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Sunday, 30 November 2008

Time Squad Toys

Character Options has reveled that a new set of Doctor Who toys called Time Squad will be out in shops by early next year. They are cartoon-type articulated mini-toys and from the picture above, (thanks to doctor who toys) there will be figures of:
  • Gold Dalek
  • Scarecrow
  • Ood
  • Cyberman
  • Weeping Angel
  • Dalek Sec
  • Sycorax
  • Vashta Nerada
  • Slitheen
  • Davros
  • Clockwork Droid
  • The Doctor
  • Sontaran
  • Pyrovile
  • Supreme Dalek

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Radio Times Preview

Radio Times has released this preview of The Next Doctor. Well, it's sort of a preview anyway.
Read below

So this is Christmas. We’re at Cyber HQ in London 1851 - in reality a set at Cardiff’s Upper Boat studios in April 2008. This is Torchwood’s Hub cunningly redressed for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special as a sort of huge Cyber-Victorian engine - all cogs, chains, furnaces, pipes and steam. Think steampunk. Or a huge version of the board game Mouse Trap.

Street urchins are shovelling coal into buckets, pouring oil into funnels and trudging up and down rickety wooden stairs. “No smiling, please,” says director Andy Goddard. “You’re not supposed to be enjoying this. It’s hard and tiring. It’s the worst Christmas you’ve ever had.”

At the time of giving the Christmas special its title, The Next Doctor, Davies knew the news of Tennant’s departure would have become public [Tennant announced in October that he’s leaving after filming four more specials next year]. “Hopefully, that creates a bit more intrigue,” says Davies, “and hints at interesting developments in the show’s future. Let’s just say that regeneration is a complicated process, and never as simple as it seems.”

“The Doctors become great friends,” he says. “In this episode the Doctor [Tennant] doesn’t have a companion, which is rare, and my Doctor fills that gap. But all those questions my Doctor wants to ask about himself and his past have to be put aside to save London from destruction.”

Tennant and Morrissey have also worked together before - in the 2004 BBC1 drama Blackpool. “What David’s done with the Doctor is so special,” says Morrissey. “He has moved it on - not just the character, but also how he’s taken on the role publicly. We were filming in Gloucester with 400 people watching.When I got out of the car with David it was like being with a member of Take That! They were shouting, ‘We love you!’ and he was so warm-hearted towards them.”

Morrissey explains his approach to nailing his Doctor: “There has to be an inner truth for me, something at stake, and you have to play that for real.” So did any former Doctors influence his performance? “When I look at Tom Baker and William Hartnell, there’s a truth to their performances; Patrick Troughton as well. They never saw it as a genre show or a children’s show.

Radio Times is out now for £1.05.

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Friday, 28 November 2008

New TND Picture

A new picture from the christmas special, The Next Doctor is out in the web world, and you can view it below.. (by the way, TND is The Next Doctor)

It seems as though the Doctor we all know is showing the Other Doctor a fob watch, like the one he has in Human Nature/The Family of Blood and the one the Master had in Utopia, but it doesn't have the Gallifreyan markings on, so is it just a normal fob watch? We'll have to tune in on Christmas day to find out. Also, the TV guide for Christmas day has been released, and Doctor Who is on at 7pm on BBC1.. sorry, thats 6pm.

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Radio Times

The cover and back for Radio Times is covered by Who!
The pictures on them are exclusive and there are more exclusive pictures inside, with an article about "The Next Doctor".

If you loook on the back cover, the Cyberman on the left's head is part black, so is it the leader? Or is that Miss Hartigan?

The magazine is out now and includes TV listenings from the 6th December to the 12th, for £1.05

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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Enemy of the Bane (1) Trailer

The trailer for part 1 of Enemy of the Bane aired last Monday after Part 2 of The Temptaion of Sarah Jane Smith was broadcast on CBBC at 5:15.

The episode will air next Monday at 5:15 on the CBBC channel for digital viewers, or watch it the week after on BBC1 at 4:35. Alternatively, you can watch it on BBC iPlayer after the original broadcast.

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Monday, 24 November 2008

The Next Doctor Synopsis

From the BBC Press office, comes a new synopsis for The Next Doctor, the Christmas Special.

It's Christmas Eve in 1851 and Cybermen stalk the snow of Victorian London, in this special Christmas edition of Russell T Davies's Bafta Award-winning time-travelling drama.
When the Doctor arrives and starts to investigate a spate of mysterious deaths, he's surprised to meet another Doctor, and soon the two must combine forces to defeat the ruthless Miss Hartigan. But are two Doctors enough to stop the rise of the CyberKing?

David Tennant stars as The Doctor, David Morrissey as The Doctor and Dervla Kirwan as Miss Hartigan. This episode also features Velile Tshabalala as Rosita.

Visit the BBC Preses office here and visit the synopsis part here.
(I have included the smaller versions of these picture due to the fact that the larger images have parts cut out)

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Saturday, 22 November 2008

Happy, Happy Birthday to Doctor Who!!

Tomorrow, Sunday 23rd November, is the 45th anniversary for Doctor Who!

The show started in 1963, Saturday 23rd Nov at 5:15pm when the Doctor took his granddaughter Susan Foreman and her teachers Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton to 100,000 BC in his mysterious time machine called the TARDIS.

The show continued for 33 years ending with a TV Movie in 1996, then Russell T Davies bought back the heroic Time Lord in 2005 with "Rose", but the one thing that hasn't changed since the start, is it's popularity, and i'm sure that there will be millions of Whovians wishing the show a very happy birthday and a monster-filled future (and past)!

Whoviavortex will be celebrating the shows birthday with a new Whoviavortextra-45 years page, filled with many many games to play. Just head over there now here, and have fun!

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Thursday, 20 November 2008

DWM 402 Pictures

Hi, i have some new pictures of upcoming episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who and Torchwood from Doctor Who Magazine issue 402, out Thursday 13th for £3.99.

Pictures from "Enemy of the Bane"

The caption says "Mrs Wormwood (Samantha Bond) and Commander Kaagh (Anthony O'Donnel) return in Enemy of the Bane."

The caption says "The terrible twosome. This generation's Abbot and Costello, we reckon..."

The caption says "Another fine mess... Sarah Jane, her gang and the Brigadier square up to Mrs Wormwood."

The caption says "Sir Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart returns in Enemy of the Bane, the Series Two finale of The Sarah Jane Adventures."

The caption says "There are more adventures in store for Sarah Jane's son Luke (Thomas Knight)."

Picture from "The Next Doctor"

The caption says "The Cybermen are back to stalk the streets of Victorian London this Christmas."
Picture from "Torchwood: Children of Earth"

The caption says "Eve Myles and John Barrowman move to BBC One for Torchwood: Children of Earth."
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Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Midnight Nomination

The Royal Television Society has nominated Doctor Who episode Midnight for "Best Sound". The ceremony will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane in London, on 24th November. Visit the RTS site here.
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The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2) Trailer

The trailer for part 2 of The Temptaion of Sarah Jane Smith aired last Monday after Part 1 of the episode was boradcast on CBBC at 5:15.

The episode will air next Monday at 5:15 on the CBBC channel for digital viewers, or watch it the week after on BBC1 at 4:35. Alternatively, you can watch it on BBC iPlayer after the original broadcast.

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Monday, 17 November 2008

Doctor Who Series 4 Box Set

The Series 4 box set for Doctor Who is out today! It contains the episodes from Voyage of the Damned to Journey's End, has about 500 minutes run time and the special features include:
  • Commentaries, Out-Takes & Deleted Scenes
  • Video Diaries from David Tennant
  • 2007 CIN Special "Time Crash"
  • 13 Doctor Who Confidential Cutdowns
  • Collector's booklet
  • Trailers

If you order the Box Set from places such as Amazon or Play.com, they will have other exlusive features. From Amazon, it has a 5.1 Sound Mix, from Play.com, it contains postcards (see below) and from HMV, you can get it in an exclusive box.

Play.com postcards

The 6-disk Box Set costs from £69.95 downwards and is released today!

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Saturday, 15 November 2008

Enemy of the Bane (2) Synopsis

The synopsis for the 6th and final story of the Sarah Jane Adventures, Series 2, has been released. It will broadcast on CBBC at 5:15 on 8th December, then the week after on BBC1 at 4:15. Here's the synopsis of the episode by Phil Ford:

Mrs Wormwood and Kaagh reveal their true colours, in the concluding episode of this two-part adventure. Sarah Jane and the gang, meanwhile, find themselves in a race against time when Luke is kidnapped and they discover they have a hidden enemy amongst them. Only the Brigadier can save the day, before a final showdown at an ancient stone circle ensues. Mrs Wormwood is played by Samantha Bond, Sarah Jane by Elisabeth Sladen, Luke by Thomas Knight and the Brigadier by Nicholas Courtney.

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The Next Doctor Preview

Earlier today, the first moments of The Next Doctor was broadcast on BBC Children in Need. The Doctor arrives in Victorian England, Chirstmas Eve, 1851 and meets Rosita and "the Doctor", and a vicious Cybershade. Watch the video below

Or watch it from the CIN site here. Did you notice that the other Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver was slightly un sonic..y (if thats a word), and a unsure look on each others face after they pointed out their Sonic Screwdrivers and finally, if he was the next Doctor, wouldn't he have recognised his previous incarnation? Just a few thoughts.

Children in Need raised a record-breaking £20,991,216!

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Thursday, 13 November 2008

The Darksmith Lagacy News

The website for the upcoming series of books, The Darksmith Legacy has recently been launched. Visit the site here, and the synopsis is below

The Eternity Crystal is at the heart of the Darksmiths´ invention. Someone now has it. Someone who doesn't know what it is. But someone who is determined to learn its secrets. That someone is the Doctor.
This enthralling ten-book Doctor Who adventure series follows the Doctor on his exciting journey to discover the origins of the Eternity Crystal and the powerful artisans who have created it - the Darksmiths.

On the site, if you sign up, it gives you a 1st chapter preview, and you can read it below

The dead dust stirred in the Earthlight. Despite the fact there was no air, and there could be no breeze, the fine particles were swept up and spun round, floating lazily in front of the Earth hanging low in the dark sky.

The dust had been thrown up by a sudden weight pressing into the ground. Anyone watching across the cold, grey, dead lunar landscape would have seen an upright blue box slowly materialise. It was the only splash of bright colour, other than planet Earth watching from above.

The TARDIS had arrived on the moon.

Deep below the grey dusty surface, Clinton Seymour checked the readings on the controls he was monitoring. He reached for a microphone.

‘Professor Dollund? We have an arrival. Just turned up in Sector 8.’
The Professor’s gruff voice echoed through a speaker in the control panel. ‘Why didn’t you warn me?’
‘Sorry, sir. Didn’t see him coming. It’s like…’ Seymour gave a short laugh. ‘It’s like the ship just faded into existence up there. Funny looking craft, actually.’
Professor Dollund was not amused. ‘Well, don’t keep them hanging around. They could be important. Especially if they’ve got shielding – that suggests military. Give them a bubble.’
‘Doing it now,’ Seymour confirmed as he adjusted a control. The main screen in front of him showed a graphic of the lunar surface. An empty rectangular box rested on the landscape. As Seymour worked, a new line bulged up from the landscape, arcing upwards in a semi circle as it formed a large bubble over the box.
‘OK, whoever you are,’ Seymour said quietly. ‘You’ve got air.’
The Doctor stood outside the TARDIS and looked up at the Earth.

‘Well, I was close,’ he said. ‘Wonder what drew the TARDIS off course.’ He took a deep breath of impossible air and smacked his lips together in appreciation. ‘Loads of questions,’ he told himself. ‘Absolutely loads.’
He turned in a full circle, his feet kicking up dust and his trainers coated in grey. ‘This way,’ he decided. He walked carefully, in a bouncing, skimming motion. The Moon’s low gravity meant he only weighed a sixth of what he did on Earth.

The Doctor had gone about twenty paces when he hit the wall. It was hard, and smooth, and invisible. ‘Or maybe not this way,’ he said indistinctly, rubbing his nose. He stepped back and kicked a smattering of dust in the air, watching as the line of the wall was picked out in grey particles.

‘Force bubble,’ the Doctor decided. ‘Might be for my benefit.’ Just in case it was, he shouted, ‘Thank you – much appreciated!’
As if in reply, a square of black opened in the ground a few metres away. He could just see metal steps leading down into the darkness.

Lights snapped on as the Doctor started down the steps. His feet clanged on the metal, and he could feel himself getting heavier. He must be walking down into an artificial gravity field.

By the time he reached the bottom, the Doctor was back to his normal Earth weight. He was not surprised to find that there were people waiting for him.

There was a middle-aged man with grey hair, and a young woman whose long blond hair was tied in a pony tail. Both were wearing dusty overalls.

‘Welcome to Survey Four,’ the man said.
‘Thanks.’ The Doctor grinned.
‘We weren’t expecting you,’ the young woman confessed.
‘That’s all right. Unannounced inspection,’ the Doctor said. ‘You’re not supposed to expect me.’ He flashed his wallet of psychic paper, knowing it would tell them he was some important official.
The man swallowed as he read what he saw on the paper.

‘Doctor Smith, from the Bureau of Alien Technology.’
‘How did you know?’ the woman asked nervously.
‘We know everything,’ the Doctor told her. He tapped the side of his nose and winked. ‘Absolutely everything. So you’d better leave nothing out when you tell me all about it. Start at the beginning, go on to the end, then stop. And assume I know nothing at all about who you are or what you’re doing here on the Moon.’
The woman's name was Bobby (short for Roberta) Goodman, and she was an archaeologist. The man was Professor Dollund, and he told the Doctor he was in charge of Survey Four.

'Surveying what?' the Doctor asked. 'Assume I know nothing, remember,' he added quickly.
Dollund led the Doctor through narrow metal-lined corridors as he explained. 'With such a shortage of minerals and metal ores back on Earth, the big corporations think it's worth mining the Moon.'
'So you're surveying possible sites for the mines,' the Doctor realised.
'And turning up some interesting stuff,' Bobby said. 'Though nothing alien. At least, not until now.'
'Bobby's here to keep you people happy, really,' Dollund said. 'They wanted an expert ready on site, just in case.'
'You can never be too careful,' the Doctor agreed cheerfully. He noticed that Bobby and the Professor exchanged glances.
'You'd better come into the main control room and see what we've found,' Dollund said.
He led the Doctor and Bobby along another corridor which ended in a large circular door. There was a big locking wheel in the middle of it. An airlock.

'Just a precaution,' Bobby said. 'There's some minor seismic activity in this area. If we get an earthquake it might rupture the seal on one of the tunnels.'
'You should call it a Moonquake. Why not use force bubbles, like you extruded on the surface for me?' the Doctor asked as he stepped into the large control room.
There was a young man sitting at the main control desk. He stood up as the Doctor entered.

'Force bubbles take too much power,' the young man said, hearing the Doctor's question. 'I've already deflated the one round your ship and recycled the air into the main tunnels.'
'Good idea,' the Doctor said cheerily. But he knew that meant he couldn't get back to the TARDIS. He was stuck here, until Goodman and her friends decided he could leave. Hopefully, that wouldn't be a problem.

The first 2 books, The Dust of Stars and The Graves of Mordane, will be out by January 29th. Click here for an earlier post and here for an even earlier post!

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Wednesday, 12 November 2008

The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (1) Trailer

The trailer for part 1 of The Temptaion of Sarah Jane Smith aired last Monday after Part 2 of Mark of the Berserker was boradcast on CBBC at 5:15.

The episode will air next Monday at 5:15 on the CBBC channel for digital viewers, or watch it the week after on BBC1 at 4:35. Alternatively, you can watch it on BBC iPlayer after the original broadcast.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Enemy of the Bane (1) Synopsis

The synopsis for the 6th and final story of the Sarah Jane Adventures, Series 2, has been released. It will broadcast on CBBC at 5:15 on 1st November, then the week after on BBC1 at 4:15. Part 2 will be the same but 1 week later. Here's the synopsis of the episode by Phil Ford:

Gita vanishes and Sarah Jane encounters an unwelcome face from the past - Mrs Wormwood - as the children's drama series, produced by Russell T Davies, continues. Now hunted by the Bane, Mrs Wormwood needs Sarah Jane's help to foil their plan to take over the galaxy with an ancient alien power. And Sarah Jane also needs help - from the Brigadier. Gita is played by Mina Anwar, Sarah Jane by Elisabeth Sladen and Mrs Wormwood by Samantha Bond.

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Monday, 10 November 2008

DWM 402 Cover

The cover for the next issue of Doctor Who Magazine has been released on DWM's official facebook page. View it below

The issue will be out in shops by 13th November for £3.99, and will include an interview with Nicholas Courtney, who plays Brigadiar Lethbridge-Stewart, The Fact of Fiction takes a look at Battlefield, an interview with Phil Collinson, The Time Team go to Paradise Towers, The third and final part of the thrilling comic strip Thinktwice and lots more!

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Sunday, 9 November 2008

RTD Spills the Beans

The BBC Writer's Room has interviewed Doctor Who fanatic, Russell T Davies.The interview covers 7 pages, so it's very long. I have included a few questions below

In your book The Writer's Tale, you say that writer's block for you means not having any ideas at all. Has that ever happened to you?
I imagine writer's block to be like an empty head, and it is a thing that terrifies you your whole life, actually. Journalists always say "Do you ever think you'll run out of ideas?" and you go "Shut up, don't even say that." It's like saying Candyman three times, you just don't even want anyone to say it. You do get enormously stuck trying to get it out of your head in the right order, in the right way, with the right words. There's a lot of times when I'm not writing, when my sister would probably say "Oh he's got writer's block", but it's not what I think writer's block is. It's not that you've got nothing, it's like you've got too much, so it won't take the right shape or it won't behave. So sometimes all of that gangs up on you, and stops you, and actually a break is probably the best thing to do. I think if writers' blocks are the same, just go away and have a couple of days off and eventually it sorts itself out.

How much do you plan what you write?
It's sort of half-planned and half-improvised. I'm in a really lucky position because being an executive producer, I'm there all the time. So I think about it all day and every day. I've got every option going through my head all day, every day. But in the end the story tells itself to you. You sort of look at them and you think well Rose Tyler loves being with the Doctor, and it's just common sense, there's no other ending, she's never going to choose to leave. I'm never going to kill her, so you've got to invent two parallel universes and split them up, and it's got to be that big. You know she can't be injured or lost or something like that, she's got to be safe with her parents, and you literally end up inventing a whole parallel world in order to solve a plot problem.

Are there any writers from the old Doctor Who series who are a great influence on you?
Robert Holmes, he was the greatest old Doctor Who writer. And it's a tragedy really, because he was a genre writer and when the history of drama is written he won't even be a footnote, apart from among Doctor Who fans. He was a brilliant writer. If you don't know your Doctor Who there's a story called The Talons of Weng Chiang, and the first episode of that, every line is perfect, every line is funny, or dark... There's not a word wasted. It's a masterpiece of writing, and good for Doctor Who fans keeping his memory alive, because he's dead now. If he'd been alive we'd have signed him up straight away, he was an absolute genius.

Read the full interview here.

View Paul Cornell's interview here.
View Chris Chibnall's interview here.

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Torchwood Casting News

From the latest issue of Torchwood Magazine, some actors who will be starring has been revealed. First of all, Dalek voice Nick Briggs will appear in Torchwood, Nicholas Farrell is playing Brian Green, Katy Wix and Rhodri Lewis will play Rhiannon and Johnny, Ian Gelder as Mr Dekker, Charles Abomeli as Colonel Oduya, and Hilary Maclean as Anna. Others include Scott Bailey, Melanie Barker, Crisian Emanuel, Patrice Ettienne, Rachel Ferjani, Phylip Harries, Ashley Hunt, Christopher James and Anna Lawson (Their roles are not yet revealed).
Previously revealed actors/actresses area as follows; Peter Capaldi will play John Frobisher, "a civil servant who is hiding a terrible secret", Paul Copley from the Big Finish Doctor Who audio Spare Parts, will be playing Clem "the survivor still haunted by his past", Liz May Brice plays Johnson -"cynical covert government agent determined to expose Torchwood."
Torchwood Magazine was out last Thursday for £3.99.
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Saturday, 8 November 2008

New SJA Trailer!

A new trailer is being broadcast on CBBC. The trailer features many clips from part 1 of Mark of the Berserker and some clips from part 2. There is also a slug-like creature that actually goes quite fast, and Maria and Alan also make an appearence. View the trailer below

Mark of the Berserker - part 2 will broadcast next Monday on CBBC at 5:15 and the week after on BBC1 at 4:35. It will also be on BBC iPlayer after the original broadcast.

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Friday, 7 November 2008

Mark of the Berserker (Part 2) Trailer

The trailer for part 2 of Mark of the Berserker aired last Monday after Part 1 was boradcast on CBBC at 5:15.

The episode will air next Monday at 5:15 on the CBBC channel for digital viewers, or watch it the week after on BBC1 at 4:35. Alternatively, you can watch it on BBC iPlayer after the original broadcast.

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Wednesday, 5 November 2008

The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith (2) Synopsis

The synopsis for the 5th story of the Sarah Jane Adventures, Series 2, has been released. It will broadcast on CBBC at 5:15 on 24th November, then the week after on BBC1 at 4:15. Part 2 will be the same but 1 week later. Here's the synopsis of the episode by Gareth Roberts:

Clyde and Rani, trapped in a devastated alternative world with the survivors of mankind, make a desperate bargain with The Graske, in the concluding part of this two-episode adventure. Then Rani travels to 1951 to help Sarah Jane, who has been reunited with her long-lost parents. Sarah Jane needs to defeat the Trickster - but will the price she has to pay be too high? Clyde is played by Daniel Anthony, Rani by Anjil Mohindra and Sarah Jane Smith by Elisabeth Sladen.

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Monday, 3 November 2008

Torchwood Figures

Hi, i know you probably already know, but the approved packaging for the 4 new Torchwood figures each with a detachable plinth, has been released from Sci-Fi Collector. There are figures of Captain Jack, Gwen Cooper, Weevil and the Cyberwoman. See them from Sci-Fi Collector here!
They will be sold from £8.99 later this month

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Saturday, 1 November 2008

The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith Synopsis

The synopsis for the 5th story of the Sarah Jane Adventures, Series 2, has been released. Part 1 will broadcast on CBBC at 5:15 on 17th November, then the week after on BBC1 at 4:15. Part 2 will be the same but 1 week later. Here's the synopsis of the episode by Gareth Roberts:

Sarah Jane and the gang embark on another exciting new adventure this week as the children's drama series, produced by Russell T Davies, continues. When Sarah Jane returns a boy who has slipped through a time fissure back to 1951, she realises she has found a way to meet the parents she never knew. But is it a trap? Sarah Jane and Luke fall victim to a revenge plot by The Trickster. Sarah Jane Smith is played by Elisabeth Sladen and Luke by Thomas Knight.

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