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->''"13 Bannerman Road is where Sarah Jane Smith lives, and it's home to things way beyond your imagination."''
-->-- '''Clyde Langer'''

A SpinOff of ''Series/DoctorWho'' (set, of course, in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}), made for Creator/{{CBBC}}. It starred [[Creator/ElisabethSladen Elisabeth "Lis" Sladen]], reprising her role of Sarah Jane Smith, investigative reporter and former companion of the Doctor (in his Third and Fourth incarnations) in the classic series. The series lasted from 2007 to 2011, when Sladen [[CharacterOutlivesActor passed away]].

This was the ''second'' attempt to produce a Sarah Jane-centric SpinOff, the first being 1981's ''K-9 and Company''; only a pilot episode of that was produced. After a guest appearance in 1983's ''Doctor Who'' anniversary episode [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]], and the charity special [[Recap/DoctorWho30thASDimensionsInTime "Dimensions in Time"]], Sarah Jane wasn't seen on TV again until her return in the 2006 episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]]. Following the exceptionally good reception of that story, ''The Sarah Jane Adventures'' kicked off with a one-hour-long "pseudo-pilot"[[note]]So-called because, while a full series had been commissioned, production actually didn't begin until after the "pseudo-pilot" aired; presumably, had it bombed in the ratings production of the remainder of Series 1 could have been cancelled.[[/note]] special which aired on New Year's Day 2007, followed by a full series of ten episodes later that year.

Sarah Jane appeared to be a bit of an eccentric recluse at first, but it turned out she was really an expert on aliens and their technology. She was joined by local kids Maria and Clyde, as well as her adopted (and ArtificialHuman) son, Luke, as they battle aliens on Earth... [[CityOfAdventure well]], in [[UsefulNotes/OneLondonThirtyThreeBoroughs Ealing]] anyway. Later episodes introduce Rani, Clyde and Luke's schoolmate, and Sky, Sarah Jane's adopted alien daughter (a character introduced late in the series as a replacement for Luke).

''SJA'' is sort of the opposite of the other Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} spinoff, ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Where ''Torchwood'' is DarkerAndEdgier, ''The Sarah Jane Adventures'' is (''ostensibly'') [[LighterAndSofter Lighter, Fluffier, and For Kids]]. Like ''Torchwood'', the series occasionally crosses over with ''Doctor Who'' proper. Characters from both spinoffs appeared in the ''Doctor Who'' story "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End", where Sarah Jane and Jack meet and become friends. The Doctor also occasionally pops up in ''SJA'', in his tenth and eleventh incarnations.

Not to be confused with the earlier ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio drama series ''AudioPlay/SarahJaneSmith'', which used a similar setup, but is ''much'' darker in tone, as par for the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse. Also not to be confused with ''Downtime'', a semi-fanmade direct-to-video production about Sarah Jane.

The series was cancelled following Sladen's death, but three out of the six planned two-parters for Series 5 were already completed and aired posthumously in October 2011. Although UK media reported that the BBC was considering continuing the series in some fashion, common sense prevailed and the series was retired. Russell T Davies and Phil Ford swiftly created a replacement series, ''Series/WizardsVsAliens'', which allowed most of the production team (though not the cast) of SJA to keep their jobs. At least one episode of [=WvA=] ("The Thirteenth Floor") was adapted from one of the episodes that had been planned for SJA's fifth season but never filmed due to Sladen's death.

[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventures Now with its own recap page]]. Please feel free to contribute.

''[[AndTheAdventureContinues And the story goes on...]]''

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: Due to Sladen's death midway through production of Series 5, several arcs ended up being abandoned or never resolved. These include the mystery of the Shopkeeper (a character introduced in Series 4 who was to have returned in the second half of Series 5); Rani and Clyde's relationship; and the fate of Sarah Jane's adopted alien daughter, Sky (who according to ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' was only intended to appear on the series for one season, with her storyline resolved at its end). It was also going to be confirmed (again per DWM) that Luke was gay, following a few subtle dialogue hints in earlier episodes.
* AdamAndEvePlot: On finding that he and Rani are (apparently) the last two humans in the world, Clyde [[AllMenArePerverts immediately decides]] they're in one of these. Rani [[AllWomenArePrudes isn't so keen on the idea.]]
** This was also suggested as a [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] in "The Vault of Secrets". [[spoiler: Fortunately, they figured out a fourth one.]]
* AdultFear: One of the only things that can truly terrify Sarah Jane Smith is the prospect of losing her son.
* AdultsAreUseless: Mostly averted, due to it being sister series [[Series/DoctorWho to]] [[Series/{{Torchwood}} shows with]] few-to-none cast as young as 14. Generally speaking, only a handful of teens (including Clyde, Rani, Maria and Luke) are fit to fight aliens.
* AdventureRebuff: Sarah Jane's initial attitude towards Maria, then Clyde, then Rani.
* AirVentPassageway: "Shuffle for your life!"
--> '''Eleven''': Ventilation shafts, that takes me back. And forward.
* AliensOfLondon Mr Smith, as a main example.
* [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl Always Save Luke]]: Sarah Jane, particularly explicitly in "The Gift" where she essentially declares, "Screw the world. I'm saving my son."
* AmicablyDivorced: Maria's parents. Chrissie drops by to visit them frequently. During a potential apocalypse in "The Lost Boy", Chrissie calls her ex-husband, saying that she wants to be with him and their daughter.
* AndIMustScream: People trapped in the paintings in "Mona Lisa's Revenge".
** And Mona Lisa herself. Sarah Jane says she almost feels sorry for her.
* [[AndTheAdventureContinues And The Story Goes On...]]: ... forever.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Sarah Jane, despite meeting all kinds of aliens, flatly refuses to consider the possibility that the events in "The Eternity Trap" are caused by ghosts, or even by aliens with similar properties.
** In "The Mad Woman in the Attic" Ship claims that it is "rather...improbable" that there is a robot dog hovering in an alternate dimension keeping a black hole from sucking up the Earth. This despite the fact that it is an ArtificialIntelligence belonging to an orphaned alien with the ability to alter time and control and read minds and that it runs on black holes.
** In "Death of the Doctor" Sarah Jane initially didn't buy the existence of the Shansheeth, a vulture-like alien race that claimed to be [[PlanetOfHats the undertakers of the universe]]. This was at least in part due to her refusal to believe the Shansheeth's report that the Doctor was dead. Turns out the race actually ''does'' exist[[note]]these are a [[WellIntentionedExtremist rogue faction]][[/note]] but the Doctor is very much alive!
* ArtifactOfDoom: The pendant in "Mark of the Berserker" is addictive, with mind control powers.
* ArtInitiatesLife: The Mona Lisa, which is painted from minerals originating in a space rock.
* {{Astrologer}}: Martin Trueman, the villain of "Secrets of the Stars".
* BaitAndSwitchTyrant: Haresh's introductory scene.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Well, when you compare Eve to the Bane or Slitheen...
** But subverted in "Mona Lisa's Revenge".
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Sarah-Jane frequently. She's an ex-companion of The Doctor, do ''not'' tick her off.
** It's actually scary to wonder who the Doctor is more pissed off at; the Shansheeth for stealing his TARDIS, Screwdriver and faking his death, Jo for thinking she's stupid, or ''himself'' for allowing her to think she was dumb.
** Luke gets a few in Series 4; his speech to the nightmare man and the look on his face when he returns at the end of Series 4.
* BlankSlate: Luke, initially.
* BodySnatcher: [[spoiler:Androvax in "Prisoner of the Judoon".]] Clyde even calls him a "body-snatching alien scumbag".
* BondOneLiner: After the Brigadier shoots a suspicious officer (who was really a Bane):
-->'''Sarah Jane''': I always suspected [[spoiler:Major Kilburn]] was a slimy creep.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Villains brainwashing people comes up with some frequency. Clyde seems to be especially prone to being a victim of it.
* BrownNote: [[spoiler:The Rakweed in "The Gift" is killed by soundwaves of a certain frequency.]]
* BuffySpeak:
--> '''Rani''': But how does it protect you?
--> '''Clyde''': I don't know, with it's... boxy... good-ness?
* TheBusCameBack: [[spoiler: Maria]], as well as the Brigadier and Jo Grant.
* ByTheBookCop: The CowboyCop Judoon in "Prisoner of the Judoon"...that keeps to the speed limit and pays and displays.
* CannotSpitItOut: Clyde mentions to Rani in a message he's recording in "Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith" that he "always...always..." before collapsing from lack of air.
* CardCarryingVillain: The Slitheen-Blathereen in "The Gift".
* CasualDangerDialogue: Luke informs Sarah Jane that he might be eligible to start university a year early. Sarah Jane suggests it might not be the ideal moment for the conversation, seeing as how they're currently handcuffed to a large alien bomb.
* CharacterOutlivesActor:
** A 2010 episode revealed that 60s ''Doctor Who'' companions Barbara (Wright) Chesterton and Ben Jackson were both still alive, despite the actors who played them having died in the 1990s. (By contrast, the character of Harry Sullivan, whose actor died in the 1980s, was referenced in the past tense enough to indicate that he's deceased.)
** Sarah Jane Smith herself is still alive, despite the death of Creator/ElisabethSladen. The last episode of the series ends with the words "And the story goes on...[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming forever]]."
*** The expanded Whoniverse (novels, etc.) had previously established that Sarah Jane lives beyond 2011 (the year Sladen died).
* CircusOfFear: In "The Day of the Clown".
* CityOfAdventure: Ealing comes to be known as the "Ealing Triangle" for all the weird stuff that happens there.
* CollapsibleHelmet: Commander Kaagh in "The Last Sontaran".
* ComicBookAdaptation: Surprisingly averted. While the parent series has had a comic strip based on it since the 1960s, and even the more adult-oriented ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' garnered a comic strip, with the sole exception of a couple of narrated web comics, SJA - a series marketed as a more child-friendly entry in the franchise - never got a chance to have its own comic adaptation.
* ContinuityCavalcade: "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS4E5E6DeathOfTheDoctor Death of the Doctor]]" is just one big Cavalcade of Jo Grant's (and to a lesser extent, Sarah Jane's) previous travels with the Doctor, as well as Clyde and Rani's encounter with him in "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith". There's even a token reference to Maria from series 1 and 2. At the end of the episode, Sarah Jane mentions looking up various ''Doctor Who'' companions of yore on the Internet, including Harry, Ben and Polly, Ian and Barbara, Ace and Tegan.
* ContinuityLockout: The occasional throwaway reference aside, the series manages to avoid this with its younger viewers, even in the continuity-heavy "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS4E5E6DeathOfTheDoctor Death of the Doctor]]". That said, some level of lockout is unavoidable for viewers who have never seen ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* ContinuityNod: Frequent references to ''Series/DoctorWho'' (new and classic) and (more subtly) to ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
** In "The Mad Woman in the Attic" we see flashbacks to Sarah Jane's days with the Third and Fourth Doctors. The same episode also heavily implies that Eve's people were killed in the Time War.
** Sarah Jane lives on [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E3DeltaAndTheBannermen Bannerman]] Road.
** The Doctor himself gets mentioned a number of times throughout the series, sometimes accompanied with flashbacks, sometimes not. Notably, his removal from time is an eventual goal of [[BigBad the Trickster]].
** Kaagh the Slayer belongs to the Tenth Sontaran Battle Fleet and recounts [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky his fleet's destruction by the Doctor]]. Sarah Jane Smith also mentions the ATMOS incident.
** The art gallery in "Mona Lisa's Revenge" used to house the Cup of Athelstan, stolen in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]], and its theft is referenced.
** "The Vault of Secrets" has Sarah Jane and Mr Smith stopping a NASA rover from catching sight of some [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pyramids on Mars]], and [[spoiler: The Alliance of Shades themselves from the animated serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2009ASDreamland Dreamland]]'' appear.]]
** The Eleventh Doctor references [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang Amy and Rory's marriage]], as well as [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime his previous regeneration]] in which he is said to have visited every one of his past companions. ("Every single one.")
** Part of the plot of [[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS4E5E6DeathOfTheDoctor "Death of the Doctor"]] revolves around Clyde's absorption of TARDIS energy in the previous series' "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith".
* CoolOldGuy: the Brigadier, who returns in "Enemy of the Bane".
** The 900+-year-old Time Lord called The Doctor.
* CoolOldLady: What did you expect? Older than she looks, Sarah Jane spends her time being generally awesome.
** As does Jo Jones (aka Jo Grant) in "Death of the Doctor".
* CousinOliver: 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.)
* CoveredInGunge: At least once a series (up until series 4), an alien will explode messily when at least one of the regulars is standing too close to them. On one such occasion, Clyde [[LampshadeHanging laments]] that it [[ButtMonkey always happens to him]]. In series 4, he lampshades that he got through the series without being gunged... and then [[spoiler:Ruby White's stomach gunges him.]]
* {{Crossover}}:
** Mr. Smith, the older Sarah Jane Smith, the K-9 from this series (one of several) and Luke have appeared in ''Series/DoctorWho'' proper.
** The Tenth Doctor appeared in a substantial role in "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith".
** The recurring villain the Trickster has also gotten mentioned, but did not appear, in the parent series, as well as ''Torchwood''.
*** Although the Trickster's Brigade appeared in both.
** "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS4E5E6DeathofTheDoctor Death of the Doctor]]" saw a substantial guest appearance from the Eleventh Doctor and former Third Doctor companion Jo Grant.
** Originally, Martha Jones was supposed to appear in the finale of the second series (she was replaced with The Brigadier.) Had this went through, she would have been the first and only character to appear on all three shows other than the American newscaster Trinity Wells and the unnamed French newscaster.
** Had the series continued beyond 2011 after Elisabeth Sladen's passing, the Doctor would have made another appearance, but not the David's Doctor or Matt's: Creator/TomBaker, the Fourth Doctor himself, would have returned to see 'his Sarah Jane' once more.
* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: Clyde's father.
** More so with Sarah Jane's parents.
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* DeadlineNews: Trinity Wells in "Secrets of the Stars".
* DisappearedDad: Clyde's dad ran off with Clyde's aunt Melba some time before the events of "Revenge of the Slitheen". He briefly visits him, but returns to his new family at the end of "The Mark of the Berserker".
* DropInCharacter: Chrissie.
* EldritchAbomination: The Trickster.
* EvilIsHammy: The Nightmare Man, in [[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS4E1E2TheNightmareMan the episode of the same name]].
** [[spoiler:Ruby]] in "Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith" and Androvax also fit.
** Martin Trueman.
** "YOU...HAVE...GIVEN...THIS WOOOOORLD...TO...THE TRIIIIIIICKSTAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!"
* EvilVsEvil: In "Enemy of the Bane"; the Bane Kindred vs. [[spoiler:Mrs. Wormwood and Commander Kaagh]].
* ExposedExtraterrestrials: Slitheen, when not in human suits.
* EyelessFace: The Trickster.
* FutureMeScaresMe: [[spoiler: Rani in "The Mad Woman in the Attic". Fortunately, that future changes to a more pleasant one.]]
* GenderEqualEnsemble: Until "The Nightmare Man" at the beginning of series 4 -- two boys (Luke and Clyde), and two girls (Maria and Sarah Jane, later Rani and Sarah Jane).
** In fact, it's believed that part of the reason that Kelsey was written out after the pilot and replaced with Clyde was so create a gender-balanced ensemble (and possibly because Kelsey's actress just wasn't working out.)
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In "The Man Who Never Was", Luke sends a morse code message that told "Clani" to grab Harrison's pen. Clyde stated he was never more glad to see a full stop. [[http://twitter.com/#!/OldRoberts953/status/126370112335904768 Gareth Roberts even tweeted how surprised he was that it got through]].
* GhostButler: In "The Eternity Trap".
* AGoodNameForARockBand: Clyde during "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith" mentions "The Pantheon of Discord" (what the Trickster belongs to) as this. The Doctor concurs.
* TheGoodOldBritishComp: Park Vale High School.
* GoodParents: Sarah Jane, Alan Jackson, Haresh and Gita Chandra... Basically, all the parents (apart from Clyde's absent dad).
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Rani in "Lost in Time".
* GRatedDrug: [[spoiler:In "The Gift", the Slitheen-Blathereen are addicted to the Rakweed.]]
* GreyGoo: The nanoforms in "Prisoner of the Judoon".
* HappilyAdopted: ''Luke''. If you were to ask him his opinion, he would say "This is good".
** Sky too.
* HatePlague: In "The Curse of Clyde Langer", after Clyde gets a splinter from a cursed totem pole, every human who hears or reads his name starts to hate him.
* HauntedHouse: Ashen Hill Manor in "The Eternity Trap".
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler:Kaagh]] in "Enemy of the Bane", prompting Sarah Jane to observe [[spoiler:"The universe is an amazing place. It's got so many surprises for us, but one thing I never expected to see was the universe being saved by a Sontaran!"]]
** Anyone the Trickster manipulates against Sarah Jane in his effort to allow chaos into the world will end up making one of these. This includes [[spoiler:Andrea Yates, Sarah Jane's parents, and Peter Dalton]].
* HeroicWillpower: Subverted, then played straight when [[spoiler:Sarah Jane is possessed by Androvax.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Kaagh in "The Last Sontaran" [[spoiler: and "Enemy of the Bane".]]
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight:
** Subverted in "Secrets of the Stars"; Sarah Jane ''thinks'' this is why Clyde couldn't [[spoiler:kill her]], but it turns out that [[spoiler:it was Luke touching him, since Luke has no birthday and thus no star signs and acts like a circuit breaker to those affected by the Ancient Lights]].
** Later used straight [[spoiler: with Clyde's dad in "Mark of The Beserker"]].
** Subverted in [[spoiler: "Prisoner of The Judoon" part 2 where Luke tries to do this with a possessed Sarah Jane and is tricked into thinking it worked when she starts speaking with her regular voice. It didn't.]]
* ImMrFuturePopCultureReference: In "The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith", when Sarah Jane and Luke head back in time to [[spoiler:1951 and meet her parents on the day they die]], they use the names Victoria and David Beckham.
* ImportedAlienPhlebotinum: Mr Smith, most notably; but Sarah Jane has a few other alien toys to help her out.
* IncrediblyLamePun: "Or they'll find relations with Santiago will get a little Chile." Even Clyde's ashamed of himself for making the joke.
* InterruptedDeclarationOfLove: Clyde to Rani in "Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith".
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:At the end of "The Mad Woman In The Attic" it is revealed that Eve and Sam, alien and human teenagers we meet in the episodes have a child.]]
* ItsPersonal: In "The Gift", it gets personal for Sarah Jane after [[spoiler:Luke gets infected by the Rakweed]]. This happens every time Luke gets hurt. Also happened ''to'' Luke once or twice, most notably in "Mona Lisa's Revenge" when [[spoiler: Sarah Jane got trapped in a painting]].
* IWasQuiteALooker: Rani notes this about Harry in "The Mad Woman in the Attic".
* LargeHam:
** Martin Trueman in "Secrets of the Stars".
** [[spoiler:Erasmus Darkening]] in "The Eternity Trap".
** Sarah Jane (inhabited by the Androvax) in "Prisoner of the Judoon".
** The largest ham in has got to be the Nightmare Man. "Youuuur dreams are just beauuuuutiful!"
** [[spoiler:Ruby]] in "Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith".
** The Mona Lisa in "Mona Lisa's Revenge" (though the actress made up for this, big time, in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife a later Doctor Who appearance]]).
* LaserCutter: The sonic lipstick.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: After Sarah Jane offered Gita a cup of tea: "Do you save the world every day, or only on Mondays?"
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Though first referenced on ''Series/DoctorWho'', it's later established in this series that Mr Smith's fanfare is under his control: when Luke asks him to turn on "quickly and quietly", in "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith", he ''does''. Mr. Smith's fanfare is intended as a parody of the Windows startup music. The fact that his fanfare can be heard by the other characters was originally going to be brought up in series one, but the scene was cut, so it ended up on ''Doctor Who'''s fourth series instead.
** In "Sky", he opened up slower than usual and with no fanfare, apparently because he was scared of the title character's power to short out electronics.
* LethalChef: 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.
* LineOfSightName: In "The Curse of Clyde Langer", when Clyde's name is cursed and he has to give a fake name, he looks at an Enrico's pizza box and gives the name Enrico Box.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to Sarah Jane's Big Finish series, and on occasion, the [[Series/DoctorWho main show]] itself... Most of the time, at least. The series has featured a few downright ''[[NightmareFuel terrifying]]'' villains, like the Clown and the Nightmare Man.
* LiteralGenie: [[spoiler:Ship and Eve's race in general in "The Mad Woman in the Attic".]]
* LookBehindYou: Performed on a [[spoiler: Sontaran, allegedly one of the finest soldiers in the galaxy.]] He claims he falls for it because he knows where they are going to run and it saves him from having to force them there. Whatever helps you sleep at night, bud.
* MagicalComputer[=/=]OmniscientDatabase: Mr. Smith, Sarah Jane's [[MagicalComputer alien computer]], has access to all sorts of stuff, as he can "hack into anything" and thus is able to scan for any news about alien activity. Sarah Jane [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on this, pointing out he is also configured to look up boy band news. This is a somewhat JustifiedTrope, given that the computer is a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien one, and this is acknowledged by the fact that it has restricted files which humans can't access. [[spoiler:Which turns out to be because he's evil.]]
* MassHypnosis: On more than one occasion.
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:"The Mad Woman in the Attic" features two characters called Adam and Eve who turn out to be connected, of course.]]
* {{Meganekko}}: Sarah Jane is, to quite a few fans, infinitely sexier while wearing glasses, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCz7o_tOlIc#t=7m34s here]] among a few other places.
** And so's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3L2r3Z9D2s&feature=related Rani]].
* TheMenInBlack: [[spoiler: The robotic Alliance of Shades from the animated Series/DoctorWho episode ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2009ASDreamland Dreamland]]'' return]] in "The Vault of Secrets".
* MixAndMatchMan: Luke Smith.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Mr. Smith, though he's back to good for series 2 as a result of a virus-induced HeelFaceTurn.]]
* MommasBoy: Oh, Luke. Somewhat averted, though, in that it's played entirely sympathetically and never portrayed as bad.
* MonsterClown: In "The Day of the Clown", naturally.
* MoodWhiplash: Very briefly during "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS4E5E6DeathOfTheDoctor Death of the Doctor]]". Jo makes a joke about not being able to keep up with the Doctor and getting him into trouble with the other Time Lords.
-->'''[[LastOfHisKind Eleven]]''': [[{{Beat}} ...]] Yeah, I'd probably better go.
* MostImportantPerson: Luke and Sarah Jane to each other, explicitly so. All you have to do is ''look'' at them to see it. Forget the {{shipping}}, and forget the romance; their [[HappilyAdopted love story]] is the show's heart, and remains so even after [[spoiler:Luke begins CommutingOnABus]].
* MySkullRunnethOver: [[spoiler:Ruby]].
* MythologyGag: Sarah Jane's newspaper clipping in "Lost in Time" is dated November 23, 2010, 47 years to the day after [[Series/DoctorWho its parent show]] premiered.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Sarah Jane Smith and Jo Jones.
* NewspaperDating: Inverted in "Lost in Time"; Sarah Jane shows someone in 1889 that she's been taken from 2010 using a newspaper clipping she was holding.
* NewParentNomenclatureProblem:
** Luke is very quick to call Sarah Jane "Mum", but she asks him not to because she's new to the whole parenting thing and isn't quite ready for that level of closeness. They get over it by the end of the second serial and she's "Mum" to Luke for the rest of the series.
** Luke's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute/adopted sister Sky on the other hand, calls Sarah Jane by her first name. The series was [[CutShort canceled due to the untimely death of the lead actress before it could be farther explored as to why]].
** In the serial "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith", before Luke meets Peter Dalton (Sarah Jane's boyfriend) for the first time, he wonders if he is going to call Peter "dad". We never see what he decides to call Peter.
* NoAntagonist: Happens a few times where it looks like Sarah Jane or her crew are going up against a villain, only to find out there isn't one. One of the most notable is the story "The Mad Woman in the Attic".
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Joseph Serf in "The Man Who Never Was" bears a certain similarity to the late Creator/SteveJobs, and his company to Apple. It was commonly said that Jobs had a "reality distortion field" that made audiences love his products; [[spoiler:Serf accomplishes this with actual hypnotic powers.]]
* NoEndorHolocaust: This series is guilty of it. ''All'' power going out ''all'' over the world, even those with its own power source? The Moon being pulled towards Earth and pushed back? Just about everyone in a trance because of their zodiac signs? No deaths despite all this?
** The lack of wrecked cars and crashed planes from all humans being teleported away was {{Lampshaded}} in "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS4E7E8TheEmptyPlanet The Empty Planet]]". In this case, the aliens intentionally beamed away all the moving vehicles so that it wouldn't happen.
* NoManOfWomanBorn: The remarkably ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''-like climax of "Secrets of the Stars".
* NoSocialSkills: Luke Smith, at first.
* NotWhatISignedUpFor: In "Prisoner of the Judoon", Captain Tybo threatens the security guards at Genetec for obstruction. They quickly flee.
-->"No-one said anything about flaming aliens in the contract."
* {{Novelization}}: All of Series 1 and 2 and several stories from later seasons were adapted as young adult novels, the first such books of their kind to be published as part of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' franchise since the 1990s.
* OlderAndWiser: Sarah Jane, now in, essentially, the role of the Doctor.
* OminousLatinChanting: The crashing meteor and the encounter with the Dark Horde in "Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith".
* OpeningNarration: Clyde assumes narrator duty starting with series 3.
* [[OnceASeason Once Per Series]]: From series 1-4, the main cast (or at least one member thereof) will get covered in some sort of alien goo.
* OneHourWorkWeek: Though her day job is as a journalist, and apparently one of the country's best, we almost never see Sarah Jane sit down and write a story.
** Similarly, Alan and Gita are almost never seen at their jobs as computer programmer and flower shop owner respectively.
* PardonMyKlingon: "Oh, for the love of Clom..."
* ParentalAbandonment: Sarah Jane was an orphan raised by her Aunt Lavinia.
* ParentalBonus:
** The {{continuity nod}}s to classic ''Who''.
** In "Mona Lisa's Revenge", Mr. Smith is reading out a vanished woman's profile on a dating site:
--> '''Mr Smith''': She says she is 'open-minded' and 'willing to try anyth-'
--> '''Sarah Jane''': Thank you, that will do.
* ParentalSubstitute:
** It is revealed that Sarah Jane's parents died when she was only three months old, and she was raised by her Aunt Lavinia. Exactly how much of a mother figure Lavinia was is somewhat debatable, as Sarah Jane once described her as "always so busy, never in one place long enough to lick a stamp." It can be argued, of course, that that doesn't necessarily mean that she was uncaring or uninvolved. In fact, the pilot for the failed spin-off series ''K9 & Company'' gives us a small glimpse into their relationship, and they do generally seem to care about one another.
** 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.
* ParentService: All the teen characters' dads are remarkably hot. Rani has her male fans. Chrissie and Gita sometimes wear low-cut tops. Then there's [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave Sarah Jane]] [[HotScoop herself]]. There have also been more than a few guest stars who also fall into this trope.
** "Sky" gives us the dominatrix-y Miss Myers.
* ParentWithNewParamour: Luke gets to deal with this in "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith".
* PhotographicMemory: Luke Smith.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Sarah Jane's a reporter, but since she's dedicated to keeping her adventures secret, she "can't" report on any of the adventures we see on screen. We've also never seen her actually sit down and write a story (although several episodes do begin with her stumbling upon intrigue during legitimate journalism work - which was how Sarah Jane came to meet the Doctor in the first place). Nine times out of ten, the reporter thing is used as an excuse to have adventures, even in-universe. She's constantly escaping Maria's dad (and later, Rani's mum) by using an "I have to go file a story" excuse, when she's really heading off to fight an alien.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: [[spoiler:Sky]].
* PortmanteauCoupleName: InUniverse example as well as AscendedMeme. Luke refers to Clyde and Rani as "Clani."
* ThePowerOfLove: Oh yes, particularly the love between Luke and Sarah Jane.
* PublicDomainCharacter: The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
* QuietlyPerformingSisterShow: Being perceived and promoted as a kids' show puts a dampener on the way some critics and fans view the show, however well it's produced. But it gets the viewers. The negative attitude was inverted somewhat after the death of Sladen brought increased attention to the final episodes, though even before this the two guest appearances by the Doctor led to increased profile for the series, with "Death of the Doctor" even being rebroadcast on the main BBC One network.
* RealityWarper: The Trickster, of a very limited sort; he can change or undo deaths, but only with the dying person's consent.
* RedPillBluePill: Sarah Jane offers Rani this choice.
* [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Red Skinned Space Babe]]: Eve in "The Mad Woman in the Attic".
* RobotBuddy: K-9.
* RunningGag: Sarah Jane burning food.
** Chrissie can never be bothered to get Sarah Jane's name right, and Gita (unintentionally) drives Sarah Jane crazy by calling her 'Sarah'.
* SchmuckBait: "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS2E9E10TheTemptationOfSarahJaneSmith The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith]]". She knows it's a trap, but the temptation is irresistible.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:The race of supercomputers that Mr. Smith belongs to.]]
* SealedGoodInACan: The Tenth Doctor implies that he dropped Sarah-Jane 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.
* SeasonFinale
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: K-9. Lampshaded on one occasion.
--> '''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.
* ShoppingMontage: Clyde and [[spoiler:his DisappearedDad Paul]] in "The Mark of the Berserker". Though [[spoiler:stealing via [[{{Brainwashed}} brainwashing]] montage]] would be more accurate.
* ShoutOut: Many.
** To ''Franchise/StarWars''[[note]]specifically ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''[[/note]] in "Enemy of the Bane". Luke. I am your Mother!
** In "Mark of the Berserker":
---> '''Clyde:''' If it wasn't for me, all these people... they, they wouldn't be here! I've saved them loads of times, and they don't know!\\
'''[[spoiler:[[DisappearedDad Paul]]]]:''' [[Anime/YuGiOh OK... is this]] [[Anime/YuGiOhGX some kind of]] [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds trading card thing?]]]
** Clyde was once upset that the teacher didn't accept [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack the battle of Hoth]] as actual history.
** Alan tries to cover for Maria's alien hunting by telling Chrissie she's playing an AlternateRealityGame. Chrissie's reaction is "Like when we were looking for [[Literature/KitWilliamsMasquerade that golden rabbit]]?"
* SnapBack: An unusually serious example when K-9 is turned back into a drawing at the end of "Mona Lisa's Revenge".
* SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace: "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith". While it is partly funny the first time it's uttered, the second time is utter heartbreak.
* StupidJetpackHitler: The Nazis find a piece of [[AppliedPhlebotinum chronostene]] buried beneath the Rheinland in "Lost in Time".
* SupermanStaysOutOfGotham: The Doctor has crossed-over twice, but it really doesn't bear worth thinking why he leaves saving the world in all the other episodes up to a bunch of kids and a old woman.
** Torchwood is also absent, as is any references to the earth-shattering events it takes part in (i.e. Children of Earth - although Luke, Rani, Clyde and Maria are pubescent and thus weren't affected).
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
** Clyde Langer for Kelsey Hooper. Clyde appears to be a male, less annoying, and much less whiny version of Kelsey. He finds aliens exciting and interesting, whereas she was in a state of determined denial. She was dropped from the show; according to rumor this was to even up the gender ratio of the characters (three females and one male became two of each), however other reasons have been reported. (In the 2011 story ''Now Or Thereabouts'' published in the collection ''A Romance In Twelve Parts'', Kelsey ended up joining Franchise/FactionParadox; she subsequently got her own spin-off novel, ''Weapons Grade Snake Oil'', in 2017.)
** Also, the computer Mr. Smith is a substitute for [=K9=], resulting in an amusing mutual dislike between the two when [=K9=] returns for good in "The Mad Woman in the Attic".
** Series 2, among other things, subs out Maria for Rani.
** Luke has a nightmare about Sarah Jane substituting him when [[spoiler: he goes to university]] in "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS4E1E2TheNightmareMan The Nightmare Man]]".
** Invoked by [[spoiler:Ruby White, who is actually an alien planning to take over Sarah Jane's life]].
** After Luke leaves the regular cast, series 5 introduces Sky, someone who looks like a teenager but is YoungerThanTheyLook, has NoSocialSkills, and is HappilyAdopted by Sarah Jane.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Double Subverted with the Nightmare Man. Luke gives a WorldOfCardboardSpeech which he simply laughs off, asking if he really believes that talking would defeat a creature like him. [[spoiler: ''I wasn't talking to you.'' cue OhCrap.]]
* TeamMom: Sarah Jane leads her group with a rather maternal brand of spunkiness. Apart from that, she's Luke's and Sky's adoptive mother.
* TeensAreShort: Averted. Sarah Jane is not significantly taller than most of her companions and is noticeably shorter than Rani.
* TheyCalledMeMad: Invoked by our favourite DeadpanSnarker Clyde after it turned out that his [[spoiler:bringing K-9 to school to cheat on a test would save the day.]]
* TheyWouldCutYouUp:
** Sarah Jane believes that UNIT and other organisations would take in Luke for tests if they knew what he was.
** In "Death of the Doctor" Clyde, realising he's got Artron energy flowing through him in the middle of a UNIT base fears the same might happen.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Sarah Jane lives at 13 Bannerman Road, but is not really that unlucky. Her life is just weird.
* TokenTrio: Maria, Clyde and Luke, later Luke, Clyde and Rani.
** [[spoiler: Sarah Jane becomes the TokenWhite when Luke leaves and it actually helps Rani and Clyde's development.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: It doesn't matter what you do to try to turn Luke against Sarah Jane - Mrs. Wormwood! - his loyalty will ''always'' be with his mother, and hers with him (and, second, with The Doctor). The gang's loyalty to each other also counts.
* {{UST}}: Clyde and Rani, since first meeting, but more noticeable in series 4.
* VerbThis: Clyde to a group of atom-disassembling nanoforms.
-->''"Atomise THIS."''
* VisitByDivorcedDad: Clyde's dad in "The Mark of the Berserker". Chrissie's visits to Alan and Maria's house are a bit too frequent to count as this trope.
* WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld: School-based plots were common in the first three series.
* TheWatson: Sarah Jane's companions.
* WeddingDeadline: The "I do" variant, but on a cosmic scale, in "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith".
* WeirdnessMagnet: Since Sarah Jane is no longer the passenger of a TARDIS to take her to see aliens, they seem to have agreed to come straight to her home instead.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Shansheeth faked the Doctor's death so they could lure him to them and steal his TARDIS in order to prevent all death in the universe. A truly noble, if misguided, goal indeed... at least until they started [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope trying to kill people]].
* WeWillMeetAgain: Inverted in "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith" in which Sarah Jane suggests she may never see the Doctor again. (As it happens, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime she does]].)
* WhereAreTheyNow: A variation, where Sarah Jane reveals that she had followed the whereabouts of some of the Doctor's former companions online:
-->'''Sarah Jane:''' There's a woman called Tegan in UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}, fighting for Aboriginal rights. There's Ben and Polly, in UsefulNotes/{{India}}, running an orphanage there. There was Harry... oh, I loved Harry. He was a doctor, he did such good work with vaccines. He saved thousands of lives. There was a Dorothy something. She runs that company, A Charitable Earth. She's raised billions. And this couple in Cambridge. Both professors. Ian and Barbara Chesterton. Rumour has it, they've never aged. Not since the sixties. I wonder... echoes of the Doctor, all over the world. With friends like us, hes never going to die, is he?
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: Sarah Jane often remarks the wonders she saw when traveling with the Doctor and also about how strangeness and adventures can happen on Earth too.
* TheXOfY: Appears in 14 out of 27 stories.
* YouMeddlingKids: The reaction from would-be conquerors of Earth.
* YoungerAndHipper: Ruby White in "Goodbye, Sarah Jane" is a younger, hipper, and (initially) ruder version of Sarah Jane. [[spoiler:It's a deliberate similarity; Ruby is an alien and part of her EvilPlan includes taking over for Sarah Jane.]]
* YouNoTakeCandle: Captain Tybo.
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