I learned about the Bere Alston K9 because he was recently dognapped. From the Plymouth Herald:
Doctor Who’s faithful companion was the victim of a dog-napping – but was soon returned to his rightful home and decked out in a running vest.
Last year the K9 model appeared under the village sign in Bere Alston, sparking speculation as to where it had come from.
Last week a group of runners from the Bere Alston Trekkers were driving back from Braunton in North Devon when they noticed the metal dog had gone walkies.
Emma Dooney said: “He has been in our village for quite a while now and while we were driving back one of the chaps spotted him. Someone had actually taken him and put him under the Tavistock sign, so we loaded him back in the car and returned him to his rightful place.”
No, wait, he’s home again.
(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)