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Warriors of Kudlak was the third serial of series 1 of The Sarah Jane Adventures. It was written by Phil Gladwin and directed by Charles Martin. It was during this story that Luke Smith and Clyde Langer went into space for the first time and Luke was given his first kiss.


Children have been going missing, but how? Will Luke and Clyde win Combat 3000? And who is the mysterious Mr Kudlak?


Part 1[]

Combat 3000 is a new laser tag centre that has opened in London. Lance Metcalf, a teenage boy from Clyde and Luke Smith's school, is playing and walks down a corridor into a small room when a door shuts behind him. Lance then disappears in what appears to be a transportation beam. At Lance's house, Sarah Jane is asking Lance's mother, Carrie Metcalf, about the disappearance. Back at 13 Bannerman Road, Mr Smith tells Sarah and Maria that twenty-four children have gone missing from all across England in places where other branches of Combat 3000 have opened.

Luke tries in vain to master the art of telling jokes. He also does not understand games. Sarah Jane asks the children if they knew Lance and Clyde refers to Lance by Luke's nickname for him, "the Corporal". Sarah Jane tells them that this nickname probably upset Lance because his father was a soldier that was killed in battle. Luke is upset by this because he thought he finally said something humorous and he leaves the house upset. Clyde follows after him to try to cheer him up. Sarah Jane learns there have been mysterious storms at the time of all the disappearances connected with Combat 3000. Sarah Jane and Maria make a machine to try to trace energy that might be left by alien activity during the sudden storms.

Clyde takes Luke under his wing, and they go to Combat 3000 in order to teach Luke how fun fun is. Luke and Clyde have survived Round One of Combat 3000 and are the top two players, with Luke edging ahead of Clyde; Clyde puts this down to beginner's luck on Luke's part. Mark Grantham appears and challenges them to Round Two where they will be facing other accomplished players. The winners of Round Two will advance to the championships by making it through the arena and through a door at the end of the arena. They enter into the second round, where should they lose their allotted ten lives they lose the game. Working together, they manage to make it near the door, with Luke on six lives and Clyde on four. When Luke and Clyde approach the door, they are attacked by unknown attackers. They successfully push through the assault, but are locked in a room.

Sarah Jane and Maria arrive at Combat 3000 and start investigating. They sneak into the office area and break into an office. Grantham catches Sarah Jane and Maria in his office and points an alien gun at them. While talking with Grantham, they find out that he is working with a humanoid, insectoid alien called Kudlak and are abducting the children for an unseen "Mistress". Sarah Jane uses her sonic lipstick to disrupt Grantham's earpiece, which shocks him and allows them to escape. Maria and Sarah Jane arrive in a different room where they are confronted by Kudlak. They see a screen and see Clyde and Luke transported away by a transmat beam.

Part 2[]

Sarah Jane and Maria create a diversion and escape Kudlak. Back at Bannerman Road, Mr. Smith informs them Kudlak is a member of the Uvodni race, who were part of a planetary alliance fighting against the Malakh. The Malakh won the war, but the Uvodni continued fighting. Kudlak was injured on the front line and forced to leave the fighting. He was sent as part of an Imperial Fleet to recruit "warriors" from other worlds. His ship was led by a Mistress, who kept the patriotism and bloodlust in Kudlak alive. After decades of recruiting children via Combat 3000, Kudlak and Mr. Grantham have abducted Clyde and Luke.

Luke and Clyde are still in the small locked room when a door opens and the guards grab them and shove them in a wooden crate. The guards then push the crate into a large room where there are other crates. Luke works to open the crate and when they get out, they rescue other children from holding crates, including Lance and a girl called Jen. While they are all talking, Luke uses Clyde's phone to hack into the computer system of the spaceship and he finds a map. On the map he sees a shuttlecraft that they can use to escape. They all hear a door starting to open and hide. A guard enters and Jen sneaks up and grabs the guard and shoves him into a crate. They then run through the door as the guard blows open the crate with a weapon. Luke, Clyde and the others find a window and discover that they are indeed in space.

On Earth, Grantham breaks into Sarah Jane's home, but, while cornering Sarah Jane, Maria overpowers him by using parts of the machine that they made to electrocute Grantham. Back on the Uvodni ship, the children make their way to a shuttlecraft, but are recaptured. Sarah Jane and Maria blackmail Grantham into transmatting them to the Uvodni ship, where they talk to the Mistress. When Kudlak brings the children to the Mistress, everyone is reunited. Luke tells Kudlak that the war is over. They discover the Mistress's true identity, which is a face on a computer screen with no real person behind it. Kudlak doesn't believe this and threatens to kill all of them.

Kudlak is stopped by Luke before he kills anyone. Luke tells Kudlak about a video that he discovered. It is a ten-year-old message from the Uvodni Emperor, stating that an armistice had been reached with the Malakh. Having no programming to understand the concept of peace, the Mistress buried the message and continued to command Kudlak to recruit warriors, even though her missions no longer had any real point. With the truth revealed, Kudlak destroys the Mistress, releases the children and swears to do what he can to reunite the surviving recruits with their families.

Back on Earth, Grantham has escaped, but Sarah Jane decides not to pursue him, believing he'll get himself in trouble without her. After chatting with her friends, Jen decides to thank Luke for saving her with a kiss. This kiss, being his first, leaves him quite confused, since he's never experienced romantic inklings before. Luke asks Clyde if he has any knowledge to share about dealing with girls, but it's the one mystery even he can't figure out.



General production staff

Script department

Camera and lighting department

Art department

Costume department

Make-up and prosthetics


General post-production staff

Special and visual effects


Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.









  • Luke is confused by Clyde's use of the word "gaffe".
  • Brandon describes Lance as "the nuts".

Cultural references to the real world[]


Story notes[]

  • Both episodes aired on the CBBC Channel, and were broadcast a week later on BBC1.
  • The game that Lance Metcalf and Brandon Butler played could be played on the BBC website. It was called Interstella Z-Wingers.
  • Originally Kudlak's plan was to collect children for an intergalactic zoo.[1]
  • As Kudlak kept sending the kidnapped children to his home world under a misunderstanding, it's likely they were taken care of until they could interrogate Kudlak on his conduct threatening peace.


  • Part 1 - 0.42 million viewers (DWMSE 23)
  • Part 2 - 0.40 million viewers (DWMSE 23)

Part One's BBC One repeat gained 1 million with an AI score of 85, whilst Part Two's BBC One repeat gained 1.2 million with an AI score of 85.

Location filming[]

  • Trident Park (formerly Nippon Electric Glass UK), Cardiff Bay
  • Womanby street, Cardiff
  • Wood Street, Penarth
  • Mamhilad Park Industrial Estate, Pontypool
  • St David's Crescent Park, Penarth
  • Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay
  • Larkwood Avenue, Penarth
  • Clinton Road, Penarth
  • Black and White Cafe, Cardiff
  • Grangemoor Park, Cardiff

Production errors[]

If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.
  • Near the beginning of episode 1, in the background you can see a sign on the side of the building next to Combat 3000 that clearly has the words "South Wales". This same sign appears for a split second near the end of episode 2.
  • If you look behind Luke as he puts on his suit, you can see the scores from after the game when it hasn't even started yet.


Home video releases[]

  • This story was included in the Series 1 DVD box set, which was released in North America on 7 October 2008 and released in the UK on 10 November 2008.
  • It was also released in the Complete Collection Series 1-5 boxset release (Region 2 release: 6th February 2012).



  1. No on screen date is given for the first two series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, outside of The Day of the Clown from the second series being set shortly after 9 October in an undisclosed year. While Donna Noble's present from the fourth series of Doctor Who is set around the same time as the first series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith from the second series of The Sarah Jane Adventures is explicitly described as being set a year after Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? from the first series, Doctor Who's fourth series is not consistently dated, with TV: The Fires of Pompeii [+]James Moran, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008)., TV: The Waters of Mars [+]Russell T Davies and Phil Ford, Doctor Who Autumn Special 2009 (BBC One, 2009)., and AUDIO: SOS setting the present of the 13 regular episodes in 2008 (heavily implied by TV: The Star Beast [+]Russell T Davies, adapted from Doctor Who and the Star Beast (Pat Mills and John Wagner), Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One and Disney+, 2023). and TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One and Disney+, 2023). as well), and PROSE: Beautiful Chaos setting them in about April to June 2009.


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