Companion to the Doctor – 1973 – 1976
“If you think I’m just here to run around making cups of coffee you have …..” [To the Third Doctor] – Time Warrior.
Forthright and headstrong young newshound.
Sarah-Jane Smith (played by Liz Sladen) first encountered the Third Doctor in The Time Warrior – 1973. She was an undercover journalist for ‘Metropolitan magazine’, who had gained entry into a UNIT conference, posing as a Scientist – with fake credentials.
Her character was a further positive step up, from predecesor – Jo Grant, feeding into the wave of post modern feminism, which swept the mid-1970s.
She was headstrong and forthright, not afraid to challenge the Doctor and quite able to whip a band of alien savages up, with gusto; into fighting superior opponents.
She was one of the longest serving companions, one of the most travelled and one of the most popular – to date. Outliving one Doctor and featuring in a number of spin off series – following her eventual departure from the series, in 1976.
She made good friends with Harry Sullivan, the bumbling UNIT Doctor, during his short stint travelling with the Fourth Doctor. Terror Of The Zygons featured a memorable moment, of a Zygon duplicate of Harry trying to kill Sarah-Jane with a pitchfork.
She also encountered alot of monsters on her travels, including; Dalek’s, Cybermen, Sontarans, Ice Warriors and a memorable encounter with uber arch Timelord criminal Morbius – amongst others.
It was after temporarily being blinded by the Sisterhood that Sarah Jane was memorably harrassed by the Frankenstein creation of Dr Solon in The Brain Of Morbius – 1976.
She was one of the first companions to have stories written around her. The Hand Of Fear, is an example of a story in which Sarah-Jane was pivotal to driving along the events. Something not done before in Who.
Having found and being possessed by an alien stone hand found in a quarry, SJ is forced to break into a Nuclear Power Station and regenerate the dead alien into a powerful silicon based entity – called Eldrad.
At the end of this adventure, the Doctor received a message to return to Gallifrey and as a human – SJ was not allowed to go. So the Fourth Doctor dropped her off in Croydon, London. However, it later turned out to be Aberdeen!
She made a further guest appearance in The Five Doctors – 1983, accompanying the Third Doctor on his journey to the tower of Rassilon.
Her popularity endured long after her departure, with her own spin off shows and even future guest appearances in the new series.
Season Ten – 1972-1973
Season Eleven – 1973 – 1974
Season Twelve – 1974-75
Season Thirteen – 1975-76
Season Fourteen – 1976-77
Season Twenty – 1983
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