I was so engrossed in other things on New Year’s Day that I completely forgot to watch the not exactly a pilot of the second spin-off from the revitalised Doctor Who – The Sarah Jane Adventures. Created by the increasingly indispensable Russell T Davies, this series is being made for Children’s BBC and stars Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, who we last saw in School Reunion last year. Fortunately, it’s available on Telewest’s Replay service, so I watched it this evening.
The series will involve Sarah and her young sidekicks combating assorted alien menaces, and on the strength of this opening episode, it’s going to be more fun than a very fun thing that’s having a really good day. Menacing monsters, nifty gadgets and, well, it’s Sarah Jane Smith! What more do you want?
The plot involved a very suspicious fizzy drink with an added organic ingredient that you’d be better off not drinking, shape-shifting aliens, a mysterious boy who seems to know a lot but is a bit vague on who he actually is, and Sarah’s new neighbours. Lots of fun. If you missed it, try and catch a rerun.
And if you have any doubts at all, I have two words that should convince even the most sceptical viewer:
The Sarah Jane Adventures: cooler than a very cool thing that’s sitting on an iceberg.
 It’s not a pilot if the series has already been commissioned, right?
 But that’s not going to stop adults watching
 OK, K9 would be cool, but he’s a bit busy stopping a black hole from destroying the world. Good dog!
 Or if you have Telewest cable TV, press the TV on demand button and catch up now
 And quite possibly NTL