"Brigadier, a straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting."
--The Third Doctor
Since I have FINALLY finished all the classic episodes, I decided to begin browsing again, starting with Sarah Jane Smith's first episode "The Time Warrior"
Oh, I have missed the leisurely pace of four-parters. We have a whole episode before Sarah Jane enters the TARDIS, giving us time to set up the medieval portion and characters. The buildup to the reveal of the first Sontaran ever...
And Sarah Jane does well for her first time out She comes to the conclusion the Doctor is working for Irongron and proceeds to prose and lead a commando raid to capture him. Afterwards, she helps him whip up some stinkbombs and poison the cooking. Really, she's quite the badass already.