Revenge of the Slitheen

Revenge of the Slitheen is the second story of the British science fiction television series The Sarah Jane Adventures. It comprises the first and second episodes of the show's first series, aired on BBC1, broadcast in two parts on 24 September and 1 October 2007,[1][2] with the second being broadcast a week earlier on the CBBC Channel. This serial is notable for introducing Clyde Langer into the cast - he would remain for the rest of the series.

02 – Revenge of the Slitheen
The Sarah Jane Adventures story
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The Slitheen adult and child chasing Luke, Clyde and Maria
Directed byAlice Troughton
Written byGareth Roberts
Script editorLindsey Alford
Produced byMatthew Bouch
Executive producer(s)Phil Collinson
Russell T Davies
Julie Gardner
Production code1.1 and 1.2
SeriesSeries 1
Running time2 episodes, 25 minutes each
First broadcast24 September 2007 (2007-09-24)
← Preceded by
"Invasion of the Bane"
Followed by →
Eye of the Gorgon
List of The Sarah Jane Adventures serials


Part 1Edit

Maria and Luke start their new school, but find all is not as it seems. Aided by Sarah Jane and their new friend Clyde Langer, they find the Slitheen, who are enemies of The Doctor, disguised as teachers who have taken control of the technology block and are trying to switch off the Sun. Luke unknowingly gives the Slitheen the code to start the machine, and they start to absorb the power of the Sun. Sarah Jane investigates the company controlling the science block, and Maria, Luke and Clyde investigate the school. Sarah Jane is attacked by a Slitheen who disguised herself as a company secretary, Janine. Luke finds a secret room and is confronted by the Slitheen commander, his headmaster Blakeman, whilst Maria is hiding under a computer desk after being spotted by Jeffrey. Jeffrey removes his human disguise in front of Maria, but the only thing visible to her are his green feet. Maria runs away, and meets up with Clyde, who runs away too. They are rescued by the school genius Carl who then reveals he is, too, a Slitheen.

Part 2Edit

They all manage to escape and head back to Sarah Jane's house. Clyde figures out that the Slitheen are negatively affected by acetic acid, and the team head off back to the school with squirty bottles of vinegar. After Maria uses the vinegar to blow up the Slitheen commander, Blakeman. Then they head over to the secret room where Luke tricks the Slitheen by telling them the machine won't take the power of the Sun. He turns the machine off and uses the sonic lipstick to cause the machine to malfunction. As the room explodes, the continental Slitheen, still disguised, escape whilst Janine is electrocuted and explodes and Jeffery and Carl are trapped. They beg for Sarah's help, and she tries to open the door, but Jeffery is killed when the technology explodes. However, at the same time, Carl escapes using a teleport. Sarah Jane is highly affected by this, as she is unaware of the teleport and thinks Carl is dead with his father. Afterwards, she tells Clyde about her travels with The Doctor, and then accepts him into the team.


The Slitheen previously appeared in the Doctor Who episodes "Aliens of London", "World War Three" and "Boom Town" and in the interactive episode "Attack of the Graske".[3][4][5][6]

Upon realising who she's dealing with, Sarah Jane quotes Rose Tyler's remarks on "Slitheen in Downing Street" from the episode "School Reunion".

The Headteacher says 'For the Love of Clom', referring to Raxacoricofallapitorius's twin Planet first mentioned in Love and Monsters. He also mentions the Blathereen, another family from their planet who would later be seen in The Sarah Jane Adventures. They look the same as the Slitheen but are orange in colour.

Cast notesEdit

The American Newsreader played by Lachele Carl previously appeared in the Doctor Who episodes "Aliens of London", "World War Three", "The Christmas Invasion" and "The Sound of Drums".


Revenge of the Slitheen
AuthorRupert Laight
SeriesThe Sarah Jane Adventures #2
Published2007 (Penguin Books)
Preceded byInvasion of the Bane 
Followed byEye of the Gorgon 

This was the second of eleven Sarah Jane Adventures serials to be adapted as a novel. Written by Rupert Laight, the book was first published in paperback on 1 November 2007.[7]


  1. ^ "The Sarah Jane Adventures". BBC. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Radio Times". 22–28 September 2007: 79. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Writer Russell T Davies, Director Keith Boak, Producer Phil Collinson (16 April 2005). "Aliens of London". Doctor Who. Cardiff. BBC. BBC One.
  4. ^ Writer Russell T Davies, Director Keith Boak, Producer Phil Collinson (23 April 2005). "World War Three". Doctor Who. Cardiff. BBC. BBC One.
  5. ^ Writer Russell T Davies, Director Joe Ahearne, Producer Phil Collinson (4 June 2005). "Boom Town". Doctor Who. Cardiff. BBC. BBC One.
  6. ^ Writer Gareth Roberts, Director Ashley Way, Producers Jo Pearce, Sophie Fante, Andrew Whitehouse (25 December 2005). "Attack of the Graske". Doctor Who. Cardiff. BBC.
  7. ^ "Revenge of the Slitheen - Sarah Jane Adventures - From The Makers Of Doctor Who. No.2 - BBC Childrens Books [Paperback]". Retrieved 17 December 2011.

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