fan well worth your time. Although the
original DVD release did include a host of great special features and if
your really interested you might want to check that out too (youíll be
quoting ďI bring you Sutkeks gift of ocelotsĒ for simply ages
Video: The Video quality is up to the standard that I
have come to expect from 2Entertain releases of recent material.
Audio: Totally fine.