Over the years there have been various mentions of a big screen adaptation of the Doctor Who universe but as yet, none have come to fruition. Back in 2011, Harry Potter director David Yates hinted at the idea of working on a standalone film, featuring a different Doctor and with a separate storyline to the TV series. That idea was nixed pretty quickly by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and since then, all has gone quiet.
Now it looks as though we will be getting a different sort of movie altogether, starring the Doctor’s robotic canine companion. K9 will star in his own film set for cinematic release in 2017, which not so coincidentally happens to be his 40th birthday. K9: Timequake, will also see the robotic dog come face to face with classic Doctor Who villain, Omega. Omega was an early Time Lord who lost his physical form and became evil.
Announced via K9's official Facebook page, K9: Timequake is written by Bob Baker, one of K9’s original creators, and is set to be filmed both overseas and in the UK. K9 himself is getting a high-tech reboot and makeover for the movie, as can be seen in the accompanying art work. The description of the movie is given as follows:
“The new K9 will be appearing in a Multi-Million Dollar movie which promises to be a great action adventure set in deep Space. The film will be full of dashing heroes and heroines, Androids, monstrous Aliens and an ultimate foe who will also be familiar to Doctor Who fans everywhere; the megalomaniac OMEGA.”
K9 first appeared in Doctor Who way back in 1977, in a serial adventure titled 'The Invisible Enemy'. The Doctor at the time was Tom Baker and K9 ended up accompanying the Doctor and his then companion, Leela (Louise Jameson) on many adventures. In 1981, a pilot was produced for a Doctor Who spinoff series featuring K9 and former Doctor’s companion Sarah Jane Smith, played by the late Elisabeth Sladen. That series didn’t make it to air, but K9 and Smith did appear together in a 2006 Doctor Who episode, ‘School Reunion'.
A popular pairing, K9 then often appeared with Sladen in the CBBC spinoff series, The Sarah Jane Adventures before he landed his own Australian TV series, K-9. For legal reasons, that show was not allowed to refer directly to Doctor Who or any of its characters, so it seems rather surprising that Omega will feature in the movie... Until you learn that Baker also co-created Omega, that is, and (we assume) still holds some rights to that character in some capacity.
It is not stated whether any other Whovian characters or references will appear in the film but it seems very unlikely. After all, this announcement did not come from the BBC and K9: Timequake does not seem to be attached to the Doctor Who universe, Moffat or the BBC in any way.
It will be interesting to see how the movie turns out, and whether it draws much of an audience. Playing on the back of Doctor Who, and K9’s popularity in that verse, it will certainly garner attention - but can it sustain that and turn it into a positive reception for the film when it arrives in 2017?
K9: Timequake is slated for a 2017 release. Stay tuned for more updates.
Source: K9 Facebook