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The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete First Series [DVD]
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2009
I bought this DVD for my 10 year daughter for Christmas - and she loves it, watching over and over again. She enjoys Doctor Who but sometimes finds it a little scary but Sarah Jane adventures is definitely her favourite! It is fast moving and exciting and the child actors are great. This is one of those programmes aimed at children that I find myself enjoying too. It is a great programme to watch together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2009
This is a great series made in the style of Dr Who but with a younger audience in mind. Each episode is of a good length, so that kids do not lose interest. A great introduction to Dr Who.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2012
This series of the Sarah Jane Adventures is one of the best, partly because it mixes Drama and Comedy just right.

Invasion of the Bane: 9/10: A great series opener, and a good introduction to most of the main characters.
Revenge of the Slitheen: 6/10: Starting the main series, quite a weak opening, saved by the introduction to Clyde.
Eye of the Gordon: 9/10: A spooky, surprising episode that will shock and amuse you.
Warriors of Kudlack: 9/10: Fantastic. It really is emotional at the end, and I would recommend this episode to you.
Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?: 10/10: The best episode in the series, that really makes you think.
The Lost Boy: 9/10: Quite a predicable finale, but never the less surprises you.

You should buy this series, but we warned if you've bought the single 'Invasion of the Bane' Dvd, as it is in this Boxset.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a great show! I know its a childrens show but I think all age groups can enjoy it. Elisabeth Sladen is fantastic as Sarah Jane Smith. Tommy Knight and Daniel Anthony who play Luke and Clyde are great actors. Yasmin Paige who plays Maria is also fantastic. The episodes have great writers and the effects are pretty good for a kids show.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2008
some of the jumps between CGI and rubber suit are a bit naff but for plot and style it's a cracker! and Liz Sladen is looking great for nearly 60!

The Trickster episodes are brilliant! quiet scary for kids - great plot!

it's a shame Maria has left the second series but the first 2 episodes of that were brilliant too!

obviously a less budget than Dr Who but very good for all that!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2009
All I can say is it's a brillaint series and any Doctor Who fan will enjoy it Adult and child alike!
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Thank you, Russell T. Davies: "Doctor Who" triumphantly revitalized; "Torchwood" a spin-off that stunned; "The Sarah Jane Adventures" which also works a treat. The Doctor's former companion (Elisabeth Sladen now about sixty, though it is hard to believe) continues to battle against hostile aliens with the help of her sonic lipstick (a gift from the Doctor) and a team of young friends: neighbour Maria, genius Luke and streetwise Clyde.

Here are six hour long adventures, most of them divided in two. All are well done. Some contain genuine surprises. (Who could have anticipated that shock in the final episode?)

Of course there are absurdities. Sarah Jane has a house full of alien artefacts and a truly awesome computer, yet she keeps a spare key under the flower pot. Of course there are irritations, Maria's mother especially. I also regret the trailers before the credits. We should be able to reflect on what we have seen, try to anticipate how the story lines will develop. When used in this way trailers do not whet the appetite but spoil the meal. Why not include them as an optional extra or at least show after the credits?

These are minor matters, for there is so much to admire: great plots, fine production values, a likable central cast, good (= bad) monsters. For children? Why only them? I am seventy and was hooked. Great entertainment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2009
nice box set with all the episodes of series one. some special features but nothing amazing. worthy of 4 stars for the amazing programme itself. also liz sladen is great!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2009
This series works very well on its own, but does pay homage to its Doctor Who origins nicely. The "story arc" develops well culminating in The Lost Boy which was moving and one gets quite excited at Maria's dad getting involved. The manner in which Sarah Jane's super computer is explained is very clever as is her having a son.

It may now be permanently labelled a childrens series, shame really. It is more than that. Canonicity and decent explanations go a long way in securing a greater fan base. Certainly no expense is spared on the special effects.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2009
'The Sarah Jane Adventures' is CBBC's very own 'Doctor Who' spin-off series, created by Russell T Davies and charting the adventures of the Doctor's former travelling companion Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), now going it alone as a freelance investigator and troubleshooter specialising in the strange and the alien, with help from her adopted son Luke, and his friends Maria and Clyde. This set contains all ten episodes (five two-part stories) from the first series, plus the special, 'Invasion of the Bane' which kicks things off and introduces the characters.

The series itself is something of a mixed bag, being consciously aimed at a younger audience to its parent show, which leads to the occasional awkward moment, usually where a guest actor threatens to undermine proceedings by going a little too far into 'pantomime' territory - 'Revenge of the Slitheen' and 'Warriors of Kudlak' both suffer from this, which is a shame as generally speaking the stories themselves are pretty well written and intelligent for a children's show. Highlights include 'Invasion of the Bane' and 'The Lost Boy', but the crowning achievement of this first series is 'Whatever Happened To Sarah Jane?', in which history is changed and Sarah Jane is replaced by her childhood friend, who died when they were 11. It's a very effective tale with themes in common with the 'Doctor Who' episode 'Turn Left', and boasts a great guest appearance from Jane Asher as Andrea Yates, who switched places with Sarah Jane in order to save her own life.

Although not quite as compelling as 'Doctor Who', 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' is an engaging series that kids looking for a little extra sci-fi adventure will love.
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