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Published on April 2nd, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Oh No K-9 Rangers

The first trailer for the upcoming K-9 series has been released on YouTube – and it’s not pretty. The Doctor’s best friend has been reduced to a hovering, wise-cracking toy.

In fact I believe the term is ill-judged.

Despite reservations over the design of the upgraded cyberdog and the co-production aspect, not to mention that Sarah Jane Adventures-esque titles and logo, Kasterborous has held fire on K-9 long enough to see what turns out.

It’s hardly the mutt’s nuts.

See for yourself. Kudos if you make it to the end of what is essentially sub-Power Rangers twaddle.

Gasp – As K-9 flies around the room – as if worn on someone’s head!

Switch off – as the irritating new Australian voice dispelling dreadful "funny" lines grinds on you just that bit too much. (OK, so it’s not the finished voice – but still, what sort of reaction is expected?)

Frankly this is insulting stuff. If this is for the same audience as Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, then that audience has been greatly misjudged – if the trailer is anything to go by (and let’s face it, that’s the point of trailers) then K-9 is talking down to the kids.

As we should all know by now, successful TV shows don’t patronise the audience, regardless of the age group. Throw in some Power Rangers style monster tosh and wobbly FX and K-9 is set to have as short a come back as his last one.

(Via DoctorWhoNews.com – thanks to Spoonplayer)

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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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