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Audio Reviews: The Last of Sarah Jane Smith

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12 October 2011 | 08:27 am

A momentary lull in my acquisition of new audio dramas (waiting for that new Paul McGann season with companion Mary Shelley!) has let me catch up on some old stuff: the last three installments in 2002-06's Sarah Jane Smith series.

  • Sarah Jane Smith VII: Snow Blind. Man, what a gorgeous cover.  I've been listening to these as (legal) downloads, because my physical copies got lost in the mail (or "the post" as the Brits say), and I'm disappointed that I don't get to see this cover in its actuality!  The story itself isn't bad either.
  • Sarah Jane Smith VIII: Fatal Consequences. This story feels like David Bishop's attempt to recreate the success of his first-season story Test of Nerve, what with big, world-shattering events as a backdrop for intense personal experiences for Sarah and company.  Not quite as good, but it still works.  Servalan off Blake's 7 is in it, which is both good and bad. (Only Jacqueline Pearce could play this character, but whenever you have written a character that only Jacqueline Pearce can play, you have done something wrong.)
  • Sarah Jane Smith IX: Dreamland. Is this the best Sarah Jane Smith audio ever? Yes it is.  And amazingly, it's a perfect lead-in to Sarah's appearances in "School Reunion" and "Invasion of the Bane."
Steve
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The Almanac

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from: pseudohistorian
date: 12 October 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
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I really like that the various media telling Sarah Jane Smith stories all tie together in a way that makes sense...it allows her to have a much more epic story overall than she would otherwise.

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Steve Mollmann

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from: steve_mollmann
date: 12 October 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Well, sort of! Interference says she got married, which you can square with the Sarah Jane Adventures by assuming she got divorced because her husband just wasn't the Doctor. (I think; I don't remember what is said about Sarah's love life in "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith.") But Dreamland explicitly states she never got married. And then there's a Short Trip where she's a grandmother, though I didn't like it very much.

But on the whole things fit better than you'd expect.

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Steve Mollmann

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from: steve_mollmann
date: 12 October 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
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And I do really think that a SJA novel/audio should guest star or at least mention Nat and Ellie at some point.

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The Almanac

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from: pseudohistorian
date: 12 October 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Fair enough...there are always going to be discontinuities, right? ;)

On the whole, though, I appreciate the amount of crosspollination which goes on in the Doctor Who franchise. I think we're slowly headed that way with Star Trek, too, for similar reasons--no new onscreen material (in the Prime Universe, anyway) allows for the old and new tie-in continuity to move toward a unified state.

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