Death of the Doctor
Series 4 – E/F
Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah), Anjli Mohindra (Rani), Daniel Anthony (Clyde), Tommy Knight (Luke), Alexander Armstrong (Mr Smith), John Leeson (K9), Doon Mackichan (Louise Marlow), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Matt Smith (The Doctor), Finn Jones (Santiago Jones), Laila Rouass (Colonel Karim), Jimmy Vee (Groske), Phillip Hurd-Wood (Groske voice), David Bradley (Shansheeth voice), Jon Glover (Additional Shansheeth voices), Paul Kasey (Shansheeth), Rauri Mears (Shansheeth), Ben Ashley (Shansheeth)
|Written by||Russell T. Davies|
|Directed by||Ashley Way|
|Produced by||Brian Minchin|
Death of the Doctor is a two-part story of The Sarah Jane Adventures It is the third story of the fourth series.
UNIT forces, led by Colonel Karim, converge on Sarah Jane’s home, and inform her, Rani, and Clyde that The Doctor is dead. Karim explains that members of the vulture-like race, the Shansheeth, found The Doctor’s body and have brought it to Earth for a proper ceremony, to be held at the secured UNIT Base 5 underneath Snowdon. Sarah Jane is skeptical, knowing of The Doctor’s ability to regenerate, but agrees to go along with Rani and Clyde.
At UNIT Base 5, the three are initially surprised to see what appear to be Graske aliens, a species they had difficulties with before, but learn that they are really Groske, a cousin species to the Graske and working peacefully to maintain the base. Karim explains that after the ceremony they plan to launch The Doctor’s body into space using a rocket built by the Groske. As they tour the now-sealed facility, Clyde feels energy coursing through his hand, recognising it as the same artron energy he felt when he accidentally touched the dematerialising TARDIS during the events of “The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith”.
The group later meets another of The Doctor’s former companions, Jo Grant, now married and going by Jo Jones, along with her grandson Santiago. Sarah Jane and Jo discuss the possibility of The Doctor’s death, and agree that this may be a trap set up by one of The Doctor’s enemies, while Rani and Clyde make quick friends with Santiago.
Rani, Clyde, and Santiago are met by the lead Groske, who tells them there is an increase in artron energy in the area and leads them through an air vent to where the Shansheeth have stored The Doctor’s body as well as the TARDIS. They overhear the Shansheeth’s plot to capture Sarah Jane and Jo and use a Memory Weave to drain their minds, before the Shansheeth discover their presence. The group locate Sarah Jane and Jo and warn them, just as Clyde feels more surges of artron energy. Suddenly, Clyde’s body is replaced with that of The Doctor in his latest incarnation, the Eleventh Doctor. Once Sarah Jane and Jo recognise the stranger as The Doctor, who explains he used the artron energy to swap places with Clyde from a world 10,000s of light years distant. The Shansheeth catch up to the group and fire a beam of energy at The Doctor, assuring that they will have the death of The Doctor.
As he is struck by the energy, The Doctor’s body is replaced with Clyde’s, temporarily confusing the aliens, and allowing the group to find safety. The Doctor swaps places with Clyde again, and then holds on to Sarah Jane and Jo, performing another swap to take them to the alien world. With their help, The Doctor is able to repair the device that he has used to swap places with Clyde, allowing them to return to Earth without displacing Clyde’s body.
Meanwhile, the children and lead Groske determine that for the Shansheeth plan to have worked, they needed help from someone in UNIT, and, using the air vents, learn that Karim is working with the Shansheeth. Their plan is to recreate the TARDIS key from Sarah Jane and Jo’s memories, such that the Shansheeth can use the time machine to stop death across the universe by interfering with timelines and Karim can leave Earth as there is nothing left for her here. Karim discovers the group’s presence in the air vents and heats them up. The Doctor, Sarah Jane, and Jo return to Earth, but as they go to rescue the children, Sarah Jane and Jo are captured and secured in place.
The Doctor safely rescues the children and the Groske, and find the room where Karim and Shansheeth are preparing to use the Memory Weave on the former companions to be locked and impossible to open with The Doctor’s sonic screwdriver.
As the Weave starts to pull the memories of the TARDIS key from Sarah Jane and Jo, The Doctor gets the idea to overload the machine, and shouts through the door to Sarah Jane and Jo to think about all the memories of their time with him, encouraging the children to do the same. The Weave is unable to recreate the key and starts to overload which will kill everyone in the room. Sarah Jane and Jo free themselves and realise that the coffin brought by the Shansheeth will protect them from the blast, and close themselves inside. Karim and Shansheeth are killed in the explosion, which tears the doors to the room off. The Doctor and the children are relieved to find Sarah Jane and Jo safe.
After assuring the threat is over, The Doctor uses the TARDIS to return the group back to Sarah Jane’s home and says his goodbyes before leaving. Jo and Santiago say their goodbyes and depart as well.
Rani and Clyde inquire about The Doctor’s other companions, whom Sarah Jane has researched and learned how many of them have gone on to do great things for the human race, and that with companions and friends like themselves, The Doctor will surely never die.