K-9 the Robot Dog - Talking mechanical dog
featured on the British sci-fi
series DOCTOR WHO/BBC/1963-90. There have been four versions of the K-9,
including the Mark I through Mark IV models.
The original K-0 (Mark I model) was created by Dr. Marius, K-9. It was given to Timelord Doctor Who as a reward for
stopping the spread of a dread disease on the 1977-78 episode "The Invisible
Enemy" (actually due to weight restrictions the Professor could not take K-9
with him to Earth so he gave it to the Doctor and his companion Leela).
Traveling with the Doctor in the time machine known as the TARDIS, K-9
exhibited a variety of special skills, including
- talking (voice John Leeson and David
- moving about via treads/wheels
- protecting itself and others with a laser beam ray built into its mussel
- and last, but not least, wagging its metallic tail
K-9's small box-shaped body also had a storage cavity located in its chest
that contained such items as a sonic lipstick and a watch to scan for alien
life. A cloth collar of Scottish plaid design encircled K-9's silver-colored
The spin-off series K-9 AND COMPANY/SYN/1985 starred Elisabeth Sladen as
Sarah Jane Smith, a former companion of Doctor Who who used K-9 (a gift from the
Doctor) to solve crimes. When the Mark III was destroyed (it sacrificed itself
to save others), the Doctor built a
new and improved version Mark IV at the end of episode "School Reunion" that later appeared in the 2007 spin-off series THE
SARAH JANE ADVENTURES.
An additional 2008 British/Australian 26-part comedy/adventure series entitled K-9:
featured the adventures of the robot dog K-9. The program is a mixture of
computer animation and live action. See also -
ALIENS: "Doctor Who"
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