Characters / The Sarah Jane Adventures

The Sarah Jane Adventures, a Doctor Who spin-off where one of the Doctor's former companions leads a group of people who frequently defend the Earth against aliens. This time most of the group are in their early teens. It's set in Ealing.

Core Cast

Sarah Jane Smith
Maria, there are two types of people in the world. Those who panic, and then there's us. Got it?

Played by: Elisabeth Sladen
13-year-old Sarah Jane played by: Jessica Ashworth (2007)
Young Sarah Jane played by: Jessica Mogridge (2008)

Former traveling companion of the Doctor. She used to just be The Watson to him, however it no longer applies to her as she has grown out of it.

  • Action Mom
  • Actor Existence Failure: Elisabeth Sladen died during the production of the fifth series, the show was canceled by CBBC soon after (although the three serials already finished were aired).
  • Always Save Luke: Particularly explicitly in "The Gift" where she essentially declares, "Screw the world. I'm saving my son."
  • Badass Normal: She confronts aliens and monsters without Time Lord biology, immortality, or even a secret agent infrastructure.
  • Berserk Button: Do you want to harm Luke Smith? The correct answer is - no, you do not. His mother - a former Companion, and not of the screaming type either - will stop at nothing to save him. No, seriously. There's no power in the universe that can save you from her wrath. And they've all tried. Needless to say, they failed. Painfully.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Cool Old Lady: What did you expect? Older than she looks, Sarah Jane spends her time being generally awesome.
  • Mommy And Daddy Had A Good Reason For Abandoning You: Her parents' death is a fixed point in time, and they died to preserve the timeline.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Distaff Counterpart: Had started acting completely like the Doctor. In the first episode, suddenly having a child to take care of snaps her out of it, and she gradually becomes much more human again.
  • Doesn't Like Guns
  • Hot Scoop
  • Immune to Mind Control: In the final story, she has an interview with a man who is actually a hologram being controlled by aliens. One of the things the aliens can do with the hologram is use it to hypnotise people. So they try to use hypnosis on Sarah Jane. However, Sarah Jane has had experience with hypnosis before (when she was still the Doctor's companion), and has learnt to prevent herself from being hypnotised.
  • Intrepid Reporter
  • Lady of Adventure
  • Lethal Chef: While there's no indication that her cooking's particularly bad, Sarah Jane has been known to set the kitchen on fire while making scrambled eggs.
  • Little Old Lady Investigates
  • Mama Bear
  • Never Mess with Granny: She fits this trope particularly in that episode where she stops an escaping biker with her sonic lipstick, and blows into it as if it were a gun that she fired.
  • Older and Wiser
  • Parental Abandonment: Sarah Jane was an orphan raised by her Aunt Lavinia.
  • Parental Substitute: There's no denying that Maria and her mother love each other dearly, but Chrissie is, to put it bluntly, a massive flake. Sarah Jane winds up picking up the slack and becomes the mother-figure Maria needs.
  • Rule Number One: "I don't put anyone else in danger." Despite this, she picked up some companions of her own.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: The Tenth Doctor implies that he never came back for Sarah Jane after he left her on Earth because she didn't need him anymore. Given how many Alien threats she's managed to defeat on her own, he's probably right.
  • Team Mom
  • Technical Pacifist: She inherited this trope from the Doctor by the time of The Sarah Jane Adventures. In The Last Sontaran, she not only lets Commander Kaagh go scot-free after trying to destroy the world, she leaves his ship intact. Of course, he comes back and tries to destroy the world again.
  • Too Dumb to Live: She has a habit of marching into villains' offices, etc. and telling them she knows what they're up to, and it never goes well. However, she always manages to get away in the end and thus she avoid the business end of this trope.
  • Weirdness Magnet

Maria Jackson

Played by: Yasmin Paige (2007-08)

New girl to the area, sees Sarah Jane communicating with an alien and after helping foil an alien scheme she joins Sarah Jane in her adventures.

Luke Smith
So, there you go. The boy that was made by aliens to destroy the world? Saves the world YET AGAIN!

Played by: Tommy Knight

The boy Sarah Jane adopts in the first episode. He was grown in a lab by aliens, so he knows nothing about socializing at all. Very intelligent, but seems simple.

Clyde Langer
Let's have a High School Musical moment! A group hug will sort everything out.

Played by: Daniel Anthony

Cool kid, or at least likes to think of himself as such. Starts of as a bit of a jerk but slowly softens. Smarter than he'd like to admit.

  • Butt Monkey: He gets slimed more frequently than anyone else, even Tempting Fate and suffering for it. And in The Curse of Clyde Langer, his bad luck gets Played for Drama.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Kid-friendly version, of course.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A wisecracker and a major fan of Puns.
  • Disappeared Dad: His father left his mother during Clyde's childhood, but one day came back for him out of the blue. It did not go so well. It got worse when an alien artefact made him very possessive of Clyde.
  • Hidden Depths: Clyde's a talented artist.
  • Parental Abandonment: We don't get to meet Clyde's family till series two (The Mark of the Berseker), though it is established early on that he lives with his mother after his father ran off with his mother's sister.
  • Pungeon Master: This sometimes grates on the others' nerves.
  • Second Episode Substitute: For Kelsey Hooper.
  • UST: A mild case of this with Rani. He mentions a couple of times in "The Empty Planet" they may have to Adam and Eve the planet again, possibly seriously.

Rani Chandra

Played by: Anjli Mohindra (2008-2011)
Old Rani played by: Souad Faress (2009)

Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Maria from series 2, another new girl and the daughter of the Park Vale Comprehensive School's new Sadist Teacher Headmaster. Wants to be a journalist.

  • Deadpan Snarker: Gets especially fed up with Clyde's shenanigans.
  • Intrepid Reporter: In the making.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Luke.
  • One Steve Limit: A recurring female Time Lord villain in Doctor Who was named the Rani. And that Slitheen posing as Rahnius (actor Ronnie Corbett) who makes a joke about there being "two Ranis" in From Raxacoricofallapatorius with Love.
  • UST: Shades of this with Clyde pop up, especially when Luke mentions the idea of "Clani".

Mr Smith

Voiced by: Alexander Armstrong

Sarah Jane's alien computer, who is actually a sentient creature known as a Xylok.

  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The race of supercomputers that he belongs to. Averted post-reprogramming, as he is now genuinely on the side of Sarah Jane.

Sky Smith

Played by: Sinead Michael (2011)
Baby Sky played by: Chloe Savage, Ella Savage, Amber Donaldson, Scarlet Donaldson (2011)

Alien girl who joins the cast in Series 5. Left on Sarah Jane's doorstep as a baby and rapidly ages.

  • Cheerful Child
  • Constantly Curious: she is constantly asking questions, due to only being a few weeks old
  • Cousin Oliver: The addition of Sky in the fifth season threatened to be this, but ultimately ended up averting the trope because the character ending up not being annoying and she never really got to replace any cast member in the long term because the series ended only six episodes after she joined. Not her fault, either.
  • Defusing the Tyke Bomb
  • Happily Adopted: The second child adopted by Sarah Jane, mainly because Sky's real mother was an unsympathetic monster who bred a daughter merely to be a war weapon.
  • Human Alien: downplayed after the first story of the fifth season, but this may be why she was unaffected by the curse on Clyde's name
    • And, in the plan for 'Battle for Bannerman Road', she was going to be revealed to be part TRICKSTER.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: She is born as a Fleshkind baby, but when her mother activates her genetic programming, Sky rapidly ages into a pre-teen. Technically, she was added to the cast because the others were growing up and some were even Dawson Casting.
  • Shock and Awe: The end of "Sky" suggests that her electric powers haven't totally gone away.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For Luke. She is a teenager with No Social Skills who is Younger Than They Look and is adopted by Sarah Jane, and was grown by a woman (really an alien) as a weapon, and said woman refers to herself as the real mother. This is heavily lampshaded in Series 5, episode 2 when Clyde says that having her around is like "deja vu" and Sarah Jane lets her wear Luke's old clothes.
    • And again when they meet in Episode 5, Clyde calls Luke "[his] biggest success - Frankenbane, now a normal teenager", and they eventually form a Brother-Sister Team.
  • The Pollyanna: Lampshaded, deconstructed, and invoked. Sky sees everything in the world as fresh and new with the innocence of the baby she once was, even remembering when she was a baby for that brief period before being aged up. She gets called out as a Pollyanna in The Man Who Never Was.
  • Tyke Bomb
  • Walking Techbane: when she's a baby her cries short out anything electrical. When she is aged up she has slightly more control, but Mr. Smith is still nervous around her
  • Wrench Wench: An entirely non-fanservice example in the audiobooks.

Other Important Cast Members

Alan Jackson

Played by: Joseph Millson (2007-08)

Maria's long suffering, kind-hearted father. Divorcee, Maria lives with him because the schools in the area are better and... well... Maria's mum is a bit... flaky.

Chrissie Jackson

Played by: Juliet Cowan (2007-08)

Flaky Malakey. She loves her daughter but she's irresponsible and undependable. She doesn't like Sarah Jane as she is jealous of the bond she and Maria have forged.

Haresh Chandra

Played by: Ace Bhatti (2008-2011)

The headmaster of Park Vale High School and Rani's father. Doesn't get along with Clyde and is annoyed Rani is friends with him; by the same token, he encourages Rani's friendship with Luke, an excellent student.

Gita Chandra
Do you save the world every day, or is it just on Mondays?

Played by: Mina Anwar (2008-2011)

Rani's mother, who runs a flower shop called Bloomin' Lovely. Wants to be friends with Sarah Jane, but Sarah Jane seems to find her mildly annoying.


Voiced by: John Leeson (2007, 2009-2010)

Robotic dog, also a former companion of the Doctor (though at a different time to Sarah Jane). The current model (Mk IV) was left to Sarah Jane at the end of the Doctor Who episode School Reunion, after the previous one (from the failed spin-off K-9 and Company) was destroyed. Spent most of the show offscreen for copyright reasons (with a justification, of course), but was a regular for most of series 3.

The Shopkeeper and the Captain

Played by Cyril Nri and a parrot (2010-2011)

Two enigmatic self-styled "servants of the universe" who have occasionally press-ganged Sarah and friends into serving their probably benevolent purposes. Their origins and affiliations are unknown. The Shopkeeper appears to be an avuncular dark-skinned man in eccentric early-twentieth-century clothes, and the Captain to be a large red-and-yellow parrot. They were responsible for putting Sky on Sarah Jane's doorstep.


Mrs. Wormwood

Played by: Samantha Bond (2007-08)

Member of a race called the Bane, who tried to take over Earth with a special soda drink called "Bubble Shock!", but was defeated by Sarah Jane.

The Slitheen family note

Playednote  and voiced by: Ian Midlane, Martyn Ellis, Anton Thompson McCormick, Imogen Bain, Ryan Watson, Holly Atkins, Jay Simpson (2007); Ronnie Corbett, Calvin Dean, Edward Judge (2009)
An alien criminal family hailing from the planet Raxacoricofallapatorius. After members of their family were killed by the Doctor, they built up a grudge against planet Earth.

Korst Gogg Thek Lutiven-Day Slitheen

Played by Jimmy Vee (2007)
Voiced by Anton Thompson McCormick and Ryan Watson (2007)

A young member of the Slitheen family. He first appears in Revenge of the Slitheen disguised as Carl to help his father and uncle in their plot to turn off the Earth's sun. When their plan backfires, Korst and his father beg for Sarah Jane's help. Though Sarah Jane tries to help them, she fails. Korst's father is killed in the resulting explosion and Korst blames her for his father's death. He reappears in The Lost Boy, disguised as Nathan Goss.

The Trickster

Played by: Paul Marc Davis (2007-2009)

Leader of the Trickster's Brigade and member of the Pantheon of Discord, an extra-dimensional entity that messes with timelines and creates chaos. The main recurring singular villain in the series, out to take down Sarah Jane, and later the Doctor himself. His main tactic is to "save" someone's life in a way that alters the timeline to his benefit - the only real way to stop him once this happens is for the person he saved to renounce the deal and make a Heroic Sacrifice.


Played by: Anthony O'Donnell (2008)

Lone survivor of the Tenth Sontaran Battle Fleet, his escape pod crash landed on Earth by accident. He planned on making Earth's satellites crash into nuclear reactors across the world, but was thwarted by Sarah Jane's gang.


Played by: Mark Goldthorpe (2009-10)

A survivor of the Veil race, he destroyed twelve planets as revenge for his home world freezing to death. He was first encountered as a prisoner under Judoon jurisdiction.

Mr. Dread

Played by: Angus Wright (2010)

A Man In Black android, ordered to guard an extra-dimensional vault containing alien artifacts, to keep Earth safe. He has a lifespan of 500 years and a cool gun and bore a strong physical resemblance to Hugo Weaving as Mr. Smith from The Matrix series. The Man In Black robots, including Dread himself had previously appeared, in the animated Doctor Who episode Dreamland.

Miss Myers note 

Played by: Christine Stephen-Daly (2011)

Appearing in Series 5, she is one of the Fleshkind who is at war with the Metalkind. She creates Sky as a bomb to end the war.