The BBC Press Office has indeed confirmed the return of everyones favourite – or most hated – robot dog to the new series of Doctor Who currently filming. Not only that but John Leeson is voicing the dog! –
“I am delighted to have been invited back on board the series – and a little gathered rust is no object to a fully functional K9!”
K9 appears – as rumoured – in the episode where the Tenth Doctor and Rose encounter Fourth Doctor companion Sarah Jane Smith. Mickey – played by Noel Clarke – also appears in this episode as the Doctor and his friends face the evil Krillitanes in the episode written by Toby Whithouse.
We should underline that the reunion is today – the episode currently being filmed (School Reunion) features K9, who first appeared in the 1977 story The Invisible Enemy by Bob Baker and Dave Martin. He accompanied the Doctor for 4 years, alongside Leela and the two incarnations of Time Lady Romana. The version of K9 on Earth was sent as a present to Sarah Jane Smith by the Doctor.
K9 left the Doctor’s side when he and Romana became trapped in e-space in the 1981 story Warrior’s Gate.
Chatty Producer Phil Collinson is quoted:
“I hope the new generation of viewers will fall in love with him in the same way. I’m sure he’s going to prove an invaluable help to the Doctor in the fight against intergalactic evil.”
Lis Sladen says of the script:
Toby Whithouse’s script is wonderful – it’s an absolutely truthful progression of Sarah. I just hope I can live up to their expectation, and I hope I can still run as fast after 30 years!”
Anthony Stewart Head – star of Buffy, Gold Blend ads and narrator of BBC Radio 2’s Project Who as well as a regular guest in “Little Britain”- also appears in this episode as “the Headmaster”.
The BBC Press Release can be read here.
For more information on K9, read Brian A. Terranova’s article – Non-Terrain Rover.