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Series 3 (SJA)

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Series 3
12 episodes comprising 6 stories
starting with Prisoner of the Judoon
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Main character: Sarah Jane Smith
Regular characters: Clyde Langer
Luke Smith
Rani Chandra
Mr Smith
K9 Mark IV
Key crew
Executive producer(s): Russell T Davies
Julie Gardner
Piers Wenger
Producer(s): Nikki Wilson
Series details
Start date: 15 October 2009
End date: 20 November 2009
Premiere network: CBBC
Typical episode length: 25'
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The third series of The Sarah Jane Adventures aired on CBBC and BBC One in autumn 2009. The series consisted of six stories of two episodes each.

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.

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Guest Edit

Television stories Edit

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 renounces her disbelief in ghosts and beings hailing from the afterlife.
5 Mona Lisa's Revenge Phil FordJoss AgnewSuranne Jones's first role in a Doctor Who-related production.
6 The GiftRupert Laight Alice Troughton Reintroduction and guest appearance of the Slitheen, this time a Slitheen-Blathereen family, who are orange-skinned Raxacoricofallapatorians.

Aliens and enemies Edit

Audiobooks Edit

Novels Edit

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 Edit

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

Footnotes Edit

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

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