As plans are set in motion…plans will go awry. There is no better representation of that than the real life tragedy of Elizabeth Sladen and the fateful impact it made on the Sarah Jane Adventures and Doctor Who as a whole.
Never again would we have Sarah Jane interact with the other Doctors beyond Matt Smith, we would’nt see the final reckoning with The Trickster, and we wouldn’t see Russel T Davies finally cast some light on the fate of one of The Doctor’s most valiant of companions…for me, perhaps THE companion…Dorothy ‘Ace’ McShane…or ‘Dorothy Something” if we go by Sarah’s description.
The closest we got to finding out just where Ace had gone to was a line of dialogue in “The Death of The Doctor”, the second and final crossover between Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, which also reunited The Doctor with Jo Grant, played by the marvellous Katy Manning, who’s remarkable spark and energy made her a prime candidate to have potentially taken over from Sladen if the show runners had considered replacing her in light of her death.
Ace has had many resolutions in expanded media, from the original plans for her in series 27 (which were realised further in Big Finish audios) to her fatal encounter with the Lobri in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine, to her bitter falling out with The Doctor in the New Adventures range…Ace and The Seventh Doctor have had their share of rifts and reconciliations.
So it was a very pleasant surprise the past week or so to have seen a simple announcement trailer for the blu-ray release of series 26, the last for Sophie, Sylvester and the original series, which gave what is arguably the final say on where Ace has been, as well as honouring the reference made in Sarah Jane Adventures, thus in some small way keeping Sladen’s spirit alive as well as the desires of the production team behind SJA, who had plans to feature Ace in the series.
And so, in our small way, we here at Zaredit have decided to finally give SJA fans a glimpse into what that unrealised potential might have resembled, and have inserted footage from the series 26 trailer here, making sure to avoid the promotional aspects of the footage of course.
As well as that, I’ve stitched together both parts of the serial to make one big 40 minute adventure, carefully avoiding the production and directors credits for both instalments.
I know I tackled this before, long before this creative opportunity arose, but my rips were out-of-synch, suffice to say, things are much better now
Have a wicked time with this.