Sunday, 25 October 2015
The Return of K9
News on Saturday that Bob Baker is bringing back K9 once more - this time for a movie. You'll recall that K9 Mark 1 - the one left behind on Gallifrey with Leela - turned up in future London, was badly damaged and regenerated into a cuter looking version capable of flight. This was in the TV series produced in Australia and shown on UK TV (Channel 5) around the time Matt Smith took over the TARDIS. It was made by Disney-XD. Though set in London, the mostly young cast had suspiciously Aussie accents, and London looked a bit more sub-tropically exotic than it usually does (there was an on screen explanation that this was due to global warming).
The original K9 prop turned up in the opening moments, and it was definitely intended by the makers to fit with overall canon. John Leeson provided the K9 voice throughout. A second series wasn't commissioned, but now the tin mutt is coming back in 2017, in a family-friendly movie called K9 - Timequake. Apparently K9 isn't the only Bob Baker-created Doctor Who character that will be on show. The villainous Time Lord Omega is also set to return. It will be interesting to see how this develops.