Tag Archives: K9

Robot Buddy K9

Companion Tropes 34 “Robot Buddy” might seem like a blindingly obvious character trope to discuss for K9, but it is actually a very important and interesting kind of character, ubiquitous in science fiction.  This is also the best place to … Continue reading

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Mickey the Tin Dog

Companion Tropes 16 Me?  I’m their Man in Havana.  I’m the technical support.  I’m… Oh, my God, I’m the tin dog. That’s probably Mickey Smith’s most famous line, from the Doctor Who episode School Reunion.  It’s a funny moment, but … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Annual (1982)

The 1982 Doctor Who Annual (undated, published in 1981) has a split personality.  It’s a Fourth Doctor annual, and it’s a Fifth Doctor annual.  There are six stories and one comic strip, with all but the final two stories featuring … Continue reading

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K9 Annual 1983

On 29th December 1981 a pilot episode for a potential spinoff series from Doctor Who was broadcast, K9 and Company.  Despite good viewing figures, it was not picked up for a full series, falling between the cracks of a change … Continue reading

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The Sarah Jane Adventures

As we near the end of looking at every Doctor Who story, we’re taking a detour this week to write about some of the spinoffs.  I probably won’t be covering them on an episode-by-episode basis, although The Sarah Jane Adventures … Continue reading

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K9 and Company

I’ve got an idea for the title sequence.  Why don’t we do that American TV thing where we cut together a lot of exciting bits of the first episode? But we’re scheduled to film the title sequence first. OK, then … Continue reading

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Nightmare of Eden

Season 17 has been big on ideas, and following on from a story that was a mashup of issues of capitalism and Greek mythology we have an anti-drugs parable where worlds collide. To tackle drug addiction in Doctor Who in … Continue reading

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The Creature from the Pit

Me only cruel immortality Consumes: I wither slowly in thine arms, Here at the quiet limit of the world… Oh dear, look at that monster.  It’s shaped like… well, that’s unfortunate.  How did nobody notice before it went in front … Continue reading

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Underworld

If you came here looking for Minions, then sorry but you came to the wrong place.  Will some Minyans do instead?  On second thoughts, you should probably keep moving. Underworld was originally broadcast just before Blake’s 7 debuted, and while … Continue reading

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The Armageddon Factor

A big climax to a 26 episode story arc needs to be epic, and that’s exactly what The Armageddon Factor shoots for.  It has a mixed reputation and maybe I’m just a sucker for the tricks the story plays, but … Continue reading

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The Androids of Tara

The first thing that always gets said about The Androids of Tara is that it was based on The Prisoner of Zenda, by Anthony Hope.  I suspect that might feel like an obscure reference nowadays for any new fans discovering … Continue reading

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The Stones of Blood

The problem with The Stones of Blood is you can’t see the birthday cake.  It was there, and it informs the whole story, but it never made it to screen.  You see, this was the 100th Doctor Who story, and … Continue reading

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The Pirate Planet

Most television series would be incredibly lucky to get even one creative genius contributing scripts.  Doctor Who has had several, and the most notable is Douglas Adams, one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century.  This is his debut … Continue reading

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The Ribos Operation

Well, this is something very different.  The closest we have come to a season arc before was the Master appearing in every story in Season Eight, unless you count six out of the seven Season Five stories having the same … Continue reading

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School Reunion

School Reunion has it all, and stands as a fine example of how to appeal to the established fans and the new viewers of Doctor Who at the same time. The Krillitane are there to entertain the kids, whilst the … Continue reading

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Warriors’ Gate

So here it is, the most incorrectly apostrophized story on websites of them all (yes, there is more than one warrior!).  It’s also one of the biggest missed opportunities of them all, because it chickens out on an idea that … Continue reading

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State of Decay

Welcome back Terrance Dicks.  Watching this in the original broadcast order it seems like an eternity since Doctor Who has done something like this, and it only happened because new script editor Christopher H Bidmead was in a pretty dire … Continue reading

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Full Circle

So here begins the E-Space Trilogy, a run of three stories set in a different universe.  If this were done again, it would be described in terms of the TARDIS passing through a “rift”, or a “crack in the universe”, … Continue reading

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Meglos

As monsters go, Meglos is a really odd one, a mad and bad shapeshifter who also happens to be a cactus.  As threats go, this is delightfully strange.  He also works well as a way to tell a story about … Continue reading

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The Leisure Hive

Look!  We’ve been completely reinvented.  This is now a totally new blog, a complete departure from what it was last week, and nothing will ever be the same again… because the writing is BLUE! Sometimes a change is not as … Continue reading

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