K-9 and New Company

The new K-9 has been revealed, looking pretty much as he did when the new Australian TV production was given the go ahead, but with a few added curves…

Pictured are K-9 (Mark 1b it would seem) Starkey, Jorjie and Darius, the stars of the new Australian co-production with Park Entertainment

Co-creator Bob Baker revealed on his forum that K-9 will begin the series looking identical to the model left with Leela on Gallifrey – as that is exactly who he is – to begin with.

In the ensuing battle, the only way K9 can defeat the Jixen is to blow himself and them to pieces. One surviving Jixen limps out of the mansion. Before expiring, K9 is able to give instructions that allow Starkey to initiate a regeneration program. A new, more sophisticated and futuristically designed K9 is regenerated.

I wonder where he got that idea from? On the matter of K-9’s voice, meanwhile…

"There is great debate about the voice, I take your point about using John, but, it being a co-production we have many masters to please, but I’m sure you and all K9 fans will like what we eventually come up with since new K9 is the same character and his speech patterns are the same."

Debate on the matter of K-9’s return has swayed from the "why bother?" to the "what is THAT?" – and it does seem various marked concessions have been given to commercial interests.  It would seem that the K-9 model lends itself even more perfectly to marketing opportunities than the original – of course the content of the series shouldn’t be affected by this.

Let’s hope for a nice Sarah Jane Adventures-style tone.

(Additional material from DoctorWhoNews.com)

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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