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K-9 and Company

K-9 and Company25 YEARS before Russell T Davies, a DR WHO spin-off! And what a super one at that. Best Ever Companion on wheels teams up with Best Ever Companion Sarah Jane to battle a script of the most diabolical proportions, capped with a glitzy theme by uber-fan Ian Levene. Titles showed Sarah Jane doing journalistic things like going jogging and typing alfresco. Introduced “honking” sidekick Brendan. How could this get it so right, and Torchwood get it so wrong?



  1. gman

    April 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Loved the closig sequence, featuring the credits rolling over a still of K9 perched atop a dry-stone wall.

  2. Glenn A

    August 14, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Yet Sarah Jane had to wait nearly 30 years before finally getting a series worthy of her name and memory to us older Doctor Who fans. Also a warning of what can happen when extreme fans like Levene get a budget to make a show, it turns into a load of nonsense.

  3. borgduck

    August 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I met Elisabeth Sladen several times during the past decade. I miss you Lis! R.I.P.

  4. Glenn A

    January 22, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Ian Levene is an interesting case of an uber fan, he destroyed a television set and burned his licence in front of the press when there were rumours of the BBC cancelling Doctor Who in 1985, then he admitted the Colin Baker series wasn’t that good anyway. Actually Doctor Who in the 80s wasn’t very good.

  5. Richard16378

    January 23, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    I’ve seen at least fan site more or less blames Ian Levene for Dr Who’s cancellation in 1985.

    He was an unofficial continuity consultant making sure story lines didn’t contradict earlier stories, but this meant episodes started to be chock-filled with references to things that were in the programme years before & only the most hard core fans would understand, & alienating casual viewers.

    • Glenn Aylett

      May 26, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      @ Richard16378, Doctor Who became too inward looking in the Colin Baker era and started to mention characters and events from the seventies that only the most hardcore fan could remember. Also Michael Grade hated the show and wanted to cancel it, which didn’t help. It’s a shame Doctor Who went downhill in the eighties as an American fanbase was building up and surely a collaboration with the Americans and more money could have saved it. Instead Grade decided to slowly kill the show.

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