The Lost Boy (The Sarah Jane Adventures)


The Lost Boy (The Sarah Jane Adventures)

Doctorwhobox
number=06
serial_name=The Lost Boy
caption= The Slitheen reveal themselves from their new slimline skin-suits.


show=TSJA
type=story
cast=
*Elisabeth SladenSarah Jane Smith
*Yasmin PaigeMaria Jackson
*Tommy KnightLuke Smith
*Daniel AnthonyClyde Langer
*Alexander ArmstrongMr Smith
guests=
*Joseph Millson – Alan Jackson
*Juliet Cowan – Chrissie Jackson
*Jay Simpson – Jay
*Holly Atkins – Heidi
*Ryan Watson – Nathan Goss
*Floella Benjamin – Professor Rivers
*Paul Kasey – Jay Slitheen
*Jimmy Vee – Nathan Slitheen
*Ruari Mears – Heidi Slitheen
*John Leeson – Voice of K-9
writer=Phil Ford
director=Charles Martin
script_editor=Lindsey Alford
producer=Matthew Bouch
executive_producer=Phil Collinson Russell T Davies Julie Gardner
production_code=1.5
series=Series 1
length=2 episodes, 25 mins each
date=12 November & 19 November 2007
preceding="Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?"
following="The Last Sontaran"
imdb_id=1030462

"The Lost Boy" is the sixth story of the British science fiction television series "The Sarah Jane Adventures". It forms the ninth and tenth episodes of the show's first series. The first episode was aired on the CBBC Channel on 12 November 2007, and the second on 19 November.

ynopsis

Sarah Jane discovers that Luke is the exact visual and genetic double of a missing boy called Ashley. She is forced to relinquish him to his new 'parents', but whilst she investigates an institute that has been using alien technology, Luke discovers that his new parents are actually the Slitheen, who have kidnapped Luke in association with a 'Xylok' who is actually Mr. Smith.

Plot

Part 1

Following on from Alan's discovery of what Sarah Jane and Maria do together in "Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?", he threatens to move house again, only to have a change of heart when he sees how upset Maria is. His condition for not moving away, however, is that he is kept up to date with their battles against aliens.

However, a news report on a family searching for their son, Ashley, who has been missing for five months, brings a shock; for Ashley looks exactly like Luke. Mr. Smith compares their DNA, and confirms that Luke and Ashley are genetic matches; apparently Luke was not 'grown' by the Bane, but was a kidnapped boy. Chrissie calls the police and reports Sarah Jane as a child abductor; Sarah Jane is arrested and the police release Luke into the custody of Ashley's parents, Jay and Heidi, and Sarah Jane kept by the police, only for UNIT to intervene and have her released. Depressed, Sarah Jane decides she was wrong to involve children and tells Maria to stay away from her. Mr. Smith suggests to her that she have a case to take her mind off things, and she visits a research centre where alien technology is being used to conduct experiments into telekinesis, where she meets an annoying child prodigy, Nathan. That night, Luke's new parents watch television and switch over to a channel that glows green; they announce to the 'Xylok' that 'they have the boy'.

Luke's new parents are extremely abusive towards him, keeping him locked up in his room at all times. Clyde cuts school to visit him, but Heidi does not allow him to see Luke. Heidi claims that her son is a keen skateboarder, which worries Clyde as he knows Luke has a poor sense of balance and is a dreadful skateboarder; he decides to bring a photo of Jay and Heidi to Mr Smith. Luke goes frantic upon seeing Clyde leave the house, and desperately begins making attempts to escape. Mr. Smith, meanwhile, sends Sarah Jane back to the lab to steal one of the headsets there, which he claims he needs to analyse to work out Nathan's plans. Clyde gets to the house only seconds after Sarah Jane has left, but takes the photo to Mr Smith anyway, only for Mr Smith to confess that he faked the photo. It turns out that Mr. Smith is the Xylok, and he fires a bolt of energy at Clyde, causing him to vanish.

Back at Luke's new home, his 'parents' are meeting with Nathan, just as he is breaking out of his room, with the result that he fails to escape, but succeeds in discovering that his parents are actually Slitheen using improved compression technology, and Nathan is the same child Slitheen Luke encountered previously, now in a new disguise, and he will have his revenge.

Part 2

Clyde awakes to find himself inside Mr. Smith as Sarah Jane Smith returns from the Pharos Institute, having successfully stolen a telekinetic headset. Elsewhere, Maria and Mr Jackson go to Ashley's house, where they find a skinsuit and Maria realises the Slitheen have Luke. Mr. Jackson then receives a message on his computer from Clyde, who states Mr. Smith has turned evil. The Jacksons and Sarah Jane confront Mr. Smith and are nearly killed as it fires a bolt of energy from a built-in gun.

The Slitheen take Luke to the Pharos Institute where they test his abilities. Luke overcomes the Slitheen and escapes, as Maria, Mr. Jackson and Sarah Jane arrive. Working together, they discover Mr. Smith's intentions with Luke and Mr. Jackson adapts a computer virus that could destroy Mr. Smith. Using the Slitheen teleporter, Sarah Jane arrives in her attic, where Mr. Smith is using Luke to crash the Moon into the earth to awaken other Xylok from the Earth's core. Clyde returns when Mr. Smith states he is merciful, but threatens the duo with its gun. Mr Smith says that Sarah Jane is 'alone and defenseless'. Sarah Jane retaliates, saying 'You think I'm alone, you think I'm defenseless, well meet my dog, K9 PROTECT ME!' Sarah Jane unlocks a safe and K-9 launches several laser beams at Mr Smith. The robots battle and Sarah Jane inserts the virus, which makes Mr. Smith forget its purpose. As the Moon grows closer to the Earth, Sarah Jane tells Mr. Smith it has a new purpose: to safeguard planet Earth.

The Moon returns to its original position, K-9 goes back to the safe to guard the black hole and the Slitheen return to Raxacoricofallapatorius. As Sarah Jane, Maria, Luke, Clyde, Alan and Chrissie watch the ship leave, Sarah Jane reflects how she never thought she could be part of a family.

Continuity

* The Slitheen reappear in these episodes, this time wearing new slimline skin-suits. cite web
title = BBC Program Information, week 48
url = http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/proginfo/tv/wk48/mon.shtml#mon_sja
publisher = BBC Press Office
accessdate = 2007-11-02
]
* The Blathereen, cousins and rivals of the Slitheen, wore slimline skin-suits in "The Monsters Inside",
* Clips from "Invasion of the Bane", "Revenge of the Slitheen" and "Eye of the Gorgon" were shown in these episodes.
* K-9 returns briefly in Part Two to distract and battle Mr. Smith. This episode marks his first appearance since "Invasion of the Bane".
* The Pharos Institute was named after the Pharos Project in Doctor Who serial "Logopolis".

Outside references

*BBC News 24 is once again shown to broadcast 'Breaking News' during the serial, although again without the BBC logo present.
*Alan likens Luke's creation by the Bane to the creation of Frankenstein's Monster.
*Alan compares his discovery regarding the existence of aliens to "The X-Files".
*While Alan is copying the virus to a disk for Sarah-Jane, 'Armageddon Virus' briefly flashes on the screen. This is a reference to the Red Dwarf episode Gunmen of the Apocalypse when Rogue Simulants upload the Armageddon Virus to starbug's navcom computer.Fact|date=October 2008

Reception

"Firefox News" commented upon the episode positively, particularly in comparison with "Torchwood"'s first finale episode, "End of Days". [ [http://firefox.org/news/articles/908/1/ReviewSarah-Jane-Adventures-The-Lost-Boy/Page1.html Review:Sarah Jane Adventures-The Lost Boy ] ] "Digital Spy" commented that the tone of the episode was strangely dark, having expected more jovial adventures following the Slitheen adventure which kick-started the series, commenting "dark emotions have been regularly encountered, often to do with human loss, and a fascinating morbid tone has descended". The Cult Editor for the website, Ben Rawson-Jones, noted a similarity with some "Doctor Who" stories wherein "the formula of an old enemy from earlier in the series returning has been closely adhered to. Such a shame it had to be the Slitheen then, rather than any evil nuns or General Kudlak's brethren". [ [http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/cult/a80286/s01e09-the-lost-boy-part-one.html Sarah Jane Adventures - Review - S01E09: 'The Lost Boy' Part One - Digital Spy ] ]

References

External links

* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/sja/ Sarah Jane Adventures homepage]
*Doctor Who RG|id=sja_06|title=The Lost Boy
*brief| tsja=yes |id=2007jk |title=The Lost Boy


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