Monday, 18 May 2015

SJA 1-03: Eye of the Gorgon Part One

A Guide to Classic Who references (and other references) in The Sarah Jane Adventures episodes.

Sarah Jane Adventures series 1 episode 3 (Story 3 part 1):  Sarah Jane Smith and her new friends discover that gorgons are real.

Warning: May contain Spoilers for

"Eye of the Gorgon Part One"

Viewing Order
  • Doctor Who 01-04 - "Aliens of London(Suggested viewing - reintroduction of creatures.)
  • Doctor Who 02-03 - "School Reunion(Suggested viewing - reintroduction of character.)
  • Sarah Jane Adventures 1-00 - "Invasion of Bane" (Suggested viewing - introduction of characters.)
  • Sarah Jane Adventures 1-01 - "Revenge of the Slitheen Part One" (Suggested viewing - introduction of character.)

[OLD] - Things that first appeared in the classic series of Doctor Who (or the film.)  Episode List.

For context, the following are also covered:
[1ST] -  The first appearance of things in Doctor Who and related shows.
[NEW] - Things that first appeared previously in the new series of Doctor Who.

Ongoing References...

The following references were also made in previous episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures and so are listed again here.  To get to the new references, skip ahead.

  • [OLD] Sarah Jane Smith - Sarah Jane Smith was companion to the Third and Fourth Doctors (From "The Time Warriors" (Season 11) to "The Hand of Fear" (Season 14).)  She was given her own K-9 unit in the K-9 & Company pilot "A Girl's Best Friend."  She returned to the Doctor's side in "The Five Doctors" and the New Who episode "School Reunion."
  • [OLD]  The TARDIS - The main form of transport of the Doctor.  A picture of it appears on the wall covering Mr Smith.  Sarah Jane traveled in the TARDIS with the Doctor.
  • [OLD]  A Jagaroth spaceship - The spaceship of Scaroth and important to the development on life on Earth as shown in the Fourth Doctor story "City of Death" (Season 17).  Sarah Jane did not appear in that episode and the ship was destroyed before life began on Earth.  Where is picture came from is unknown.
  • [OLD]  Sonic Device - Sarah Jane has sonic lipstick, like the Doctor's sonic screwdriver.

 This episode...

  • [1ST]  The Key to the Portal - First appearance of this object.

  • [OLD]  Sontarans - A warrior clone-race who first appeared in Sarah Jane's first episode: "The Time Warriors" (Season 11).  She met them a second time in The Sontaran Experiment" (Season 12). They where in a long running war with the Rutans for many centuries.  In "The Invasion of Time" (Season 15) they attempted - and nearly succeeded in - invading Gallifrey.

  • [OLD]  Gorgon - The Second Doctor and Zoe encountered the Gorgon Medusa in the Land of Fiction in "The Mind Robbers" (Season 6).  As it was in the Land of Fiction it wasn't a real Gorgon, but rather a manifestation of the Greek myth.

Our specially trained staff in search of references.

The Time Crash blog was created to help New Who fans understand Classic Who references - and to know if something isn't a reference but a new idea.  If there's a reference I missed or a subject that you feel needs more explaining, please comment.

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