Sarah Jane Smith
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Sarah Jane Smith
Biography by Nicole-Anne Keyton
Occupation: Investigative journalist
Sarah Jane used to travel throughout time and space with the Doctor. Her first time-space travelling adventure was when she went to UNIT posing as her aunt Lavinia Smith for a journalism opportunity, where, after being acquainted with one John Smith (actually the Doctor), she accidently steps inside the TARDIS and is whisked off to the Middle Ages and encounters a Sontaran. For several years following this, Sarah Jane has been travelling with the Doctor to various planets, space ships, etc throughout time.
After being forced to leave behind her adventures with the Doctor, the TARDIS, and UNIT, she attempts to get back to how her life originally was before, until many years later, she meets the Doctor again in another opportunity at investigative journalism. Meeting the Doctor again seems to put a certain closure Sarah Jane's been expecting since he left her on Earth all those years ago: because the Doctor gets to explain what happened to him after Sarah Jane left, she can accept what happened and move on with her life. She then begins her adventures on Bannerman Road, finding aliens who come to Earth and stopping the ones who want to invade the planet.
Sarah Jane eventually builds up a 'team' of sorts who help her out in her adventures: Luke Smith, her adopted son; Maria Jackson, her neighbour; Clyde Langer, Luke and Maria's friend from school; and Rani, who moves in to Maria's house after Maria moves to America. Together, they encounter aliens, some friendly and some hostile, and defend the Earth.
Notes for Sarah Jane Smith
The new Doctor Who Magazine (out 20th October) celebrates the life of Elisabeth Sladen in a special 100-page issue. Among those paying tribute are Doctors Tom Baker, David Tennant and Matt Smith. Tom Baker describes Sladen's death in April as "a terrible blow" and remembers being overwhelmed by the public reaction:
Such an outpouring of grief, the spontaneous grief of people, the extravagance of people saying how great and wonderful she was, sprang out of that shock that we’ve lost part of a culture generated by a programme that goes back… well, she was with me in 1974, and she only died this year. She was a piece of television, wasn’t she? A piece of people’s lives, their childhoods…Also in this issue:
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