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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When Sarah Jane suggests "Harry" and "Alastair" as names for the boy who ends up being called "Luke", she is probably referring to Harry Sullivan and Brigadier Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart, two men she knew from her time adventuring with the Doctor in the original Doctor Who (1963). Earlier, their photographs can be seen on the walls of her attic. 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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Great Start To Fab Series
1 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Sarah Jane Adventures is the second Spin-off to come from the success the revival of Doctor Who back in 2005,revolving around the further adventures the Doctor's former companion Sarah Jane Smith again played By Elizabeth Sladen. It comes after the 1st Spin-off TorchWood starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Hartness(as featured the 1st series of the revived Doctor who and more details of Torchwood connection to Doctor who series can be seen through the 2nd series of the show.) Unlike TorchWood which was aimed at an adult Audience,this this spin-off can be viewed by the whole Family Together.

The 60-minute pilot, titled Invasion of the Bane, is co-written by Russell T. Davies and Gareth Roberts. The story will focused on Sarah Jane's investigation of a popular and addictive soft drink called Bubbleshock.

Well what can i say except that the episode was Great from start to finish which action,suspense and some laughs and i'm really looking forward to watch the full Series when it is Shown on TV.

Overall i give it 10/10 for great start to a what looks like a Fab Series.

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