Multi-award winning writer Russell T Davies has written a brand new series for CBBC called The Sarah Jane Adventures. It stars one of The Doctor’s most famous companions, investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith.
Russell T Davies says: “Children’s TV has a fine history of fantasy thrillers – I loved them as a kid, and they were the very first things I ever wrote. So it’s brilliant to return to such a vivid and imaginative area of television.”
The series begins with a 60-minute special which will be broadcast in early 2007 with the series due later in the year.
Set in present-day West London, the programme stars original Sarah Jane actress Elisabeth Sladen and Yasmin Paige, who plays her 13-year-old neighbour Maria.
The two form an unlikely alliance to fight evil alien forces at work in Britain.
Elisabeth says: “I left Sarah Jane but she never left me. I can’t wait to return to Cardiff to find out what’s going to happen to her next.”
In the special, Maria and Sarah Jane are brought together in their battle against the scheming Ms Wormwood, played by Samantha Bond.
Filming begins next month on location in Wales, with the series going into production in spring 2007.
Creative Director of CBBC, Anne Gilchrist, says: “CBBC viewers have already proved themselves to be enormous fans of Doctor Who. I am thrilled that they’ll now have this new series as an extra-special treat.”
Sarah Jane Smith was a companion to the third and fourth Doctors, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, and was a regular in the series from 1973 to 1976.
She made a recent return in the 2006 episode School Reunion opposite David Tennant, the tenth Doctor.
Russell T Davies’ hugely successful Doctor Who has a Christmas Special due this year, with a third series broadcast in Spring 2007.
The Sarah Jane Adventures is written by Russell T Davies andGareth Roberts.
It was commissioned by Jane Tranter for BBC Drama, and Anne Gilchrist and Jon East for CBBC. It is produced by BBC Wales and will transmit on the CBBC Channel and CBBC onBBC ONE.
The Executive Producers are Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies. The Producer of the special is Susie Liggat and the Director is Colin Teague. The Producer of the series is Matthew Bouch and the Series Producer is Phil Collinson.
Source: BBC press office
Above is the original Sarah Jane Adventures website. It went live December 2006 ready for the pilot episode Invasion of the Bane. The series 1 and 2 websites had a similar layout.
Above is the relaunched website layout for series 3, this went live August 2009.
Below are some of the Sarah Jane Adventures adverts from the BBC Homepage
Like many other on screen characters Sarah Jane drives a more unusual car.
The “Retro” Nissan Figaro, first introduced to the public in 1989 was built by a Nissan special projects group. Only four colours were available, Topaz mist, Emerald green ( Sarah Janes Colour ) Pale aqua and Lapis Grey although there have been custom repaints.
The car features a white interior with leather upholstery Many matching accessories such as a CD/radio are available.
Only 8,000 were originally planned but a futher 12,000 were added to production numbers to meet the demand.
Although he does not own one, in a slight Sarah Jane connection Andrew Marr, a BBC journalist and political commentator, drives one in the opening credits of his TV show, He appeared as himsef in The Doctor who episode Aliens of london featuring the slitheen.