THIS STORY TAKES
PLACE BETWEEN THE TV
THE STARS" AND "THE
'THE COMPLETE SECOND
SERIES' DVD BOX SET
IN NOVEMBER 2009.
Rani comes across a
pendant that seems to
powers. Whoever is in
possession of it is
able to influence the
and actions of those
around them. With
Sarah Jane away,
Rani leaves the
pendant in the attic.
Paul, pays his family
a visit. In a bid to
impress his dad,
Clyde tells him about
hunting aliens and
takes him to Sarah
3RD NOVEMBER 2008 - 10TH NOVEMBER 2008
Joseph Lidster is without a doubt one of the most promising young writers to break into the Whoniverse in the last few years. His Doctor Who audio plays for Big Finish Productions have been, without exception, exceptional; and his scripts for Torchwood were every bit their equal, both on television and on radio.
“Dad, I save the world.”
In the audio dramas that he has penned, Lidster has done wonders with companions such as Ace (in The Rapture), Tegan (in The Gathering) and Peri (in The Reaping), and here he does the same for Sarah Jane’s young sidekick Clyde Langer. The Mark of the Beserker introduces us to Clyde’s mother for the first time, as well as his estranged father, Paul, who is superbly played by Gary Beadle (‘Paul off Eastenders’, to most people). For something that holds itself out as a children’s programme, the human drama in this story is certainly
not lacking in sophistication; at times, it’s really quite moving.
The science-fiction element of this story is first-rate too. All the great Doctor Who staples
are present and correct, from the awesome pre-title sequence (was it just me that thought Jacob looked like a mini-Mike Yates?) all the way up to the pendant that dominates the will of all others before eventually consuming the wearer and turning him into a brainwashed
There are lots of little touches that I liked in this story too. For such a grim tale, The Mark of the Beserker is not without humour (the whole gimmick with Rani’s Dad doing the press-
ups amused me) and, better still, it sees Alan and Maria return to make a brief appearance and help save the day; Alan having to hack into the UNIT network to steal information on the Beserkers.
In the end, the only thing missing from this story is Sarah Jane herself, but the fact that I barely registered this says a lot about Lidster’s skill as a writer as well as Sarah Jane’s companions’ strength of character.
And so, with both Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures down, the way I see it
Lidster only needs one more for the full set…
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