The Sarah Jane Adventures

Season 1 Episode 9

The Lost Boy (1)

Aired Monday 4:35 PM Nov 13, 2007 on BBC
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Episode Summary

A TV news announcement disrupts a normal day on Bannerman Road, and Sarah Jane discovers that Luke is the exact visual and genetic double of a missing boy called Ashley.

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  • Nothing is as it seems on Bannerman Road

    The first part of The Lost Boy has begun. Maria is telling her dad all about what she has been doing over at Sarah Jane's house, fighting the Slitheen, the Gorgon and the Uvodni, Alan then proposes that he is going to put their house on the market in the morning so they can move away from all the danger but he decides otherwise when Maria goes over to Sarah Jane's house to tell her what is going on. This episode brings back the Slitheen who were previously seen in Revenge of the Slitheen, but in this episode they are answering to a xylok who is later revealed at the end of the episode. It all starts when Sarah Jane sees on the tele that a boy called Ashley is missing but Ashley looks exactly like Luke, they then go straight upstairs so Mr Smith can give him a genetical scan and he says that Ashley and Luke are the same person. Meanwhile at Maria's house Chrissie comes through the door and says that she has phoned the police to tell them that the boy is with a woman called Sarah Jane Smith. The police then arrive at Sarah Jane's house and tells Sarah Jane that Ashley (or Luke as we know him) must return to his proper family. This episode is probably the best yet I would have thought, with a great story and great everything really, especially the cliffhanger.

    Scariness =3

    Grippiness =10

    Villain = 8moreless
Jay Simpson

Jay Simpson

Jay Stafford

Guest Star

Holly Atkins

Holly Atkins

Heidi Stafford

Guest Star

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Nathan Goss

Guest Star

Joseph Millson

Joseph Millson

Alan Jackson

Recurring Role

Juliet Cowan

Juliet Cowan

Chrissie Jackson

Recurring Role

Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong

Mr Smith (voice)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Pharos

      The Pharos Para-Science Institute that Sarah Jane goes to investigate may be an updated version of the Pharos Project last seen in the Doctor Who episode Logopolis where it was employed in the search for alien intelligences.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Alan: This is too much to take in.
      Sarah Jane: That's the universe, Alan. Once it's chosen to show you some of its secrets, you can't ever turn your back on it; none of us can.

    • Sarah Jane: The universe is smiling on us tonight.
      Alan: Let's hope it always does.

    • Sarah Jane: Mr. Smith, are you asking me to go back to Pharos and steal one of those headsets?
      Mr Smith: It would be of great assistance.

    • Chief Inspector: (after reading Sarah Jane's U.N.I.T. dossier) Seems you've got powerful friends, Miss Smith.
      Sarah Jane: My friends have nothing to do with it, I've done nothing wrong.
      Chief Inspector: I know a cover-up when I smell one.
      Sarah Jane: Never-the-less, Chief Inspector, I assume your attitude means I'm free to go?
      Chief Inspector: You can go, but don't go near that boy again.

    • Sarah Jane: Luke is gone. Back to his parents where he belongs, and they are his parents, Mr Smith confirmed it. The Bane kidnapped him, did things to him, I got it wrong. Not for the first time.
      Maria: I'm really sorry.
      Sarah Jane: No, it's for the best, I'm not cut out for being a parent. Children have no place in my life.
      Maria: You don't mean that!
      Sarah Jane: I told you when we met my life is dangerous. I can't afford to have other people to worry about, they're a distraction, there can be mistakes. These past few months, I've just been lucky. I can't expect that to hold up forever.
      Maria: What are you saying?
      Sarah Jane: Go home. You tell your dad he was right, he should put the house on the market, and he and you and Clyde should forget all about me and everything you've seen.
      Maria: What, how are we going to do that? What happened to never turning your back on the universe?
      Sarah Jane: Sometimes you have to. Sometimes it's the only way to survive.

    • Luke: You're Slitheen? But... you're skinny!
      Heidi Slitheen: This new technology's marvellous. I can eat all I want, and still stay a size eight!

  • NOTES (1)


    • Chrissie: (about Sarah Jane) Here she comes, Calamity Jane.

      Martha Jane Cannary-Burke, better known as Calamity Jane (1856 – 1903), was a frontiers woman and professional scout in the wild west.

    • Zilog:

      Mr. Smith is a Zilog. Zilog is a microprocessor manufacturer founded in 1974. Most famous for the Z80 chip which can be found in the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and Amstrad computers.

    • Alan: Which branch of PC World did that come from?

      PC World is Britain's largest chain of mass-market computer superstores. Opened in 1991 the company now employs over 5000 staff.