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article imageK9 to Five: latest Doctor Who spin-off launches in UK

By Mathew Wace Peck     Dec 18, 2010 in Entertainment
This weekend sees the British launch of K9, the latest spin-off drama series from the ever-expanding universe of Doctor Who, the BBC's long-running science-fiction drama series.
Five is broadcasting the first 13 episodes of K9 over the course of the next two weeks. These stories make up the first half of the 26-part first series, which has been co-produced by Park Entertainment and Jetix Europe.
K9 will be shown daily over the Christmas period, up to and including New Year's Eve. The second half of the series is due to air on Five around Easter 2011.
Although filmed in Australia, K9 is set in London, in the UK in the near future. It stars John Leeson as the voice of K9, the Doctor's robot-dog companion who first appeared in Doctor Who in 1977. Leeson has provided K9's voice for more than 30 years, with the character having already appeared in Doctor Who and two of its other spin-off dramas, K9 and Company and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
The show's co-stars are Philippa Coulthard (Jorjie Turner), Keegan Joyce (Starkey), Daniel Webber (Darius Pike) and Robert Moloney (Professor Gryffen).
The series has been created by Paul Tams and Bob Baker (Wallace an Gromit). Baker, together with the late David Martin, first created the robot companion for Doctor Who in 1974. The character is co-owned by Baker and the BBC. K9's design in this new series is noticeably different from Doctor Who, due to the fact that while Baker owns the character rights, the BBC owns the original character design.
K9 is the third spin-off drama series from Doctor Who – the other two being Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures – but the first not to be produced by the BBC.
The complete series has already been broadcast to critical acclaim in Australia, by Network Ten – and a second series is already in development.
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