It seems ex-Doctor Who assistants don’t last as long as the Time Lord himself (unless they secretly regenerate, but then how do you explain them occasionally meeting one another?)
So it is for Sarah Jane, who will return to the CBBC channel for a fifth and final series from Monday 3rd October.
Six episodes make up the series, with much more information available on the official Sarah Jane Adventures web site.
Produced in Wales and starring Elisabeth Sladen, young talent includes Tommy Knight as Luke, Daniel Anthony as Clyde, Anjli Mohindra as Rani and Sinead Michael as Sky.
The series also features Ace Bhatti and Mina Anwar as Rani’s parents, Jocelyn Jee Esien as Clyde’s mum, and guest appearances from Floella Benjamin as Professor Rivers, James Dreyfuss as Harrison, Peter Bowles as Lionel Carson, Christine Stephen-Daly as Miss Myers and Lily Loveless as Ellie.
Sky – Episode One
Sarah Jane finds a baby girl on her doorstep and tries to find out who abandoned her. At a nuclear power station, a beautiful woman appears out of thin air and uses alien powers to take control. She’s looking for something – and realises that Sarah Jane may just have it.
Sky – Episode Two
Sky has undergone an amazing transformation, but in doing so has triggered a countdown that no one can stop. As Sarah Jane and Sky find themselves trapped between the alien war fought by Metalkind and Fleshkind, Clyde and Rani face a race against time to stop the biggest bang in history…
The Curse Of Clyde Langer – Episode One
It’s raining fish from the skies, and Sarah Jane’s investigations lead the gang to the Museum of Culture, where the ancient god Hetocumtek may offer answers. But when Clyde acts the fool once too often, family and friends savagely turn against him, and he is thrown out of their lives!
The Curse Of Clyde Langer – Episode Two
Clyde is alone and abandoned on the streets of London, living rough, cold and hungry. One person reaches out to him, but as they become friends, he’s warned about the legendary Night Dragon. In Bannerman Road, Sky knows something’s wrong – why do Sarah Jane and Rani suddenly hate Clyde?
The Man Who Never Was – Episode One
Joseph Serf has launched his new SerfBoard, the must-have computer that no one can resist owning. Intrigued, Sarah Jane takes Luke and Sky to investigate what’s so compelling about Serf and his business. Clyde and Rani meanwhile take a SerfBoard to pieces, suspecting alien technology may be the answer…
The Man Who Never Was – Episode Two
The truth behind Joseph Serf’s company is out – alien Light Sculptors, slaves kept beneath his office building. As Luke and Sky try to find a way to free them and get them home safely, Sarah Jane needs Clyde and Rani to come and help her – and get married along the way…
What do you think of the series coming to an end? How about a spinoff series featuring another of the Doctor’s assistants? Let us know in the comments below.