The Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 1, Episode 0

Invasion of the Bane (1 Jan. 2007)

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Maria moves into her new home and meets her neighbour Sarah Jane Smith. It's long until both of them find themselves at the local Bubble Shock factory and in terrible danger.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Porsha Lawrence-Mavour ...
Jamie Davis ...
Rungano Nyoni ...
Philip North ...
John Leeson ...
K-9 (voice)
Mr. Smith (voice)
Bubbleshock girl
Olivia Hill ...
TV Reporter
Konnie Huq ...


Maria Jackson and her divorced father Alan move into a house opposite that of Sarah Jane Smith, a rather secretive woman who is an investigative reporter, currently looking at Bubble Shock, a very influential soft drink, manufactured very speedily at a factory run by the elegant Mrs. Wormwood. In fact Mrs. Wormwood is an alien in human form, a member of a race known as the Bane, who intend to invade Earth. She is making an 'Archetype', a human boy, from the DNA of the many school-children who visit the factory. One of these is Maria, who meets Sarah Jane whilst the latter is investigating its activities. Sarah Jane ultimately destroys the building and the aliens working there, except Mrs. Wormwood, who escapes in an underground lift, vowing revenge. Sarah Jane takes the 'Archetype' home and adopts him, calling him Luke. He is extremely intelligent but has no memory of his creation. Sarah Jane is forced to admit to Maria that she is an erstwhile time traveller, who was friendly with a ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Among the other photos on the walls in Sarah Jane's room, there is one of her and K9 that was a promo shot from the first attempt at a spin-off, K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981). See more »


At one point Sarah Jane refers to the Book of Revelations when speaking of the origins of Mrs. Wormwood's name. The Biblical book is entitled Revelation, not Revelations. See more »


Ms. Wormwood: [looking at control panels] All the humans that don't submit will be reduced to liquid
[noise of engine in background growing louder]
Ms. Wormwood: then bane will drink them and
[turns head to noise now includes music]
Ms. Wormwood: What's that noise?
[bright orange single decker bus crashes through thick concrete wall]
Sarah Jane Smith: [Getting out of bus] Not too late for the party?
Ms. Wormwood: Miss Smith
Sarah Jane Smith: I warned you leave this planet.
Ms. Wormwood: Have you met
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References Hollyoaks (1995) See more »

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Excellent slice of children's entertainment
1 January 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

"Invasion of the Bane" is excellent quality children's drama. In fact, as this show aired on New Year's Day in the UK, I bet there were a fair few adults enjoying another adventure with the Doctor's old companion.

Elisabeth Sladen continues to be delightful as Sarah Jane Smith. She may be a little older than when she had her TARDIS adventures with Messers Pertwee and Baker but she remains captivating and stylish nonetheless.

This series does a great service for fans of Sarah Jane. The Sarah Jane Smith we saw at the end of "School Reunion" was a woman who had missed out on life. In "Invasion of the Bane" we see her blessed with a new start.

Samantha Bond, free from her Moneypenny role in Bond, is a joy in this episode as the evil baddie, Ms Wormwood.

Youngster Yasmin Paige is excellent as the child star of the show, Maria. She's able to convey humour magnificently in this episode.

Quality entertainment for young and old alike.

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