If budgets have been slashed on Doctor Who
I imagine the same is true of The Sarah Jane Adventures
, and I guess one way of doing that is to reuse alien costumes from previous series. So former Trekkie Monster Mark Goldthorp gets some more work as the returning Androvax The Veil
in "The Vault of Secrets." After last week's thoughtful opener we've got more of a comedy episode this week. Whatever its actual viewership might be, this is still a kids' show so there's no need to make excuses for calling the rubbish alien-hunting group "BURPSS," but writer Phil Ford hangs a lantern on it repeatedly anyway, which is fun. In slightly more tongue-in-cheek humour, surely the name "Ocean Waters" is a friendly dig at The Moff's watery names for female characters? Rani's parents get to join in this week as well, with the script playing to Mina Anwar and Ace Bhatti's strengths - so Gita gets to deliver hyperactive stream-of-consciousness, and Haresh gets to look incredibly
uncomfortable all the time. Of course Clyde's attempts at being "the funny one" fall as flat as ever, and at this point Sarah Jane isn't even dignifying them with a reaction. At least this continuing suggestion of a romance with Rani means Daniel Anthony gets to do something other than deliver painfully unfunny lines.
But enough about other people's unfunny jokes, time for some of mine: Elsewhere there's the android Mr Dread, who's got a chip on his shoulder because his parents always preferred his brother, who became a judge, while he's still a plain old Mister. Don't look at me like that, you thought the same thing. This was one of those two-parters where the need for the halfway cliffhanger meant most of the information had been revealed in Part 1, so Part 2 didn't keep me as interested, but it's still keeping up the overall quality four years in, and next week is the headline-grabbing episode with a big-name guest star. And also Matt Smith.