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: She's Luke's adoptive mother and saves the world just like the Doctor did.
- Badass Normal: She confronts aliens and monsters without Time Lord biology, immortality, or even a secret agent infrastructure.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Just a kind woman who lives down the road. Unless you come to her planet looking for trouble, then you don't stand a chance.
- Brainy Brunette: Brown hair and smart as a whip. Good enough to outsmart Sufficiently Advanced Aliens that think they're better than her.
- Cool Old Lady: What did you expect? Older than she looks, Sarah Jane spends her time being generally awesome.
- 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: Starts out a bit distant to the kids, and isn't much for motherhood when she takes in Luke. She tries to discourage them from endangering themselves by helping her, but she eventually relents.
- 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: Something she picked up from the Doctor.
- 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: Her day job is writing articles for a newspaper, which she uses as a cover for investigating potential alien plots.
- Lady of Adventure: A surprising amount of adventure happens around town and she'll be the first to jump in and help.
- 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: Not that old, but still investigating.
- Mama Bear: 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. Particularly explicitly in "The Gift" where she essentially declares, "Screw the world. I'm saving my son."
- 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: When she was younger she was a Companion to the Doctor and was quite a bit more lively. She's not lost her edge since, but is more mature.
- 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: To Luke, Clyde, Maria and Rani.
- 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: Lots of alien invasions target London, as per the norm for Doctor Who. Sarah Jane lives in one of its suburbs, so she's always on hand to thwart them when the Doctor isn't around.
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.
- Kid Sidekick: All of Sarah Jane's teen companions qualify, but Maria is the one who works most closely with her.
- Like A Daughter To Me: To Sarah Jane.
- Little Miss Badass: Shows shades of this after leaving for America. In an email she says she's helping aliens hide from the United States government.
- Put on a Bus: In The Last Sontaran. She gets one more episode, The Mark of the Berserker, and then the occasional mention in emails.
So, there you go. The boy that was made by aliens to destroy the world? Saves the world YET AGAIN!
Played by: Tommy KnightThe 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.
- Artificial Human: He was grown by the Bane, has a body that rejuvenates itself with little upkeep necessary, and isn't affected by some things natural humans are susceptible to.
- Belly Buttonless: He lacks a navel, due to being created by the Bane rather than born like a normal human.
- Commuting on a Bus: Luke left for Oxford after The Nightmare Man but appeared in several episodes afterward.
- Happily Adopted: Sarah Jane takes in Luke as her first adopted child and gives him his name, since it would be hard to find a better place for an alien-grown human teenager to grow up than her home.
- Momma's Boy: Not portrayed as a bad thing at all.
- Nice Guy: Very quickly becomes this. Then again, having Sarah Jane as a mother figure does and can transform you into this and Luke is definitely raised right and quite obviously follows her example to heart
- No Social Skills: At first.
- Photographic Memory: Luke rarely forgets any detail he learns, even before he was activated
- Portmanteau Couple Name: "Clani" in ''The Man Who Never Was.
- Younger Than They Look: Was effectively "born" in the middle of the first episode, yet appears 14. As of Secrets of the Stars, this no longer applies, as he now considers himself to be born in 1994 rather than 2008.
Let's have a High School Musical moment! A group hug will sort everything out.
Played by: Daniel AnthonyCool 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.
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".
Voiced by: Alexander ArmstrongSarah Jane's alien computer, who is actually a sentient creature known as a Xylok.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted. Even in The Lost Boy when he's "against" Sarah Jane, it's intentional on his part and he's actually playing both sides.
- Aliens Speaking English: Mr Smith is actually an alien hooked up to a computer, and used his access to the internet to learn English.
- The Chessmaster: He plays both sides very effectively in The Lost Boy.
- Good Feels Good: After his reprogramming, he begins to develop a sense of humour.
- Left the Background Music On: His fanfare, as revealed when he crosses over into Doctor Who.
- Magical Computer: He can do pretty much anything he needs to by virtue of being a Sufficiently Advanced Alien.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- Amicable Exes: With Chrissie.
- Chekhov's Skill: Think Alan's hastily-introduced skateboarding skills will be turn out to be important in the episode's resolution?
- Hollywood Hacking: As Luke says, "You can hack into any computer can't you, Mr. Jackson?".
- Parental Obliviousness: Until Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
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.
- Accidental Misnaming: She dismissively calls Sarah Jane a variety of incorrect ones.
- Amicable Exes: With Alan.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Mostly a case of Beware the Nice Ones, and getting really lucky with an Armor-Piercing Slap, but the record still stands... she took out a freakin' SONTARAN!!!
- Parental Obliviousness: Until The Last Sontaran
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.
- Bait-and-Switch Tyrant: He appears to be very nasty on his introduction, it is later revealed to be mostly an act
- Flanderization: He, for the most part, turns into a clueless comic foil.
- Hidden Depths: Despite his usual switch between Stern Teacher and Henpecked Husband, he's on many occasions shown himself to be a very caring father to Rani, such as after the Doctor's "death" in Series 4.
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.
- Accidental Misnaming:
- Keeps calling Sarah Jane "Sarah".
- And as we all know, only the Doctor is allowed to do this.
- Catch Phrase: "Bloomin' Lovely". (Hands out card for her flower shop.)
- Parental Obliviousness: Starts to crumble as of series 4, when she's sure something's going on.
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.
- Big Damn Heroes: His cameo appearances prior to joining the regular cast mostly consisted of him teleporting in when Sarah calls for him to save the day.
- Robot Dog: He's a robotic dog from the future, a gift from the Doctor.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Lampshaded on several occasions.K-9 *In reference to Mr Smith*: Contact with that computer interferes with this unit's synaptic circuits.
Clyde: You mean he gets on your nerves.
K-9(More assertively that normal): Affirmative.
- Spock Speak: "Affirmative Mistress".
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.
- Aborted Arc: We would probably have learned more about them if not for the sad ending of the series.
- Obstructive Code of Conduct: They appear to be limited in how much they can actively "interfere".
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.
- Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Her true form is a giant, one eyed squiddy-thing.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: She oversaw Luke's creation during the Bubble Shock! incident. Later says this word-for-word.
- Meaningful Name: When she meets her, Sarah Jane comments that Wormwood was mentioned in Revelations, as a star that fell to Earth and poisoned the rivers.
- We Can Rule Together: Tries this with Luke in Enemy Of The Bane.
- We Will Meet Again: Says this to Sarah Jane in Invasion Of The Bane, and does as such in Enemy Of The Bane.
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.
- Exposed Extraterrestrials: When not in human suits.
- Fat Bastard: They kill fat humans and use the skins as disguises, because their body compressing technology only compresses them enough to fit. Except in The Lost Boy, where two of them use the skins of a rather skinny couple to pull off their plan, thanks to newer, more advanced compression technology.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: They love killing humans.
- Palette Swap: The Slitheen-Blathereen from The Gift are brownish-orange, compared to the more yellow-green Slitheen.
- Also in The Nightmare Man, an unnamed Slitheen is shown to be a much darker shade of green than the others shown, leading some to believe that he is actually from another Raxacoricofallapatorian family.
- Toilet Humor: A major part of their character humor. But absolutely averted in The Lost Boy.
- Weaksauce Weakness: They explode upon contact with vinegar, because they're made of calcium.
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.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: In his first appearance, he is obsessed with the opportunity to hunt humans.
- You Killed My Father: Korst blames Sarah Jane for his father's death.
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.
- Big Bad: The main bad guy of the show, his goal is to alter the timeline and cause chaos, which he hopes to do by removing the Doctor from it.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": "The Trickster" was a nickname given to him by Alan Jackson. Later writers, and even his creator, seem to forget this as he is later called the Trickster by the Doctor, Jack Harkness and even the Trickster himself.
- I Am Legion: "I embody multitudes!"
- Once a Season: Always appears in no more than one story per season, all of which have Sarah Jane's name in the title: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? in series one, The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith in series two and The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith in series three. Unfortunately he did not return for the series four finale Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith.
- Reality Warper: Of a very limited sort; he can change or undo deaths, but only with the dying person's consent.
- Red Herring: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith does not include him, nor is he in Season 4 at all.
- He was being saved for the REAL finale!
- The Trickster: It's what he's called.
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.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Chrissie attacked his probic vent. With her high heels.
- Heroic Sacrifice: After learning that Mrs. Wormwood was planning to double-cross him, he grabbed her and threw himself into the portal where Horath was located, sealing it.
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: After losing to Sarah-Jane and the gang, he's unable to return to Sontar out of shame ("What sort of a soldier is beaten by a female and half-forms?"). He resorts to doing mercenary work in space, which is how he meets Wormwood.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy
- Super Soldier
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.
- Grand Theft Me: Takes over the bodies of all the main cast.
- Last of His Kind: At least until he discovered that his race sent a ship of one hundred cryogenically frozen Veils into space shortly before their planet was destroyed.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In The Vault of Secrets, releasing his people would mean destroying the Earth.
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.
- The Comically Serious: He's always deadpan, no matter what happens.
- The Men in Black: Resembles one.
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.
- Of Mrs. Wormwood. She creates a teenager with No Social Skills who is Younger Than They Look and refers to herself as their mother, and intends to use them as a weapon until they're adopted by Sarah Jane.
- She also has some significant similarities to Weaver from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.