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Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? is the title of a story in The Sarah Jane Adventures series. It is the fifth story of the series, and forms episodes 7 and 8 of Season 1. This story introduces The Trickster, a new recurring villain for the series.

Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
Series: The Sarah Jane Adventures

TV stories

Series Number: 1
Featuring: Sarah Jane Smith
Luke Smith
Maria Jackson
Clyde Langer
Mr Smith
Enemy: The Trickster (introduction)
Andrea Yates (redeems herself)
Setting: Andrea Yates' World
Writer: Gareth Roberts
Director: Graeme Harper
Producer: {{{producer}}}
Broadcast: 29th October - 5th November 2007
Format: 2 - 30 min episodes
Prod. Code: {{{production code}}}
Previous Story: Warriors of Kudlak
Following Story: The Lost Boy



One day, Sarah Jane Smith exists, the next, no-one in the world knows about her. Instead, Andrea Yates takes her place; but Maria Jackson knows that Andrea is working with something to remove Sarah Jane from the space/time continuum; so when the Graske return, Maria must uncover the identity of "The Trickster" if the human race is to survive.



Part 1

Sarah Jane tells Maria, Luke and Clyde about a meteorite on course with Earth but reassures them that Mr Smith will be able to deflect it the following day. Sarah Jane gives Maria an alien puzzle box to cheer her up; she falls asleep that night holding it, as a mysterious cloaked figure approaches Sarah Jane's house. The next day, Maria finds that Sarah Jane, Luke and Mr. Smith have all disappeared, and she alone remembers them. A woman named Andrea Yates is living in Sarah Jane's house.

Investigating, Maria finds a newspaper article from 1964 stating that a thirteen-year-old Sarah Jane Smith drowned after falling from a pier, where she was playing with her friend Andrea Yates. As Maria watches, the names of the deceased and the survivor keep switching. When Maria confronts Andrea, the panic stricken woman rushes to her attic and finds a second puzzle box. The cloaked figure appears and offers to make Maria disappear. After Andrea accepts, he dispatches a Graske, who chases Maria. Maria comes to a dead end in the street, and despite her atempts to dodge the gun, the Graske shoots a clip atatched to a cord at Maria, and the clip catches on to her breast pocket. The Graske telaports Maria away just after Alan picks up the first puzzle box. When Chrissy comes round he discovers his ex-wife cannot remember their daughter. Meanwhile Maria escapes from the Graske and finds herself on a beach promenade near two girls. As the first episode ends, they introduce themselves as Andrea and Sarah Jane Smith.

Part 2

After failing to dissuade Andrea from taking Sarah Jane to the pier, Maria is recaptured and taken to join Sarah Jane on a white misty plain, known as Limbo. The mysterious figure explains he has removed Sarah Jane from Earth's timeline so the meteorite will destroy it and create the chaos on which he feeds. He also mentions thet he will proceed to remove the Doctor from Earth's timeline as well, to ensure nothing can interfere with his plan, much to Sarah Jane's dismay.

Alan accompanies Chrissie to Andrea's birthday party. Remembering Maria's suspicions, he questions Andrea, who takes him to the attic and tearfully reveals the truth. When she fell off the pier and Sarah Jane was unable to save her, a voice offered to switch the girls' places, and she accepted. The figure appeared and gave her the puzzle box, then removed himself from Andrea's memory; Maria’s questions made Andrea remember. Alan is now chased into the street by the Graske but knocks it down and ties it up, then uses its device to bring back Maria.

They return to the attic, where Sarah Jane appears in the mirror and explains to Andrea that witnessing her death gave her the resolve to fight pointless deaths herself. When the figure reappears (called “the Trickster” by Alan), Andrea explains she has changed her mind about the deal and throws her puzzle box at the mirror, smashing both. Back in 1964 Andrea falls to her death, while Sarah and Luke reappear in the attic and activate Mr Smith. The party guests, including Clyde and Chrissie, have learnt from television news about the incoming meteorite, and are relieved to see it suddenly diverted from its fall. The episode ends with Alan demanding an explanation of his daughter’s involvement with aliens and supercomputers.


Production crew

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  • Sarah Jane Smith is Maria's age (13) in 1964.
  • The Trickster says he is going to use Sarah Jane to locate the Doctor, and remove him from time.
  • The Trickster also says that Luke Smith never was created, because the Bane never came to Earth (as he either removed them or stopped them from coming to Earth).
  • Since Luke wasn't created, the Trickster says that he is in the Forgotten Places. The Forgotten Places are even further away than Limbo.
  • You Really Got Me is playing on a radio when Maria is transported back in time.
  • Sarah mentions that she's helped thwart several alien attempts at invasion including the Bane, Slitheen and Gorgon and that she helped defeat the Patriarchs of the Tin Vagabond.
  • Sarah Jane has to move the book UNIT: Fighting for Humankind by Sarah Jane Smith to get to the puzzle box.
  • Carla Morgan was a childhood friend of Sarah Jane Smith and Andrea Yates.

Story notes

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


  • Episode 1 - 406,000 (CBBC)
    • 1.2 million (BBC 1)
  • Episode 2- 633,000 (CBBC)
    • 1.1 million (BBC 1)


To be added

Filming Locations

  • Clinton Road, Penarth (Bannerman Road)
  • Esplanade, Penarth
  • Penarth Pier, Penarth
  • Science Library, Cardiff University
  • Victoria Road, Penarth
  • Dinas Powys Skatepark, Cardiff Road, Dinas Powys
  • Park Place, Cardiff
  • Archer Place (Path under Bridge), Penarth
  • BBC Studios, Upper Boat, Tonteg Road, Treforest Industrial Estate, Pontypridd


  • The Graske last appeared in the interactive story DW: Attack of the Graske. Although the canonicity of the interactive story has yet to be established, Sarah does make reference to "some Graske activity" on Earth happening a couple of years before this story, a possible reference to Attack of the Graske.
  • Sarah mentions previous times she saved the Earth and thwarted alien invasions, including the Bane (SJA: Invasion of the Bane), the Slitheen (SJA: Revenge of the Slitheen) and the Gorgons (SJA: Eye of the Gorgon). The Trickster indicates that he interfered with the course of events to prevent their various schemes in the absence of Sarah Jane, preferring that the Earth be destroyed senselessly by the meteor.
  • The Church of the Tin Vagabond was previously mentioned in DW: The Satan Pit.
  • The Trickster threatens the Doctor when in Limbo. He also wonders aloud what the Universe would be like if the Doctor had never existed. This echoes some musings of the Doctors arch-nemesis, the Master, in DW: The Five Doctors, and is a plan the Trickster himself enacts in DW: Turn Left. It creates an alternate timeline where many catastrophes happen to Earth (and Sarah Jane and her friends die trying to stop one of them) before he is thwarted by an alternate reality Donna Noble and Rose Tyler. That plan is enacted by his brigade and he doesn't actually appear.
  • Sarah Jane would later claim that a Verron Soothsayer gave her the Warp Star (DW: Journey's End);
  • The Trickster tells Andrea, "Waking or sleeping, I am always with you". (The Black Guardian said this to Turlough in DW: Mawdryn Undead).

Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

  • Sarah Jane lives on 13 Bannerman Road but a sign at the gates says '21'. (Maybe with Sarah Jane gone, more people moved in on Bannerman Road and her house is now 21 Bannerman Road instead of 13 Bannerman Road)
  • Sarah explicitly denies that the Earth created by her absence is a parallel world. However, in light of DW: Turn Left, it is considerably unclear what this means. If it's not a parallel world, then what is it? (Sarah states in the story that this is the same world, changed.)
  • When Maria arrives in July 1964 on the day of the accident, a radio can be heard playing You Really Got Me by The Kinks. However the song wasn't released until August 1964. (The song was playing on the radio, however, so perhaps it was being promoted in advance of its release.)
  • Alan is the only character to refer to the Trickster by that name, even though he is never told it. It's possible he might have made the name up, except that the Doctor refers to the villain by this same name in DW: Turn Left. (Alan does interrogate the Graske, with ample time for him to tell Alan the Trickster's name/title. Also, Alan may simply have called him the right thing based on his actions.)
  • Why wasn't the Torchwood Institute superweapon, utilized to destroy the Sycorax mothership in DW: The Christmas Invasion utilized against the meteor? (The Trickster may have prevented its creation, or it may have been dismantled/destroyed as a result of the destruction of Torchwood 1 in DW: Doomsday. Presuming it would do the trick.)
  • A meteor would fall through the atmosphere in seconds, not make the leisurely descent portrayed here. Dramatic effect.
  • Andrea says she has been dead for 40 years, and she, presumably like Sarah Jane was born in 1951 as they're the same age, and as this story is set in 2008 that would make her 57, not 53 (The use of the phrase "40 years" is obviously a rounded approximation by Andrea.)

DVD, video, and audio releases

This story was included 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: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (novelisation)
  • A novelisation written by Rupert Laight, is scheduled for publication on 3 November 2008.

See also

To be added

External links

  • Doctor Who Reference Guide - Detailed Synopsis - Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
  • Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time (Travel) - A Brief History of Time (Travel): Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
  • The Locations Guide to Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures: Story Locations - Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?
The Trickster TV Stories
Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?  • The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith  • The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith
Graske TV Stories
Doctor Who
Attack of the Graske  • Music of the Spheres  • The End of Time

The Sarah Jane Adventures
Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?  • The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith

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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