Invasion of the Bane
1 January 2007
Russell T. Davies & Gareth Roberts
Maria Jackson and her father, Alan have moved into a new house opposite journalist Sarah Jane Smith. On their first night, Maria is awoken by a strange light coming from Sarah-Jane’s house. To her shock and amazement, Sarah is interacting with a butterfly-like alien species. Is there more to Sarah-Jane than what seems?The next day, Maria meets with Kelsey who befriends her and suggests that they go on the free”bubbleshock” bus for a tour around the factory and some free drinks. Sarah Jane overhears the girls plans and decides to go and do some investigating herself. What is the mystery surrounding Mrs Wormwood and what is the secret behind the unique ingredient to the drink, ‘Bane’?
Kelsey wanders from the tour and attempts to phone her friend, but disturbs an unknown beast, the Bane Mother, to the annoyance of the staff, to which Wormwood orders the alarms switched off and Sarah Jane killed.
Maria attempts to phone Kelsey, but sets off the alarms again, causing the Archetype to escape, transferring the focus upon him. Maria, while escaping, encounters him, who just mimics her, and they escape into a women’s bathroom. Sarah Jane then enters, and although they are surprised to see each other, they manage to escape the factory, albeit without Kelsey.
When they arrive back on Bannerman Road, Sarah warns Maria not to get involved as her life is too dangerous.
Meanwhile, Kelsey is accosted by the factory guards, which causes her to rant about the treatment she has received. Wormwood subdues her by revealing her true form, and having discovered Kelsey and Sarah Jane live on the same street, uses her PR representative Davey (Jamie Davis) to escort her home. Once there, Maria realises upon sight of Kelsey that Davey had discovered Sarah and tries to run into Sarah Jane’s house. Eventually realising their intent, Sarah Jane brings them inside, with Davey, now as a Bane, giving chase. Sarah Jane is able to repel Davey and then, upon discovery of the attic by Kelsey, tells the teenagers about aliens: years ago, she met The Doctor, a man like no other, who took her through time and space. The adventures suddenly ended, but when they met by chance (in”School Reunion”) not long ago, they realised they were still fond of each other.
Sarah Jane has a brief reunion with K9, who is in her safe, sealing off a black hole.
Once Sarah Jane has analysed that the Bane ingredient was sentient, she activates her computer, Mr Smith – after some shouting by Kelsey – and contacts Wormwood and politely requests that she leaves Earth. Wormwood refuses, and in retaliation takes control of the majority of the human race. Sarah Jane races to the factory, but cannot enter until she drives the bus into a wall. Wormwood reveals the Bane Mother, and explains the Archetype is a conglomerate of human DNA designed to be investigated so that Bubble Shock could be improved. The Archetype uses an alien communicator Sarah Jane had been given, realising that the signal would be strong enough to kill the Bane Mother, and Sarah Jane, Maria, and the Archetype escape as the factory explodes.
The following evening, Sarah Jane agrees to adopt the Archetype and agrees with Maria to call him”Luke”, since that was what she wanted to name her child if she ever had one.
The episode closes with a monologue by Sarah Jane that while space may be strange, adventures may be had on Earth, if one knows where to look.
- When Sarah Jane notices Mrs. Wormwood’s name, she comments about the Book of Revelations and how wormwood fell from the sky.”Rev. 8:11: The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became Wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.” Bitter waters here is also an allusedition to the drink Bubble Shock.
- The two other names Sarah Jane suggests for Luke– Harry and Alistair – are the given names of two of her associates from her time with Fourth Doctor: Harry Sullivan and Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart