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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DOCTOR WOULD BE PROUD
Very enjoyable. Sarah Jane continues repeatedly to save the planet, at an age most would choose to slow down a bit. As in Season 1, she is aided by son Luke (IQ off the charts and he himself special in a way unique) and streetwise Clyde. Their young friend Maria is now in Washington with her dad (he played by Joseph Millson who went on to be Raoul in Andrew Lloyd...
Published on 8 May 2010 by Mr. D. L. Rees

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Jane
Series two is long overdue. I have already seen this series on television, but when is going to be made available on DVD? I would not be interested in BlueRay.
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by John Jones


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DOCTOR WOULD BE PROUD, 8 May 2010
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Mr. D. L. Rees "LEE DAVID" (DORSET) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Series 2 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
Very enjoyable. Sarah Jane continues repeatedly to save the planet, at an age most would choose to slow down a bit. As in Season 1, she is aided by son Luke (IQ off the charts and he himself special in a way unique) and streetwise Clyde. Their young friend Maria is now in Washington with her dad (he played by Joseph Millson who went on to be Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Love Never Dies"). She is replaced by resourceful Rani, her own father a headmaster but pleasant nonetheless.

Six more two part adventures. Despite fearsome aliens, many viewers may find the clowns most alarming. (Bradley Walsh impresses in a new slant on the Pied Piper story.) As before, Sarah Jane's sonic lipstick (a gift from The Doctor) proves a boon. Foolishly she still leaves a spare key under the flowerpot. (No prizes for guessing what happens.)

Elisabeth Sladen delights as Sarah Jane (especially for those with memories of her escapades about thirty years ago). There is a flashback glimpse of The Doctor (in David Tennant mode), not to mention the reappearance of The Unit's Brigadier, he now with a walking stick.

Often in television series nowadays music is intrusive, an irritant. Here, though, Sam Watts' score ideally complements. Less acceptable are the trailers before closing credits. They spoil. Bonuses include a very funny Comic Relief sketch, but it can only be seen after correct answers to a quiz.

In short, there is much to please fans young and old. Great.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible drama for a kids' show, 16 Oct 2010
This review is from: The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Series 2 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
I'm a huge Doctor Who fan and have watched every (surviving) episode and all the spin-offs. 'The Sarah-Jane Adventures' is by far the best spin-off from Doctor Who, eclipsing Torchwood in its quality and entertainment value. It's not just kids' television at all - it's as family-drama as Doctor Who, issues dealt with in exactly the same approach - not with kid gloves, but by dealing with kids' issues. Not to mention funny, delightful scripts - including 'The Temptation of Sarah-Jane Smith', one of Elisabeth Sladen's finest television moments. This series is already into its fourth chapter and a fifth on the way - I've watched it twice over already (and my favourite film is Kill Bill, so go figure).
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Jane Steps Up Her Game!!!, 19 Aug 2009
This review is from: The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Series 2 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
Following the huge success of the first series, it was always going to be difficult for The Sarah Jane Adventures to improve with its second series.

Does it pull it off? Almost.

THE LAST SONTARAN sees the return of Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen), Luke (Thomas Knight), Clyde (Daniel Anthony) and Maria (Yasmin Paige). Also, the Sontarans make a well-deserved comeback with Anthony O'Donnell delivering his Kaagh lines very well indeed. This story has a lot of tension in it, which is helped by really good music. However, Maria leaves at the end...

Rani (Anjli Mohindra) makes a cofident, if slightly flawed debut in THE DAY OF THE CLOWN, a truly chilling tale of clowns. Bradley Walsh does a brilliant job playing three different characters, plus we also get more brilliant scenes between Tom and Lis.

SECRETS OF THE STARS follows, as the Ancient Lights prepare to take over the starsigns. It's an intriguing premise, with a brilliant cliffhanger, and a powerful, and slightly mad performance from Russ Abbot as Mr Trueman.

Clyde finally takes centre stage, in THE MARK OF THE BERSERKER, as his Dad (Gary Beadle) turns up again. What follows is a magnificent story in which an alien pendant that makes people do whatever you want them to finds its way around Paul Langer's neck, with disastrous consequences. Incredible acting all round, with Anjli's acting improving.

THE TEMPTATION OF SARAH JANE SMITH, possibly the best story, features the return of the Trickster, as he lures Sarah Jane back to 1951, on the day that her parents die. However, don't go dismissing is as another Father's Day, as this delivers big time. Except maybe the kid playing Oscar, who I couldn't stop laughing at.

As the series reaches its finale, ENEMY OF THE BANE, Mrs Wormwood (Samantha Bond) and Kaggh the Sontaran return to find the mysterious Horath. Meanwhile, Sarah Jane teams up with the Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) to find Horath, as well. It's a slightly disappointing finale to be fair, due to it not feeling like a finale, and the Brigadier being severely underused.

Overall, it is a very good series from CBBC. Look out for Series 3 in September, with the Mona Lisa, Judoon, and a certain Doctor...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Jane Adventures Series 2 DVD, 18 Dec 2009
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Dean Edwards "Doctor Fan" (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Series 2 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
Fans of Sarah Jane both young and "older" will love this!

Let's face it, fans of "The Doctor" are going to be fans of Sarah Jane, and Season 1 was received with great reviews.

Season 2, however, was way better! The cast has matured, (new comer Rani aside), as have the stories got better and more "juicy".

We get reacquainted with the Sontarans, Bane and the Trickster and meet some new and well thought out villains.

Can't complain about any of the stories, but my personal favorite was "The Temptation of Sarah Jane", clever and emotive story telling, and Elizabeth Sladen was wonderful.

All in all, a must have for any collection.Sarah Jane Adventures - Series 2 [DVD]The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete First Series [DVD]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for kids!, 7 Mar 2010
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Mrs. Carrie Smith (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Series 2 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
The Sarah Jane adventures is something the whole family can enjoy. It's like Doctor Who lite. Less scary bits but can still be a bit creepy at times. This series just gets better and better and the kids love watching children investigate the alien disturbances. Elisabeth Sladen is great as Sarah-Jane Smith and there are some great guest actors too.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first, 27 Aug 2009
This review is from: The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Series 2 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
When The Sarah Jane Adventures returned to CBBC in September 2008, for its second run of twelve episodes. This series we say goodbye to Maria Jackson and her family, say hello to Sarah Jane's new companion Rani Chandra and welcome back some old faces, both friends and foes.

The first series set such a high mark for this one to match up to, and in a lot of cases, series two, although still all round a good effort, falls short of series' one's quality. We meet very few new aliens this year, and all but one of the stories deal somehow with aliens taking control of humans. It is something which gets a little old, and perhaps suggests a creative rut the writers were going though.

That aside, there are some really good stories here. The first story, The Last Sontaran is arguably the best of the bunch, but the Clyde-centric story The Mark of the Berserker is also an excellent outing for the gang (minus Sarah Jane who is MIA for most of the time doing her own investigating).

The weakest story is easily The Secrets of the Stars which features very little alien element whatsoever, however the first part does end with one of the series' best cliffhangers.

Rounding off the collection is The Day of the Clown, which introduces new girl Rani and has a fantastic guest appearance from Bradley Walsh. The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith sees Sarah Jane going back in time to visit her parents, with predictably disastrous consequences. Finally, the series final, Enemy of the Bane sees the return of treasured classic Doctor Who character the Brigadier and Sarah Jane pilot villain Mrs. Wormwood.

As with the first series, the acting is top notch, particularly from Daniel Anthony, whose character Clyde really comes into his own this series. Anjli Mohindra at first is slightly awkward, however she settles in nicely and shows a lot of potential for series three. Elisabeth Sladen is also back on fine form as Sarah Jane, and her love for the character really comes through on screen. Although not given as much to do this year, Tommy Knight as Luke and Yasmin Paige as Maria are also strong members of the cast.

So while this is still an excellent set of episodes, compared to the previous series, there is a slight lack of creativity which is missing from series two. There aren't as many new and exciting aliens as there was last year, there are some reused characters/plots and even Sarah Jane's wardrobe is looking less exciting than what we are used to.

However, if you are a Sarah Jane or Doctor Who fan, then this is an essential addition to your collection, and hopefully the next series will be released on DVD much quicker than the previous two.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY, 14 Aug 2009
This review is from: The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Series 2 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
After nearly a year after it aired, the DVD is finally on its way and i can't wait. A big improvement on the already great series 1, this series sees new girl Rani join the gang, Maria leave and all the characters change in some ways. The stories are more emotionally involved and seem more aimed at both kids and adults being appealing to both

The Last Sontaran - A cracking opener including the doctor's old enemies as well as a fiendish plot. Kaagh is a great enemy and this is a great story

Day Of The Clown - Scary stuff in a lot of ways and quite a strange plot but introduces Rani well, and Bradley Walsh plays a great clown

Secrets Of The Stars - The weakest story of the series but still great with an original plot however it lacks real alien enemies but Russ Abbot is still great

The Mark Of The Berserker - emotional stuff, without Sarah mostly however the story is simple but effective. Clyde is fantastic in this story and is also good for bringing back a familiar face - a classic

The Temptation Of Sarah Jane Smith - the almost inevitable 'what if' episode. Sarah has to fight her own temptation to stop her parents being killed and also the trickster. Again emotional and powerful

Enemy Of The Bane - A great finally, bringing back 2 great enemies and the Brigadier. The Bane are a great alien race and helps bring this series to a brilliant close

Overall a brilliant series and i personally can't wait til series 3 with the return of K9 and an episode with the doctor, the Judoon and the blathereen (friends/enemies of the slitheen?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm back for series two, 19 April 2011
This review is from: The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Series 2 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
Series two was my favourite of the Sarah Jane Adventures full of action pack stories. I was sad when Maria left but happy when Rani came(not to be confused with The Rani from Doctor Who) P.S R.I.P Liz Sladen.1948-2011:(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice children's series, 19 Sep 2010
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This review is from: The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Series 2 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
It's a nice and friendly, but also exiting step-up to the Dr. Who series. Really a good children's series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars adored, 13 Feb 2010
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Mr. Neville Sassienie "emares - gran" (Herts England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Sarah Jane Adventures - The Complete Series 2 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
This was a birthday present for our 8 year old grand-daughter. She " absolutely adores it" (her words) Has watched it many times and can't wait for series 3!!
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