|Reviews for The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Complete First Series:|
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|This is better than the new Doctor Who!|
|By:||Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom|
|Date:||Thursday, September 30, 2010|
Elisabeth Sladen always was one of the strongest and most enduring of the Doctor's companions. She had guts and was never afraid of shpwing what she feels about every situation she found herself in. But after the Tom Baker story Robot, her character seemed to become on the whole rather 2d, lacking the initial punch of he first Jon Pertwee season, where she was mouthy, took iniative, and wasnt just there for asking silly questions.
But now she is back again with a fantastic series of her own! And wow was the first series good or what? She grabs the role and breathe tonnes of new fresh life into it. She now once more has the gusto of her first season of Doctor Who, and that is a brilliant thing indeed. She has a moral strength missing in most other so called tv heroes of our day.
These stories on the whole are far better than most of the new series Doctor Whos. The characters are actually very likeable indeed and the villains are far from forgettable and characature. This series may well have been formed with children in mind, but it is so good as to be of the highest quality entertainment for a 24 year bloke like me even. There is so much going on, so many interesting twists and turns along the way. The writers have all been very well chosen and the stories are decent and involving. And the Trickster especially is a pretty creepy creation, as good as any Doctor Who villain. The Eye of the Gorgon is another very well produced episode, and all the characters, especially Phylidda Law's are excellently acted and totally believable.
The Lost Boy rounds the first series off in very fine form indeed. This is as impacting (in fact even better) as any of the new series Doctor Who climaxes. This is more special and watchable too. I am so glad the BBC saw the potential in Liz's character Sarah Jane Smith and crafted such a brilliant story that really does make the most of her character. And boy, this was only the debut series. A very high standard indeed.
One laments the slacking and sliding of many of the new Doctor Who stories. So why is this series so much better? Because of many elements, you have to get it and watch to discover just what i mean, but you wont regret it. This is one of the finest shows on TV, of any genre. Great stuff!
|By:||Huw Davies, Taunton, United Kingdom|
|Date:||Saturday, April 05, 2008|
This is pretty disastrous. The storylines are thin and most of the characters weak. The only things that saved this are the return of the Slitheen and a commendable performance from Elisabeth Sladen.