Book Review – Sarah Jane Smith: Dreamland

  • Title: Dreamland
  • Series: Sarah Jane Smith
  • Discs: 1 CD
  • Author: David Bishop
  • Director: John Ainsworth
  • Characters: Sarah Jane Smith, Josh Townsend, Natalie, Sir Donald
  • Cast: Elisabeth Sladen, Jeremy James, Sadie Miller, Stephen Greif
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 07/09/2018

**Spoiler Alert** Big Finish’s last Sarah Jane Smith audio play, Dreamland, begins by wrapping up the cliffhangers from the last story, Fatal Consequences. Josh rescues Sarah from the Keeper of the Crimson Chapter – not only does he stop the Keeper from killing Sarah, Josh kills the Keeper and administers the cure for the Marlborough Virus to Sarah. Josh also killed Will Sullivan – claiming it was self-defense. It should be obvious that Josh is a member of the White Chapter of the Orbis Postermo. Josh also reveals to Natalie that he killed her boyfriend, who was a Crimson Chapter member. Natalie accompanies Sarah to Will’s funeral. Sir Donald tries to convince Sarah to go to Nevada to see the first “space tourism” flight of the Dauntless. Sarah is hesitant and unconvinced until she sees Sir Donald and Josh together and realizes Josh is Sir Donald’s son. Sarah and Natalie head to Nevada, to the Dreamland Air Force Base.

Once in Nevada, Sir Donald’s poor health and eventual death mean it will be Josh, not his father on the flight, and Sarah fulfills Sir Donald’s dying wish by agreeing to go on the flight. Natalie will be on a headset in mission control.

The flight seems to be going well until the pilot fails to turn off the ship’s booster rocket after 90 seconds. As the ship continues to go up towards space Sarah and Josh realize something is wrong. Josh tries to force the pilot, Ben Kimmel, to cut the rocket thrusters but Ben is a secret member of the Crimson chapter. Josh pulls a gun, despite having earlier promised Sarah no more guns or killing. Not to mention the utter stupidity of bringing a gun on a spaceship, which Sarah points out. Josh and Ben struggle. The result is Ben is killed, Josh is shot and apparently dies later from his wound, the instrument panels are smashed, and a fire breaks out in the cockpit. And since the rocket thrusters are still firing the ship is hiding out much farther than it was either designed for or is safe. Natalie and Sarah are able to talk over their radio headsets briefly and Sarah tries to reassure her friend. Sarah then tells Natalie she sees a bright light and hears a terrible noise in her head.

The play ends with a news update that something has gone terribly wrong with the world’s first space tourism flight, and the fate of the three people on board the ship is unknown. So the play ends with a cliffhanger.

I’m going to assume that the light and sound were the Mandragora Helix since it’s been teased throughout the entire second season of audio plays. But I do wish Big Finish had recorded one more audio to wrap up the Mandragora plot. This audio play was recorded in 2005, and Elisabeth Sladen’s television series, The Sarah Jane Adventures didn’t even start until 2007. Still, even with the cliffhanger ending this series of Sarah Jane Smith audios has been excellent. The acting, sound effects, and music are all very good. I highly recommend the series and Dreamland in particular.

Please see my review of Sarah Jane Smith Buried Secrets.

Please see my review of Sarah Jane Smith Snow Blind.

Find out more about Big Finish audios at their website: www.bigfinish.com.

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Note: No promotional consideration was paid for this review. I review because I enjoy it!

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