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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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John Leeson ...
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Bill Fraser ...
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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 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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This was released by the BBC on video cassette in the UK in August 1995. See more »

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Sarah Jane Smith: Oh Brendan, stop honking!
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Spun-off from Doctor Who (1963) See more »

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No way to treat a loyal dog
29 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

So K9 was being written out of Doctor Who and with the furore from the fans, the producers gave him a spin off and teamed him with Sarah Jane Smith.

It seems not much attention was paid as to who this series was aimed at, there was no type of focus group discussions taking place, it was just quickly green-lit into production.

The final result, a mish mash of ideas that forgot K9 was popular with kids, therefore a witches coven story line that harks back to Pertwee era Doctor Who might not be the wisest of moves.

For years K9 & Co stuck out like a sore thumb in the Doctor Who canon. Yet almost a quarter of century later, Russell T Davies effectively tried a second pilot, pushing Sarah Jane to the forefront, surrounding her with some kids and K9 pushed to the background. Hey, even the Doctor turned up a few times.

In essence this would provide a bridge to the Sarah Jane Adventures whose time was yet to come.


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