Ten Thoughts About Sarah Jane Adventures: Death Of The Doctor Part One

Bet you've missed me doing this haven't you? Sarah Jane Adventures just broadcast the first part of the two parter, Death Of The Doctor, by Russell T Davies.

1. This Is A Children's TV Show About Death

Ten Thoughts About Sarah Jane Adventures: Death Of The Doctor Part One

So we have denial, we have mourning, we have the celebration of life, memories and friends that comes in its wake. Of course now every kid will be thinking that their dead grandfather can come back to life, possibly via one of their friends, if they get an electric shock. Which won't make things confusing at funerals, oh no.

2. Keeping The Absent Cast Member On A Web Cam

Ten Thoughts About Sarah Jane Adventures: Death Of The Doctor Part One

A bit like William Hartnell in The Three Doctors.

3. UNIT Really Look Like The Guardian Angels These Days.

Ten Thoughts About Sarah Jane Adventures: Death Of The Doctor Part One

Those Raspberry Berets do look a little odd. Although possibly not as much as carving an industrail headquarters into the side of Mass Snowdon. Not exactly covert, that one. And how many soliders do they have to go through so that they have a whole wing dedicated to funerals? Moral of this piece of information. Don't work for UNIT.

3. And The Shan Sheeth Look Like Bernie Clifton's Ostrich

Ten Thoughts About Sarah Jane Adventures: Death Of The Doctor Part One

Actually, they look less like his ostrich and more like Bernie Clifton himself. Either that or a bit like a Terrahawk. The least convincing this about this episodes are the really poor looking aliens. Although they do Doctor Who theme of having aliens look like Earth animals. And they play a mean harp.

4, I Can't Believe It's Not Grask

Ten Thoughts About Sarah Jane Adventures: Death Of The Doctor Part One Grosk, folks, grosk. Taste, amplified.

5. Forget The Vultures, Jo Grant Looks Rather Like A Frog These Days

Ten Thoughts About Sarah Jane Adventures: Death Of The Doctor Part One

And that's her grandson, not her toyboy. Though it takes us quite a while to work that out. I wonder if he'll be Shan Sheeth fodder? There is a funeral, someone has to die.

6. Bonding Over Peladon

Ten Thoughts About Sarah Jane Adventures: Death Of The Doctor Part One

Whether of Curse or a Beast, these two do have a shared history, even if they never met. And even though Sarah Jane seems to have got the better chunk of it of late.

7. Jo Grant Does Say The Word "Daleks" With A Hint Of Orgasm. I Wonder Why?

Ten Thoughts About Sarah Jane Adventures: Death Of The Doctor Part One

Oh, that's why.

8. The Doctor And Child Endangerment

Ten Thoughts About Sarah Jane Adventures: Death Of The Doctor Part One

Well done Doctor, you've stranded Clive in a dangerous location 10,000 light years away. No, really, well done. Bravo. Did they teah you that on Gallifrey? Seriously, what are you thinking? You're meant to find the other solution…

9. Now The Doctor's Making Gags About Jo's Appearance

Ten Thoughts About Sarah Jane Adventures: Death Of The Doctor Part One

This from a man who looks like he's been drawn by Frank Quitely. Still it is very tempting.

10. That's How You Do A Teaser After A Cliffhanger Ending.

Ten Thoughts About Sarah Jane Adventures: Death Of The Doctor Part One

Imminent death, big effects, and nothing in the teaser that shows you how, of even it, he gets out of it.

Second part tomorrow…

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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