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|Invasion of the Bane|
|Novelised as:||Invasion of the Bane|
|Main character(s):||Sarah Jane, Luke, Maria, Kelsey|
|Featuring:||Mr Smith, Alan, Chrissie, K9|
|Main enemy:||Bane, Mrs Wormwood|
|Main setting:||Ealing, 2008|
|Writer:||Gareth Roberts and Russell T Davies|
|Premiere broadcast:||1 January 2007|
|Format:||1x60 minute episode|
|SJA television stories|
|none||Revenge of the Slitheen|
Invasion of the Bane was the first episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, serving as its "pilot". Although it is the first episode of Series 1, it was broadcast more than nine months before the regular series began.
The episode re-introduced Sarah Jane Smith, former companion to both the Third and Fourth Doctor, after her last appearance in the 2006 Doctor Who television story School Reunion. The episode also re-introduced K9 Mark IV, who, like Sarah Jane, was last seen in School Reunion. As well as re-introducing Sarah Jane and K9, the episode marked the first appearance of Maria, Alan and Chrissie Jackson as well as Luke Smith, who became the adoptive son of Sarah Jane. Mr Smith, the Xylok super-computer installed in the attic, was also introduced in the episode. Kelsey Hooper would make her first and only appearance in The Sarah Jane Adventures.
From a production point of view, this was the second time a spin-off starring Elisabeth Sladen had been produced, the first being A Girl's Best Friend in 1981. Also, it marks the first time since the classic series of Doctor Who where two writers have written an episode together.
This is also the only episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures which is an hour long. For the rest of the series, each episode would be twenty five minutes long.
Investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith teams up with her new, thirteen-year-old neighbour, Maria Jackson, to face the scheming Mrs Wormwood, the head of a company producing a popular and addictive soft drink called "Bubble Shock!"
Young Maria Jackson father, Alan, are moving into a house opposite Sarah Jane Smith on Bannerman Road. As her father sorts boxes, Maria watches a television commercial for the popular new soft drink called "Bubble Shock!", which contains Bane. Maria's mother, Chrissie, helps out and pesters her former husband for money before leaving. That night Maria is awakened by a bright light. She follows it to Sarah Jane's house and finds a glowing alien. As it disappears into the night sky, a terrified Maria runs home and locks the front door.
The next morning a local girl, Kelsey Hooper, arrives to welcome the new family. She offers to take Maria into town. When Maria says she has no money, Kelsey tells her about the free Bubble Shock! Bus. It takes visitors for a guided tour of the Bubble Shock! factory. Mr. Jackson tries to introduce himself to Sarah Jane, but she overhears the girls' plans and gives chase in her car.
On the bus, Maria questions Kelsey about the secret ingredient in Bubble Shock! known only as Bane. Kelsey echoes the claims made by the television adverts that Bane is organic and that makes it good. Maria is not convinced enough to drink any of it. Kelsey informs her she must be part of the official 2% of the population that doesn't like the drink. After the bus reaches the factory, all the guests go through a security scanner and have to turn off their mobile phones. Unknown to them the scanner collects their DNA. A boy, the Archetype, lies in a medical chamber with a breathing mask over his mouth. A worker informs his supervisor, Mrs Wormwood, that the DNA of the children has been transmitted. Mrs Wormwood is delighted and believes "mother" will be equally pleased.
The guests are led by PR agent Davey, who offers everyone numerous free samples of the drink whilst dully providing a pre-written PR statement on the virtues of the drink. He notices Maria has not taken a sample and insists she does. She says that she doesn't care for it, and is in the 2% of the population who feel likewise. Davey cryptically replies that the factory is working on a way to make sure 100% of the population will consume the drink.
Sarah Jane is sneaking around the factory when she notices a door. Using her sonic lipstick, she opens it, before being captured by guards who take her to Mrs Wormwood's office. Sarah comments that Wormwood was described in the Bible as a star that would fall to Earth and taint the world's water supply. Wormwood recognises Sarah Jane's name from e-mails and phone calls the company received, all of which went unanswered. She agrees to grant Sarah Jane an interview.
Sarah Jane asks how they obtained a license to make food and drink in two weeks. Mrs Wormwood replies that they are only satisfying the Western world's need for food. Sarah Jane presses her on the nature of the mysterious Bane ingredient. Every test she has had run on the drink has failed to reveal anything -- almost as if the drink had a form of intelligence and was hiding its contents. Mrs Wormwood insists that she drinks some Bubble Shock! Sarah Jane refuses and and suggests that Wormwood comes from space. Mrs Wormwood mocks such an idea as crazy talk and has her secretary Lesley escort Sarah Jane out of the factory. Once in the lift, Wormwood orders her secretary to kill Sarah Jane but she foils the attack and escapes further into the factory.
Kelsey tries to phone her friend Suki and wanders into a restricted area. Her mobile phone disturbs an unknown beast and sets off an emergency alarm causing the factory to be evacuated. Davey finds her huddled in a corner, screaming for someone to get "that thing" away from her. Davey angrily responds that the creature is not "a thing", Kelsey is; the creature is his mother. Mrs Wormwood dispatches guards to locate and kill Sarah Jane. She demands the alarms be switched off for the Bane Mother's sake. Maria tries to find Kelsey but she sets off the alarm again and prompts the Archetype to escape. Mrs Wormwood and Davey lead teams in an attempt to find the source of the alarm.
Soon, Maria bumps into the Archetype. She tries to introduce herself, while the Archetype just repeats what she says back to her. They hide in a cubicle in the women's toilets and are soon joined by Sarah Jane, with both parties surprised to see one another. Just outside, Davey reports they have searched everywhere and have found no sign of the intruders. Mrs Wormwood asks him if he has checked inside the women's toilets. Somewhat shocked, he replies that his training on human culture had stated it was strictly forbidden for males to enter. Frustrated at his stupidity, Wormwood storms into the toilets and slams open all the cubicles but finds no one there. Davey points out the window has been opened and Wormwood realises Sarah Jane and the children have escaped. Outside they flee to Sarah Jane's car. Maria protests that they left Kelsey behind.
Sarah Jane uses her sonic lipstick to get out of the factory. In Mrs Wormwood's office, Kelsey rants about the treatment she has received. Unable to make sense of her tirade, Wormwood decides to change into her natural form in order to scan the girl's mind. She deactivates her image translator, causing Kelsey to scream. Sometime later, Kelsey lies unconscious in the office. Davey notes Wormwood held back, to which she replies that children have parents who would cause them trouble by asking questions. She attempts to make sense of Kelsey's thoughts and finds most of them to be no use, focusing on boys and pop culture. She eventually discovers Kelsey knows of Sarah Jane and lives on the same street. She dispatches Davey to take Kelsey home with his true objective being to kill Sarah Jane and retrieve the Archetype.
Upon arriving back at Bannerman Road, Sarah Jane tells Maria to go home and not get involved. Maria replies that it is too late for that and reveals she saw the alien from the previous night, which shocks Sarah Jane. However, Sarah puts her foot down and tells Maria her life is dangerous; she does not want anyone else getting hurt for the decisions she has made. A furious Maria runs home and her father attempts to comfort her. Sarah Jane questions the Archetype on his origins. She finds that despite his appearance he lacks a navel or any common-sense knowledge. Most surprisingly, Sarah Jane's alien watch reveals him to be only hours old. When she asks him who he is he only replies, "I am everyone". A male voice calls out to Sarah Jane. The Archetype asks what it is but Sarah Jane quickly responds that it is nothing and that he is not allowed to go upstairs.
Soon after, Davey's car pulls up on the street. Kelsey attempts to flirt with him but he just tells her to get out. Kelsey enters the Jacksons' house and a relieved Maria asks her what happened. Kelsey remembers nothing, instead believing Maria abandoned her for no reason and that she had to get a lift home from Davey. Realising this means he is on their street, an alarmed Maria runs to Sarah Jane's house to warn her. Sarah Jane initially mistakes her intent and shuts the door on her but quickly opens it when Kelsey screams -- Davey has revealed his true Bane form and is crawling along the side of the house. Sarah Jane quickly rushes both girls inside but Davey easily knocks the front door off its hinges and chases them up the stairs.
Sarah Jane tells the children to wait as she dashes into a room she declares off limits and returns with a mysterious spray with which she attacks Davey. Kelsey slips away into the mysterious room and loudly declares her amazement. Sarah Jane and the others follow, revealing a room filled with mementos of past adventures and also a talking computer, Mr Smith. Sarah Jane explains that years ago she met a man unlike any other, who took her on adventures in time and space. K9 is introduced to Maria, the Archetype and Kelsey, and Sarah reveals that he is closing off a black hole that is threatening Earth and has been in there for over a year.
Sarah uses Mr Smith to patch into the Bubble Shock! factory communication systems and offers to Wormwood an ultimatum should the Bane not leave Earth. Wormwood ignores them and mind controls all the Bubble Shock! drinkers, including Alan and Kelsey. Sarah is able to stop Kelsey, but all the other drinkers begin marching, chanting, "Drink it". Harried by mind-controlled Bubble Shock! drinkers, the group heads to the factory. When captured and about to be eaten by the Bane Mother, Maria uses her cellphone to try to hold off the Bane, but after the Bane Mother screams Mrs. Wormwood reveals she only made her angry. The Bane Mother descends but the Archetype uses the memory of 5000 humans that the Bane gave him, then uses the transmitter device given to Sarah Jane by the Star Poet to destroy the monstrous Bane Mother; subsequently the Bubble Shock! factory is destroyed, but Wormwood appears to escape, swearing revenge.
Back home, the gang try to think up a name for the Archetype and decide on Luke (after Sarah considers Harry and Alistair after Harry Sullivan and Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart). Sarah has her computer print up adoption papers for Luke. That night, the trio sit together in Sarah Jane's garden, looking up at the stars.
- Sarah Jane Smith - Elisabeth Sladen
- Mrs Wormwood - Samantha Bond
- Maria Jackson - Yasmin Paige
- Luke Smith - Tommy Knight
- Voice of Mr Smith - Alexander Armstrong
- Voice of K9 - John Leeson
- Kelsey Hooper - Porsha Lawrence-Mavour
- Davey- Jamie Davis
- Alan Jackson - Joseph Millson
- Chrissie Jackson - Juliet Cowan
- Secretary - Rungano Nyoni
- Technician - Philip North
- Bubbleshock Girl - Sydney White
- Newsreader - Olivia Hill
- Konnie Huq - Herself
- Gethin Jones - Himself
Created by Russell T Davies
|Executive Producers Phil Collinson, Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner|
|Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.|
Gerry Dawson's role as Store person credited as "Store man". Tim Hodges' role as Assistant editor credited as "Editor's assistant".
- In Sarah Jane's attic are photos of the Brigadier, Harry Sullivan, K9 Mark III and her 25-year younger self. (These are the first uses of Classic Era imagery in the Revived Era.)
- When considering names for Luke, Sarah Jane considers Harry, for Harry Sullivan, and Alistair, for the Brigadier.
- Kelsey Hooper mentions the Pope and musician James Blunt.
- Alan mentions actress Angelina Jolie.
Real world Edit
- Mrs Wormwood mentions the soap opera Hollyoaks.
- Sarah Jane has a book by H. G. Wells in her attic.
- A printout that Sarah Jane has upstairs shows part of the cover of the Whitley Strieber book Communion.
Races and species Edit
- Sarah Jane meets a star poet from Arcateen V.
- Sarah Jane mentions that there are secret organisations dedicated to finding aliens, but they tend to go in with "guns blazing" - a reference to Torchwood and UNIT.
- The Bane used a device called an "image translator".
Story notes Edit
- This is the only Sarah Jane Adventure episode that does not feature Clyde Langer.
- This was the only sixty-minute episode to be produced of The Sarah Jane Adventures; regular series episodes were twenty-five minutes in length, although on some occasions two-parters have been put together as an hour-long omnibus edition for repeat airings.
- This was the only episode of the Doctor Who franchise for which Russell T Davies shared co-writing credit until the 2009 Specials.
- This episode, which was considered a pilot for the spinoff, aired in the UK only three days after the twenty-fifth anniversary of the broadcast of the previous Sarah Jane-related pilot, TV: A Girl's Best Friend.
- This episode is set at least eighteen months after 'TV: School Reunion, based on Sarah Jane saying that K9 has "been in there for a year and a half".
- Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) and Tommy Knight (Luke Smith) are the only actors to appear in both this story and TV: The Man Who Never Was, the (unintended) final episode of the series.
- This episode marks the only appearance in the series of Porsha Lawrence Mavour as Kelsey Hooper, who was dropped from the series after this episode and replaced with Clyde Langer. Although no official reason has been given for this, it is believed to stem from the desire to have a gender-balanced cast (although another possible reason suggested is due to the fact that Kelsey comes across as annoying and unlikable in this episode).
- This episode first aired on the same day as End of Days, the last episode of Torchwood series 1.
Unproduced script ideas Edit
- Sarah Jane and Maria would be living in Croydon.
- Alan Jackson would be called Kevin.
- Chrissie Jackson would be a lot nicer than she turned out to be.
- Sarah Jane's scanner watch would actually be a disc, like the one Jabe uses in TV: The End of the World.
- Wormwood and Davey's real names would be Zalia and Elspatch.
- The Bubble Shock! factory would be called Essia and the tours would be run under the impression it's keeping kids busy in the holidays.
- Zalia and Elspatch would wonder if Sarah Jane is a Time Agent or works for the Judoon, as she has three years of her life missing.
- Sarah Jane would fight off Lesley with Rutan nerve gas, which would make her nose go green.
- The Archetype would be called the Seedling and be named Luke upon arrival at Sarah Jane's house.
- Instead of Davey attacking Sarah Jane in the attic, a creature called the Gloor would. The Gloor would be disguised in a parcel, brought in by Kevin. This idea would later be used in TV: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith with Travist Polong, though that alien wasn't hostile.
- Chrissie, not Alan, would be taken over by Bubble Shock!
- Sarah Jane would recount fighting dinosaurs (TV: Invasion of the Dinosaurs) and mummies on Mars, (TV: Pyramids of Mars) and seeing the human race billions of years in the future,  frozen in an ark. (TV: The Ark in Space)
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Filming locations Edit
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- In Sarah's attic there is a picture of herself twenty-five years younger with K9 Mark III, and a portrait of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart circa the early 1970s (From publicity photos for TV: A Girl's Best Friend and Doctor Who)
- Sarah mentions travelling with the Doctor (TV: The Time Warrior through The Hand of Fear) and then meeting the Tenth Doctor again years later (TV: School Reunion).
- It is suggested here that Sarah's renewed interest in helping, or combating, alien life was sparked by her recent adventure with the Doctor. The episode also re-establishes, in dialogue, Sarah Jane's choice of lifestyle after leaving the Doctor years earlier.
- Wormwood notes the presence of residual artron energy around Sarah Jane that indicates she travelled through the space-time vortex, although a long time ago. Those who travel with the Doctor in the TARDIS are physically altered by the experience, picking up background radiation. The last time Sarah Jane was seen travelling through time and space via the TARDIS was at the end of TV: The Five Doctors, before that in TV: The Hand of Fear.
- Sarah Jane has a sonic lipstick which appears to function in much the same way as the Doctor's sonic screwdriver. At one point Sarah invokes the Doctor's name when using the device, suggesting he had something to do with creating it, a fact confirmed not on screen but on the show's website. [source needed]
- Sarah mentions that the lipstick doesn't work against deadlock-sealed doors - also a weakness of the sonic screwdriver. (TV: School Reunion, et. al.)
Home video releases Edit
This has been released on a vanilla DVD. It also featured in the Series One box set, which was released in North America on 7 October 2008 and on 10 November 2008 for the UK.
See also Edit
- Detailed synopsis of Invasion of the Bane at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Invasion of the Bane at The Whoniverse