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Bring Back… Sky Smith

Guest contributor Eddie SC Thomas thinks the Sarah Jane Adventures character should return.

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Series 8 is on the horizon and I for one cannot wait until the Doctor and Clara grace our screens once again, along with some new additions to the Whoniverse. However I think there should be one character that deserves to return with an adventure with the Time Lord himself – Sky Smith (Sinead Michael).

For those who’ve been stuck in a parallel universe without Doctor Who, let me explain, in brief, who Sky Smith is. Sky Smith is a character from Doctor Who’s youngest relative, The Sarah Jane Adventures. She makes her debut in Series 5 episode 1, in which she suddenly appears on Sarah Jane Smith’s doorstep one night, as a baby. Throughout the course of her introduction, Sky becomes the plot device, which draws to warring alien species, one of which is her “mother”, to Earth in hopes of finding her. Long story short, she metamorphosis’s in to a twelve year old, is revealed to be a biological weapon and loses all of her destructive abilities in an attempt to prevent an intergalactic battalion of metalkind aliens from creating war on Earth. All that in 50 minutes.

Since then, Sarah Jane decided to adopt Sky and she joined the Bannerman Road gang, having solved(ish) The Curse of Clyde Langer and becoming pivotal in unearthing The Man Who Never Was. Whilst her air time was cut short, due Elisabeth Sladen’s saddening passing, Sky proved herself to be a rather bright, alien character, finding herself confused by human lifestyles, with no knowledge of all the basic info e.g. finding out what girls are and mis-interpreting the meaning behind toad in a hole. Along with her lack of social understanding, Sky also possessed eidetic memory and been proven to be an exceptionally fast learner and problem solver (The Curse of Clyde Langer), not mention her liking for cheesy one-liners. However there is one slight issue; Sky is the only SJA character, apart from Maria Jackson, who hasn’t had an escapade with the Doctor…yet.

Why bring Sky back?

Sky has so much infinite potential and future possibilities that need to be explored, much like her adoptive brother, Luke Smith. It’ll be interesting to Sky gelling in with the rest of teen culture, with some anomalous social differences. Also, to see Sky meeting the Doctor would be glorious and perhaps intriguing, considering you’ll have a grandfather figure with melancholic character traits working with a teenager who’s sort of fitting in and is proven to be an adept student. There are plenty of social scenarios in which you can place Sky.

Social Scenarios.

Here’s a list of social situations, which Sky can be placed in, should she be return:

  1. Teenager struggling to fit in. In this scenario, Sky could be a teenager trying to adapt to a normal life without Clyde and Rani at school and Luke having to raise Sky in the absence of their mother, alongside trying to manage with bullying and obtaining new friends her age.
  2. Stereotypical teen. This is the one where Sky still is clueless and unadventurous, losing the traits, which made her unique, such as her superb memory, problem solving and looking for trouble, in favour for a life of typical feminine traits, which can ruin an already great character.
  3. Bright spark/adventurer. This scenario is quite interesting. Sky could be moulding into her current life but this time, she’s developed intellectually, though obviously not to Adric’s level. Sky would’ve learnt about almost everything she can about human culture and Earth science (thanks to her memory) and perhaps indulges in some alien battling adventures away from school, with Luke, Mr. Smith and possibly Rani and Clyde (otherwise known as Clani.)

Also, with the aforementioned scenarios, the reintroduction of Sky could also bring back the return of Luke and Mr. Smith.

How can Sky be featured in a Doctor Who episode?

Some suggestions to how Sky can return and be a prominent character in a Doctor Who episode:

  1. A Doctor Lite episode. Okay, so Sky won’t be helping the Doctor but she could have some affiliations with the Time Lord by helping his current companion in a grave situation which can endanger Earth in someway and will perhaps meet the Doctor after the day is saved as thank you for her help.
  2. LINDA style. In this particular episode, Sky could end up bumping into the Doctor in some way and decides to “research” him, which would then lead Sky to seek the Doctor in hope of him returning to defend Earth.
  3. Monstrous encounter. Sky, and the rest of the Bannerman Road gang, is on a mission to scout for a rogue alien. Before long, Sky encounters the alien and is saved by the Doctors intervention. Perhaps the two can endure after their encounter. This scenario could also tie in with the previous one as well.

These are only a selection of scenarios, which can be used to introduce Sky, and you can merge any of them together, which can create some inventive ways in reviving Sky.

Final Words.

So to conclude, Sky should be brought back to grace our screens once more. I know her chances appearing in Series 8 are pretty much impossible but let’s hope that she returns in Series 9. All we can do is wish that Moffat reads this article (which seems very slim) and decides to bring back the bright spark that is Sky Smith.

And happy birthday to Sinead Michael!

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legionofthebeast
legionofthebeast

I'd rather see Rani and Clyde as full time companions! It would also remove any notion of romance between the Doctor and his latest companion(s)

davidbrummy
davidbrummy

Sky sends a transmission to the Doctor.  Sarah Jane is dead, killed by a unknown assassin.  She needs help.  Transmission ends.  The Doctor starts to tremble with Anger as he operates the TARDIS.  Clara asks where are they going?  The Doctor replies "Into the dark!".

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

i havent watched sarah jane adventures but Skye could return someday if enough people want her too

TheElusiveWhovian
TheElusiveWhovian

The way I see it is that it would feel somewhat odd without Sarah Jane as a nice link to introduce Sky to Doctor Who. Particularly as it has been three years since the one series she was in. Luke would be a better candidate in my opinion, being in SJA for a lot more time (21 stories as I recall as opposed to Sky's 3) and appearing in Doctor Who (as small as that role was).

Although I highly doubt either would return.

13thDoctor
13thDoctor

Am I crazy or did Matt Smith's Doctor at some point in the last season or the specials mention Sarah Jane as being alive? I know they are not mutually exclusive, I could be crazy and he still said it, but you know what I mean.)

eddiescthomas
eddiescthomas

It appears there's a divide. We have either Team Luke or Team Sky (or neither.) It is obvious I'm rooting for Sky, but I'm not dismissing Luke for a potential return. This has been mentioned in the article to help introduce to Sky into a Doctor Who episode. The reason I thought Sky should return more than Luke was because Sky wasn't given the chance to be explored in Doctor Who and she only had a short run. Luke has already been in Doctor Who (The Stolen Earth/Journey's End and a cameo in The End of Time), not mention his encounter with the timelord in The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith. Plus, there isn't much you can do with Luke now (I'm not saying there's nothing you can add to Luke's character.) I just felt it was fair for Sky that she returned and be explored with to the same degree as her co-stars. There is still plenty Sky has to offer. Also, I, plus many others, were only thinking of a one-off episode for Sky's return.



consultingtimelord63
consultingtimelord63

I actually really didn't like Sky much; she felt like a (somewhat annoying) replacement for Luke. Although, I would love to seen any other part of the Bannerman Road gang join the TARDIS crew! Particularly Luke! THey should have some sort of mention of her death, even if it's one scene like with the Brigadier!

Benjamin Bradley
Benjamin Bradley

"The Funeral of Sarah Jane Smith" - A one off SJA special bringing back the surviving cast along with a guest appearance from the new Doctor. He's been very busy what with Trenzalore and the Time Lords returning so now it's time that the Doctor pop in and check on the life of his former companion Sarah Jane. In the year 2014 he arrives at Bannerman road to find it in new ownership. He meets Luke who is cold and reproachful to the man who had at one time been a sort of father figure to him. Luke regrets that the Doctor never came to Sarah Jane's funeral, that he never checked in, that he never saved her... (This probably could have worked if A) the idea had come to birth in 2011 and B) if RTD was still around.)



AnthonyJFuchs
AnthonyJFuchs

I would really enjoy an episode in Series 9 in which the Doctor and Clara encounter, say, a 12-year-old Sarah Jane Smith and save her life, only to have her save their lives in return by episode's end.

Polyphase
Polyphase

When Liz passed, Apart from being overcome with more grief than I expected I felt sorrow for all of the young actors. It was an incredibly tragic way to lose your job. I would love for all of them to be included in a story but I can't imagine how they could explain the absence of Sarah without it being a bit disrespectful to the family. I sure however that Liz would have loved the idea

Liana21
Liana21

I had a weird-ish idea once of get Sadie Miller (Liz Sladen's real life daughter) playing an adult version of her on a nearly future episode.

so, for me is OK, I thought once on it too

Swozor
Swozor

I really didn't like Sky. It felt, to me, like they were trying to make a Luke 2 instead of making her unique and original. If anyone was to return to see the Doctor, it should be Luke since he's been on both SJA and Doctor Who. 

JFrance
JFrance

I have just looked up the episode Sky on the TARDIS Data Core and It says on the story notes part that the 11th Doctor was going to appear in that episode and reveal to Sarah Jane that he left Sky on her door step but because Matt Smith had filming commitments for Doctor Who he couldn't make it so the Shopkeeper was written in instead. So Sky nearly met The Doctor.      

SteviePenny
SteviePenny

I certainly think Luke needs to return. I'd actually love him to be a companion. The Doctor stumbles across him, learns of Sarah Jane's death & takes him under his wing and teaches him as a father figure. If they can bring the Brigadier's daughter and make her a reoccuring character, then I think it's only fair for Sarah's son to be brought back, so there can be some nostalgic remembrance to the past, but also looking to the future. What's more is the fact that I really want to see Luke's unfinished story that was planned for the SJA unfold elsewhere on Doctor Who, as it genuinely sounds wonderful.

capaldi3699
capaldi3699

Damn, The Curse of Clyde Langer was amazing

IceDaleks Reborn
IceDaleks Reborn

Great article, but in the 'Why bring Sky back?' Section, it's either she had: 'so much potential' or 'infinite potential' you can't have 'so much infinite potential'! ;)

Awqwapwnics
Awqwapwnics

We can always spread the word even if Moffat doesn't see the original article. Honestly, I want the Trickster and the Shopkeeper with his little parrot friend Captain to return, too. Here's hoping a writer will one day do something that would spiritually wrap up SJA. I hate leaving things hanging. We still don't know what happened to Ace (disregarding Virgin Books) to make her leave the TARDIS on a permanent basis and it's been almost 27 years!



13thDoctor
13thDoctor

I'd rather see Luke with the Doctor.

JordanXeros
JordanXeros

Perhaps she could make an appearance in the Coal Hill school alongside Clara?

The_Doctor_
The_Doctor_

Just please bring the SJ gang into Doctor Who, or have the trickster or the man with the parrot return, so many plot holes!

jackwho007
jackwho007

they could do another spin off where clyde and rani go to the same university as luke and k9. And maybe ace happens to teach their aswell and sky and mr smith could return when they talk through webcam

ConnorWhite
ConnorWhite

It would be good if the Sky character, because of her alien background, grew up a lot faster than any other human. So now Sky is around Sarah Jane's age, played by another actress to the one in the SJA, and is trying to cope with Sarah's mysterious disappearance. She later finds her mother has died and so defends the earth herself, like Sarah would have wanted. Sky could keep Clyde and Rani as companions or she could get new ones. And the overall plot arc of the series is finding out what killed/abducted Sarah and why. 

JolomontheCube
JolomontheCube

Oh no. Bring back the gang of Bannerman road yes but not sky! she pretty much killed series 5 for me.


JJ2000
JJ2000

I didn't like Sky. She was basically the new Luke, exactly the same story and an annoying character and helped ruin Series 5 for me, which is why I was shocked by this article. Please don't ever bring this character back. She just didn't fit in for me.

Captain_British
Captain_British

I'd love to see the SJA crew come back for one final story, but Sky is the one I'd be least excited to see. Honestly Sinead Michael was a very poor actress, most of her performance felt very uninvolved and generally uninteresting. I know she was just a kid when she first appeared but even for a child actor she was... Just bland.

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

"Luke having to raise Sky in the absence of their mother"


This is the big problem, Sarah Jane Smith is still alive and still out there saving the universe.


Besides, it makes a mockery of the original plans for the character (she's an aspect of the Trickster and would have been killed off in the series finale).

The 14th Doctor
The 14th Doctor

She could potentially become to Sarah Jane what Kate is to the Brigadier. A way of sustaining the characters legacy. Come to think of it, there should be an episode with Sky and Kate helping the Doctor.

Americanwhovian
Americanwhovian

Bring back anyone from sja. Please I'm dying to know what happens to them after! I like to think that Clyde and/or Luke joined UNIT.

TheThirdDoctor
TheThirdDoctor

I have a million reasons to disagree with this article ;)

DuckterWho
DuckterWho

She was only in like 4 episodes or something ridiculously small like that!

Timhogan
Timhogan

The problem with this and social scenarios is it just doesn't fit Doctor Who.  I mean Sara Jane Adventures it made sense as they were based on earth and social scenarios filled the gaps between the monsters of the week.  However the Doctor is going on adventures in the TARDIS with his crew, even his adventures on  Earth tend to have little social interaction in terms of trying to fit in with others.  I mean maybe for a one off special to pay homage to them, but I don't think the writers should go out of their way to create an episode for her, she'd have to fit into something they were trying to do.  I mean it sounds nice on paper, but in actual practice I think it'd be a bad idea to try to bring any characters from the spin off onto the actual show. 

microbat98
microbat98

Dunno about that. It just doesn't seem right to base a story on the assassination of Sarah Jane. I think to just say that she has retired from that life would seem more respectful to Elizabeth Sladen's death. I know it sounds silly, but just think about it for a second. You might get where I'm coming from.

consultingtimelord63
consultingtimelord63

I agree with that statement completely! I wasn 't too fond of Sky and felt she was taking over Luke's role......I would love to see Luke be a full time companion! Although that most likely won't happen

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

@SteviePenny  But Sarah's not dead, she's still out there somewhere saving the Earth. I feel if an appearance was to happen they should state that point in the show just to get people to stop asking for somebody to tell the Doctor she's dead.

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

@Awqwapwnics  The irony is the sixth series of the SJA would have revealed what happened to Ace in the end, although they never got round to deciding what that ending would be, so a mystery was created around an already existing mystery.


Perhaps one day we will get a resolution of sorts.

Captain_British
Captain_British

@DuckterWho That was only because Liz sadly fell ill and died before they could finish Season 5 though, hence the abrupt ending to the series. There was going to be a Sixth too.



davidbrummy
davidbrummy

@microbat98 It does not sound silly as it is your point of view.  However I disagree that is disrespectful to Sladen who like most fans I hold in a lot of respect.

MetamorphmagusWho
MetamorphmagusWho

@The_Eternal_Dalek @Benjamin Bradley  I think there's a bit of a divide between those who believe Sarah to be dead in the Whonverse at this point and those who believe her to be still alive. I'm personally in the latter, but until we have a confirmation, we'll still have our beliefs.

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

@Clara Laurinda @The_Eternal_Dalek  The Trickster is a combination of many beings, Sky would have been a part of this, in essence his "daughter". This would have ended the series with a huge fight as the Trickster tried to reclaim her, which would result in the destruction of Bannerman Road. There were two alternative versions of the ending, either Bannerman Road would be restored and the show would carry on as before, or It would be left destroyed if Clyde and Rani would left the show.


If the second option was picked Sarah Jane would have relocated to the Welsh coast and acquired two new assistants there in the sixth series. Also in either situation she would have found herself working for Ace and bumped into the Doctor again (although this time just to really mess things up continuity wise it would have been the Fourth Doctor). Also The Shopkeeper may have been revealed to have been a younger incarnation of the Doctor's Time Lord friend The Corsair who inevitably met his end at the hands of House in The Doctor's Wife.


Rather big plans we sadly never got to see.

The_Eternal_Dalek
The_Eternal_Dalek

@OMEGA_IS_RETURNING @The_Eternal_Dalek  They killed off a 13 year old in the first series.


Besides, she wasn't really a 12 year old, she was a newborn whose growth was being accelerated, in the fourth story it would be noted she was having a "growth spurt" (after all there would have been a large filming gap) then in the final story she'd have matured further and reached full adulthood... and had the blank "Trickster" face.