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The Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 3

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Audio clip from Sarah Jane Adventures audio book The White Wolf

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Stalwart journalist Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and her trio of intrepid teenage sidekicks defend the Earth against hostile aliens galore, equipped with gumption, sonic lipstick, and a hidden extraterrestrial supercomputer called Mr. Smith. This spinoff from Doctor Who is squarely aimed at a younger audience, with much of the action carried by handsome and cool Clyde (Daniel Anthony), spunky but levelheaded Rani (Anjli Mohindra), and Sarah Jane's adopted son Luke (Tommy Knight), who's a genetically engineered genius. The six two-episode stories in the complete third season feature Sarah Jane becoming possessed by an alien prison escapee, red-eyed teens playing in an empty amusement park, paranormal investigators in a haunted house, the Mona Lisa come to life, and an invasive alien plant, as well as some aliens familiar to Whovians and a visit from the Doctor himself (in the form of the ever-energetic David Tennant). Many of the pleasures of Doctor Who can be found in The Sarah Jane Adventures--goofy humor, goofy aliens, and an enthusiastic optimism about humanity--but the writing is considerably weaker, with clumsy exposition and forced plots (and while Doctor Who certainly has its share of nonsensical talk about dimensions and energy, somehow the techno-babble seems worse in The Sarah Jane Adventures). Despite that, the cast is lively and charming--Sladen has long been one of the most popular of the Doctor's companions--and several episodes have vivid or deliciously creepy images and ideas. An enjoyable series, particularly for younger audiences. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Elisabeth Sladen, David Tennant, Tommy Knight, Daniel Anthony, Yasmin Paige
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 335 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0043988NA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Already brimming with evangelical fervour after stumbling across Season Two, I was not prepared for just how good 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' Season Three would turn out to be. It starts well. Very well.

1. Prisoner of the Judoon
An escaped alien prisoner, stranded on Earth, needs to use a technology company's nano-forms to escape (and thus wreak havoc, naturally), a company where Rani's mother Gita just happens to be trying to sell floral displays (with her headmaster husband in tow). The prisoner's Judoon guard and Sarah's teenage cohorts are in pursuit of the alien. Sarah Jane herself is otherwise occupied...

A great opener. Though there are more than a few shudders on the way, as the story progresses the emphasis is most definitely on fun. The earth-bound setting allows for far better Judoon-obey-the-law jokes than either its Doctor Who forerunner 'Smith and Jones' or its book form counterpart 'Revenge of the Judoon' (and 'Prisoner of the Judoon' is much more entertaining than either of them. In spite of his authoritarian literalism, or more likely because of it, I ended up feeling rather attached to Judoon Captain Tybo.) Though the story as a whole is an excellent kids story, it's not free of niggles: in the middle of a tale with so many light touches, the abduction of a little girl is extremely dark in contrast to the rest; the part one cliff-hanger (boy genius stating the obvious to super-intelligent computer) is resolved a little too easily; Elisabeth Sladen is well over the top in her altered state. Yet, all-in-all, Prisoner of the Judoon is highly entertaining (the Chandras and Tybo especially so) and a great way start to the series.

2. The Mad Woman in the Attic
Ealing, 2059. Sarah Jane, Luke and Clyde are long gone.
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Sad to see that this wonderful actress, died last week after a long battle with cancer. Thanks to Russell T Davies for bringing back the Sarah Jane Smith character and subsequently presenting Miss Sladen with another, later-in-life career. Having just bought and seen the second season of the SJ Adventures, it was quite affecting to see her charming persona once more, knowing there was perhaps only one (or two?) seasons to go. I'm just grateful the re-newed success of Dr Who also meant the revival of Sarah Jane, a favourite for me and certainly amongst fans of the series. As a woman in her 60's she showed the world there is more to be seen of any actor than their early days onscreen and definitely a place for strong older women in positions of power. I really know nothing about Elizabeth, but I do know that Sarah Jane had smarts, humour, guts and resolve, and a humanity that made her always watchable. Both the actress and her portayal of such an endearing, lasting character will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. Respect.
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Funny, in reference to Season 4, when I downloaded Season Three from Amazon on March 12 and 13. I got Season 4 episodes instead. They were labelled with the titles to Season 3 but the episode did not match the file names, I enjoyed Season 4.
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A NORTH AMERICAN FIRST GOES FIRST IN 2011
As of January 4, 2011, BBC Worldwide Americas have released The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete Third Season. These six two-part stories have never been broadcast on North American broadcast networks. Each part is 30 minutes, so the stories are 60 minutes each. This is a 2-disc DVD set suggested to retail for $29.98.

The third story, The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, is extra notable for guest starring David Tennant as the Doctor, in the last production he recorded as the Doctor (to date).

From Steve Manfred's website:

The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete Third Season:
starring Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Tommy Knight as Luke Smith, Daniel Anthony as Clyde Langer, Anjli Mohindra as Rani Chandra, Alexander Armstrong as the voice of Mr. Smith, and guest starring John Leeson as the voice of K9, and David Tennant as the Doctor.

On all two discs, you will find:

Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for the hearing impaired.

On Disc 1:
Story 1: Prisoner of the Judoon and Story 2: The Mad Woman in the Attic and Story 3: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (guest stars David Tennant)

On Disc 2:
Story 4: The Eternity Trap and Story 5: Mona Lisa's Revenge and Story 6: The Gift
Audio Adventures: A five-minute extract from a Sarah Jane Adventures audio book called "The White Wolf," read by Elisabeth Sladen.

There are no other special features in this release.
This is a standard-definition DVD release, though it is still in anamorphic widescreen (16:9).
Episodes originally transmitted in the Autumn months of 2009 on the BBC.
These episodes have never aired in North America.
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I know that this series was started for children, but as an adult child I love this series. It is good to see Sarah Jane Smith as a character again, but more then that the she is able to share it with the children that cross her path.
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My wife and I were looking forward to the special guest appearance(s) of Doctor Who's David Tennant -- not to mention another episode where Sarah Jane squares off with The Trickster. However, there's something seriously wrong with the sound mix -- the music and the sound effects were WAY TOO LOUD and continually drowned out all the dialogue. I tried all manner of adjustments to my television and my stereo system, to no avail. Good episode, terrible mix.
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