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Series 3 of The Sarah Jane Adventures ran between 15 October 2009 and 20 November 2009. It starred Elizabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Tommy Knight as Luke Smith, Daniel Anthony as Clyde Langer, Anjli Mohindra as Rani Chandra, Alexander Armstrong as Mr Smith and John Leeson as K9 Mark IV. The series opened with Prisoner of the Judoon and concluded with The Gift.

Overview

It consisted of six stories and twelve episodes. In a change of broadcast format, two episodes aired each week, on Thursday and Friday, meaning the entire series aired over a six-week period, with a complete storyline told each week.

A slight change to the opening was made: Before the title sequence, Clyde would narrate the basic premise of the series over a montage of scenes.

Among notable appearances this series, K9 Mark IV appeared in six of the twelve episodes and David Tennant appeared as the Tenth Doctor in the two-part story The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith which aired in late October. Thanks in part to Tennant's appearance, the series scored higher-than-average ratings for children's programming, and also consistently scored high Appreciation Index ratings from viewers.

A trailer was made advertising the series.

Cast

Recurring

Guest

Television stories

Episode Number Title Writer(s) Director Notes
1 Prisoner of the Judoon Phil FordJoss AgnewFirst appearance of Androvax. Reintroduction of the Judoon.
2 The Mad Woman in the Attic Joseph Lidster Alice TroughtonFirst regular appearance of K9 Mark IV, following the sealing of the black hole in Switzerland. A rivalry develops fast between him and Mr Smith. Rani Chandra's future is shown, hinting at a happy marriage to Clyde Langer and a family of grandchildren.
3 The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith Gareth RobertsJoss AgnewReintroduction and final appearance of the Trickster, guest appearance by the Tenth Doctor.
4 The Eternity Trap Phil FordAlice TroughtonLuke Smith-lite episode. Sarah Jane begins to acknowledge supernatural occurrences.
5 Mona Lisa's Revenge Phil FordJoss AgnewSuranne Jones's first role in a Doctor Who-related production.
6 The GiftRupert Laight Alice Troughton Introduction of the Slitheen-Blathereen family.

Aliens and enemies

Audiobooks

Novels

The only story of this series to be directly novelised was The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith. Additionally, Prisoner of the Judoon was adapted as The Sarah Jane Adventures: Judoon Afternoon, The Eternity Trap was adapted as The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Haunted House, Mona Lisa's Revenge was adapted as The Sarah Jane Adventures: Painting Peril and The Gift was adapted as The Sarah Jane Adventures: Blathereen Dream.

Home video releases

The Complete Third Series boxset was released on BBC DVD on 1 November 2010.

Footnotes

Previous series:
SJA Series 2
Next series:
SJA Series 4