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Doctor Who dog K9 gets own show

How the new K9 will look
One of Doctor Who's sidekicks, a robotic dog called K9, is to be given his own cartoon spin-off series.

K9 was a regular companion of the Doctor's in the 1970s. He's about to return for the first time in 25 years for this Saturday's episode called School Reunion.

But a cable channel now wants to make greater use of the cyber-hound so has given him a revamp and his own show!

The cartoon, called K9 Adventures, will be set in space.

The original K9 was made from plywood, plastic and electric motors but will now be bought up to date with sleek white body work and a liquid crystal display.

But he'll keep traditional trade marks like his red visor-style eyes and nose laser.

The series creator Bob Baker, who has written for Doctor Who and three Wallace and Gromit films, said: "It's thrilling to be able to offer younger Doctor Who fans the chance to get to know K9.

"I believe they will love the 21st-century K9 as much as the past generations."

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