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Return of the Slitheen

04/09/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Yikes, the enemies of The Doctor are out for revenge in The Sarah Jane Adventures - the new CBBC drama from the makers of Doctor Who.

The new series The Sarah Jane Adventures sees the return of some familiar alien enemies from Doctor Who as the Slitheen are back and out for revenge. Coming to CBBC on BBC One and CBBC at the end of September 2007, The Sarah Jane Adventures stars one of Doctor Who's former companions - investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith.

The series is from the same people behind Doctor Who including writer Russell T Davies. Having travelled the universe with The Doctor, Sarah Jane is used to dealing with alien encounters. But when her young friends Maria, Luke and Clyde join her they soon become embroiled in a mysterious world of chases, danger, and monsters from outer space, discovering that life on Earth can be an adventure too. In Revenge Of The Slitheen, the first two-part story from the new series, Maria, Luke and Clyde realise that all is not as it seems on their first day at their new school. The food keeps going off, there's a funny smell and the new technology block is hiding some dark secrets. They soon find out that the Slitheen have disguised themselves as teachers as part of their deadly plan which threatens the future of Earth.

Executive Producer Russell T Davies told SFcrowsnest.com, "This is a wonderful opportunity, to use all our Doctor Who resources here in Cardiff for the making of a brand new drama for CBBC. We hope brand new viewers join us for ten full-blooded episodes of excitement and danger, headlined by a truly excellent cast."

Sarah Jane Smith is played by Elisabeth Sladen who also starred as Sarah Jane in the Seventies Doctor Who series as a companion to the third and fourth Doctors. Maria Jackson, Sarah Jane's neighbour and sidekick, is played by Yasmin Paige. Luke Smith, Sarah Jane's adopted son who was created by aliens, is played by Thomas Knight, and Daniel Anthony plays the streetwise Clyde.

Elisabeth Sladen added, "It's great to be back enjoying Sarah Jane with some fantastic new adventures. There's still so much more to find out about her after all these years. I hope that viewers have as much fun watching the series as I did making it."

The new ten-part series of The Sarah Jane Adventures features five stories each told over two episodes. Guest stars in future episodes include Jane Asher, Phyllida Law and Floella Benjamin. Revenge Of The Slitheen is written by Gareth Roberts who also writes for Doctor Who. The Executive Producers are Russell T Davies, Julie Gardnerand Phil Collinson. The series producer is Matthew Bouch. The series follows a special episode Invasion Of The Bane broadcast at New Year.

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