Doctor Who’s iconic robotic companion K9 is set for a comeback on a new spin-off series for children

Doctor Who fans will soon see the return of the Time Lord’s faithful robotic companion K9.

The metal dog, who first took to the screen in 1977 alongside the fourth doctor Tom Baker, is set to make his long-awaited return on set for an upcoming spin-off series for children. 

The highly-anticipated project will follow the beloved yet slightly damaged canine as he takes part in a space war. 

Set for comeback: Doctor Who fans will soon see the return of the Time Lord's faithful robotic companion K9

Set for comeback: Doctor Who fans will soon see the return of the Time Lord's faithful robotic companion K9

Set for comeback: Doctor Who fans will soon see the return of the Time Lord’s faithful robotic companion K9

A source told The Sun: ‘He’s going to look more industrial and be covered in rivets.’ 

The robotic dog made his debut appearance alongside Tom Baker in the 1977 Doctor Who episode The Invisible Enemy as K9 Mark I.

The dog, voiced by the actor John Leeson, was created by the character Professor Frederick Mariusa- a scientist who worked at the Bi-Al Foundation in the year 5000.

He then remained by the Doctor’s side on his travels through space until 1981.  

A star is born: The metal dog first took to the screen in 1977 alongside the fourth doctor Tom Baker

A star is born: The metal dog first took to the screen in 1977 alongside the fourth doctor Tom Baker

A star is born: The metal dog first took to the screen in 1977 alongside the fourth doctor Tom Baker

School reunion: In 2006 the character returned once again in a one-off special alongside the tenth Doctor David Tennant in the episode School Reunion

School reunion: In 2006 the character returned once again in a one-off special alongside the tenth Doctor David Tennant in the episode School Reunion

School reunion: In 2006 the character returned once again in a one-off special alongside the tenth Doctor David Tennant in the episode School Reunion

Thirteenth Doctor: As preparations for the spin-off show continue, Doctor Fans eagerly await the arrival of series 12 of the much loved sci-fi drama

Thirteenth Doctor: As preparations for the spin-off show continue, Doctor Fans eagerly await the arrival of series 12 of the much loved sci-fi drama

Thirteenth Doctor: As preparations for the spin-off show continue, Doctor Fans eagerly await the arrival of series 12 of the much loved sci-fi drama

In 2006 the character returned once more in a one-off special alongside the tenth Doctor David Tennant in the episode School Reunion. 

The episode saw the Doctor team up with his former companion Sarah Jane Smith, played by Elizabeth Sladen, in order to fight the deadly Krillitanes- an alien race that were infiltrating the minds of pupils in a bid to control time and space.

The fictional character also appeared as Sarah Jane’s trusted dog in CBBC’s The Sarah Jane Adventures from 2007 to 2010 and starred in an independent K9 series shown on Disney XD and Channel 5.

A bid for the spin-off series is now underway and will be produced in the UK. 

As preparations for the spin-ff show continue, Doctor Who fans anxiously wait for the arrival of series 12 of the much loved sci-fi drama. 

In May, the thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker, 36, was spotted coming face-to-face with The Judoon during filming at Gloucester Cathedral for the first time.

Robot dog: The dog, voiced by the actor John Leeson, was created by the character Professor Frederick Mariusa- a scientist who worked at the Bi-Al Foundation in the year 5000

Robot dog: The dog, voiced by the actor John Leeson, was created by the character Professor Frederick Mariusa- a scientist who worked at the Bi-Al Foundation in the year 5000

Robot dog: The dog, voiced by the actor John Leeson, was created by the character Professor Frederick Mariusa- a scientist who worked at the Bi-Al Foundation in the year 5000

Mission accomplished: As preparations for the spin-ff show continue, Doctor Fans gear up for the arrival of series 12

Mission accomplished: As preparations for the spin-ff show continue, Doctor Fans gear up for the arrival of series 12

Mission accomplished: As preparations for the spin-ff show continue, Doctor Fans gear up for the arrival of series 12 

The rhino-headed space police first appeared on Doctor Who in 2007 when they transported a London hospital to the moon.

Historically, The Judoon has had an important role in Doctor Who after they brought on the meeting between the tenth Doctor and his companion Martha Jones.

Bosses have stayed tight-lipped as to how The Judoon will return to the show next year but the episode will also feature a guest appearance by Neil Stuke.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall said: ‘The Judoon are taking no prisoners, and will stop at nothing to fulfil their mission!

‘The whole team on Doctor Who are delighted and scared in equal measure to welcome them back: one of many treats we’ve got in store for viewers next series.

‘And we’re over the moon (with Judoon), to be welcoming the wondrous Neil Stuke as guest star. We can’t wait to show you what happens when his path crosses with the Thirteenth Doctor.’  

The Judoon: The rhino-headed space police first appeared on Doctor Who in 2007 when they transported a London hospital to the moon

The Judoon: The rhino-headed space police first appeared on Doctor Who in 2007 when they transported a London hospital to the moon

The Judoon: The rhino-headed space police first appeared on Doctor Who in 2007 when they transported a London hospital to the moon

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