WHAT a great day this was – the day when the Sarah Jane Adventures came to Liverpool – and brought David Tennant and Doctor Who with them.
Izaak and I went down to the Odeon at Liverpool One bright and early to watch a special preview of the Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, or the one with Doctor Who in it, to give it its unofficial title – and to interview the cast.
I’ll tell you a little about the episode later, but when we arrived, we were met with two Judoons – one with full rhino head, one without. There was a mock up of the attic at Bannerman Road, alien face painting, a chance to have your picture taken with K9 and to fly in space thanks to green screen.
And then there was the cast – no Elizabeth Sladen unfortunately, but instead Tommy Knight who plays Luke, Danny Anthony who plays Clyde and Rani, or Anjili Mohindra in real life. There arms must have been dropping off with the amount of autographs they signed, not to mention the photos they posed for – all with genuine enthusiasm and good nature.
Izaak and I got to chat with Tommy and Anji for 10 minutes or so and they were great fun – really nice and friendly. We talked about the show, the Whoniverse, what other baddies they wanted to come across to SJA (and unusual Dalek defence techniques), the atmosphere on the set and working with David Tennant.
At this point they both became really animated and said it was like being swept up by a whirlwind such was his enthusiasm.
And then – the show itself! It broadcasts on BBC One this Thursday and while I won’t be giving away any spoilers, it was written by regular Who scribe Gareth Roberts (some great scenes and lines) and involves Sarah Jane falling in love with a perfect man, played by Nigel Havers – the old smoothie!
I had forgotten just how glamorous Elizabeth Sladen looks too, especially in her wedding dress.
And when the Doctor makes his appearance, it is suitably Doctor-ish and dramatic.
Tennant really will leave massive shoes to fill, although Anji and Tommy tell me they’ve met Matt Smith and he is a top bloke.
All too soon it was over and Izaak and I headed home. If you watch the SJA or even if you don’t, I urge you to tune in on Thursday for what is a great episode of a great show.
And if the CBBC bosses read this, I’d urge them to put on more days like this – preferably in Liverpool – because it was brilliant.