The last full season before the news that so shocked and saddened. Six two-part stories, Luke less involved this time (he no doubt dazzling all at Oxford), Sarah Jane as usual well served by young Rani and Clyde.
Easily the scariest adventure is the first, The Nightmare Man creating disturbing dreams to secure permanent entry into our world. The most poignant, in view of what we now know, is the last where Sarah Jane worries about her health and decides to let someone else take over. Treats in between include not only current Doctor Matt Smith and glimpses of four predecessors, but the return of another former companion - Jo Grant. Viewers will have their favourite episodes. Mine? "Lost in Time" - three stories cleverly interwoven - no mean feat considering they feature Lady Jane Grey, invading Nazis and a house being haunted in 1889.
Not everything works, but overall the season is great fun. Sarah Jane herself delights (she, in her sixties, saving the world more often than we mow the lawn) - her young companions feisty and likeable.
The bonus is a bonus indeed: in memory of Elisabeth Sladen, the showing of a 1975 four part adventure. A Deity with attitude problems plans to destroy all life in the galaxy. With Sarah Jane in a Victorian gown and The Doctor in Tom Baker mode, he has NO chance. It is interesting to compare the past and the present, the Tardis in those days looking very primitive. Viewers will also be able to decide if episodes need pre-credits spoilers.
Yes, much here to enjoy. Available now is the truncated Season 5 - a moving chance to say goodbye.