Planet Gallifrey: Sarah Jane Adventures - Series 4 Set Reports & Spoilers

Monday, May 3

Sarah Jane Adventures - Series 4 Set Reports & Spoilers

The basics:
  • Russell T Davies will remain involved in the two series as an executive producer. He will also pen one story, starring Matt Smith and Katy Manning as the Doctor and Jo Grant.
  • Despite leaving her role as head of drama at BBC Wales, Julie Gardner will continue as an executive producer, alongside Piers Wenger, new head of drama for BBC Wales.
  • Nikki Wilson, producer on series 3, has been promoted to executive producer.
  • The role of producer is now in the hands of Brian Minchin.
  • Writers for the series are Phil Ford, Joseph Lidster, Rupert Laight, Gareth Roberts, Clayton Hickman and Russell T Davies.
  • The role of series composer will once again be with Sam Watts and his brother, Dan Watts.
  • This year they are filming series four as well as half of series five immediately after. a total of 18 episodes.
  • Filming began week beginning 29th March 2010 and is scheduled to end week beginning Monday 26th July 2010
  • Series four will air in Autumn 2010 and series five will air in Autumn 2011, so a similar format to previous years.
  • Androvax will  return, as will the Slitheen/Blathereen race.
  • New enemies called the "Shansheeth" will be voiced by Harry Potter's David Bradley. 
  • Series 4 will see them go "back in time" and onto another planet.
  • Luke Smith will depart from the first story, although there will be a "companion of the week", similar to when Professor Rivers filled in for Luke in "The Eternity Trap."
  • Matt Smith and Katy Manning will appear as the 11th Doctor and Jo Grant. 

4.1/4.2: The Nightmare Man
Written by Joseph Lidster
Directed by Joss Agnew
Guest starring Julian Bleach as the Nightmare Man

4.3/4.4: The Vault of Secrets
Written by Phil Ford
Directed by Joss Agnew
Guest starring Cheryl Campbell as Ocean Waters

4.5/4.6: Death of the Doctor
Written by Russell T Davies
Directed by Ashley Way
Guest starring Matt Smith as the Doctor and Katy Manning as former Third Doctor companion Jo Grant

4.7/4.8: The Empty Planet
Written by Gareth Roberts
Directed by Ashley Way
Guest starring Joe Mason as Gavin

4.9/4.10: Lost in Time
Written by Rupert Laight
Directed by Joss Agnew
Guest starring Cyril Nri as the Mysterious Shopkeeper.

4.11/4.12: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith
Written by Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman
Directed by Joss Agnew
Guest starring Julie Graham as Ruby White.

Story One - "The Nightmare Man"
 - Written by Joe Lidster 
 "The Nightmare Man is part of a really big emotional journey for Luke which involves him facing his fears and excitement about the future. "

Luke's departure scene - Luke and K9 say goodbye:

Later on in the episode:
The 'Nightmare Man' visits Bannerman Road and taunts Luke:
"Evil" Rani and Clyde 'taunt' Luke. "Evil" Sarah Jane burns his books in a fire. (This is set in Luke's nightmare, which the Nightmare Man is taking control of).

Episode Status: Filmed.

Story Two - TBA

Yellow and black monster spotted on set, along with men in black suits and shades emerging from a 1960s Hummer. Identified as the same men from Phil Ford’s animated Doctor Who story “Dreamland”. As previous elements from Dreamland have appeared in Phil Ford’s Sarah Jane Adventures scripts (the spaceship from 3.1&3.2) the logical assumption is that Phil Ford is the writer of this story.

Status: Filmed!

Story Three (??) - TBA

Paul Kasey seen in an Iron Man/Transformers-esque robot costume and blowing up shop windows.


  • Elvis was said to be sighted at the set
  • The new companion may not be a regular
  • She may go by the name of 'J...'
  • It is possible that she is a Victorian girl
  • Trailers were seen with the labels HARESH, SAM and METALKIND, which could be the yellow and red robots, blowing up shop windows.

Thanks to Timeboy for the information and set reports 


Anonymous said...

This is a stupid question, possibly, but which other series? (Article says, "Russell T Davies will remain involved in the _two_ series as an executive producer."

MacMachiavelli said...

The series was commissioned for two more series so Russell is the executive producer for those two :)

Anonymous said...

"as will the Slitheen/Blathereen race."

No, no, no, no!!!! OMG! I hate them!! The WORST Aliens ever created!

Why don't they just use Zygons in Aliens Of London/World War Three - WHY???? :(

dale shrimpton said...

interesting. You have the nightmare man here on S.J.A , and the Dreamlord over on who.


bethywho1 said...

i cant wait to see how they react to the doctors new face

thedoctorwho07 said...

RTD has said he will stay with Torchwood and SJA throughout the 2 shows' entire lives and will always exec producer and be head writer of them.

He isn't passing it onto anyone else as they are his creations.

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