The BBC press office have made available programme information for the week 29 April-5 May 2006 which includes the transmission of ‘School Reunion’.
According to the schedule released today this episode sees the show return to the 7pm transmission time of series one.
The episode synopsis is:
The Doctor investigates a London school which is being haunted by strange, bat-like creatures at night, as the award-winning Doctor Who continues.
While at the school, the Doctor finds his old friend, Sarah Jane Smith, already working undercover. Both have old scores they must settle, and Rose discovers the true legacy of being a Time Lord�s companion.
David Tennant plays the Doctor, Billie Piper plays Rose, Noel Clarke plays Mickey, Elisabeth Sladen plays Sarah Jane Smith, Anthony Head plays Mr Finch and John Leeson plays K9.
The weekly features document includes an interview with Lis Sladen in which she discusses the initial approach by the production team:
“I had a phone call from my agent who said Russell T Davies wanted to take me for a meal with Phil Collinson to talk about Doctor Who,” recalls Elisabeth. “Of course, he didn’t know anything more than that and I had no idea what I was going along to.
“You kind of have the weight of the old programme on your shoulders,” she muses.
“I’m representing someone I don’t want to let down. I couldn’t have done it if I thought that I couldn’t look after her… but I had great faith in the production team,” says the actress, whose credits include Coronation Street, The Bill and Peak Practice.
“On the day of the meeting I thought, ‘How am I going to turn these people down? The agent’s going to go mad with me!’ Happily, it was very soon into the introductions that I realised we were thinking about Sarah Jane in exactly the same way. So I decided to throw caution to the wind.