Like The Sarah Jane Adventures: The White Wolf (BBC Audio), this adventure takes the regulars away from the city and into the countryside - on this occasion to Snowdonia. It's ironic that the tale should be set in Wales, as that is where the television series is recorded, though it usually masquerades as London! Also in common with The White Wolf, The Shadow People bears a resemblance to the Series 3 two-parter The Mad Woman in the Attic - in this case its use of red eyes to signify that all is not well with a usually friendly character. And as in The White Wolf, there's a cave that contains an otherworldly secret.
Such similarities are unfortunate, especially given the fact that these two audio exclusives were released simultaneously. What's even more unfortunate is that Scott Handcock's story is over almost as soon as it has really started to get going.
Still, Elisabeth Sladen is as compelling a narrator as ever, adopting a number of voices in addition to Sarah's, including those of Luke, Clyde, Rani and the sinister "shadow people" of the title. Adding to the tense atmosphere is some suitably creepy music (though the CD inlay doesn't specify who the composer is).
Given the price (bizarrely, it's cheaper to get this on CD than to purchase it as a download), The Shadow People is worth a listen, though it's a shadow of the series that inspired it. That's my Shadow proclamation.
I really enjoyed listening to this tale even though there were a few things that were odd. For example the boys knocking on the door even though in the series there is always a hidden key. Oh yes what parent doesn't see her son/daughter off on a overnight trip at the pickup point. I could go on but hey it's fiction and on the whole an enjoyable addition to the adventures. Lis Sladen will be missed