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There has been talk, on and off over the years, of producing a Doctor Who movie, what with the character being ridiculously popular in the U.S. as well as the U.K. these days. While that doesn’t look to be happening anytime soon, that doesn’t mean that Doctor Who related films are off the table, and the tin dog is ready for his closeup. K-9 is getting his own movie.
Announced on the official K-9 Facebook Page (which has over 5,000 followers, because I know you were curious), the film will be titled Timequake and currently has an unspecified 2017 release date. Bob Baker, the original creator of the K-9 character, who first appeared in the serial The Invisible Enemy in 1977, is writing the script. The page also makes reference to Omega, who will apparently be the main villain. Baker also created Omega, which makes sense because he, and not the BBC, actually own the rights to these characters, and the network has to license them from him whenever they want to use him in the series.
K-9 has proven to be a remarkably popular character over the years, so much so that this is far from his first solo venture. The BBC attempted a spinoff series, K-9 and Company, back in 1981, but it never made it past the pilot episode. In 2010, Baker brought K-9 back for his own children’s series in Australia, which lasted for 26 episodes. He has appeared on Doctor Who as recently as 2006 and also made regular appearances on spinoff, The Sarah Jane Adventures.
While little detail has been provided about the movie at this point, the fact that the majority of K-9‘s recent appearances have been focused around shows geared more toward children certainly implies that this film will be as well. Doctor Who was more of a kid’s show during Baker’s tenure, and most of his post Who work has been focused on other child-friendly work like Wallace & Gromit. It does look like the tin dog is ready for an upgrade, however. Here’s a look at him that was attached to the announcement.
We’ll need more details before we can tell whether a K-9 movie is a good idea or not. He makes for a great sidekick, but we’re not sure if two hours of that voice might have us heading for the exits. Are you ready for a feature film starring K-9?