Series / Wizards Vs Aliens
Wizards vs. Aliens
, a CBBC Science Fantasy
series for children from Russell T Davies
and Phil Ford
. The premise is Exactly What It Says on the Tin
. The evil Nekross, who eat magic, have come to Earth, the last place in the universe where their foodstuff still exists. They are opposed by young wizard Tom, his Muggle
friend Benny, and Tom's eccentric grandmother Ursula.
The series has a bittersweet genesis. It was initially intended as a six episode "replacement" series to air instead of The Sarah Jane Adventures
while Elisabeth Sladen
, who played Sarah Jane, recovered from cancer. After her death
, it served as its Spiritual Successor
. The Series 2 episode "The Thirteenth Floor" originated as an unproduced script for Sarah Jane Adventures
, never made because of the cancellation of the series.
Three series have been made so far, with the show currently on hiatus due to budgeting issues.
This show provides examples of:
- Adipose Rex: The Nekross King. We only ever see his gigantic head.
- Catch Phrase: "THE NECROSS SHALL FEAST!!!"
- Co-Dragons: Varg and Lexi often play this role to their father, the Nekross King, though not strictly heirarchally - there are others of more authority and political power under him, so the siblings are generally Those Two Bad Guys and The Heavy more of the time. Lexi's apparent Heel–Face Turn in the Season 2 finale has uplifted this though.
- Covered in Gunge: Aliens that explode in showers of orange goo when killed? Check.
- Darker and Edgier: This show might be geared towards children, but the tone is positively bleak at times (see Downer Ending below) and can be shockingly frightening with high stakes each story arc. Notable because the show it follows in the footsteps of, The Sarah Jane Adventures, could also get similarly gritty tonally and make a mess of one's emotions, but this one takes it further with more adult themes and even less restraint in leaving the audience feeling broken down (though admittedly one of the stories, The Thirteenth Floor, was originally an SJA story before being rewritten to fit into this universe and setting). It also has a more continuous Story Arc with the Nekross always being present, as opposed to the Monster of the Week stories of the other show (though it had story arcs of its own, they were looser and the two-parters were more self-contained aside from some recurring villains and Foreshadowing).
- Downer Ending: Stories such as 100 Wizards and The Thirteenth Floor must be viewed with tissues at hand. The latter's depressing ending is later rectified in the next story, with Tom and Lexi's memories of the 20 years they spent in the Neverway being restored, and then the Season Finale gives Tom the power to fix it completely - he saves Lexi's life by truly making her human, and he brings their son, Benny Junior, back into existence. So the original Downer becomes, by all appearances, an Earn Your Happy Ending for Lexi and her son, though it's unclear about their presence in Tom's life (as he's still fighting the Nekross and might be keeping his distance to protect them... making it a Bittersweet Ending at the worst.)
- Enemy Mine: The heroes and Varg team up after Tom and Lexi are kidnapped:
- Energy Absorption: The Nekross can't be harmed by magic; rather, they feed on it.
- Fantastic Racism: The Nekross seem to share the prejudices humans suffer from concerning skin color. The orange-skinned royal Varg, upon finding out the red-skin Jathro is the son of the white skin Kooth, brands it as 'blasphemy'. Benny rhetorically asks what's wrong with it.
- Insistent Terminology:
- Tom is a wizard, not a magician.
- Randal Moon is a hobgoblin.
- It's Grim Magic.
- Interspecies Romance: Tom and Lexi. They go all the way in one story.