School Reunion

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Writer: Toby Whithouse

Director: James Hawes

Producer: Phil Collinson

Series: 2, ep. 4

Companions: Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke), Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen), K-9 (voice of John Leeson)

Summary: While investigating a Krillitane invasion at a school, the Doctor is reunited with two companions from his fourth incarnation: Sarah Jane and K-9.

Review: This is one of my favorite stories from Tennant’s era.  I thought it was so great that Sarah Jane and K-9 were able to return.  The villains are kind of silly, but in a good way.   Anthony Michael Head is excellent here. (Note: no, I never watched the TV version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I didn’t much care for the movie, so I never watched the series.

The chemistry between Rose and Sarah Jane is well done.  I love the scene where they argue about their adventures. It’s great to see Sarah Jane’s still got it.

K-9 is also a treat. Hearing John Leeson was like meeting an old friend once more. K-9 was one of my all-time favorite companions from Tom Baker’s era.

Overall Review: 10/10

Continuity: For the curious, here are the stories that Rose and Sarah reference in their argument:

Rose:

  • “The Unquiet Dead”
  • “Aliens In London”
  • “World War III”
  • “The Empty Child”
  • “The Doctor Dances”
  • “The Parting of the Ways”
  • “Tooth and Claw”

Sarah Jane:

  • “Invasion of the Dinosaurs”
  • “Robot”
  • “Terror of the Zygons”
  • “The Android Invasion”
  • “Planet of Evil”
  • “Pyramids of Mars”

Mickey Smith officially starts his run as companion in this episode.

Trivia: Anthony Stewart Head, who plays the principal, also played Principal Grimes in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series.

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