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Alan Jackson was the father of Maria Jackson and ex-husband of Chrissie Jackson. He was a neighbour of Sarah Jane Smith before he moved to America.


Early life[]

As a youth, Alan loved to skateboard, and even showed off his skateboarding skills when he was older. (TV: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?) During the 1980s, he and Chrissie Jackson went around taking part in a treasure hunt for a "golden rabbit". (TV: The Last Sontaran)

In 1992, Alan won the King of the Concrete tournament in Romford, which was a skateboarding competition. (TV: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?)

He was, by trade, a computer security consultant. As a result, he had considerable computer expertise, particularly in systems penetration, a.k.a. "hacking", as well as some unorthodox contacts. (TV: The Lost Boy, The Mark of the Berserker)

Despite being divorced from Chrissie, Alan remained on fairly amicable terms with her and had frequent contact with her. They turned to each other on several occasions. Chrissie believed that they were much better as friends than as husband and wife. (TV: The Last Sontaran)

Before Alan moved to Ealing, he had a job at St Cheldon's Comprehensive School in Upminster. He noticed a strange metallic smell coming from the technology block Coldfire Construction had built. (TV: Revenge of the Slitheen)

Living at Bannerman Road[]

At the end of summer 2008, Alan moved into 36 Bannerman Road in Ealing opposite Sarah Jane Smith's house, number 13. Unlike his daughter and ex-wife, Alan was affected by the Bane ingredient in Bubble Shock!. (TV: Invasion of the Bane)

After Maria's first day at school at Park Vale School, Alan lent Sarah Jane the plans for St Cheldon's' technology block, including an empty room Coldfire kept to themselves. (TV: Revenge of the Slitheen)

He was briefly turned to stone by the Gorgon, though he retained no memory of this event. (TV: Eye of the Gorgon)

One day Maria was visiting Sarah Jane and was late for school. Alan appeared at the end of their drive. He asked Maria if she was still there, because he had this "crazy idea" it was a school day that day. His eyes were twinkling as they did. Sarah Jane replied that it was her fault and Maria left together with Luke. (AUDIO: The Glittering Storm)

Another day Maria and Sarah Jane built a contraption. They wanted to use this machine to find out what a storm had to do with missing children. Maria told Sarah Jane that Alan was good at "Do-it-yourself" things. She suggested that Alan might have been able to help because he had a lot of tools. Sarah Jane replied that she bet Alan hadn't an oxy-acetylene, which she showed to Maria. (TV: Warriors of Kudlak) Later, Sarah Jane and Maria wanted to borrow Alan's car. They wanted to take the newly created contraption to the place where the storm took place. Alan asked them what exactly they were doing. Maria replied that it was a science project for school. Alan asked if it was musical. Maria said yes while Sarah Jane said no. Then Maria added that it was complicated. She hated lying to her dad but she had to. They were going to save 24 children. Maria was sure that Alan would understand this if she could tell him about it. Then Alan told Maria to take care of herself. Maria and Sarah Jane left with Alan's car. (PROSE: Warriors of Kudlak)

When his daughter was erased from history by the Trickster, only Alan could remember her thanks to an alien device given to Maria by Sarah Jane, which in turn came from the Verron soothsayer. When he interrogated Andrea Yates about Maria's disappearance, the Graske chased him and tried to remove him from time. However, Alan trapped the Graske and forced it to tell him where Maria went. When the day was saved, he was very surprised to find out what his daughter had really been doing with Sarah Jane Smith. (TV: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?) His eyes now opened to the existence of alien life forms, Alan at first experienced a knee-jerk reaction which led him to consider selling his house and moving Maria away from Sarah Jane. He soon changed his mind and assisted his daughter and Sarah Jane in defeating Mr Smith's attempt to destroy the world. (TV: The Lost Boy)

In 2009, Alan and Maria were holidaying in Cornwall when the Earth was relocated to the Medusa Cascade and subsequently invaded by the Daleks. (TV: The Stolen Earth)

Alan was offered a new job at the head offices of CapitolSys Technologies in America. After defeating the Sontaran warrior Kaagh in Goblin's Copse with Sarah Jane, Luke, Clyde, Maria and Chrissie, he accepted, and soon afterwards, he and Maria moved to Washington DC. (TV: The Last Sontaran)

Living in America[]

Chrissie and Ivan planned to marry. Alan, Maria, Luke, Clyde and Sarah Jane were invited to their wedding. Maria and Alan wanted to come to the wedding and wished to see their friends from Ealing there again. (TV: The Day of the Clown)

Although living on another continent, Alan and Maria were still able to assist Sarah Jane from time to time. (TV: The Mark of the Berserker)

Before Luke left he threw two farewell parties. Maria and Alan couldn't come to his farewell party however they send holographic postcards and for Luke it seemed like they were there as well. (PROSE: The Nightmare Man)

He and Maria were invited to Sarah Jane's wedding, but he could not attend due to work obligations. (TV: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith)

Later life[]

Alan and Maria had to view Sarah Jane's memorial through a widow screen, as they had missed their plane because they had been chasing a Bandril through Seattle. (WC: Farewell, Sarah Jane)


Alan Jackson was a caring father and was empathetic towards Maria's feelings and wishes. In contrast to Maria's mother he directly accepted Sarah Jane and Luke Smith as friends of Maria. (TV: Invasion of the Bane) He knew how important they were for Maria and when he thought about going to Washington DC, he knew how much Maria needed to leave behind. So he decided that he only wanted to go if Maria also wished to go. He mentioned to Chrissie that he lived for Maria and that this was all that his work was ever about. He wanted to look after Maria, so what ever he did, it needed to be right for Maria. (TV: The Last Sontaran) When Chrissie visited him and didn't remember that it was Maria's first day at school, he was shocked that she could forget this. (TV: Revenge of the Slitheen) After having an argument with Ivan, Chrissie moved into Alan and Maria's house. Maria had an argument with her parents. She shouted and run away. Chrissie did not understand Maria's reaction, but Alan realised what Chrissie's lack of consideration had meant for Maria. He told Chrissie that her moving into the house had consequences for him and Maria and that this was why Maria was reacting this way. After this, he looked for Maria to talk with her about it. (TV: Eye of the Gorgon)

Alan also wanted to keep Maria away from danger. When he heard about the danger that Maria faced when she was working with Sarah Jane, he wanted to protect Maria and move to another city. However, he soon realised how much it meant for Maria and changed his mind. Instead, he tried to help Sarah Jane, Maria, Luke and Clyde. (TV: The Lost Boy)

Even Sarah Jane Smith was impressed by the way that Maria and Alan interacted. She asked him how Maria and he were getting like that. Alan said that they had always been like that and that he did not even think about it. (TV: Revenge of the Slitheen)

Alan was a friendly person and was always kind to people. He directly introduced himself to Sarah Jane after moving into 36 Bannerman Road and even after Sarah Jane's frosty reaction he stayed friendly. (TV: Invasion of the Bane) When a nun came to his house he directly offered her money and didn't even say anything when she took the bank note instead of the coin. (TV: Eye of the Gorgon)

His computer skills were remarkable. He could even hack into the files of UNIT. (TV: The Mark of the Berserker)