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The Sarah Jane Adventures: Judgement Day by Scott Gray

1/12/2011. Contributed by Sue Davies

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pub: Audio Go/BBC. 2 CD 78 minute story. Price: CD: GBP 6.10 (UK), Download: GBP 6.11 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-40846-996-5). read by Anjli Mohindra.

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All her life, Sarah Jane Smith has tried to do her best. She worked hard as a journalist to expose the lies told by governments and companies. She helped the Doctor fend off aliens from Earth. She was a good person. But what if she was wrong?

The Veritas have come to Earth to judge her as the great deceiver. She is forced to watch as her life is re-run in this arbitrary court and must face the consequences. Alongside her, the young Rani, who wants to be a crusading journalist just like Sarah Jane when she grows up.

Anjli Mohindra, who plays Rani, narrates the tale in which Sarah Jane and Rani face the wrath of the Veritas. For Rani, it’s personal because a central character in the story of Sarah Jane’s deceit is her mother, Gita. She, too, must address whether Sarah Jane is really who she wants to be.

For Rani, truth is all black and white . She sees that as the only choice. All her heroes are journalists who bring the facts to the people. For Sarah Jane, the world is more complex and her time with the Doctor doubly so.

This tale is a very good treatise on the importance of truth and the necessity of lies. I would say it is an exceptional example of slipping in the morality tale without making us choke on it. Once again, the writer has created an adventure story which is stuffed with philosophical questions which can be addressed by older listeners without losing a good story.

Sadly, this is the last of the ‘Sarah Jane Smith Audio Adventures, and they will all be released in a boxed set shortly.

Sue Davies

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