Tear Jerker / The Sarah Jane Adventures

This is the Tear Jerker page for The Sarah Jane Adventures. For the page for parent show Doctor Who, see here.

Season 1

  • At the end of Eye of the Gorgon, when Bea hears the voice of her dead husband one last time.
  • Whatever Happened To Sarah Jane?, when Andrea Yates tearfully says "But it's my birthday".
    • The following scene. A lot of it is in the delivery, particularly Jane Asher's (Andrea's):
    Maria: I'm sorry, Andrea, but you were meant to die.
    Andrea: Meant? Who says I'm meant to die? I was so young I had so much to do and I did it. Look at me. I lived every single moment because I knew what it was worth.
    Sarah Jane: So did I.
    Andrea: And you're the chosen one? The golden girl?
    Sarah Jane: Oh, nobody was chosen. It was stupid and pointless what happened that day. But this is worse. That thing twisted it. He used you.
    Andrea: So I die? At thirteen?
    Sarah Jane: And my son gets a chance to live. He's lost out there, Andrea. Somewhere terrible. And I am begging you please: save him.
  • "The Lost Boy":
    • Sarah Jane telling Luke that being back with his real parents will be the best thing that ever happened to him, but it's easy to tell that her heart is breaking.
    • When Sarah Jane is arrested, she mouths "I love you" to Luke, who is visably distraught.
  • Sarah Jane and Luke's separation in The Lost Boy. Full stop.

Season 2

  • The climax of "The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith" when her parents tell her how much they love her. Then they get into their car and drive away, knowing that they're going to be killed in a car crash.

Season 3

  • Pretty much the whole of Sarah Jane and the Doctor's conversation at the end of "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith".
    • Especially the Tenth Doctor's final words to Sarah Jane:
      The Doctor: Don't forget me, Sarah Jane.
      Sarah Jane: No one's... ever going to forget you.
    • The quote's also a bit ironic, as Sarah Jane knows about Donna's fate. Real Life just makes it worse, considering that these were David Tennant's last words as the Doctor — this was filmed after "I don't want to go".
    • Sarah Jane losing her fiancé. Who is, to boot, a perfectly nice guy who truly does love her.
  • Sarah Jane's narration at the end of series three. It's a tearjerker that requires some context, but after everything we've seen so far, after watching so much death and destruction in Doctor Who and after the frankly chilling events of Torchwood: Children of Earth, hearing Sarah Jane who has seen so much of it saying hopefully that perhaps one day "earth can be a shining example to the universe" can draw a sad smile. Maybe we adults should heed more of what we teach our children.

Season 4

  • "Death of the Doctor": From Sarah Jane asking if the Doctor's last body was in pain when she last saw him, to Jo Grant finding out the Doctor's travelling with a married couple and remarking she only left him because she got married and wondering if he thought she was stupid, to Jo mentioning the Time Lords... there's a lot of little beats like this.
    • We learn that Harry Sullivan is almost certainly dead.
      • The fact that neither Dodo nor Victoria are mentioned leads one to suspect that they have likely passed on as well.
    • The fact it ended up being the last adventure the Doctor and Sarah Jane ever had on screen, due to Lis Sladen's untimely death.
    • A happy, happy tearjerker - Ace, a delinquent teenager, has apparently turned her life around and is running a charity with Melnote . The Doctor did work wonders on her.
    • One that really hits home like a tonne of bricks - the last thing Sarah Jane thinks about is her mother and father, with her mother holding her, then Luke, Rani and Clyde; it's her family.
  • Parts of "Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith" are just heartbreaking... particularly the idea that the Monster of the Week began its attack by, in essence, giving Sarah Jane Alzheimer's.
  • Sarah Jane forgetting the Doctor's name in Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith.

Season 5

  • The end of The Curse of Clyde Langer. Basically, Clyde is dragged away by Sarah Jane, Rani and Sky in order to stop the totem pole from destroying the world. He leaves Ellie without saying goodbye, hoping to find her afterwards. He ends up searching all over Ealing for her, only to find out that she had left town, AND her real name wasn't Ellie Faber, meaning it would almost be impossible to find her again. What's worse is that wherever she is she'll never know why Clyde left her.
    • The rage especially of Sarah Jane and Rani towards Clyde, combined with their uncontrolled sadness they can't understand, and Sky's desperate attempts to make them realize that something is wrong is flat-out heartbreaking. This, combined with the realistic depiction of homelessness in this story leads to a complete Tear Jerker episode.

Elisabeth Sladen's death

  • Pretty much everything about the series, following Elisabeth Sladen's untimely death. No one will ever forget YOU, Lis.
  • Had the series carried on beyond 2011, Tom Baker would have returned as the Fourth Doctor. Just imagine that! The quintessential names of mid-70s Doctor Who back on our screens, together after so long. Who wouldn't have loved the TARDIS to have materialised in the attic and for Sarah Jane to expect David's or Matt's Doctor to stroll out, only to be greeted with that unmistakable voice: "Hello Sarah Jane...". Just one more thing that we'll never see now.
  • The total abruptness of the story's end, cutting off so many plotlines with such great potential. From Clani's UST, to the budding relationship between Luke and Sky, the latter's Character Development, presumably more information about the Shopkeeper and the Captain...the abruptness really hammers home just how powerful the loss of Elisabeth Sladen was.