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Death of the Doctor: Part 1 

Sarah Jane is told by Colonel Tia Karim of UNIT that The Doctor is dead and so she goes with Rani and Clyde to UNIT's underground headquarters in Wales, where a rocket will fire the ... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Smith (voice)
Santiago Jones
Colonel Tia Karim
Ruari Mears ...
Shansheeth Blue (voice)
Groske (voice) (as Phillip Hurd-Wood)


Sarah Jane is told by Colonel Tia Karim of UNIT that The Doctor is dead and so she goes with Rani and Clyde to UNIT's underground headquarters in Wales, where a rocket will fire the doctor's remains into space. Jo Jones, formerly Jo Grant, another of the doctor's friends from the past, arrives with her grandson Santiago and, like Sarah Jane, does not believe that The Doctor is dead. The three youngsters overhear the Shansheeth, giant birds who allegedly found The Doctor's body, plotting to lead the two women into a trap. Then The Doctor appears, having exchanged energies with Clyde, who finds himself on another planet as the Shansheeth try to kill the doctor for real. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Family | Sci-Fi




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25 October 2010 (UK)  »

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Sarah Jane Smith: It's funny, all this today, 'cause I've been thinking, becau,se The Doctor showed me such a remarkable life and when he went it just took me a long while to get oevr it.
Jo Jones: Mee too. You know, sometimes I think I;'ve never stopped running.
Sarah Jane Smith: And then he came back and I realized the life I wanted was right under my nose all that time.
Jo Jones: Who came back?
[she realizes and is stunned]
Jo Jones: The Doctor?
Sarah Jane Smith: Yeah.
Jo Jones: Recently?
Sarah Jane Smith: Oh, about four years ago.
Jo Jones: I... I never saw him again.
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In Memory Yet Green, In Joy Still Felt
14 January 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

UNIT troops turn up on Bannerman Road to take Sarah Jane and her young friends to the Doctor's funeral at Mount Snowden. There she meets up with another mourner, Josephine Jones, née Grant.

The fourth season of THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES seems to be the best of the lot. The characters have fallen into place, the humor has evolved from the modified fart jokes and the stories have integrated the details of their symbolic content into the script.

In this nostalgic musing on the power of memory, Russell T. Davies integrates artfully aged clips of old Doctors with rogue UNIT officers and aliens who look like the Graske aliens from earlier seasons -- sometimes things aren't what our memory tells us they are. Sometimes it's a good thing to remember, but that cannot be our only guide.

I won't claim that this is a perfect episode. Anji Mohinda is clearly a young adult, not a teenager and there's something a touch off about Matt Smith's turn as the Eleventh Doctor -- his eccentric movements are too constrained. On the other hand, there are a couple of moments when the cameraman catches him at just the right angle and I thought that he looked remarkably like Jon Pertwee, the actor who played the Third Doctor. It's moments like that which endear a show like this to me. It's those moments that we remember.

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