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5.0 out of 5 stars Another chance to listen to Elizabeth Sladen reprising her Dr Who role as Sarah Jane Smith - this is first in the series,
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A great series of Elizabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) audio CD series. These are a spin-off from BBC's Dr Who TV series, where Sarah Jane was originally the companion to the Third and Fourth Doctors from 1973 to 1976 (18 stories during seasons 11 - 14). More recently she starred in her own cBBC TV series 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' from 2007 to 2011, and in several TV episodes with the Tenth Doctor, and once with the Eleventh Doctor.
'Comeback' is the first episode from an audio CD series created by 'Big Finish', produced from 2002 to 2006. It's fully in keeping with Sarah Jane's character in the TV serials (she is an investigative journalist with a particular interest in researching extra-terrestrial aliens, their technology and their threat to Earth). All the characters in this set of audio CDs are adults (e.g. Sarah's sidekick Josh), and they are aimed at an older teenager/young adults+ audience than the cBBC The Sarah Jane Adventures [DVD] TV series and their audio CDs The Sarah Jane Adventures Collection (CD).
This first audio CD, 'Comeback (Sarah Jane Smith)' was released in July 2002, starring Elisabeth Sladen and Robin Bowerman. The episode is essentially a stage play rather than a straight reading from an novel. The cast: Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Robin Bowerman (Harris), Alistair Lock (Mr Venables), Jeremy James (Josh Townsend), Matthew Brenher (Bank Robber), David John (Bank Robber), Nicholas Briggs (Mr Hedges), Sadie Miller (Natalie Redfern), David Jackson (The Squire), Peter Sowerbutts (Rev. Gosforth), Juliet Warner (Ellie Martin), and Patricia Leventon (Maude). It is the first in a series of nine audio CDs produced by Big Finish, and covers the time just before journalist Sarah Jane Smith appears in the cBBC series 'The Sarah Jane Adventures'. There is one CD per episode, and each runs for about on hour.
The audio CD episodes in this Big Finish series are:
1.1. Comeback (Sarah Jane Smith) - Released July 2002. Six months after the last part of her undercover investigative TV series for Planet 3 Broadcasting went out, Sarah Jane Smith is running scared. Living under false names, her true identity compromised, she has few friends and fewer clues as to her pursuers.
1.2. The Tao Connection (Sarah Jane Smith) - Released August 2002. Starring Elisabeth Sladen and Jeremy James as Josh
The body of an old man is found floating in the Thames, although the DNA of the corpse corresponds to an 18-year old friend of Josh and Ellie.
1.3. Test of Nerve (Sarah Jane Smith) - Released September 2002. Starring Elisabeth Sladen and Jeremy James
Sarah Jane Smith receives a mysterious gift with a cryptic message. The London Underground will suffer a horrific terrorist attack during rush hour unless Sarah can find and stop those responsible.
1.4. Ghost Town (Sarah Jane Smith) - Released October 2002. Starring Elisabeth Sladen and Jeremy James
Sarah and Josh set off for a well-deserved break in a remote Romanian village, hidden deep in the Carpathian Mountains.
1.5. Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre (Sarah Jane Smith) - Released November 2002. Starring Elisabeth Sladen and Jeremy James
A bio-warfare scandal from the 1940s takes Sarah to a remote island in the Indian Ocean.
2.1. Buried Secrets (Sarah Jane Smith) - Released November 2005. Starring Elisabeth Sladen and Jeremy James as Josh
Sarah Jane Smith believes her days as a crusading investigator are behind her, safe from those who tried to destroy her. But others believe she has a destiny and they will stop at nothing to prevent her fulfilling it.
2.2. Snow Blind (Sarah Jane Smith) - Released February 2006. Starring Elisabeth Sladen and Jeremy James
Sarah Jane Smith travels to Antarctica where her friend Will is part of a research team studying global warming.
2.3. Fatal Consequences (Sarah Jane Smith) - Released March 2006. Starring Elisabeth Sladen and Jeremy James
Sarah Jane Smith is attacked, stalked and shot at by the acolytes of a doomsday cult.
2.4. Dreamland (Sarah Jane Smith) - Released April 2006. Starring Elisabeth Sladen and Jeremy James
Sarah Jane Smith is still dealing with the tragic consequences of recent events when she is offered the chance of a lifetime - a place on the world's first tourist flight into space.
Note that the audio CDs are two serials (1.1 to 1.5 and 2.1 to 2.4) and although each CD has a conclusion of sorts the story arc continues onto the next CD in the series. The only downside is that you can't buy them as a collection, so the complete series can be quite expensive to collect. I bought each series as a birthday and Christmas present for my 18 year Dr Who/Sarah Jane fan'atic daughter and they were well received.
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