The Companions of Doctor Who: K-9 and Company
K-9 and Company is a novelisation of the 1981 television spin-off from Doctor Who.
Back Cover Blurb
In the sleepy village of Hazelbury Abbas the Winter Solstice is fast drawing near. It is a time of deep mystery and ancient evil.
Sarah Jane Smith, journalist and former companion to the Doctor, comes to Hazelbury Abbas to start work on her new book. While there she meets Brendan, the young ward of her Aunt Lavinia.
Suddenly Brendan disappears. Has he been kidnapped by the practitioners of Black Magic who are said to live in the village? Is he to be sacrificed to the goddess Hecate on the Winter Solstice?
But Sarah is not alone in her search for Brendan. Across the unimaginable gulfs of time and space, the Doctor has sent her a very special companion: a robotic dog by the name of K9...
50 Minutes | BBC2 | Colour
28/12/81 A Girl's Best Friend Terence Dudley
- K9 and Company was published as part of the short-lived Companions of Doctor Who series of books. The only other titles to be released were Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma and Harry Sullivan's War, both of which were published in 1986.
Although the Doctor Who novelisations from Target were still being released in hardback at this point, the Companions of Doctor Who series would only be available in paperback.
- Terence Dudley also novelised his scripts to the Fifth Doctor stories Black Orchid and The King's Demons, produced as part of seasons 19 and 20 respectively. Prior to this, his scripts to Four to Doomsday had been novelised by Terrance Dicks.
Away from Doctor Who, Dudley was best known as a director and producer, and in the latter capacity was responsible for every single episode of both Doomwatch and Survivors. Neither series would be entirely happy affairs under his leadership, however, with Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis walking away from Doomwatch during Season 2, and Terry Nation leaving Survivors under similar circumstances.
One other producer/director credit is also worth mentioning, and that was for the BBC's 1962 sci-fi serial The Big Pull, which was along similar lines to Nigel Kneale's The Quatermass Experiment. Sadly, it's yet another series where comparisons have to made purely by reading episode synopses, as all six episodes have long since been destroyed.
Returning to Terence Dudley's writing credits, and a significant proportion of them are for UK sci-fi TV series, including five episodes of Doomwatch, and Manhunt, the opening episode of Survivors Season 3, which set the tone for the final run of episodes with its search for other communities and the re-establising of some sort of order.
K-9 Annual 1983
World International Publishing Limited
One-off annual that featured Sarah Jane Smith, K-9 and Brendan.
- The Shroud of Azaroth
- Hound of Hell
- The Monster of Loch Crag
- Horror Hotel
- The Curse of Kanbo-Ala
- Anyone thinking of tracking down a copy may wish to consider the fact that it is one of a number of items to have been included as PDF extras on the regular range of Doctor Who DVDs.
In the case of the K-9 Annual, it was included on the K-9 and Company disc which was released in a box set with the Tom Baker Doctor Who story The Invisible Enemy. The disc also included PDF copies of the four K-9 picture books for children which were released by Sparrow in 1980.
In all cases, the PDF files can be accessed, or copied, by opening the disc using a PC or Mac.
- As with the majority of annuals, all of the stories contained within are unattributed.