BBCDVD 2798 K-9 and Company - A girl's best friend DVD


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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 2798
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TitleK-9 and Company - A girl's best friend DVD
ArtistTerence Dudley
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label code-
Item deleted?Yes
Released1981
LabelBBC DVD
BBC%20DVD label
Distributed / printed by2 entertain
Media typePrimary
Media genreDramas - Sci-fi View all other tracks listed as Dramas - Sci-fi.
Run-off codes / Shop bar codesA0100951225-A511 18 IFPI L556 Sony DADC
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Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1A girl's best friend50.00
A2The K-9 files11.43
A3K-9 - A dog's tale3.28
A4Pebble Mill at one2.42
A5Trailers and continuities2.12
A6The adventures of K-9 [PDF]
A7The K-9 annual 1983 [PDF]
A8Radio Times billings [PDF]
A9Photo gallery3.03
Total length of media 1:13:08.

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Starring


Elisabeth Sladen
John Leeson (as K-9)
Bill Fraser
Ian Sears
Colin Jeavons
Sean Chapman
Mary Wimbush
Linda Polan
Gillian Martell
Neville Barber
John Quarmby
Nigel Gregory
Stephen Oxley

Written by


Terence Dudley

Produced by


John Nathan-Turner

Directed by


John Black

Synopsis


Sarah Jane Smith is looking to spending a quiet Christmas with her Aunt Lavinia in the sleepy village of Morton Harewood. When she arrives, she finds her aunt is missing, and a surprise gift from an old friend is waiting to be opened ...

Sarah, K-9 and her aunt's ward, Brendan are caught up in the affairs of a mysterious cult, who practise the black arts, and are preparing for a human sacrifice ...

Background


Doctor Who producer John Nathan-Turner didn't like K-9. The robot dog was an innovation that his predecessor, Graham Williams, had introduced to the series, and it was still hugely popular with Doctor Who's younger viewers. but on Nathan-Turner's first day on location as producer on Doctor Who, filming scenes for the story The Leisure Hive, the mechanical K-9 prop had broken down and proved to be so impractical on Brighton beach, that it had nearly jeopardised what was supposed to have been a fairly routine shoot. The K-9 prop was refurbished, - at some cost - for the next Doctor Who story in production, State of Decay, and although a small improvement in performance was noticeable, Nathan-Turner decided that this particular dog had had its day, and gave instructions for K-9 to be written out of Doctor Who.

When the news broke in the nation's tabloid press in June 1980, Nathan-Turner was not prepared for the backlash his decision would generate. The Sun newspaper even began a 'Save K-9' campaign amongst its readers. Although K-9's popularity was never in doubt, Nathan-Turner felt that Doctor Who would work better without the robot dog, both in terms of narrative, and ability to maximise studio and location recording facilities and time.

Armed with the unexpected publicity his decision had generated, Nathan-Turner suggested to his BBC bosses that K-9 may warrant a life beyond Doctor Who, in a series of its own. The idea was taken seriously, and a pilot episode for a K-9 series was commissioned. The current Doctor Who production team, of producer John Nathan-Turner, and script editors Antony Root and Eric Saward were put in charge of the project. The question was, what form should K-9's continuing adventures take?

An contemporary Earth-based setting for K-9 was selected, not least because of cost considerations. From a fictional standpoint, the question of which K-9 would feature in the series was also considered. K-9 Mk I had left with Leela in The Invasion of Time (1978), while K-9 Mk II had departed with Romana in Warriors Gate (1981). In the end, neither would return; instead, K-9 Mk III would be given his introduction.

As far as John Nathan-Turner was concerned, there was only one choice as to K-9's co-star. Elisabeth Sladen had appeared in Doctor Who as companion Sarah Jane Smith alongside Jon Pertwee's and Tom Baker's Doctors between 1973 and 1976. By 1980, Sarah Jane's popularity as a companion was still incredibly strong, and Nathan-Turner had briefly tried to persuade Sladen to return to Doctor Who in time to wave goodbye to Tom Baker's Doctor, and ease in the tenure of Doctor number five. Sladen had declined the offer, but it had begun a dialogue between the actress and the production office, which resulted in a counter offer to Sladen to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a Doctor-less series. Sladen accepted, and the pilot project geared into full life, firstly titled Sarah and K-9, and then the more familiar K-9 and Company.

Although ratings for the pilot episode were strong, a change in management at the BBC meant that a full series was never commissioned. Viewers would have to wait 25 years to see Sarah and K-9 in action together again, in the revived Doctor Who's second series episode School Reunion. This reappearance finally led to Sladen being given her own spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, with K-9 himself putting in occasional guest appearances.

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