Doctor Who Logo 'The Wedding of
Sarah Jane Smith'

(Part 1)

by Gareth Roberts
The bride and best friends

Worried by Sarah’s increasingly odd behaviour, Luke, Rani and Clyde become suspicious at her latest story of attending a town hall meeting and resolve to find out what she is really up to. Using Mr Smith’s tracking device the trio soon trace Sarah to a posh restaurant, where they are shocked to see her kissing a good-looking stranger. After Rani swears Luke and Clyde to secrecy, the gang leave Sarah to her private dinner date and head back to Bannerman Road – meanwhile, a strange wheezing, groaning noise sounds from nearby… That evening a happy Sarah returns home, only to find out that Mr Smith and her friends have been spying on her; but Sarah is in too good a mood to be cross, and explains that she was with her new boyfriend, Peter Dalton. After sending Rani and Clyde home, Sarah tells Luke that she wants him to meet Peter, but they must keep their extraordinary adventures a secret for the moment. As Luke goes to sleep he hears the wheezing, groaning noise once again… Three days later, a nervous Luke prepares to meet Peter, while Clyde and Rani eagerly look forward to meeting Sarah’s new mystery man. When the suave Peter arrives bearing a bouquet of flowers for Sarah, the ever-gossipy Gita sticks her nose into things. Rani and Clyde grab a suspicious-looking parcel just delivered by the postman; taking it back to Rani’s house to deal with, they find inside a small, multi-eyed, slug-like alien which Sarah bought off eBay. As the little blobby bug runs amok, K-9 detects the alien’s activities and whizzes outside to help Rani and Clyde, forcing Sarah and Luke to tell Peter that the robot dog is just a toy. As Peter takes Sarah and Luke off to an Italian restaurant, Clyde and Rani manage to trap the alien bug in the attic, and they get Mr Smith to transmat it back to its home planet as per Sarah’s instructions. Two days later, Luke’s suspicions that Peter is too good to be true continue to grow; convinced that the lawyer is just after his mother’s money, Luke resolves to check him out. Elsewhere, Sarah and Peter’s latest lunch date takes a delightful turn: after they profess their love for each other, Sarah accepts Peter’s proposal of marriage! But as Sarah places the engagement ring on her finger, its stone glows an eerie red… Meanwhile, Luke, Rani and Clyde investigate Peter’s house and find it empty, the furniture all draped in dust-covers – as if no one actually lives there… Returning to Bannerman Road, the gang learn from an elated Sarah of her forthcoming wedding; Luke, Rani and Clyde are shocked and try to talk Sarah out of it, but the ring glows again and somehow overrides Sarah’s feelings. Mr Smith detects an anomaly emanating from the ring, but Sarah just cuts him off and orders the computer to deactivate. After Rani accepts Sarah’s offer of being her bridesmaid, she and Clyde go home – and the sound of sinister laughter echoes around the attic… Two weeks later, at the country hotel where the wedding is to take place, a suited-and-booted Luke, Clyde and Peter await the arrival of Sarah; as they show the guests inside, a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce pulls up – a radiant looking Sarah gets out, resplendent in a beautiful white dress, accompanied by Rani, dressed in a shocking pink number. As they all go inside, the wheezing, groaning noise sounds out once more… As Clyde checks on K-9, secreted under a nearby table, the ceremony begins; all goes well until the registrar asks if anyone objects to the wedding: a shout rings out and in rushes the Doctor, ordering them to stop the wedding! Chaos and confusion ensues, and as the building starts shaking Peter announces that his “angel” is arriving. To Sarah’s dismay her old enemy, the Trickster, suddenly materialises before her; the white-clad eyeless horror claims Sarah as his, and then vanishes into thin air, taking Sarah and Peter with him…

Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), David Tennant (The Doctor), Thomas Knight (Luke), Daniel Anthony (Clyde Langer), Anjli Mohindra (Rani Chandra), Alexander Armstrong (Mr Smith [Voice]), John Leeson (Voice of K-9), Mina Anwar (Gita Chandra), Ace Bhatti (Haresh Chandra), Nigel Havers (Peter Anthony Dalton), Paul Marc Davis (The Trickster), Zienia Merton (Registrar)

Directed by Joss Agnew
Produced by Nikki Wilson
Executive Producers Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and Piers Wenger
A BBC Wales production

TX (BBC 1 & BBC HD):
29th October 2009 @ 4.35 pm

*Featuring Sarah Jane Smith, Luke, Clyde, Rani, K-9 Mk IV, Mr Smith and the Tenth Doctor