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Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?: Part 1 

Visiting Sarah Jane Maria is shocked to find her place taken by Andrea, a woman of the same age group who has apparently lived in the house for years. A newspaper from over forty years ... See full summary »


Graeme Harper


Gareth Roberts, Russell T. Davies (creator)




Episode complete credited cast:
Elisabeth Sladen ... Sarah Jane Smith
Yasmin Paige ... Maria Jackson
Tommy Knight ... Luke Smith
Daniel Anthony ... Clyde Langer
Joseph Millson ... Alan Jackson
Juliet Cowan ... Chrissie Jackson
Alexander Armstrong ... Mr. Smith (voice)
Jane Asher ... Andrea Yates
Paul Marc Davis ... The Trickster
Jimmy Vee ... The Graske
Jessica Ashworth ... Young Sarah Jane
Francesca Miller Francesca Miller ... Young Andrea
Jason Mohammad ... Newsreader (credit only)
Philip Hurd-Wood ... The Graske (voice)


Visiting Sarah Jane Maria is shocked to find her place taken by Andrea, a woman of the same age group who has apparently lived in the house for years. A newspaper from over forty years earlier reveals that Sarah Jane, then 13, fell to her death from a pier where she and Andrea were playing. When Maria confronts her with this Andrea goes to her attic and conjures up a cloaked figure, the Trickster, who sends a dwarf called the Graske to transport Maria back to 1964, where she meets schoolgirls Andrea and Sarah Jane. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | Family | Sci-Fi








Release Date:

29 October 2007 (UK) See more »

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BBC Wales See more »
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Did You Know?


This episode takes place in 2008 and on July 13, 1964. See more »


Just before Maria encounters the young Sarah Jane and Andrea on 13 July 1964, a couple walk past with a radio playing "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks. However, this song was not released until 4 August 1964. See more »


References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

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Sarah Jane Who?
15 December 2019 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review of Parts 1 & 2:

This story would be a great addition to any Doctor Who series, it is really excellent in every department.

Russell T. Davies and Gareth Roberts have written a superb plot and script which involve a sinister villain 'The Trickster' and an alien device causing a mysterious situation with Maria waking up and finding that she is the only one who can remember Sarah Jane or Luke. It is gripping, hugely intriguing, dark, clever and by the end very touching. The quality of the ideas and the dialogue is really superb and it is matched by the great acting by the whole cast and direction by Graeme Harper.

The Trickster is as scary as any Doctor Who monster, properly creepy, chilling and menacing with a great design which was possibly rather influential on Steven Moffatt's designs of several future monsters. The concept of what he does and the thought provoking strength of the plot as it revealed are terrific. We get great mystery at the start and great, moving drama by the end.

Jane Asher is great as Andrea while the regular cast are all on absolute top form.The Graske is a fun addition for young viewers but is probably my least favourite aspect of the production. The make up, effects and all other elements are very good.

This adventure is fantastic.

My ratings: Parts 1 & 2 - 9.5/10.

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