…only this time to her own show on Children’s BBC.
As relayed by Outpost Gallifrey and later The Stage, “Sarah Jane Investigates” is the title of the new Doctor Who spin-off, leaving the Cardiff-based operation with 3 shows (probably something to do with having such a large studio…).
First revealed in the BBC in-house magazine “Ariel”, The Stage quotes:
BBC is developing a spin-off series from Doctor Who based on the adventures of investigative journalist Sarah Jane, played by Elizabeth Sladen, and to be written by Russell T Davies. Sladen, who originally played the Doctorâ€™s assistant in 1973, returned for the last series where she was seen vying with young Rose Tyler for the Doctorâ€™s affections.
Apparently Elisabeth Sladen’s character is popular with the children, so it seems a certainty that this is all real – but where will it all end?
We already have Torchwood and now this (did no one learn from K9 and Company?) – and don’t forget that Torchwood is basically a modern-day rethink of the idea of a UNIT spin-off – yet Terry Nation spent most of his life trying to flog the concept of a series starring the Daleks and still we get nothing!
Imagine meanwhile how great a show based on the continuing adventures of UNIT would have been, with heroic Capt Bates and RSM Benton tackling alien threats under the guidance of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, 26 weeks of the year, without that Doctor chap getting in the way. How good would that have been?
And that’s a question which leads us squarely into my point – what’s the point of setting something in the Doctor Who Universe without bothering to include the Doctor?