The Glittering Storm was the first made-for-audio Sarah Jane Adventures story. It was written by Stephen Cole, produced for BBC Audio and read by Elisabeth Sladen. It accompanied the CBBC broadcast of series 1.
Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
When Sarah disturbs a burglar in the night, she is surprised to find a middle-aged woman, her pockets stuffed with jewellery, demanding gold. The next day, she reads a newspaper story about a granny who broke into a jewellers, and then Maria reports that a woman has been stealing rings and necklaces from the girls' changing room at school.
All the women had recently attended the Auriga Clinic, a private health centre specialising in treating muscular aches and pains. Is there a link between the clinic and the odd behaviour of its patients?
Sarah decides to find out, but she soon discovers that the clinic's secret agenda is more sinister than she could ever have imagined...
Plot[edit | edit source]
In the middle of the night Sarah Jane Smith hears a loud noise. She goes downstairs and sees a woman with bits of jewellery dangling from her pockets. The woman asks Sarah for gold. When Luke comes to the room the woman says "Our ... thoughts ... shine" and leaves.
At school Maria hears that somebody stole gold necklaces and rings from the girl's changing rooms. She soon hears that Dana Price, the mother of Julie one of Maria's school mates, has stolen the things.
At the clinic Sarah introduces Maria as her niece. While Sarah is doing an interview with the owner of the clinic, Francis Augur, Maria is injected with gold, without Sarah Jane's agreement. Sarah is angry about this. She and Maria and leave the clinic.
At night Luke and Clyde are watching the Auriga Clinic. Suddenly Maria who is coming out of the clinic. She doesn't react to them when they are calling her. Luke realises that Maria is in some kind of cataleptic state, not fully aware of her environment, and unable to respond to stimuli. Then Maria says "Our thoughts shine". At Bannerman Road Luke and Clyde tell Sarah about their experiences.
The following morning Maria isn't able to remember the Events of the night. Mr Smith scans her and sees that she is under the control of a Keratin, who controls her through the gold injection. The Keratin uses Maria to spy on Sarah. Sarah does not want to worry Maria and does not want to let the Keratin know, that she found out about their control of Maria's mind, which could endanger Maria's life. Sarah tells Clyde and Luke not to mention the Keratin or Maria's nightly visit of the Auriga Clinic towards Maria.
The next night Sarah and Luke follow Maria to the Auriga Clinic. Maria, Dana and the other people who are controlled by the Keratin want to take away the oceans of the planet Earth to get the gold of the ocean. The Keratin wants to use the gold to be able to control the whole universe. Sarah later presses a patch with lithium citrate on Maria's neck and Maria gets free of the Keratin's mind control. The Keratin is killed by salt water and can't invade Earth any longer.
Characters[edit | edit source]
- Sarah Jane Smith
- Maria Jackson
- Luke Smith
- Clyde Langer
- Mr Smith
- Alan Jackson
- Francis Augur
- Dana Price
- Julie Price
- Hilda Sheen
- The Keratin
References[edit | edit source]
- In 1987 Sarah writes an article about Francis Augur for the Metropolitan.
- The Auriga Clinic is a medical establishment in Hounslow.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The first audio story featuring Sarah Jane Smith was 1976's Exploration Earth, a BBC Radio production.
- When rights to this story fell to AudioGO, they made it secondarily available as a digital download.
Continuity[edit | edit source]
- Sarah refers to an asteroid of gold. (TV: Revenge of the Cybermen)
- Luke was grown by aliens. (TV: Invasion of the Bane)
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