The Sarah Jane Adventures continues, with a new adventure that’s become considered to be as good as a Doctor Who episode. An odd meteorological occurance leads Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) and her team into investigating a strange totem pole on display in a museum. While examining the exhibit, Clyde Langer (Daniel Anthony) gets cut by a splinter from the totem, causing an unnerving series of events.
Following his blood being spilt by the totem, Clyde’s name becomes cursed… turning everyone around him to hate and despise him after the mention of his name. Disowned and kicked out from home, Langer finds himself on the streets alone, homeless, and without hope… until a homeless girl he had previously helped callled Ellie (Lily Loveless) enters his life, and helps him adjust to the street life.
But the curse doesn’t end there. The totem is in fact a prison for a malicious alien, and is using the curse to psychically cause its escape. The events lead up to a pivotal moment where Clyde must make a choice: shall he save the life of one person – of the life of billions?
During TARDISblend 44, we review the events of The Curse of Clyde Langer, and look at the impressive performance put in by Daniel Anthony, in an episode that was quite mature and very emotional. The serial takes on the complicated, but important, issue of homelessness, in addition to the usual fare of adventures involving aliens.
We also review a couple of historical facts brought up in the episode, including the curious Curse of Tippecanoe. Later, we make some early Sarah Jane Adventures and Classic Doctor Who recommendations, and discuss what YOU had to say in comments on previous episodes. All this and more on the latest TARDISblend!
Presented by Greg Davies (cGt2099 from The Social Blend Podcast) and geek journalist Tom Cheredar, TARDISblend is a podcast that takes a look at the ongoing adventures in the Doctor Who Universe – as Matt Smith makes his journey as the Eleventh Doctor!
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