Mona Lisa's Revenge

Mona Lisa's Revenge is a two-part story of The Sarah Jane Adventures which was broadcast on CBBC on 12 and 13 November 2009. It is the fifth serial of the third series.

17 – Mona Lisa's Revenge
The Sarah Jane Adventures story
Directed byJoss Agnew
Written byPhil Ford
Script editorGary Russell
Produced byNikki Wilson
Phil Ford (co-producer)
Executive producer(s)Russell T Davies
Julie Gardner
Piers Wenger[1]
Production code3.9 and 3.10
SeriesSeries 3
Length2 episodes, 25 minutes each
First broadcast12 November 2009 (2009-11-12)
Last broadcast13 November 2009 (2009-11-13)
← Preceded by
The Eternity Trap
Followed by →
The Gift
List of The Sarah Jane Adventures serials


Part 1Edit

Luke enters Clyde's painting for a competition and Clyde wins first prize. The prize is a trip to see the first showing of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa in Britain for Clyde and his class but Sarah Jane is unaware of this as she and Luke have argued over the untidiness of his room. While the class is at the International Gallery with its director, Mr Harding, something causes the image of Mona Lisa to come to life and step out of the painting, and to replace herself with Mr Harding's assistant, Miss Trupp. She also has the ability to make other people and objects from paintings come to life and able to make real people become part of paintings, and does this with some of the gallery staff. Believing the painting to be stolen, the gallery calls the police, who arrive. They have not been there long before the Mona Lisa also puts them into paintings. She removes a Sontaran blaster gun that Clyde has unwisely painted from his winning picture and commands the gallery's director to take her to find her "brother". Seeing the coverage of the apparent theft of the painting on television, Sarah Jane arrives at the gallery and argues with the Mona Lisa to let the painting people come back to life. Instead, she puts Sarah Jane into a painting.

Part 2Edit

The Mona Lisa tries to unleash a beast in the gallery basement, which she refers to as her brother. This creature is locked up in a vault and can only be released by using a puzzle box key. This key is destroyed by Mr Harding who, despite his admiration for La Gioconda, cannot allow her to unleash the beast on the world. Luke, Clyde, and Rani have to try to solve the problem without Sarah Jane as she is now trapped in a painting. The Dark Rider captures Clyde and takes him to the vaults along with the Mona Lisa and Harding. As Mr Harding has destroyed the original key, Clyde is encouraged to draw another, that the Mona Lisa can bring to life as a replacement. This is done and the key is used, but before the beast can escape, a picture of K9 drawn by Clyde also comes to life and fires at the beast, causing it to retreat into the vault. This sets off a chain reaction causing all the painting people to revert to being just works of art, and all those trapped in paintings to be released. The story ends with the Mona Lisa restored to her frame and Luke promising to tidy his room.



Pearson Education published a simplified novelisation of this episode by Trevor Baxendale under the title Painting Peril for school literacy programs in September 2010.[2]


  1. ^ Pixley, Andrew; Spilsbury, Tom (13 July 2011). "Credits". Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: The Sarah Jane Companion, Volume Two (Special Edition #28): 114.
  2. ^ "BC White A/2A Sarah Jane Adventures: Painting Peril". Retrieved 8 February 2018.

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