Lost In Time
Series 4 – I/J
Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah), Anjli Mohindra (Rani), Daniel Anthony (Clyde), Tommy Knight (Luke), Alexander Armstrong (Mr Smith),Cyril Nri (The Shopkeeper), Amber Beattie (Queen Jane Grey), Elizabeth Rider (Mistress Ellen), Fiona Hampton (Lady Matilda), Richard Wisker (George Woods), Tom Wlaschiha (Koeni), Gwyneth Keyworth (Emily Morris), Lucie Jones (Gemma), Morgan-Faith Hughes (Katy), Catherine Bailey (Miss Wyckham) Llewcus Oaten (Ben), Angela Price (Rowena Cooper)
|Written by||Rupert Laight|
|Directed by||Joss Agnew|
|Produced by||Brian Minchin|
Lost in Time is a two-part story of The Sarah Jane Adventures; It is the fifth story of the fourth series.
Sarah Jane, Rani and Clyde are lured by a newspaper article to a shop where an alien has been sighted. When they arrive, they are met by the mysterious Shopkeeper and his parrot. The Shopkeeper says he needs their help to save the Earth. They must find three objects made of chronosteen, a metal forged in the Time Vortex that can reshape destiny, before it is too late. They can be found at key points of the Earth’s history. The Shopkeeper is able to open a time window, into which Sarah Jane, Rani and Clyde are forced. They are transported in time to three different eras, and each must face danger alone. Rani ends up in the Tower of London on 19 July 1553, to be a lady-in-waiting from the East to Lady Jane Grey, who is about to be usurped by Mary I. It is, Rani realises, the final day of her reign. Rani and Lady Jane easily become friends, but meanwhile Mary’s army have reached London. Rani discovers a plot by Lady Matilda to kill Lady Jane that very night. Clyde ends up in an English coastal village in Norfolk in 1941 during World War II.
He meets George, an adolescent London evacuee, who has spotted three Waffen-SS soldiers on the beach. They are led by an SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer from the 1st SS Panzer Division ‘Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler’. They are now the only people who can save Britain from an invasion. They hide in the church, but are found and held captive; Clyde is enraged by the Nazis’ racist slur. The invaders have a strange metal hammer – the Führer believes it to be Thor’s Hammer itself – and with the power from this, they can block radar systems and start the invasion of Britain. Sarah Jane ends up in a house supposedly haunted by ghosts in 1889. She meets a girl, Emily Morris, who is looking for the ghosts having recently lost her mother. At eight o’clock the ‘haunting’ begins. They hear a woman talk and children playing with fire. Sarah soon determines that The ‘ghosts’ are not from the past, however, but the future – where a fire will start and kill the children. Sarah Jane and Emily must find a way to prevent this from happening. Back in the present day, though, the Shopkkeeper notes that The sands of time in his hourglass are fast running out and the others will be trapped in the past forever.
Rani stops Lady Matilda from killing her with a dagger that is made of chronosteen. Matilda wanted to make Lady Jane a martyr to inspire the Protestants to rise up against Mary. Rani stays with Jane until the latter is taken to the keep. She promises Lady Jane that she will not be forgotten by history – or by her. Taking the dagger, Rani disappears through the time window. Jane believes that Rani to be an angel and, reasoning that angels speak only the truth, goes to her death confident that she will not die in vain and will be remembered. Clyde gives an impassioned speech against the Nazi philosophy and distracts the Wehrmacht with his mobile phone, claiming it to be a sophisticated bomb; George is able to use that moment to snatch Thor’s Hammer. The pair lock themselves in a chamber below the bell tower, and repeatedly chime the bell to alert the townsfolk and Home Guard of the emergency. The Germans dash back to the beach, but are captured by the Home Guard. George asserts his duty and desire to join the military as soon as he is of age, dismissing Clyde’s request that he wait until 1945; Clyde implores him to be careful before disappearing into the time window.
We later learn that George went to the beach and posed armed for a photograph with the German troops whose capture he and Clyde had facilitated. Sarah Jane resets the clock to eight o’clock and the ‘haunting’ continues. This time, they see the future babysitter talking on an early mobile telephone. The children are locked in a room playing with a candle. Emily manages to call out to the children and they hear her; it is her fear from losing her mother that connects her with them. Emily uses this ability to turn the key in the lock and the children escape. Sarah Jane, now holding the Chronosteen key, starts disappearing through the time window, but Emily takes the key and won’t let go. When Sarah Jane returns to the present, the time window has become critical and, without the key, the world will still be sucked into the Time Vortex. At this moment, though, a woman enters the shop with the key just in time. The time window closes. The Shopkeeper, without explanation of the whole affair, bids them farewell and disappears with the three items and his parrot, Captain, who is apparently the master of their operation!
The woman is Angela Price, a granddaughter of Emily. She has been told by Emily to come to the shop shown in the article on this exact day and give back the key. Sarah Jane takes Angela for a cuppa and a talk, and while walking out of the shop, Clyde compliments Rani’s makeover into Tudor dress. Later, he looks up George online and finds that his friend went on to sign up to fight age 16, was decorated as a war hero and became a famous figure in the world of radar technology – recently decorated by the Queen at age 83.
Meanwhile, Rani is similarly researching Lady Jane Grey and takes comfort from the doomed queen’s letter to her sister affirming that she would go to her death with an unshakeable faith.