K-9 Tales
 

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Starring: Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, John Leeson & Elisabeth Sladen
By:Bob Baker, David Martin & Terence Dudley
Rating:   6.6  (21 votes)  Vote here
Review:  K9 OK  Read more (3 in total)
Editions:  UK UK (DVD) | US US (DVD) | Australia Australia (DVD)
Note:Box set containing The Invisible Enemy and K-9 and Company, both previously unreleased on DVD. The extras include PDF versions of the K-9 Annual 1983 plus the four K-9 children's books originally published in 1980: K-9 and the Zeta Rescue, K-9 and the Beasts of Vega, K-9 and the Time Trap and K-9 and the Missing Planet.

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Edition: UK UK (DVD)
Released:  June 2008
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 2 x DVD
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Cover blurb:
The Doctor's first ever meeting with K-9, plus the robot dog's very own spin-off special!

Cover blurbs for the two individual DVDs inside the box set are as follows:

The Invisible Enemy:
While answering a mayday from a refuelling station on Saturn's largest moon, the TARDIS passes through a mysterious cloud. Alarmed, Leela senses a malevolent presence. The danger turns out to be an intelligent space virus, and the Doctor is soon infected and fighting for control of his mind.

With the Time Lord incapacitated, Leela's only hope lies on a nearby medical satellite. There, help comes in the unlikely coupling of eccentric scientist Professor Marius and his dog-shaped computer, K-9...

But can they save the Doctor before he is utterly consumed by the enemy within?

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Commentary by Louise Jameson (Leela), John Leeson (K-9), Bob Baker (Writer) and Mat Irvine (Visual Effects Designer)
  • Dreams and Fantasy The cast and crew recall the making of this story and even take the original K-9 for walkies!
  • Studio Sweepings A rare opportunity to go behind the scenes on the recording of this story, courtesy of a time-coded videotape recording
  • Visual Effect Mat Irvine meets up with his old colleague Ian Scoones at Bray Studios to talk about the visual effects for The Invisible Enemy
  • Blue Peter K-9 meets John Noakes and Shep
  • Optional CGI Effects
  • Trailers and Continuities BBC1 ephemera from 1977
  • Easter Egg
  • Radio Times Billings Listings from Radio Times (PDF DVD-ROM)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Coming Soon Trailer
  • Production Information Subtitles
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

This story was originally broadcast on BBC1 between 1st — 22nd October 1977

K-9 and Company — A Girl's Best Friend:
For many years, investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith travelled through space and time with her best friend — a Time Lord known as the Doctor. But all good things must come to an end, and they were forced to part. Sarah returned to Earth and her career, but before they went their separate ways, she made the Doctor promise not to forget her...

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

Sarah and her aunt's ward, Brendan, are soon caught up in the affairs of a mysterious cult who practise the black arts, and are preparing for a human sacrifice. But they have the Doctor's gift to aid them — a robot dog who answers to the name of K-9...

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Commentary by Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane), John Leeson (K-9), Linda Polan (Juno Baker) and Eric Saward (Script Editor)
  • The K-9 Files Cast and crew look back at the making of K-9 and Company, plus K-9's subsequent life in books and comic strips is examined
  • K-9 — A Dog's Tale K-9 himself answers a selection of questions about his life and career
  • Pebble Mill at One K-9's appearance on the 1981 Christmas show
  • Trails and Continuities A selection of off-air continuities announcements for the various BBC transmissions of this story
  • The Adventures of K-9 Adobe PDF versions of the four K-9 books for younger children (PDF DVD-ROM)
  • The K-9 Annual 1983 (PDF DVD-ROM)
  • Radio Times Billings Listings from Radio Times (PDF DVD-ROM)
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Information Subtitles
  • Coming Soon Trailer
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

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Edition: US US (DVD)
Title:  The Invisible Enemy with K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend
Released:  September 2008
Publisher:  BBC Video
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Cover blurb:
The INVISIBLE ENEMY While answering a mayday from a refuelling station on Saturn's largest moon, the TARDIS passes through a mysterious cloud that carries a space virus. The Doctor is soon infected and fighting for control of his mind. Leela's only hope lies on a nearby medical satellite, where she seeks help from eccentric Professor Marius and his dog-shaped computer, K-9. (Episodes 1-4, 93 mins)

K-9 AND COMPANY Sarah is looking forward to spending a quiet Christmas with her Aunt Lavinia in the sleepy village of Morton Harewood. But when she arrives, she finds her aunt missing, and a surprise present from an old friend waiting to be opened. Sarah and her aunt's ward, Brendan, are soon caught up in the affairs of a mysterious cult who practice the black arts, and are preparing for a human sacrifice. But Sarah has the Doctor's gift to help them — a robot dog who answers to the name of K-9. (50 mins)

DVD EXTRAS INCLUDE:

DISC 1:

  • Audio Commentary with actors Louise Jameson and John Leeson, visual effects designer Mat Irvine and co-writer Bob Baker
  • Dreams and Fantasy Making of (20 mins)
  • Studio Sweepings Behind the scenes (20 mins)
  • Visual Effect Mat Irvine and Ian Scoones discuss the story's visual effects (16 mins)
  • Blue Peter (4 mins)
  • Optional CGI Effects
  • Easter Egg (1 min)

DISC 2:

  • Audio Commentary on K-9 & Co. with actors Elisabeth Sladen, John Leeson, Linda Polen and script editor Eric Saward
  • The K-9 Files Making of (11 mins)
  • K-9 - A Dog's Tale Interview (3 mins)
  • Pebble Mill at One (2 mins)
  • DVD-ROM feature Radio Times listings, K-9 Stories
  • Production Note Subtitle Option
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
  • Trailers and Continuities (5 mins)
  • Photo Galleries (8 mins)

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Edition: Australia Australia (DVD)
Released:  September 2008
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