My original intention was to watch this as it aired with it being a Doctor Who spin-off I expected great things similar to the tributary Torchwood but something distracted me and I had to watch a rerun, I suppose I knew before I’d even watch it I wouldn’t be gripped on the edge of my seat.
Sarah Jane seemed a little friendlier than the Doctor (perhaps its her humanity?) which worked in her favour. I can see this being being a transitional series for young ones not yet introduced to The Doctor, they start young with this and as they see more of this and get introduced to the idea of the Who Universe their curiosity will build and eventually watch Doctor Who to find out about this man that affected Sarah Jane so intimately.
Whilst I appreciated that her approach to problems will be very similar to the Doctor’s utilising his technique shouldn’t work. The Doctor is highly intelligent compared to humans so he’s able to consider a great deal more solutions to a problem on the fly. In comparison a human would need a lot longer to think up as many and thus we can’t function as well as the Doctor without planning ahead. I can see some audiences getting frustrating with SJ solving problems in a manner that we can’t even understand.
The Sonic Lipstick! Brilliant idea for a lady although again it just a copy of the Doctor, who could she have series of devices that all solve different problems? Perhaps she will but with a device we can only assume to be as robust as the Sonic Screwdriver why would she need one? The Doctors managed time and again without so Sarah Jane should too.
It’s a shame she never found someone for herself in the Doctors wake but I suppose if the Doctor can find people with the seed of his perspective such as Rose, Sarah Jane, Melanie Bush, Peri Brown so on and so forth then Sarah Jane must beable to find someone and as such I expect some romantic interests at some point.
It’s a good start for things and I look forward to watching even if some aspects are disappointingly or need more unfurl time to be appreciated.