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The Mark of the Berserker
Series: The Sarah Jane Adventures

TV story

Series Number: 10
Enemy: Berserker Pendant
Setting: Ealing, London, 2009
Writer: Joseph Lidster
Director: Joss Agnew
Producer: Nikki Smith
Broadcast: 3rd November - 10th November 2008
Format: 2 - 30 minute episodes
Prod. Code:
Previous Story: Secrets of the Stars
Following Story: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith



An alien pendant, which gives its wearer the power to control others, is stolen from Sarah Jane's attic. Luke and Rani enlist the help of Clyde's mum to help track down Clyde and his father, who has the alien pendant. The chase leads to a terrifying waterside confrontation, as the pendant takes control of Paul and begins transforming him.



Part 1

On Bannerman Road, Rani and her father are deciding what to have for tea and they decide to have a Pizza. Rani discovers that her father will follow her verbal instructions, and deduces that the pendant she is wearing causes people to follow instructions given to them by the wearer of the pendant.

The next day, somebody knocks on the door of the Langers' home. Clyde answers it and finds that his long lost father (Paul Langer) has turned up. Clyde and his mother are upset by his arrival

After some emotional discussions between the three of them, Clyde leaves to go out for the day with his father. During the course of the day, Clyde reveals to his father that he in involved in tackling alien threats. Meanwhile, Rani goes up to Sarah Jane's attic and puts the pendant there so that no one will find it. After a conversation with her father, she decides to investigate matters herself. She goes and finds Luke, and they go to the school to search for clues. Meanwhile, Clyde convinces his father that he is telling the truth by taking him to Sarah Jane's attic. Paul is convinced. He finds the pendant that Rani has left there and puts it in his shirt pocket without Clyde's knowledge. When they walk out they meet Rani's father (Haresh Chandra). After Haresh confronts them about what they are doing in Sarah's house, Paul ends up instructing Haresh to do press ups. Paul realizes that it must be due to the pendant. Luke and Rani run up to them. Rani works out what has happened and confronts Paul and Clyde about it. Paul instructs Clyde forget who Rani and Luke are. They walk off and Paul reveals his hand to have a strange symbol on it.

Part 2

Clyde and Paul are walking along in town. Paul can't stop looking at the symbol on his hand. Luke and Rani attempts to contact Sarah Jane but she is preoccupied trying to pursue an alien called Travist Polong. Meanwhile Luke and Rani send a picture of the pendant to Maria and her father to investigate, as her father can hack into UNIT. They discover that using the pendant can cause a symbol known as the Mark of the Berserker to appear on your skin. Rani's father refuses to stop the press ups. Paul gets everything he wants for free, and uses this as a bonding method with his son. He instructs Clyde to forget about how he left him and his mum when he was young and to forget about his mum. The pendant takes over Paul's skin and he can't control it, and he collapses. He declares himself the Berserker and that Clyde is his soldier. Sarah Jane appears and Clyde recognizes her. She tells him that his mum, Rani and Luke are the most important in his life when he asks who they are. Clyde and his mum talk Paul through his memories, whilst Sarah Jane shows him a reflection of himself in the mirror. and he remembers who he really is.

Everyone who the Berserker commanded has their commands undone, Clyde tries to get his mum and dad back together, but Paul tells his son that he has made his mum's sister pregnant. Clyde tells his father he doesn't need him and not to mess up with this baby. Clyde tells his mother to forget about the pendant, what she knows about Sarah Jane's adventures with her son, and his father. Clyde throws the pendant into the sea. Sarah Jane reveals that her parents died when she was young and she would do anything to see them again. When Clyde is gone, she takes out a picture of her mother and father and rubs her finger over the latter.


Production crew

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  • When Clyde shows Luke his drawings, there is a picture of Samus Aran from the Metroid video game series.
  • Paul's line " this some kind of trading card thing?" is a reference to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game or the Television Series
  • Sarah Jane Smith's computer has a Magpie Electricals logo on it.

Story notes

  • Unusually (given the brevity of the season), this is a Sarah Jane-lite story, with Elisabeth Sladen appearing in only a few scenes.


  • Episode 1 - 531,000 (CBBC channel)
  • Episode 2 - 628,000 (CBBC channel)


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Filming Locations

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Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

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As of September 2009, no novelisation of this story has been announced for publication, although other episodes have been adapted.

DVD and Other releases

This story, along with the rest of Series 2, is scheduled for release on DVD on 9th November 2009 (UK) and 10th November 2009 (North America).[1]

See also

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External links

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The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 2
The Last Sontaran  • The Day of the Clown  • Secrets of the Stars  • The Mark of the Berserker  • The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith  • Enemy of the Bane

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