Series 5 of The Sarah Jane Adventures ran between 3 October 2011 and 18 October 2011. It starred Elizabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith, Tommy Knight as Luke Smith, Daniel Anthony as Clyde Langer, Anjli Mohindra as Rani Chandra, Alexander Armstrong as Mr Smith and Sinead Michael as Sky Smith. The series opened with Sky and concluded with The Man Who Never Was.
It consisted of three stories and six episodes. On 4 March 2010, the BBC announced that it had officially commissioned both a fourth and fifth series of the spin-off. Part of the series was planned to film in 2010 alongside Series 4 and it was later announced that half the series had been completed as planned.
With the death of Elisabeth Sladen in April 2011, the BBC announced that no new episodes will be made. Three stories (six episodes) of series 5 were completed. The final episodes aired between 3 October 2011 and 18 October 2011.
Three stories, however, were left unproduced: Meet Mr Smith, The Thirteenth Floor, The Battle for Bannerman Road. Also planned, but unproduced, were four Halloween specials: Full Moon, The Station, an unnamed story and Night of the Spectre. (DWMSE 32)
- Sarah Jane Smith - Elisabeth Sladen
- Rani Chandra - Anjli Mohindra
- Clyde Langer - Daniel Anthony
- Sky Smith - Sinead Michael
- Luke Smith - Tommy Knight
- Mr Smith - Alexander Armstrong
- Haresh Chandra - Ace Bhatti
- Gita Chandra - Mina Anwar
- Professor Rivers - Floella Benjamin
- Carla Langer - Jocelyn Jee Esien
- Steve Wallace - Elijah Baker
- Miss Myers - Christine Stephen-Daly
- Ellie Faber - Lily Loveless
- Lionel Carson - Peter Bowles
- John Harrison - James Dreyfus
- Plark - Dan Starkey
|1||Sky||Phil Ford||Ashley Way||First appearance of Sky Smith. Final appearances of Gita Chandra, the Shopkeeper and Captain.|
|2||The Curse of Clyde Langer||Phil Ford||Ashley Way||Final appearances of Haresh Chandra and Carla Langer.|
|3||The Man Who Never Was||Gareth Roberts||Ashley Way||Final appearances of Sarah Jane Smith, Luke Smith, Clyde Langer, Rani Chandra, Sky Smith, and Mr Smith and the 13 Bannerman Road residence. Final episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, with the series coming to an end prematurely after Elisabeth Sladen's passing.|
This is the only series of The Sarah Jane Adventures not to contain an episode that has Sarah's name in the title. This would have remained the case even if the series had been completed, as none of the three unproduced serials featured such a title. Interestingly, it would also turn out to be the only series to contain episode titles featuring the names of some of the shows other main characters, those being Sky and The Curse of Clyde Langer.
Shortly after Elisabeth Sladen's passing, reports began to circulate that production on the series' three remaining serials would continue without Sladen, with the scripts rewritten to explain her absence. Series writer Gareth Roberts confirmed that these reports were false.
DVD and Blu-ray releases
- DVD and Blu-ray release occurred in the UK on 6 February 2012 in a single-disc edition that includes the featurette "Goodbye Bannerman Road: Remembering Elisabeth Sladen". A North American release, on DVD only, occurred on 12th June 2012 with the same bonus feature.
- Doctor Who News Page Elisabeth Sladen obituary, accessed 19th April 2011