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The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith
Series: The Sarah Jane Adventures

TV story

Series Number: 11
Setting: Ealing, London, 2009
Foxgrove, Hertfordshire, 1951
Writer: Gareth Roberts
Director: Graeme Harper
Producer: {{{producer}}}
Broadcast: 17th November - 24th November 2008
Format: 2 - 30 minute episodes
Prod. Code: {{{production code}}}
Previous Story: The Mark of the Berserker
Following Story: Enemy of the Bane

The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith' is the fifth serial in Series 2 of The Sarah Jane Adventures



When Sarah Jane returns a boy who has slipped through a time fissure back to 1951, she realizes she has found a way to meet the parents she never knew. But is it a trap? Sarah Jane and Luke fall victim to a revenge plot by The Trickster.



Part 1

Sarah Jane and Luke visit the village of Foxgrove via a time portal, that the team had discovered earlier. They arrive in the village on the same day that Sarah Jane's parents were killed in a road accident. In the village, Sarah meets her parents and also changes history when she disables her parents' car's engine therefore stopping them from being killed. This changes history and there by an alternate timeline is created. When Sarah Jane and Luke arrives back in 2009, London has been destroyed and she meets The Trickster.

The Trickster is back!!

Meanwhile back in London when Clyde discovers Sarah Jane's house empty and after failing to get either of them on their mobiles he goes to Rani's house and with the aid of Gita gets her out of bed. On entering the house they find that it is empty and Mr Smith has no idea where they might be. He does though have a theory that Sarah Jane may have gone back in time through the time portal. Mr Smith then detects that the box that the Verron Soothsayer had given Sarah Jane earlier has become active again and is glowing blue. Rani asks how it will protect them and thinking this is an oxo cube, Clyde states that it will use its Oxy goodness. The scene cuts back to Sarah Jane in 1951 next to the memorial. n taking the box to the portal neither Rani nor Clyde are able to find a way to use it. When the box changes colour to red the time portal opens and out steps Oscar. When Oscar changes into a Graske they run off. They succeed in evading it by hiding behind some bins. Time starts to break down so Clyde puts his arm round Rani and they experience the transition from their version of the future into the new post apocalyptic version created by The Trickster. he Trickster explains how he gained control of the world. Sarah and Luke tell him they are going to travel through the portal, but the Trickster tells Sarah Jane that the battle is over. When they eventually travel through the portal. When they arrive they notice the clouds changing colour. The weather is changing and so the fête is moved to the village hall. Sarah and Luke arrive at the memorial and see the Big Ben destroyed and so the Trickster appears and tells Sarah Jane it was all her fault as she gave the world to the Trickster.

Part 2

Sarah Jane demands to know how saving her parents could have altered time so drastically, to which the Trickster explains the village was built on a fault in time. Sarah Jane's tampering with a fixed point in time opened this fault, allowing the Trickster to physically enter their reality and ravage Earth for the last half century. Sarah Jane and Luke go back through the fissure as the Trickster gloats he has already won. eanwhile, Clyde and Rani explore the ruined London, reduced to rock formations and worked by the last surviving human slaves who are led by the Trickster's Graske. The slaves are being made to mine resources so that the Trickster may create a ship and extend his reach to the rest of the universe. Clyde and Rani implore the Graske to help them restore the original timeline but he explains that if he did the Trickster would punish him; years ago the Graske had nearly died in space, but had been saved by the Trickster in return for eternal servitude. Clyde promises the Graske that if he helps them, they will give him the puzzle box to free him from the Trickster. The Graske agrees and reopens the fissure so that Rani can tell Sarah Jane the new information. n the past, Sarah Jane's parents come to realise who she is and what she was trying to prevent. However, their touch now instantly withers any organic life they hold and they realise it is their destiny to drive off this day. After telling their daughter how proud they are of her, they both enter the new repaired car and drive off. The Trickster begins to fade, unable to see how the timeline could have been restored. Sarah Jane proudly states that the Trickster's plan never considered that her parents would willingly sacrifice themselves to save the world. The Trickster vanishes, howling in pain. ack in the modern day, the timeline is restored around the Graske and Clyde, who gives the alien the box. The Graske teleports away, beaming over its newly returned freedom. The fissure reopens as Sarah Jane, Luke and Rani return. ater at home, Sarah Jane reminisces over her parents. Although she could not save them, she finally knows why they left and is incredibly proud of them. The scene ends with Sarah Jane hugging her son and her picture of her parents saying on the back, "Mr Smith, I need you."


Production crew

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  • Sarah Jane mentions freeing miners on Peladon (DW: The Monster of Peladon) and saving people from Bubble Shock! in SJA: Invasion of the Bane.
  • When in 1951, Sarah Jane tells her parents that she is Victoria Beckham and Luke tells them that he is David Beckham.
  • Sarah Jane mentions people disappearing from time. (TW: Out of Time) & (TW: Adrift)
  • Sarah Jane sees an actual 1950's Police box and mistakes it for The Doctor's TARDIS during which "The Doctor's Theme" is played. Coincendentally, the next time she faced the Trickster, the Doctor himself would aid her.
  • By this point, Rani not only knows about the Doctor, but also the TARDIS.

Story notes


  • Episode 1 - 483,000 (CBBC channel)
  • Episode 2 - To Be Added


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Filming Locations

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Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

  • Trickster was a name given by Alan Jackson. At the end of part 1, he actual calls himself the Trickster. How did Alan know his name? Perhaps Alan guessed his name (possibly one of many) correctly, or he may not have one and simply refers to himself by the name they know him by or he may have told Alan his name offscreen as in Turn Left the Doctor refers to the 'Trickster's Brigade which presumably was a reference to the Trickster.
  • Luke doesn't get questioned for his clothing, which was not in fashion in the 1950s, yet Rani does. Her clothing was much more noticeably different for the period.



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

DVD and Other releases

his 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 BaneMini-episode: From Raxacoricofallapatorius With Love
The Trickster TV Stories
Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?  • The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith  • The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith

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