Spin-off from "Doctor Who" which, despite good ratings, didn't get past the pilot stage. One time companion to a mysterious and body-changing alien known as "The Doctor", Sarah Jane Smith returns to Earth and carries on with her journalist career. Now, in 1981, she has managed to rebuild her career and has come, a matter of days before Christmas, to her Aunt Lavinia's (a famous scientist) house in the sleepy English village of Moreton Harwood to write a book and to rest after her world-travelling assignments. However, her journalist's nose sniffs out another mystery when she arrives to find Aunt Lavinia gone, and nobody knows where she is, but the local rumour is that she was the victim of a local witch coven. Worshipers of a pagan goddess Hecate gather to celebrate a festival by ritually murdering a friend of Sarah's. She needs help... and she gets it from a box from her friend "The Doctor." Inside the box is a metal robotic but almost human-like talking dog called K-9 that is built ... Written by
Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>
Did You Know?
A pilot for a never-realised spin-off from Doctor Who
(1963). Elisabeth Sladen
's character of investigative journalist Sarah-Jane Smith had been The Doctor's travelling companion from 1973-6, whilst K-9 had been introduced into the series in 1977. See more
The 'witches' use masks which resemble goat's heads. However, goats hold absolutely no significance whatsoever to Hecate and her worship. The animal Hecate is most associated with are dogs. See more
Sarah Jane Smith
Oh Brendan, stop honking!
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