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‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: K-9 gets his own spinoff… and it’s already on DVD

Dunno how I missed hearing about the new kiddie series K-9 until I got an email from Amazon.co.uk this morning, but I did. Though perhaps that’s a good thing, cuz it sounds sort of dire, like bad fan fiction. From the DVD description of Series 1, Volume 1:

TV’s Most loved Robot dog K9 blasts back into action via a Space Time Manipulator and arrives in the late 21st Century in a London scarred by Alien Intrusion and Government rule through a Cybernetic Police Force.

K9 is a cybernetic construct from the 50th Century and has the appearance of an earth dog both in shape and size. He arrives at the home of Professor Gryffen, a renowned cybernetics and temporal dynamics expert who is working on the Alien Space-Time-Manipulator (STM) which opens a portal to anywhere in space and time. K9 is following a group of rogue Aliens, Jixen Warriors who attack Gryffen and a couple of teenagers; Starkey a homeless rebel and Jorjie, a very capable intelligent young girl.

To save them K9 sacrifices himself and explodes, soon followed by his regeneration thanks to a strange alien device implanted in his mainframe. The new look K9 can now hover and fly and has more capabilities than ever before. K9 loses his long term memory and begins a quest to not only protect humanity but to discover more about his time and Space travelling past.

There’s more…

The year is 2059 and the Earth has suffered at the hands of natural disasters and the world government s have developed cybernetic technology and replaced human police and security forces with Cybernetic Civil Pacification Corps (The CCPC) who are controlled by the sinister Department.

The Department have divisions run by Inspectors who control Public Order and Alien and Paranormal activity.

Alongside Gryffen’s errand boy, Darius the teens are destined to become K9 s companions in the battle against repression by the Department and the ongoing intrusion by Alien Life forms.

The series features many new and bizarre Alien menaces from beyond Time and Space as well as some evil home grown human adversaries.

It looks pretty dire, too:

WTF: K-9 can fly?

I love Doctor Who, but c’mon. Who are they gonna spin off next, Kamelion?

Thirteen episodes of K-9 — not to be confused with the 1989 movie of the same name starring James Belushi and a German shepherd — aired in the U.K. in a two-week push around Christmas and New Year’s; they’re included in this Region 2 DVD set. A second batch of 13 episodes is coming soon.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)



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