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The Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 2 (2009)

Elisabeth Sladen , Daniel Anthony  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elisabeth Sladen, Daniel Anthony, Tommy Knight, Yasmin Paige
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N1AEX2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,084 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Stories: The Last Sontaran, The Day of the Clown, Secret of the Stars, The Mark of the Berserker, The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith, Enemy of the Bane
  • Interview with cast and crew
  • Season synopses for all stories
  • Investigating Tools: a gadget glossary
  • Quiz with special footage prize
  • Character and alien profiles
  • Photo gallery
  • Audio clips
  • UK TV spots
  • Trailers

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Sarah Jane Adventures, The: The Complete Second Season (DVD)

The charming Sarah Jane Adventures continues to provide fun and entertaining children's television while remaining true to its roots in the venerable British science-fiction series Doctor Who. Elisabeth Sladen, who remains among the Doctor's best-loved companions (she accompanied Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker on their interstellar jaunts from 1973 to 1976), is again front and center for this program, which takes place entirely on Earth. That doesn't mean it's safe from alien invasions, as the 2008 second season illustrates: menaces from Sarah Jane's past (a warlike Sontaran, whom she first encountered in the 1973 Doctor Who serial "The Time Warrior," is on the loose in "The Last Sontaran") as well as newer foes (the Lovecraftian Bane return in "Enemy of the Bane," along with a nice supporting turn by Nicholas Courtney, who reprises his Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) present challenges to the intrepid journalist and her teenage companions. The six two-part episodes that comprise season 2 deliver both the breezy cheek and the imaginative sci-fi that producer Russell T. Davies has brought to the revamped Doctor and its more grownup spinoff, Torchwood, and if the plots and action here are somewhat milder than those of the Doctor or Captain Jack Harkness, fans of both should be pleased that they can get an equal level of enjoyment from a show that they can also watch with younger viewers.

The three-disc set has an agreeable amount of extras, though many, like episode synopses for both seasons and character profiles, are text-based and therefore a bit underwhelming. More interesting are interviews with the cast and behind-the-scenes footage, most taken from UK kids' series like Blue Peter. There's also an enjoyable quiz section that yields an amusing comic clip. --Paul Gaita

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent Dr. Who spin-off, Season Two November 16, 2009
Yes, it's intended to be a lot more kid-friendly than Dr. Who or, especially, Torchwood. Putting aside the children-friendliness of the show, it's got some good science fiction action and the idea content is higher than television average. With a good price, I'd recommend this to anyone, though some familiarity with the Dr. Who shows might help with context.

The Last Sontaran: This is a direct continuation of the 10th Doctor's episodes Poison Sky & Sontaran Stratagem. It's loaded with science fiction movie references (Star Wars, Predator, etc.) and the 1st episode action is pretty good. There are some logical gaps that grate, but it's pretty well done.

The Day of the Clown: Good creepy show introducing some new characters. The Pied Piper features... Some filler, but mostly good.

Secrets of the Stars: Astrology, possession, Ancient Ones, and a Chosen One. But nowhere near as bad as that makes it sound! Still, my least favorite of the season.

The Mark of the Berserker: Sarah Jane doesn't feature prominently in this episode, rather it's like the Dr. Who & Torchwood episodes that focus instead on others having a singular experience with the unknown and alien. Rather well done tale of an alien pendant and family relationships.

The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith: Time Travel, the Trickster, and a Trap. A well-worn science fiction cliche of changing the past to horrible effect in the present, but nicely executed. More would be telling too much...

Enemy of the Bane: UNIT, the Brigadier, immortal aliens, Mrs. Wormwood ("Luke, I am your mother."), and the Bane attempt to take over the world again. Might be a bit too much packed in here, but, once again, pretty well done.

This isn't the greatest science fiction television of all times, but it's fun, smart, and very human.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Jane is a true heroine. November 21, 2009
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We were first introduced to Sarah Jane in the current four year run of Dr. Who. It encouraged us to buy old Dr. Who shows when Sarah was a young associate for two Doctors. Now this series is out and we waited eagerly after the first one. If anything, this season of The Sarah Jane Adventures is better than the first and is great. It has us on Amazon getting the BBC radio shows and books. We love her.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond all expectations December 5, 2009
I was just so impressed with the 2nd season of The Sarah Jane Adventures. The producers were very clever in subtly developing definite character and story arcs throughout the series, ultimately concealing some extremely powerful explorations of the inner lives of children and the ways the parent-child bond can become frayed, behind a briskly-paced and often amusing adventure series. The willingness to paint the title heroine as a flawed human being, subject to pettiness, phobias, and monstrously bad judgment, was a brave step. The episode with Clyde and his father ranks with Doctor Who's timeless first series episode "Father's Day" as a powerful exploration of paternal abandonment issues. Rani and her family are great new characters, though it's sad to part with Maria and her dad (and mum!) as regulars. But the writing and acting on all levels has reached a level of smooth confidence in collaboration that's a wonder to behold in a half-hour kids' show. It's great to see the show developing its own internal mythology, a scrappy subset of the larger Doctor Who universe. Lis Sladen must thank her lucky stars and Russell Davies every day for the opportunity of this great later-career resurgence. It has given her a chance to demonstrate that she's a stronger, more deeply-felt actress than she was in the '70s; she takes what these talented writers and co-stars toss her and consistently hits it out of the park (if I can be allowed a baseball, rather than cricket, metaphor). Exactly the opposite of disappointing! That said, if you've already seen these episodes elsewhere, don't expect much in the way of special features from this package, they're a near-total wash.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Series August 22, 2010
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Bottom line, we've enjoyed watching it. For the true Dr Who aficionado, this series is a must have. Be warned that it is aimed specifically at a very young audience and The Doctor is mentioned once or twice and has only made one rare appearance in Series 3. This show IS NOT ABOUT The Doctor. That said it, is a fun addition to complete the spin off shows of Dr. Who. The quality of the writing in the first two series has not been as good as Dr. Who hence the actors have had less material to work with. The "aliens" and special effects have all been excellent, except for Mr Smith's campy entrances. Elisabeth Sladen does a good job of transitioning from the 2nd fiddle position of Companion to being the Lead of the show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars K9 And Company... almost 30 years too late. December 27, 2009
Don't get me wrong here. I absolutely loved K9 And Company when it first came out in 1980, and was somewhat disapointed when it was not picked up by the BBC as a regular series.

Well, SJA has totally made up for that loss, albeit a bit late. The show so far, has great stories, great villans, and despite it's somewhat erroneous (IMHO)label as a "Kiddie show" has plenty of chills and thrills for the adult crowd as well.

One thing that truly amazes me is the youthful energy that Elizabeth Sladen puts into this role. Time has not disturned her acting abilites, nor her character's razor sharp wit, although I contribute a lot of that to Mrs. Sladen's acting.

Ah, what could have been... *Sigh*

However, I think that John Nathan Turner and Jon Pertwee would be well pleased.

But I digress. I am eagerly awaiting the Series 3 DVD release, as it alledgedly features the full time return of K9 to Sarah Jane's side, and the truly final apperance of David Tennant's wonderful 10th Doctor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars so I can't comment on the overall technical quality- so far so good....
Haven't viewed all the dvds, so I can't comment on the overall technical quality- so far so good.
For the content of the shows, that's a matter of personal taste that should... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carl K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Sarah Jane!
A wonderful junior version of Dr. Who. The characters weren't quite fully developed in the first two season, but they are a great deal of fun.
Published 10 months ago by Susan Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Our 6 year old daughter loves this Dr. Who spin-off. She has the whole family watching with her as Sarah Jane fights aliens with her sonic lipstick.
Published 13 months ago by Christine Falsetti
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Jane Adventures Season 2
The Sarah Jane Adventures may be targeted to kids, but there is no reason why an adult Doctor Who fan wouldn't love it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kristi Stoneman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great season
More digital season of Sarah Jane makes me very happy. Well plotted, funny and great for parents and kids to watch together. Must buy for any Doctor Who fan.
Published 18 months ago by Jacqueline
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
This is a great family series. I found it most enjoyable and good humor. This marvelous series showcases Elizabeth Sladen’s brilliant skills.
Published 18 months ago by Michelle A. McKeever
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This show is spectacular! I chose this rating because it incorporates a mixture of Doctor Who and Torchwood, and that makes it all the better. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Taelor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great alternative to new Who!
By the end of the first season, this series has certainly found it's footing and claimed it's rightful place in the Whoniverse. Read more
Published 19 months ago by P. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids really love this
I'm slightly disappointed that Gita is characterized as a dithering caricature of a mother, much like Chrissy, but I blame the writers for that. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lotte Trouble
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed show and streaming was great
Good series for the doctor who fan. Best for older children. Kinda scary for younger kids. Great adventure and syfy
Published 20 months ago by Cynthia Brown
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