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Sarah Jane and K-9 Return
This episode is by Toby Whitehouse. It’s very extra special as it features the return of not one but two classic ‘Doctor Who’ companions. Say hello to Sarah Jane Smith and the loveable robot dog K-9!
This episode was the first time I became aware of ‘Doctor Who’ having a past history. It was great to see a classic companion who was popular from the 1970s and see how she met the Doctor again.
The Doctor and Rose are called back by Mickey Smith to investigate some strange goings-on at Deffry Vale School. It involves the teachers and the kitchen staff who turn out to be the bat-like alien Krillitanes.
As the Doctor, Rose and Mickey investigate, they meet up with an old friend of the Doctor’s, Sarah Jane Smith. She and her dog K-9 have also come to investigate these strange goings-on at the school.
This was the first time that I saw Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith. It was lovely to see her and I liked her immediately, hoping to see more of her past adventures in ‘Doctor Who’ from the 1970s.
I liked that first scene where the Doctor met Sarah Jane again. He’s clearly delighted to see her since she was her best friend and I liked it when Sarah Jane gradually realised that he’s the Doctor after all.
Sarah Jane has missed the Doctor terribly since her life didn’t end up the way she had hoped after she left him. She wondered why he never came back for her, but he couldn’t as he had to move on.
Rose Tyler isn’t too happy to see Sarah Jane. She’s shocked and upset that she’s the latest in a long line of companions of the Doctor’s and is afraid of what will happen in the future if she was dumped.
The relationship between Rose and Sarah Jane is interesting. They start being antagonistic towards each other, but soon become friends as they share each other’s experiences of being with the Doctor.
Noel Clarke returns as Mickey Smith. I liked it when he observed the Doctor in an awkward position between Sarah Jane and Rose and he finds it funny. I liked the scenes when he’s with K-9 in the car.
K-9 is back! I loved K-9 instantly when I saw him. K-9 (voiced by John Leeson) is a robot dog of Sarah Jane’s. I liked it when he said “Affirmative!” a lot and I was upset when he got destroyed in the story.
The monsters are the bat-like Krillitanes. These creatures are pretty terrifying to watch as they feast on human flesh. They’re trying to use the children at the school to break the Skasis Paradigm.
Anthony Head is the main villain as school headmaster Mr Finch. I love Anthony’s performance as the villain, balancing the humour, charm and menace well. His scenes with the Doctor are so superb!
‘School Reunion’ has been a great ‘Doctor Who’ episode to watch. I enjoyed seeing Sarah Jane Smith for the first time as well as seeing K-9. The performances of David Tennant; Billie Piper; Noel Clarke and Elisabeth Sladen are amazing, and I was really getting into the fandom of the series pretty well.
At the end of the episode, Mickey joins the Doctor and Rose for adventures in the TARDIS. Sarah Jane would soon return for her own series without the Doctor called ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’!
The DVD/Blu-ray special features for this episode are as follows. There’s an audio commentary with David Tennant; writer Toby Whitehouse and executive producer Julie Gardner. There’s also the ‘Doctor Who Confidential’ episode ‘Friends Reunited’.
‘School Reunion’ rating – 8/10
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