The British newspaper The Sun today leads with a story about how, due to its popularity with BBC bosses, the episode School Reunion from series two 'Who will land its own spin-off series starring Elizabeth Sladen as Sarah-Jane Smith, with John Leeson voicing robotic dog K9. Here's the story in full:
A BIT OF RUST NEVER HURT ANYBODY...
DOCTOR Who’s robot dog K9 and ex-sidekick Sarah Jane Smith are to get their own spin-off show, TV Biz can reveal.
We told how BBC bosses are bringing back K9 for an episode in the Timelord’s new series.
Now it has emerged that the pooch and Sarah Jane, played by Elizabeth Sladen, will also star together in their own children’s series.
An insider said: “It would have been a shame to put K9 back in his kennel, so we’ve come up with an idea for another drama.
“It’s early days but K9 and Elizabeth Sladen are inseparable characters.
“There are loads of things we can do with Doctor Who. It’s one of the most popular shows on TV and viewers can’t seem to get enough of it.”We told how BBC bosses are bringing back K9 for an episode in the Timelord’s new series.
It will be the second spin-off from the sci-fi hit. BBC bosses are also making Torchwood, a racy drama for BBC3. That show stars former Doctor Who actor John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness.
The new Doctor Who series, starring David Tennant and Billie Piper, will launch this spring. K9 is in an episode called School Reunion, with Little Britain’s Anthony Head. A BBC source could not confirm any developments.
If this is the case, then the series will be the second time the two cast members have lead their own series (after 1981's K9 And Company) and the series will also be the second spin-off from the new series of Doctor Who. So, it'll be a little sister to Torchwood. Of course this is all just speculation at the moment, but Toby Whithouse, writer of School Reunion, and at least one Torchwood episode, confirms in an interview with this months Doctor Who Magazine that he has got a "special science-fiction series planned which I cannot possibly talk about". Um...could just be a coincidence, or do we have our first Doctor Who spin-off series without the involement of RTD?
We'll just have to wait and see how this development, erm...develops.