BBC signs up for more of Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures

CBBC controller Anne Gilchrist has commissioned a third series of children's Doctor Who sci-fi spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures.

The 12 episodes of the teatime show has been ordered before series two, which began in September, has finished its run.

An average of 1.25 million viewers watched each episode of the first series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, which stars Elisabeth Sladen as the former Doctor Who assistant. The BBC Wales-produced show aired on weekdays at 5.05pm last year.

The current run is averaging 700,000 viewers - albeit in an earlier 4.35pm slot.

Russell T Davies, the show's executive producer, said it was "an honour and a delight to get a third commission".

"It's brilliant to see Elisabeth Sladen's Sarah Jane becoming a hero for a whole new generation of kids," Davies added.

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