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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: When Sarah Jane goes over to greet the Chandra family in "Day of the Clown," is it out of genuine neighborly feeling? Is it just to make sure that Maria didn't leave any alien objects behind, with the greeting being a pretense? Or was it a mix of both?
    • As mentioned below, does Maria actually have feelings for Sarah Jane? Or is it simply bonding with a mother figure, given that Chrissie is pretty much the opposite of a responsible parent?
    • Truman claims that he has no regrets about serving the Ancient Lights. Is this true, or is it the mind control talking? What little we saw of the real him, refusing to take a client's money after he found out that things were tight, implies that he was at least something of a good person.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Sarah Jane is a Technical Pacifist who always tries to deal with hostile aliens in a peaceful and nonviolent way. However, when her enemies do die, she rarely shows much emotion. The deaths of enemies are often followed immediately by humorous scenes. The most egregious examples are probably the the deaths of the Slitheen-Blathereen and the implied death of Miss Myers.
      • This is especially strange in the case of "Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane". Even though Andrea Yates effectively let young Sarah Jane die, caused Maria to be erased from existence, and nearly let the earth get destroyed, she was also Sarah Jane's childhood best friend who got used by the Trickster and chose to let herself die (again) to save everyone. But the gang gets too caught up in the reunion, the meteor, and Alan's discovery of their alien investigating to reflect on Andrea afterwards.
  • Awesome Music: See this page
  • Continuity Lockout: The occasional throwaway reference aside, the series manages to avoid this with its younger viewers, even in the continuity-heavy "Death of the Doctor". That said, some level of lockout is unavoidable for viewers who have never seen Doctor Who.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Clyde for the main cast, before he became a bit of a Breakout Character with increasingly larger story roles.
    • The Trickster is this for the villains, given that he's not just the main recurring foe (Slitheen aside), but his stories are considered among the strongest because of the emotional havoc he wreaks upon the cast - for many fans, the most disappointing thing about the series' cancellation (besides Elisabeth Sladen's death) is that the planned resolution to his storyline (which was meant to be the Season 5 finale) was never produced to give his character proper closure.
  • Genius Bonus: St. Luke is the patron saint of doctors.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In "Prisoner of the Judoon", the characters have fun pretending to be sceptics when Rani's parents tell them that they just saw aliens. In "The Vault of Secrets", Androvax takes over Gita's body, and Rani even says that playing ignorant isn't very funny anymore.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Les Yay:
  • Periphery Demographic: The show, as we've said just above, has a massive one among classic Doctor Who fans. It's probably deliberate, as Sarah Jane is widely considered the best Classic companion in the show's history, and is almost certainly the most beloved. It honestly veers into Multiple Demographic Appeal after a while. While, at its heart, it is a show intended for kids, there are so many references to Sarah Jane (and Jo Grant's) adventures with previous Doctors that the younger set just won't get. Add to that the rather attractive parents, storytelling that can stand with its parent shows, and Elisabeth Sladen saying at one point they even dabbled in Costume Porn (to apparently bring in the Carrie Bradshaw set), and it truly seems like they went out of their way to cover every base and make something everybody could watch together.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Some of the show's fans really didn't like Sky, and the fact that she was apparently meant to supplant Luke in the long-term just made things worse. However, the majority of fans were generally more forgiving, since the manner of the show's ending meant that Sky never got the character development she was supposed to. And upon looking at what was meant to come out of it, and the twist involving the Trickster, fans feel sad it didn't get to be made.
    • Rani caught flak for this too, back when Season 2 aired and she came in as a replacement for Maria - the show not having much time to differentiate their personalities or give her much significance; her acting was also not considered the strongest even by critics. By the end of Season 3 she got enough Character Development and Anjli Mohindra had gotten comfortable in the role, so she was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The Slitheen in "The Lost Boy"; removing the Toilet Humour and the necessity for their human disguises to be fat people goes a long way to making them more credible as villains.
  • The Scrappy: Kelsey Hooper is obnoxious. Thankfully, she's replaced by Clyde Langer from the second episode on, to most fans' relief.
  • Shipping: Clyde / Rani is the big one, but the fandom also ships Luke / Maria, Clyde / Maria, and occasionally Alan / Sarah Jane. On the homosexual side of fandom, Clyde / Luke and Sarah Jane / Maria are the most popular pairings.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: In "The Lost Boy", Alan gets to play mentor to the kids and turns out to have "unorthodox contacts" as well as some incredible computer skills. It would have been fascinating to see him continue to be part of the team, especially since neither Clyde nor Luke has a father figure, and there were some hints of Ship Tease between him and Sarah Jane. However, when Yasmin Paige (Maria) had to bow out of the show, Alan understandably had to go with her. He does, however, get to play an important role in "The Mark of the Berserker".
  • Ugly Cute: The youngest Slitheen in "Revenge of the Slitheen" - "Daddy, I want to hunt!"
  • Villain Decay: The Slitheen. After proving to be quite a threat in Doctor Who, similarly nasty (if a bit more farcical) in "Revenge Of The Slitheen", and downright cruel in "The Lost Boy" they've been reduced to being largely comic relief, particularly in the Red Nose Day short From Raxacoricofallapatorius With Love (though, in fairness, the Red Nose Day short was literally for the charity Comic Relief).
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: While more clear-cut kid-friendly than the family show Doctor Who, some episodes — *cough* "Day of the Clown" *cough* — are not the kind of thing you'd want to let children watch alone...
  • Woobie Species: The Skullions from "The Man Who Never Was", who are cruelly enslaved and abused by Harrison.