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     Home »  General Doctor Who Chatter »  K-9 & Co. Mk. 2?
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     Monday, April 24 2006 @ 05:33 PM EDT
    I did speculate on that but - as far as today's kids are concerned - there is only one K9 and thinking on it wouldn't make sense to destroy him because then they'd have to put in lots of unnecessary explanations about K9s mark I and II. I think K9 Mark III will make it to the end - even if he does get a bit battered in the process.

    The new ones looks crap though. Far too cute. Dear God, I've just thought - what if Disney decide to put songs in?


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     Monday, April 24 2006 @ 05:42 PM EDT
    [Quote  by:  James] The new K9 just looks wrong! I'm I the only one who thinks so?

    I have a tendency to say that as the BBC are not doing it - it will be rubbish.

    Also, if K9 is getting a make-over, do you think that means that the current one will get destroyed or badly damaged in School Reunion?

    It looks more like a Sony AIBO than K-9! Ugh! Eek!

    I'm sorry, that's not K9... but I suppose I will give it a chance.


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     Monday, April 24 2006 @ 05:44 PM EDT
    Is it just me or does it look like a balloon? I can see the merchandising beginning already.

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     Monday, April 24 2006 @ 11:44 PM EDT
    Contractual obligations mean that the Doctor is unable to join K9 on his space mission — Doctor Who is owned by BBC Worldwide — but K9 Adventures is the property of Bob Baker, whose writing credits include the Oscar-winning Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Paul Tams, a veteran Doctor Who designer.,,2-2148876,00.html

    [Quote The original K-9 is set to appear in the BBC's new series of Dr Who later this month. However, the BBC can't launch its own spin-off series based on the character without Baker's permission. 'Dr Who is very important to us and we feel we have to manage the brand very carefully on behalf of our audiences,...As the BBC is already committed to a number of spin-off projects, we concluded that a K9 series may simply be an extension too far.'

    Park Entertainment's involvement hearkens back to an October 2004 news report on the Outpost Gallifrey news page, which notes that, at the time, Park had teamed with Baker and issued a press release at the MIPCOM sales event in France that year. "Baker, who also wrote Aardman's Wallace & Gromit toon," said the news story at that time, "is working with Park's CEO Jim Howell to pitch the show to UK and international networks. The story follows 'a junk space ship led by a cynical old captain and a virtual reality female computer... After finding K9 in an abandoned spacecraft, and picking up an orphaned boy from a passing planet, they become a dysfunctional space-age family.' The proposed series would mix live-action and CGI, with K9 - who is 'cuddly in a robotic kind of way' - now able to morph into new shapes via a special dog collar. Howell and Baker, now in his late-60s, have attracted interest from networks in Canada and Australia. For the UK, Howell said that 'the BBC has some kind of first-refusal' on the spin-off show. 'We're aiming at the Dr Who market,' said Howell, regarding the show's target demo. 'Kids and adults love K9... If you can win both demographics with one show, you're really on to a winner.'"

    I'm guessing the latter CGI/live action mix was what the creators were talking about in that vid I posted here. I have this suspicion that since DISNEY is involved it's going to be complete computer animated. Tell will tell, I supposed! Question

    Anyone ever see the original sketches to the Doctor Who animated series that never happened? Now THOSE were freakin' cool! Cool

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     Monday, April 24 2006 @ 11:52 PM EDT

    Hey PolyphonicAsthma, you were the first person that brought this series to our attention back in October of last year when you reported to us that interview which we then reviewed, which it seemed to me that they were talking about a CGI version of K9.. and here it is now.



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     Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 01:58 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  Louis]
    Hey PolyphonicAsthma, you were the first person that brought this series to our attention back in October of last year when you reported to us that interview which we then reviewed, which it seemed to me that they were talking about a CGI version of K9.. and here it is now.



    Not too bad for the guy who's only Podshock claim to fame is "uhhh... Hi." Laughing Out Loud

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     Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 08:19 AM EDT
    I'm with everyone else of this, but I must say that this K-9 looks like something I could go to a local electronics store and buy a remote control version of. I am sure that's a huge motivating factor behind this: merchandising. cha-ching.
    I gurantee you that there will be a huge toy push behind this, and it's not designed for us, it's designed for little kids. I have no problem with that, really. I don't know how things are in Britain and Europe, but American kids are obsessed with Anime-style shows such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Dragonball Z, and Pokemon. The plots are non existant (but I like DBZ) and are clearly designed to sell toys, trading cards and t-shirts. And boy does it work.
    But if we can get kids hooked early on one of the Doctor's traveling buddies, then when they come of age and desire a little more meat in their story, they just may graduate to the real deal: Doctor Who. SO if we get them while they are young, this could be a blessing in disguise.
    I really doubt that they are trying to appeal to older folks, I think it's purely for the kiddies, and to me that's a good thing, because I don't think any of us want a "mature" late night K-9 adult drama coming on AFTER Torchwood. Big Grin

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     Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 08:23 AM EDT
    [Quote  by:  hdutch007] SO if we get them while they are young, this could be a blessing in disguise.

    It's a very good disguise Confused

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     Tuesday, April 25 2006 @ 10:35 PM EDT
    yeah, it is s good disguise. I'm just being optimistic, as I am not used to being less than thrilled with Doctor Who related news.

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     Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 11:34 AM EDT
    I think a K-9 spinoff that is a stand alone with no connection between Doctor Who and K-9 besides a grey classic version of K-9 use to be on the show is a terrible idea. I love K-9 to death, but his is not a stand alone character. He never has been. He was more of a straightman to the Doctor and in no way could he stand on his own. This stinks of cheap half baked marketing and I expect it to be an even bigger embrassment then the orginal K-9 & Co. theme song.

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     Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 01:09 PM EDT
    I for one am thrilled at this news. It solves the potential problems of this being yet another BBC-produced DW spin-off. Moreover, it allows the remarkably talented, if vastly underrated, Baker a chance to do with the character what he always wanted to do, really—unbound by all the practical restrictions of filming with live actors in 70s. I think this is, potentially, about as perfect a use of the K-9 concept as we could hope for. With Aardman/Disney backing, I can smell "surprise hit" all over this one.

    Thank GOD it has nothing to do with Sarah Jane. Both characters escape this nasty rumor with their integrity intact.

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