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Invasion of the Bane
Series: The Sarah Jane Adventures
Series Number: 1
Featuring: Sarah Jane Smith
Luke Smith
Maria Jackson
Mr Smith
K-9 Mark IV (cameo)
Kelsey Harper (guest)
Enemy: The Bane
Setting: Ealing, London, 2008
Writer: Gareth Roberts and Russell T Davies
Director: Colin Teague
Producer: Susie Liggat
Broadcast: 1st January 2007
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Following Story: Revenge of the Slitheen



Investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith teams up with her 13-year-old neighbour, Maria Jackson, to face up against the scheming Mrs. Wormwood, the head of a company producing a popular and addictive soft drink called Bubble Shock!


Young Maria Jackson and her recently divorced father, Alan, are moving into a house opposite Sarah Jane Smith on Bannerman Road. As her father sorts boxes, Maria watches a television commercial for the popular new soft drink called Bubble Shock! Maria's mother, Chrissie helps out and pesters her former husband for more money before leaving. That night Maria is awakened by a bright light which she follows to Sarah Jane's house and finds there a glowing alien. As it disappears into the night sky, a terrified Maria runs home and locks the front door. The next morning local girl Kelsey Harper arrives to welcome the new family and offers to take Maria into town. When Maria replies that she has no money, Kelsey tells her about the free Bubble Shock! Bus, which takes visitors to the Bubble Shock! factory for a guided tour. Mr. Jackson attempts to introduce himself to Sarah Jane but she overhears the girl's plans and gives chase in her car.

On the bus, Maria questions Kelsey about the secret ingredient in Bubble Shock! known only as Bane. Kelsey roughly repeats the claims made by the television adverts that Bane is organic and that makes it good. Maria is still not convinced enough to drink any of it. Kelsey informs her she must be part of the official 2% statistic of the population that doesn't like the drink. After the bus reaches the factory, all the guests go through a security scanner and have to turn off their mobile phones. Unknown to them the scanner collects their DNA. A boy, the Archetype, lies in a medical chamber has a breathing mask over his mouth. A worker informs his supervisor Mrs Wormwood that the DNA of the children has been transmitted. Mrs Wormwood is delighted and believes "mother" will be equally pleased.

The guests are led by PR agent Davey who offers everyone numerous free samples of the drink whilst boredly providing a pre-written PR statement on the virtues of the drink. He notices that Maria has not taken any samples and insists she does. She responds that she doesn't care for it, saying she is in the 2% of the population who feel likewise. Davey cryptically replies that the factory is heavily working on a way to make sure 100% of the population will consume the drink.

Sarah Jane is sneaking around the factory, when she notices a door. Using her sonic lipstick to unlock it, she opens it, before being captured by some guards who take her to Mrs Wormwood's office, Sarah comments that Wormwood was described in the Bible as a star that would fall to Earth and taint the world's water supply. Wormwood recognises Sarah Jane's name from a number of e-mails and phone calls the company received, all of which went unanswered. Wormwood agrees to grant Sarah Jane an interview. Sarah Jane asks how they obtained a license to make food and drink in two weeks. Mrs Wormwood replies that they are only satisfying the Western world's need for food, stating how humans love to gorge themselves. Sarah Jane presses her to reveal the nature of the mysterious Bane ingredient as every test she has had run on the drink has been unable to reveal anything -- almost as if the drink had a form of intelligence and was hiding its contents. Mrs Wormwood insists that she drinks some Bubble Shock!, but Sarah Jane refuses and continues her attempts to find out the origins of the ingredient and suggests that Wormwood comes from space. Mrs Wormwood mocks such an idea as crazy talk and has her secretary Lesley escort Sarah Jane out of the factory. Once in the lift, Wormwood orders her secretary to kill Sarah Jane but she intercepts the attack and escapes further into the factory.

Mrs Wormwood looks on

Kelsey attempts to phone her friend Suki and wanders into a restricted area. Her mobile phone disturbs an unknown beast and sets off an emergency alarm causing the factory to be evacuated. Davey finds her huddled in a corner, screaming for someone to get "that thing" away from her. Davey angrily responds that the creature is not "a thing", Kelsey is; the creature is his mother. Mrs Wormwood dispatches guards to locate and kill Sarah Jane, as well as demanding the alarms be switched off for the sake of the Bane Mother. Maria attempts to find Kelsey using her mobile phone but she sets off the alarm again and prompts the Archetype to escape. Mrs Wormwood and Davey lead teams in an attempt to find the source of the alarm.

Soon after Maria bumps into the Archetype. She tries to introduce herself, while the Archetype just repeats what she says back to her. They hide in a cubicle in the women's toilets and are soon joined by Sarah Jane, with both parties surprised to see one another. Just outside, Davey reports they have searched everywhere and have found no sign of the intruders. Mrs Wormwood asks him if he has checked inside the women's toilets. Somewhat shocked, he replies that his training on human culture had stated it was strictly forbidden for males to enter. Frustrated at his stupidity, Wormwood storms into the toilets and slams open all the cubicles but finds no one there. Davey points out the window has been opened and Wormwood realises Sarah Jane and the children have escaped. Outside they flee to Sarah Jane's car. Maria protests that they left Kelsey behind.

Sarah Jane uses her sonic lipstick to get out of the factory. In Mrs Wormwood's office, Kelsey rants about the treatment she has received. Unable to make sense of her tirade, Wormwood decides to change into her natural form in order to scan the girl's mind. She deactivates her causing Kelsey to scream. Sometime later, Kelsey lies unconscious in the office. Davey notes Wormwood held back, to which she replies that children have parents who would cause them trouble by asking questions. She attempts to make sense of Kelsey's thoughts and finds most of them to be no use, focusing on boys and pop culture. She eventually discovers Kelsey knows of Sarah Jane and lives on the same street. She dispatches Davey to take Kelsey home with his true objective being to kill Sarah Jane and retrieve the Archetype.

Upon arriving back at Bannerman Road, Sarah Jane tells Maria to go home and not get involved. Maria replies that it is too late for that and reveals she saw the alien from the previous night which shocks Sarah Jane. However, Sarah puts her foot down and tells Maria her life is dangerous; she doesn't want anyone else getting hurt for the decisions she has made. A furious Maria runs home and her father attempts to comfort her. Sarah Jane questions the Archetype on his origins. She finds that despite his appearance he lacks a navel or any common-sense knowledge. Most surprisingly, Sarah Jane's alien watch reveals him to be only hours old. When she asks him who he is he only replies, "I am everyone". A male voice calls out to Sarah Jane. The Archetype asks what it is but Sarah Jane quickly responds that it is nothing and that he is not allowed to go upstairs.

Soon after, Davey's car pulls up on the street. Kelsey attempts to flirt with him but he just tells her to get out. Kelsey enters the Jacksons' house and a relieved Maria asks her what happened. Kelsey remembers nothing, instead believing Maria abandoned her for no reason and that she had to get a lift home from Davey. Realising this means he is on their street, an alarmed Maria runs to Sarah Jane's house to warn her. Sarah Jane initially mistakes her intent and shuts the door on her but quickly opens it when Kelsey screams -- Davey has revealed his true Bane form and is crawling along the side of the house. Sarah Jane quickly rushes both girls inside but Davey easily knocks the front door off its hinges and chases them up the stairs.

Sarah Jane tells the children to wait as she dashes into a room she declares off limits and returns with a mysterious spray with which she attacks Davey with a spray. Kelsey slips away into the mysterious room and loudly declares her amazement. Sarah Jane and the others follow, revealing a room filled with mementoes of past adventures and also a talking computer, Mr Smith. Sarah Jane explains that years ago she met a man unlike any other, who took her on adventures in time and space. K-9 is introduced to Maria, the Archetype and Kelsey, and Sarah reveals that he is closing off a black hole that it threatening Earth and has been in there for over a year.

Sarah uses Mr Smith to patch into the Bubble Shock factory communication systems and offers to Wormwood an ultimatuum should the Bane not leave Earth. Wormwood ignores them and mind controls all the Bubble Shock! drinkers, including Alan and Kelsey. Sarah is able to stop Kelsey, but all the other drinkers begin marching, chanting 'Drink it'. Harried by mind-controlled Bubble Shock! drinkers, the group heads to the factory and the Archetype uses a transmitter device given to Sarah Jane by the Doctor to destroy the monstrous Bane Mother; subsequently the Bubble Shock! factory is destroyed, but Wormwood appears to escape, swearing revenge.

Back home, the gang try to think up a name for the Archetype and decide on Luke (after Sarah considers Harry and Alistair after Harry Sullivan and Brigadier Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart). Sarah has her computer print up adoption papers for Luke. That night, the trio sit together in Sarah Jane's garden, looking up at the stars.



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Story Notes

  • To date, this is the only 60-minute episode to be produced of The Sarah Jane Adventures; regular series episodes would be 25 minutes in length.
  • This was the first episode of the Doctor Who franchise in which Russell T Davies shared co-writing credit, until the 2009 Specials (Doctor Who)
  • This episode, which was considered a pilot for the spinoff, aired in the UK only 3 days after the 25th anniversary of the broadcast of the previous Sarah Jane-related pilot, A Girl's Best Friend.

Unproduced script ideas

(REF: Doctor Who Magazine: Sarah Jane Smith Special)

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Filming Locations

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Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

  • Sarah-Jane has pictures of the newly designed Daleks yet they are different to the ones from Death to the Daleks and Genesis of the Daleks and she has yet to encounter these Daleks. Assuming this is set after Doomsday, she may have got them from there, also she met the Doctor in the 'School Reunion' and he might have told her about the new Daleks there.
  • When Kelsey is being taken over by the Bane, Luke yells "Kelsey Hooper", not Kelsey Harper. Sarah Jane refers to her name as Kelsey Hooper first (possibly not hearing Maria or Kelsey saying it right), therefore Luke assumes - as he only heard Sarah Jane call her it - that it is her name.
  • Sarah Jane incorrectly refers to the book of "Revelations" in the Bible, it's just "Revelation" (The term "Revelations" is commonly used by lay people to refer to the book.)
  • Why would Maria go into town with Kelsey having known her for barely 2 minutes. Kids can make friends easier and as she was new she may have been desperate to seem fun. Plus Kelsey was not taking no for an answer hence why Maria laughs nervously and is like, "What the hell?"
  • When the Bane Davey is climbing up Sarah Jane's staircase, one of his tentacles pulls on a bannister where some hats are mounted, and they don't even move.


  • In Sarah's attic there is a picture (from publicity photos for) K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend.
  • Sarah departed the Doctor after travelling with him in DW: The Hand of Fear, though she subsequently met him again in The Five Doctors and in various novels.
  • Sarah met the Doctor in his tenth incarnation in DW: School Reunion. It is suggested here that her newfound interest in helping (or combating) alien life was sparked by her recent adventure with him. The episode also reestablishes in dialogue Sarah's choice of lifestyle after leaving the Doctor years earlier.
  • Wormwood notes the presence of an energy field around Sarah Jane that indicates she travelled through the space-time vortex, although a long time ago. Other "revival era" episodes of Doctor Who have established that those who travel with the Doctor in the TARDIS are physically altered by the experience. The last time Sarah Jane was seen travelling through time and space via the TARDIS was at the end of DW: The Five Doctors, and before that in DW: The Hand of Fear, although other media has suggested she had other encounters with the Doctor before meeting him again in School Reunion.
  • Sarah Jane possesses a sonic lipstick which appears to function in much the same way as the Doctor's sonic screwdriver. At one point Sarah invokes the Doctor's name when using the device, suggesting he had something to do with creating it (a fact confirmed not on screen but on the show's website). Sarah also mentions that the lipstick doesn't work against deadlock-sealed doors -- a weakness also mentioned of the sonic screwdriver.

DVD and Other Releases

This has been released on a vanilla DVD. It also 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: Invasion of the Bane (novelisation)

Invasion of the Bane has been adapted as a novel by Terrance Dicks which was released in November 2007; all episodes of the first series have either been novelised or publications are forthcoming. Discounting the one-off novelisation of the Scream of the Shalka webcast, this marks the first novelisation of a televised Doctor Who-related story since the novelisation of Doctor Who: The TV Movie in 1996, and marked Dicks' first TV novelisation since The Space Pirates in 1990.

See Also

External Links

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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