Any pure blooded fan of Dr. Who’s canine companion, K-9 (I am not a dog!)–Sorry, he had to interject, there—is back at last. K-9: The Complete Series has been made available for audiences in a four-disc set thanks to the good people at Shout! Factory and Park Television Productions. The twenty-six episode series ran from October 31, 2009 – November 2010 in the U.K. And now younger audiences who may only know Dr. Who through its more recent re-incarnation on BBC and BBC America will be introduced to this classic Dr. Who character. In turn, it could lead those same audiences to gain interest in the more classic Dr. Who series. On the same tip, it could re-ignite the love for the classic series that fans of that series once had while also generating interest both in this spinoff and in the new Dr. Who franchise. So while it may have only lasted a total of twenty-six episodes, K-9: The Complete Series is a valuable addition to the library of any fan of Dr. Who.
K-9: The Complete Series was originally aimed at younger audiences during its original run overseas. And while it was aimed at younger audiences, it’s still a fun show for any fan of the seminal sci-fi series. Fans of the original series will like this updated take on the companion to The Fourth Doctor’s (Played by actor Tom Baker) robotic companion. Actor John Leeson reprised his role once again for this series. And yet again, he was the right choice for the job, as he showed that he had just as much chemistry with a new generation of companions (ba-dump-bump-bump) as he did with the original doctors. He even got the chance to be a little bit edgier than he would have had with K-9’s previous incarnation, since he is working with a group of teens in the setting of late Twenty-First century London. That more edgy side will especially entertain younger audiences. And it may be just as entertaining to some older audiences that are more familiar with the original K-9. They will even be impressed with his updated look, which is explained away through the plot element in the very first episode, ‘Regeneration.’ This instance of K-9 sacrificing himself isn’t the first time that the robotic dog has done so. Long-time Dr. Who fans will recall that it has done this before. And just as interesting is that this is one of very few references made to the original Dr. Who series made anywhere in this specific spinoff. The only fleeting references made to the original series (including in the bonus “Interview with K-9” feature) are a result of broadcasting and distribution rights, allegedly. But that is not entirely an issue as this series is certain to garner enough interest in that franchise to lead to a younger generation giving that franchise new life.
While there is little to no reference in K-9 to Dr. Who, it doesn’t necessarily need a link to the aforementioned sci-fi hit as it manages to succeed on its own thanks to the show’s writing staff and those behind the show’s production and costumes. The show—one part Torchwood, and one part Men in Black—starts out as a grouping of stand-alone episodes. But even when it does start to become a serial, it still manages to maintain its balance of comedy for younger audiences and action for all audiences, thus keeping audiences engaged throughout every episode. The show’s writers are to be commended for this. Everything leads up to a number of revelations that no one would have seen coming. For all the enjoyment that K-9: The Complete Series offers, it’s sad that it only lasted twenty-six episodes. The final minutes of the series finale were predictable. But that’s not a bad thing. If anything, it will leave audiences who have made their way to those moments wish more episodes had been written, as it leaves the door wide open for even more adventures. One can only hope that perhaps one day those episodes will happen, and when they do, they will be given more opportunity both in the U.K. and here across the pond in the United States. Until then, audiences finally get to enjoy all twenty-six episodes offered in this collection any time that they want beginning Tuesday, May 7th. It will be available both in stores and online. It can be ordered online via the Shout! Factory store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/?q=node/216940.
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