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Eye of the Gorgon is the title of a story in The Sarah Jane Adventures series. It is the third story of the series, and makes up episodes 3 and 4 of season 1.

Eye of the Gorgon
Series: The Sarah Jane Adventures

TV stories

Series Number: 3
Featuring: Sarah Jane Smith
Luke Smith
Clyde Langer
Maria Jackson
Mr Smith
Enemy: Gorgons
The Abbess
Sister Helena
Setting: Lavender Lawns
Writer: Phil Ford
Director: Alice Troughton
Producer: {{{producer}}}
Broadcast: 1st & 8th October 2007
Format: 2 - 30 min episodes
Prod. Code: {{{production code}}}
Previous Story: Revenge of the Slitheen
Following Story: Warriors of Kudlak



After a tip-off from Clyde's grandmother, the team investigate a local nursing home. Stories of visitations by a phantom-like nun abound and soon they find themselves pursued by a spooky order of Sisters who hide a dark secret.


Sarah Jane and her companions investigate claims of sightings of a ghostly nun at Lavender Lawns, the local nursing home. Meanwhile, Chrissie Jackson moves into her ex-husband's house, but succeeds only in causing further problems with the family. Back at Lavender Lawns, an old lady gives Luke an ancient talisman, which is really the key to a portal in space and time. They find that a group of nuns are hiding an age-old creature, the Gorgon. When Sarah Jane refuses to give the talisman to the nuns, they kidnap Luke and Clyde and take the Gorgon and Maria to Sarah Jane's house where the Gorgon turns Maria's father to stone.

Having got what they came for, the nuns and Gorgon leave. Luke and Clyde escape from their entrapment via a secret passage. Mr Smith tells Maria and Sarah that Alan is retrievable until 16:00. Luke and Clyde see the Gorgon stumble, but are unable to prevent the talisman beginning the process of joining the Gorgon Homeworld with Earth. The Gorgon - a parasite inside the Abbess - chooses Sarah Jane as its next host. Chatting with Bea reveals to Maria that the talisman can revert those turned to stone. Clyde distracts the nuns long enough that Luke grabs the talisman, disconnecting the portal. However, Sarah Jane and both boys are recaptured and locked in another room, though Sarah Jane is soon taken and tied next to the portal. Luke and Clyde escape again and join Sarah Jane just as the Gorgon begins to transfer itself, but Maria arrives and uses a mirror to revert the transfer and turn the Gorgon - and Abbess - to stone, freeing the nuns of mind-control. Maria disconnects the talisman and the portal shuts down forever. The talisman brings Alan back to flesh-and-blood and Chrissie leaves, reuniting with Ivan.


Production crew


  • The Sontarans are mentioned by Bea Nelson-Stanley, who describes them as looking like potatoes and being "the silliest race in the galaxy". This reference predates the species' return in DW: The Sontaran Strategem; they would also appear in Series 2 of The Sarah Jane Adventures. Sarah Jane recognizes the name having encountered them before in DW: The Time Warrior and The Sontaran Experiment.
  • Bea Nelson-Stanley also references that the Sultan of Ishkanbar had seen a Yeti once (a reference to DW: The Abominable Snowmen).
  • Clyde says he will never turn old, by placing his brain in a robotic suit. This is, of course reminiscent of the Cybermen.
  • There is a silhouette/scale drawing of a Jagaroth ship on the wall in Sarah's attic.
  • Sarah Jane Smith, in attempting to guess where the abbey was, mentions Agatha Christie, a key character in the Doctor Who Series 4 episode The Unicorn and the Wasp.
  • The Sonic lipstick does not work on wood, as shown with the Doctor's sonic screwdriver in Silence in the Library.
  • Sister Helena makes a punning reference to "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?", a famous song from The Sound of Music - which was performed by a group of nuns in that musical. It is also the title of a Sound of Music-related talent competition TV series which, in its Canadian edition, featured John Barrowman as one of the judges.
  • The idea of the nuns hiding an Alien being is very similar to DW: Tooth and Claw with the monks hiding the Werewolf

Cultural References

Story notes

  • Both episodes aired on the CBBC channel, and were broadcast on BBC 1 a week later.


  • Episode 1 - 365,000 (CBBC)
    • 1.1 million (BBC 1)
  • Episode 2- 411,000 (CBBC)
    • 1.0 million (BBC 1)


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Location filming

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Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

  • If Bea remembers the Gorgon turning her to stone, why did Alan not? She could have been told afterwards. Alan thought he fell alseep and may have thought he had just dreamt it.
  • Sarah Jane's house number should be 13 but in these two episodes the door number is 21 The House number was changed to 21 in the shooting scripts for Eye.

DVD, video, and audio releases

This was to be released on a vanilla DVD along with Revenge of the Slitheen on 17 March 2008, until the release was cancelled. It is featured in the Series One box set, which was released in North America on 7 October 2008; UK release is scheduled for 10 November 2008.


Main article: Eye of the Gorgon (novelisation)
  • A novelisation was released on 1 November 2007, written by Phil Ford.

See also

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External links

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The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 1
New Year's Special: Invasion of the Bane

Revenge of the Slitheen  • Eye of the Gorgon  • Warriors of Kudlak  • Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?  • The Lost Boy

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