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October 26th, 2015 10 comments

The Essential Book of K9

Available to order in the UK from

Also available to order in the UK/USA from

Includes: The complete story of K9 from Doctor Who and beyond with Special Features, Exclusive Photos and new Fiction from Bob Baker!


K9 was the brainchild of two prolific TV screenwriters; Bob Baker and Dave Martin.

They had written numerous series for TV and had since the early days of Jon Pertwee’s tenure as ‘The Doctor”, become regular contributors to the BBC TV programme “Doctor Who”.

  • A Timeless Companion
  • Designing an Icon-. Tony Harding
  • Walking The Dog
  • His Masters Robot Voice: John Leeson
  • The Second Voice: David Brierley
  • K9 Classic Cutaway
  • Those TV Times
  • One Man and His Dog
  • Fiction: Peaceniks
  • Pedigree Dogs
  • Collectable Memoirs
  • The Dream Time: K9’s Lost Farewell
  • Top Dog on Show

Bob and Dave had gained quite n reputation for writing epic story lines that the BBC and in particular the show’s producers had battled to cope with getting onto the screen in such a way that would both do justice to the imagination of the writing team and enthral the audience.


With a very limited budget in the 1970’s it was left to the Visual Effects department and allotted production designers to try and interpret their wondrous wild creations such as Axons, Gel Guards, Omega and Mutants.

  • Fiction: Interstitials
  • K9 TV Series Episode Guide
  • K9 TV Show Credits
  • K9 TV Series Cutaway
  • Creating a new look for K9
  • Behind the Screen
  • Cast of Characters
  • Fiction: Stranger On A Train
  • Alien Threat detected!
  • TOP SECRET: Future Adventures
  • K9 Future Cutaway
  • Comic Hero!
  • The Doctor Who legacy of

The definitive guide to the world’s favourite robot dog. Large format hardcover with lots of factual information about K9’s history and development to date plus a comic strip and original fiction written by Bob.


Edited by Paul M. Tams. Fiction by Bob Baker.
Text by Paul M.Tams, Justin Thomas, Trent Turner, Gareth Kavanagh.
Illustrations by Lee Adams, Adrian Salmon, Paul Burley, Trent Turner and Paul M. Tams.

  • Bob Baker & Dave Martin
  • 2017-Life Begins at 40.
  • Bob Baker-A Writers Tale
  • Picture Story: Short Circuit
  • K9 – Kloned! / About The Cover
  • Acknowledgements/Special Thanks.

Photographs: Stuart Sadd, Steve Cambden, Nigel Brackley, Paul M. Tams, Hamish Cairns,
Peter Kent, Stephen Brown, Dave Greenham, Louise Edge, Dan Wray, Gavin French.
Published by Meteoric Books, A division of Meteoric Entertainment Limited


K9 image © BBC/Bob Baker/Dave Martin 1977. Used courtesy of BBC Worldwide Limited.
K9 TV Series image @ Bob Baker/Paul Tarns. K9 Future Design © Meteoric Entertainment Limited.

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  • brian

    January 23rd, 2019 - 12:57am

    can’t find a copy on sale anywhere??????

    • Anonymous

      January 23rd, 2019 - 7:31am

      The who shop have them sogned by bob baker

  • The Flying Shark

    December 18th, 2015 - 7:09pm

    I got this today as an early Christmas present from a friend, and it was signed by three people on the first page-very happy with it, a great read.

  • Floppy Who

    October 26th, 2015 - 6:17pm

    I picked up a copy of this from the authors last month (and got some insight into the announcement that was made on Saturday) and was pleasantly surprised with quality of the book’s content. I’m not the world’s greatest K9 fan (although he was in the show when I was growing up) but this is a great read and very well presented. Worth a look.

  • The Genesis Ark

    October 26th, 2015 - 4:11pm

    My name is in the book. As I pre ordered the book.

  • John

    August 27th, 2015 - 3:56pm

    Received this today, what an excellent book packed with lots of information. No regrets buying this at all.

  • The 4th Doctor

    August 22nd, 2015 - 8:40pm

    Any way to get this in NZ?

    • booboo

      August 22nd, 2015 - 8:41pm

      presumably on the “overseas” option in the link

  • Tony

    August 22nd, 2015 - 5:20pm

    Got this the other you can see a lot of effort has gone into it with a wealth if info

    Highly recommended

  • Colin the 3rd

    August 22nd, 2015 - 5:18pm

    Great news


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