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AN AFFECTIONATE FAREWELL,
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This review is from: The Sarah Jane Adventures - Series 5 [DVD] (DVD)The truncated Season 5 - three two-part adventures, watching inevitably tinged with sadness. Sarah Jane in her sixties is again awesomely active - thwarting OTT villains, rescuing enslaved aliens, saving our planet for the umpteenth time.
A newcomer is Sky, so named because she descended from it - she quickly morphing from a baby to a teenager, programmed bomb capabilities a complication. A gruesome totem pole renders Clyde an outsider in the most disturbing episodes. A revolutionary computer launch scam is excitingly and amusingly exoceted.
Yes, parts are uneven but it seems out of place here to dwell on weaknesses. Overall the signs are that Season 5 would have ranked amongst the best.
The bonus is a moving tribute to Elisabeth Sladen, whose death so shocked - reminders of past Doctors she teamed with, current Doctor Matt Smith striving to control emotion as he praises. He points out how rare it is for one who inspired such affection amongst current young to have achieved the same loyalty from their parents, perhaps grandparents, when they were young too. Those who played Rani and Clyde share memories of the colleague always so full of fun and warmth.
An essential addition to the collection of Elisabeth Sladen's great legion of fans.