The Sarah Jane Adventures

Season 1 Episode 10

The Lost Boy (2)

Aired Monday 4:35 PM Nov 20, 2007 on BBC
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Luke comes to the realisation his 'parents' are not human and Sarah Jane discovers a traitor is closer to home that she thinks.

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  • Beware The Xylok Written by Phil Ford Directed by Charles Martin

    Alan (re the Staffords): "They've skinned someone, they're cannibals."

    Maria: "They're not cannibals, they're Slitheen."

    In a way, it's appropriate to bring back the Slitheen for the finale. Doctor Who pulled off this tack by introducing Daleks and Cybermen in early season episodes before having them come back en masse for the finale. The only difference, I care about the Daleks and Cybermen. Slitheen, not so much.

    Of course that's the only negative thing that I can really say about this finale. I may not like one of the villains in this story but I definitely like this story as a whole. From the title, it's obvious that Luke was going to be the centre of everything really.

    The last story had given him a break to be a more Maria and Sarah Jane piece but this finale threw a blinding teaser about the possibility of Luke being the lost child to the Stafford family. Sarah Jane didn't want to believe it at first but when Mr Smith gave her deadly confirmation, she had no choice.

    It was hard to watch Luke go away to another family because from the off, there was something afoot. It also genuinely made me want to hate Chrissie, in spite of the fact that anyone else would've done the same thing (i.e. calling the police on Sarah Jane) under the circumstances. It's just Chrissie sounded more nasty than protective and that's what pissed me off about the character's actions.

    It's nice to see Sarah Jane's UNIT connections prevent her from rotting in a prison cell, though somewhat convenient as well but it worked to the plot well. Sarah Jane went back to being abrasive to Maria, even to the point of trying to encourage to Maria leave Bannerman Road with Alan after all.

    Sarah Jane even went out of her way to point out that she wasn't cut out for motherhood. Okay, it was the grief talking but we have already seen enough evidence over the season to convey just how good she is at motherhood. Shutting Maria and Clyde out was understandable but essentially unwise.

    You could even tell when Mr Smith was trying to give her a purpose by investigating Pharos that she was protesting too much. They may be kids but Maria and Clyde really have proved themselves to be as capable as any adult companion The Doctor has ever had and that's saying something.

    I've never viewed Clyde as a thick character, so I loved that this episode displayed some more cleverness for him. He didn't buy into the Stafford family being the real deal and this was before the wife refused to let Clyde see Luke/Ashley. Plus Clyde made the connection of photos being faked and Luke's crappy skateboarding skills. Remind you of a fiery Noble woman, perhaps?

    The unfortunate thing is that Clyde's clever deductive skills landed him in trouble. It would've been easy to have assumed that the Staffords would've locked him after Luke discovered his new family were actually Slitheen (not a shock) but the surprise was Mr Smith being the villain of the piece.

    To be fair, it should've been obvious. He was deliberately cagey when confirming that Luke was Ashley and a little too insistent in pointing Sarah Jane towards the Pharos laboratory as well. His comment about Clyde not being as stupid as he looks was a little too snide as well.

    Clyde's cleverness also extended to him briefly being able to warn Alan about Mr Smith going bad. Having a masterful alien computer was always going to be suspect but having Mr Smith, a Xylok as the main villain, playing both the Slitheen and Sarah Jane for it's own purposes definitely helped this story a lot.

    The story gave a satisfying info dump on Sarah Jane finding the original crystal, being duped and the birth of Mr Smith the computer. Defeating the computer in the midst of it using Luke's telekinesis to destroy the Earth by bringing the moon to smash into the planet with the assistance of K9 was another thing that worked for me.

    K9's appearance in this story may be brief but it's long enough and it served as a wonderful retort when Mr Smith berated her for being lonely. Having Alan also be the one to come up with the corrupting virus that would change Mr Smith's mission was neat too. He's now part of the gang.

    Alan's contribution did dovetail nicely with Chrissie still being left in the background, though I got the feeling she heard more than she was letting on during the last scene. It's nice that Sarah Jane has now come to accept that she has a family, even if she never thought one was possible.

    As for the Slitheen part, well it petered out. The obnoxious Nathan Goss was really Karl from "Revenge Of The Slitheen" and didn't get that much of an opportunity to exact revenge on Luke and Sarah Jane and the Stafford couple became more interested in saving their own skin when they learned that Mr Smith was using them.

    In a first season, we've had a good selection of storylines. The ending of this story more than implied that Sarah Jane and the gang would again encounter the Slitheen, plus there was more interesting allusions to Luke's alien properties as well as further demonstration to how much Sarah Jane is no longer alone.

    Also in "The Lost Boy"

    Luke being labelled as the title (if not actually onscreen) did stir reminders of The Doctor. A scene with those two brain boxes would be interesting to watch.

    Alan: "Maria, you're fourteen."

    Maria: "Dad, the world would've died."

    Alan: "I'm your father. You never thought I should've known about this?"

    Maria: "It was difficult. Especially after you got turned into stone."

    Maria filled Alan in about the Bane and the Gorgons as well as the Slitheen and The Doctor to boot.

    Alan: "This is too much to take in."

    Sarah Jane: "That's the universe, Alan. Once it's chosen to show you some of it's secrets, you can't ever turn your back on it. None of us can."

    Luke (re the Staffords): "I can remember every page of every book I've ever read, so why can't I remember them?"

    Sarah Jane: "I wish I had all the answers, Luke."

    Maria got a phone call from Clyde's mother, who we would go on to meet in the series second year.

    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."

    Maria (re Sarah Jane): "She's devastated about Luke."

    Clyde: "Well, she's not the only one hurting."

    Alan made some pretty appropriate references to Star Trek and Terminator when Clyde wasn't namedropping Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys.

    Alarm System: "You have been warned."

    Sarah Jane: "Noted."

    Alan: "Housebreaking, great. Maybe your mother was right about you hanging around with Sarah Jane."

    Maria: "Just keep quiet Dad and start looking."

    Chrissie called Sarah Jane, "Calamity Jane" in this story. It's not her most original one is it?

    Nathan: "I'm Slitheen and you are going to give me my revenge."

    Luke: "I'm not sure I want to do that."

    Mr Smith (to Sarah Jane): "I have a purpose. It must be fulfilled. The Slitheen have been useful and so have you but you are no longer required."

    The episode opened and ended with the same kind of monologue from "Invasion Of The Bane". For me, it was a nice call back.

    Nathan (to Sarah Jane): "Save your breath. You'll need it when the screaming starts."

    Mr Smith: "What life do you have, alone in your attic?"

    Sarah Jane: "Alone? You think I'm alone? You think I'm defenceless? Well, meet my dog. K9, protect me!"

    K9: "Affirmative, Mistress!"

    Chronology: Five months since "Invasion Of The Bane".

    For a season finale, it might lack the body count of Torchwood or the grand epicness of Doctor Who but "The Lost Boy" is a very satisfying way of concluding the show's first season. This show found it's feet and established an identity for itself with relative ease.moreless
  • Childrens TV at a new high.

    The climax of part one indicated this episode would be good even if they didn't try hard; On all accounts this was a cracking series finale.

    Naturally everything turns out fine in the end. Knowing this does take the fun out of it a bit, but then what do you expect! Thier was no killer twists or truly shocking revelations, everything was a bit predictable. But its all good fun if your not being cynical.

    This hardly matters its the journey that matters not the destination: Any hawk-eyed viewer can forsee the out come of storylines in the shows they watch.

    Learning about Mr Smith, and seeing Marias dad welcomed into their world were the higlights with this episode. The line (something to the effect of..."OK so where going to defeat aliens with bottles of vinegar from the chippy?" If nothing else makes this episode worth watching!

    K9's appearance and the new information flashbacks were good fun also.

    The slitheen are a bit boring now and it was a bit lame, but I'd say this is because, I am a fair bit above the age bracket. I'm sure it goes down well with children.

    This 2 part series finale has been the highlight of a remarkable childrens Shows that compliment the Doctor Who universe perfectly and the world over set a higher standard of quailty and intellegence Childrens Tv writers would be fools not to take note of.moreless
  • The final episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures is here, Hooray!

    The Sarah Jane Adventures has now come to an end but it definitely goes off with a bang (not literally). The Slitheen have captured Luke and Mr Smith who has just revealed himself to be a xylok has zapped Clyde. Sarah Jane has gone off to the Pharos Institute to steal one of their headsets, but unbeknownst to her it is just another step in Mr Smith's plans. Meanwhile Sarah Jane has stole a headset and escaped from the institute with a few minor problems and Luke has escaped from the Slitheen's grasp and he heads to Sarah Jane's house. An excellent episode to finish off the series but the 1st part was much better than this one, nice effects and K-9 makes his small appearance. A very good episode and bring on the New Year's special.

    Grippiness = 8

    Scariness = 7

    Villain = 8moreless
  • Luke escapes the Slitheen and Clyde is captures by Mr Smith.

    Excellent episode and a great follow up to last week's cliffhanger. I thought the inclusion of Alan was a grea aspect of this episode. He's been out of the loop for so long and he deserved to, especially since he's been very supportive of Maria.

    I liked that Mr Smith complimented Clyde and told him he was cleverer than he acted. Luke may be a genius, but Clyde's not a dummy.

    I also really liked that they chose to cooperate with the Slitheen rather than fight them and finally, I liked that they wiped Mr Smith's memory clean so that they still use him in future episodes as a type of back-up.

    The cameo by K-9 was great too, completely out of the blue, but nice...moreless
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 (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Sarah Jane: I have learned that life on Earth can be an adventure, too. You never know what you might find. In all the universe, I never expected to find a family.

    • Pharos Institute Security System: Intruder, perimeter defences have been armed. Any attempt to escape may result in death. You have been warned.
      Sarah Jane: Noted. (deactivates the system with her Sonic Lipstick)

    • Alan: (After breaking in to Luke's 'parents' house) House-breaking, great. Maybe your Mother was right about you hanging around with Sarah Jane.
      Maria: Just keep quiet Dad, and start looking.
      Alan: Alright, what are we looking for?
      Maria: Anything that'll tells us who they are or what they've done with Luke and Clyde.
      Alan: Who they are, or what they've done with Luke... (he opens a door to find a skinsuit hanging from the back) They've skinned someone, they're cannibals!
      Maria: They're not cannibals, they're Slitheen.

    • Mr Smith: What life do you have, alone in your attic?
      Sarah Jane: Alone? You think I'm alone? You think I'm defenceless? Well, meet my dog. K9, protect me!
      K9: Affirmative, Mistress!

  • NOTES (1)


    • Alan: Right so never mind phasers or photon torpedoes, never mind Arnie's Uzi nine millimetre, we're taking on these aliens with bottles of vinegar from the chippy?

      Alan is referencing two classic science fiction franchises with this comment. Phasers and Photon Torpedoes were the main weapons of the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek. Whilst Arnold's Uzi nine millimetre comes from famous gun shop scene in The Terminator where the cyborg, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger orders it off the shelf.

    • Maria: It's Only Fools and Horses with green skin and claws.

      Only Fools and Horses was a British sitcom chronicling the lives of two brothers and their grandfather (later their uncle) as they try one get rich scheme and scam after the other in a futile attempt to become millionaires.

    • Alan: I know I'm new to all this X-Files stuff.

      The X-Files was an award winning science fiction series following the exploits of two FBI agents as they investigated alien and paranormal phenomenon.