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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Paul Tams was a teenage Doctor Who fan when he first encountered K9. Since then he’s co-created the robot dog’s television comeback, and now has plans for a feature film…
The Doctor’s robot dog was given a sleek new redesign for the Australian co-production K9 (2009-10).
Paul Tams’ sketches for the cover of the Doctor Who novelisation Slipback, which was first published in 1986.

In 2009, the year David Tennant handed his most famous role over to Matt Smith, the Doctor wasn’t the only character preparing to regenerate. On the other side of the world, in Australia, another TARDIS traveller changed his appearance and embarked on a new series of adventures.

This was K9, starring in a 26-episode run of an eponymously titled series that aired on Disney XD in Britain and Channel 10 in Australia.

Viewers were given a chance to become reacquainted with the robot dog on 31 October, in a solo screening of the pilot episode Regeneration. This opener saw K9 arrive in the dystopian London of 2050, upgrade his 1970s chassis and fall in with Professor Gryffen and teens Starkey and Jorjie to protect the planet from alien menaces. Up to that point, commentators had maintained that a brand-new K9 production would never come to fruition, let alone achieve a full series with international backing. Bob Baker – who co-created the character with Dave Martin for the 1977 Doctor Who adventure The Invisible Enemy – was one of the driving forces behind the new initiative. The other was Paul Tams.

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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