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Rani Takes on the World – video trailer and another returnee revealed

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Another familiar voice joins Rani Takes on the World, the audio sequel to The Sarah Jane Adventures. 

Big Finish have dropped a video trailer celebrating Rani Takes on the World: Beyond Bannerman Road.

The new audio series, which launches today, reunites Rani Chandra (Anjli Mohindra) and Clyde Langer (Daniel Anthony), two of the young leads who assisted Elisabeth Sladen’s Sarah Jane Smith in the popular children’s Doctor Who spinoff The Sarah Jane Adventures.

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Now grown up, Rani is an award-winning journalist in her own right (as revealed in The Eighth of March: Protectors of Time.) In ‘The Turn of the Tides’, she teamed up with Jo Jones (née Grant) to investigate strange weather phenomena.

Now, Beyond Bannerman Road picks up Rani’s story and reunites her with her teenage pal Clyde. Plus, Mina Anwar returns as Rani’s mum Gita too!

At the end of the trailer, there’s also a tease towards the series’ second boxset The Revenge of Wormwood. We already know that Samantha Bond is reprising her role as the formidable Mrs Wormwood – but the gang are also joined by The Sarah Jane Adventures’ other enduring character: Luke Smith

The Sarah Jane Adventures: Daniel Anthony, Anjli Mohindra, Tommy Knight & Elisabeth Sladen

Tommy Knight (Waterloo Road, Victoria) returns to the role of Sarah Jane’s adopted son, Luke Smith. This makes a lot of sense, as his character’s backstory was intertwined with that of Mrs Wormwood. She created him as part of plans to dominate the Earth in the SJA pilot ‘Invasion of the Bane’.

It will be interesting to see if Luke returns alone, or with Sarah Jane’s K-9 unit in tow. We’ll keep you posted.


To promote the new range, stars Anjli Mohindra and Daniel Anthony have answered fans questions in a new video interview. They recall just how much fun it was making The Sarah Jane Adventures and their fond memories of the late Elisabeth Sladen.

Beyond Bannerman Road is out now on Collector’s Edition CD and download.

The Revenge of Wormwood follows in December 2023 and is available to pre order from Big Finish.