K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981)

TV Movie  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  28 December 1981 (UK)
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Spin-off from "Doctor Who" which, despite good ratings, didn't get past the pilot stage. One time companion to a mysterious and body-changing alien known as "The Doctor", Sarah Jane Smith ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
John Leeson ...
K-9 (voice)
Bill Fraser ...
Ian Sears ...
Colin Jeavons ...
Mary Wimbush ...
Linda Polan ...
Gillian Martell ...
Neville Barber ...
John Quarmby ...
Nigel Gregory ...
Stephen Oxley ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sally Ann Wright ...
Coven Member


Spin-off from "Doctor Who" which, despite good ratings, didn't get past the pilot stage. One time companion to a mysterious and body-changing alien known as "The Doctor", Sarah Jane Smith returns to Earth and carries on with her journalist career. Now, in 1981, she has managed to rebuild her career and has come, a matter of days before Christmas, to her Aunt Lavinia's (a famous scientist) house in the sleepy English village of Moreton Harwood to write a book and to rest after her world-travelling assignments. However, her journalist's nose sniffs out another mystery when she arrives to find Aunt Lavinia gone, and nobody knows where she is, but the local rumour is that she was the victim of a local witch coven. Worshipers of a pagan goddess Hecate gather to celebrate a festival by ritually murdering a friend of Sarah's. She needs help... and she gets it from a box from her friend "The Doctor." Inside the box is a metal robotic but almost human-like talking dog called K-9 that is built ... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Had a series been developed, it was planned to reveal (probably around the end of the first season) that K-9 had in fact been sent by The Master. See more »


The 'witches' use masks which resemble goat's heads. However, goats hold absolutely no significance whatsoever to Hecate and her worship. The animal Hecate is most associated with are dogs. See more »


Aunt Lavinia: [referring to Sarah Jane] She's like a butterfly, never in one place long enough to lick a stamp.
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Featured in TV's Finest Failures (2001) See more »

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Needed more to engage me or have me consider it "unintentionally hilarious"
10 May 2015 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

By this point Doctor Who was pretty etched into people's minds as being one of the longest running sci-fi shows ever and this was made during the era of which Tom Baker would have been just about to regenerate or a little bit into Davison's era. So It would only make sense to make a spin-off show where the protagonist is a robotic dog that shoots lasers.

Okay, so based on the set-up it's made clear that having K-9 be a lead character would mean that the show would be targeted more towards children rather then a family audience that Doctor Who has. The plot is that Sarah Jane Smith is trying to get to her aunt's house for some reason and when she's there she finds out about a rather controversial article that her aunt wrote about Druids when they were still operating, When she gets there she also finds a present from the Doctor, K-( who - with the help of a boy try to find Sarah Jane's missing grandmother.

If you aren't young enough to fully like the show then I would only see about a couple of opinions and that would be either that the notion of a robotic dog running around shooting lasers at people wearing Halloween masks and robes playing "Ring Around The Rosie" would be hilarious and... I wouldn't blame you for thinking that (I would almost suggest seeing this no matter what because even the opening will get a laugh in how cheesily dated it is) or it's a good effort but not exactly a laugh riot. My opinion unfortunately is in the latter.

There were some good elements but I just think this show needed a little bit more to get me to enjoy it. Maybe if Sarah Jane went back to working with UNIT and K-9 was then used to help UNIT with whatever goes wrong with The Brigadeer and Sergeant Benton I might have enjoyed the show a bit more but as it is if you want to see a laser shooting robot dog stop people in Halloween Masks and robes playing "Ring Around The Rosie" then you'll probably enjoy it.

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