And now to October 2011 and the final three Sarah Jane Adventures. These three stories were filmed along with the previous six in one longer production run. Another three were in development, but sadly, Elisabeth Sladen passed away that April. The mysterious Shopkeeper character played by Cyril Nri, introduced in “Lost in Time”, makes a second and final appearance here. Another story with the character had to be shelved, presumably the planned fifth series finale, which would have brought back the Trickster. They were also considering bringing back Sophie Aldred’s character Ace in series six.
So series five goes back to basics and gives Sarah Jane a new adoptive kid. This one’s named Sky, played by Sinead Michael, and, in something of a sci-fi TV tradition, we meet her as a baby and then she grows up, to about age twelve. This does have the feel of going in reverse. The show was made for CBBC, the network’s children’s channel, and Rani and Clyde must be in their last year of school at this point, so something like this was probably inevitable, though. Still, it’s entertaining in a way that SJA does beautifully well. Sky is “born” as a genetically-engineered weapon by a race of aliens, and causes electrical overloads whenever she becomes upset, leading to Clyde’s beautiful line “I’m in the middle of a nuclear power station and I’m carrying Baby Bang Bang!” Our son, naturally, enjoyed the whole show, but that line was his favorite moment.