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A DOG’S BEST FRIEND

Several months before his death in March 2007, writer Dave Martin described how he and his colleague Bob Baker created their famous robot dog, K9. The interview is published here for the first time.
K9 in The Armageddon Factor (1979), the last story Bob Baker and Dave Martin collaborated on for Doctor Who.

“It’s always nice to see the old dog”, said Dave Martin with a twinkle in his eye. “And it’s nice to see the cash. Each time he reappears we renegotiate our contract and they’ve paid us pretty well so far.”

Dave was a jobbing writer who took a refreshingly pragmatic view of his career, but every now and then he betrayed a soft spot for K9. He devised the robot dog with his co-writer Bob Baker, and had been keeping what he described as a “kindly guardian’s eye” on the character since he and Bob stepped down from Doctor Who at the end of the 1970s.

Bob and Dave were recruited to the series at the beginning of that decade, when Terrance Dicks commissioned them to write The Claws of Axos (1971). “Terrance is a real enthusiast for Doctor Who”, said Dave, who clearly retained a great fondness and respect for the former script editor. “There’s something slightly boyish about him, even now. And of course he knows where the money is. He’s worked hard at it. Knocking out all those Doctor Who novels can’t have been fun. I mean, I know he used the scripts for the dialogue, but even so… I’ve done some of that, on [the police drama] Heartbeat, and it’s brain-numbing.”

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Robots have been an essential part of Doctor Who for six decades. The latest issue of Panini’s lavish Doctor Who bookazine includes features on classic robot stories such as Galaxy 4, Pyramids of Mars and The Robots of Death. Other highlights include interviews with the actors, writers and directors who helped to create some of these episodes. Packed with exclusive content and rare images, this 116-page bookazine is a must-have for fans