WHO is Sarah Jane Smith?

Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Television

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Journalist. Investigator. Adventurer. Feminist. And so much more.

Sarah Jane Smith is a character Elizabeth Sladen has played since 1973, when she first appeared in an episode of Doctor Who — a British sci-fi series that was already 10 years old and is still going strong today after a relaunch in 2005. She spent four seasons on the original Doctor Who, starred in a pilot episode for a spinoff that didn’t pan out and in her own series of full-cast audio dramas on CD.

Now she’s the main character in a TV series of her own, The Sarah Jane Adventures, which premieres 7:30 p.m. Friday (April 11) on SCI FI. (The fourth season of Doctor Who begins airing the same night a week later.)

David Tennant and Elizabeth Sladen in Doctor Who. (BBC)Sladen reprised her role as Sarah Jane for an episode of David Tennant’s first season as the Doctor when the characters met as they both investigated a sinister boarding school (episode pictured). Not long after that, she won her own TV series produced by the BBC. It’s patterned loosely after her audio plays — Sarah and a gaggle of youngsters probing the deep, dark secrets of a world that isn’t quite ready to believe in the supernatural. But it’s out there anyway, and someone’s got to deal with it.

Sarah Jane Adventures is more family friendly by far than Torchwood, the other Who spinoff that airs on BBC America and pushes the envelope of broadcast decency (to put it mildly).

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