Thursday, May 19, 2011

K-9 and Company (1981)

Back in 1981 there was attempt to spin off a series from Doctor Who with his most popular companions; Sarah Jane Smith and the robot dog K-9. The 50 minute pilot is part of the two disc The Invisible Enemy set of Tom Baker episodes.

As a show it was quite good. Nothing alien or supernatural happens, but it is a scary mystery. Sarah Jane and K-9 never met on Doctor Who, and the premise is that The Doctor sends K-9 to his friend Sarah Jane. They are in a little hamlet where Sarah Jane plans to write a book, but then people start disappearing, and other oddness ensues. Not one to take things laying down, the intrepid Ms. Smith goes to work.

It is a good show, though frankly they could have done without K-9. He is very little of the show. I think his occasional appearances in The Sarah Jane Adventures makes more sense. Don't skip this one because you don't like silly robot dogs. You hardly see him, and he is not that bad. Available on DVD from Netflix.


Tim Brannan said...

It has been years since I saw K-9 and Co.
How does it work as a precursor to the newer Sarah Jane Adventures? I seem to recall that they were almost the same show.

Darius Whiteplume said...

The biggest difference is the extra use of K-9. It really should be "Sarah Jane & Company." They talk about how hard it was to use K-9, because he is hard to get in shot, and is only so mobile. "K-9 & Company" has a more classic Who feel, but "The Sarah Jane Adventures" is definitely better. I did like the story in this one though.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Oh, and there was only one kid, and he was a weird little know-it-all just like Luke ;-D

Cap'n Carrot said...

I like this pilot much more than The Sarah Jane Adventures which I find very tedious. (And more K-9 is always better than less K-9, in my opinion.)

Darius Whiteplume said...

I like TSJA, but since its audience is 'tweens it does get a tad annoying. Some stories are definitely better than others. "The Temptation of Sarah Jane" is a good one, but does still have some of the cheese that growing kids need ;-D

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