The series third episode School Reunion promises to be something a bit special, and this is no doubt reflected in BBC1’s heavy trailing of the episode.
Further to earlier reports from the BBC Press Office, both the Radio Times and the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site have the episode listed as a 7.20pm broadcast, with BBC3’s “Doctor Who Confidential” starting at 8.05pm, five minutes later than usual.
School Reunion features of course the long awaited return of the much-loved Sarah Jane Smith and K9, as well as the first appearance this series of Rose’s erstwhile boyfriend Mickey Smith. There’s a thrilling new TARDISODE at the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site, which fits in superbly with Mickey’s updated website www.whoisdoctorwho.co.uk which now has a new link concerning a certain Torchwood House…
Elisabeth Sladen has played Sarah Jane Smith since 1974 in Doctor Who went on to appear in her and K9’s spin-off special, K9 and Company before starring in her own series of audio adventures produced by Big Finish.
The Mirror last week featured some words from Elisabeth Sladen on the matter of characterisation…
“Sarah Jane used to be a bit of a cardboard cut-out. Each week it used to be, ‘Yes Doctor, no Doctor’, and you had to flesh your character out in your mind – because if you didn’t, no one else would.”
Now writer Russell T Davies has ensured Sarah Jane plays a much more integral part in the story.
The actress, 58, said: “The new show is much more realistic. I am thrilled that the BBC realises the companion has an effect on the ratings.”
Incidentally, if you don’t know who Sarah Jane Smith is, check out this appreciation of everything that is Ms Smith from February 2005 – Touring Company
K9 too appears in the episode, and it seems that he is to receive a considerable makeover in the near future, according to The Times who report that a Â£3m CGI series is in the making co-produced by K9 co-creator Bob Baker production company Jetix Europe and the Walt Disney Corporation.
Says Bob Baker:
“Itâ€™s thrilling to be able to offer younger Doctor Who fans the chance to get to know K9. I believe they will love the 21st century K9 as much as past generations did when he appeared in Doctor Who.”
And finally – you may be aware that there is a new Doctor Who publication available in certain regions of the UK. Battles in Time is an exciting new magazine collection featuring profiles, comic strip and gaming card collection.