Mr Smith was born in Liverpool. (PROSE: Island of Death) He and his wife became the parents of Sarah Jane Smith on 1 February, 1956; the couple's death in a car crash, which left Sarah Jane an orphan in the care of her Aunt Lavinia, took place either in 1961 (PROSE: The Roving Reporter) or 1951, depending on accounts. According to the account holding that he died in 1951, later time travel interference by the Trickster caused three different timelines for the event to exist.
Timeline 1 Edit
On 18 August 1951, the day of the Foxgrove village fête, Eddie and his wife drove off in their car, leaving their three-month-old baby Sarah Jane Smith behind in the street. Barbara and Eddie subsequently died when their car crashed into a tractor that had broken down in the road. Sarah Jane was subsequently reared by Eddie's sister, Lavinia.
Timeline 2 Edit
Sarah Jane and her son Luke travelled from 2009 to meet Eddie and Barbara, and Sarah Jane decided to save them by deactivating their car so they would not be able to escape. However, while this change in and of itself had no major effect on the timeline, meddling with history near an unstable rift in time caused the rift to open, allowing the Trickster to fully materialise on Earth and suck it of its life.
Timeline 3 Edit
After Sarah Jane returned to 1951 Foxgrove from the alternate timeline her parents' survival had created, Eddie and Barbara quickly worked out who Sarah Jane was and what they had to do. They decided to sacrifice themselves to save her world, restoring the original timeline. (TV: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith)
Behind the scenes Edit
- Thanks to some good intra-series continuity planning, a well-placed photograph of Eddie Smith appeared in The Mark of the Berserker, the story prior to Temptation.
- Eddie's actor, Christopher Pizzey, was a regular on another CBBC show that ran at the same time as Sarah Jane Adventures, The Basil Brush Show, in which he played Mr. Steven, though at this point, he had left said show.