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Doctor Who: K9 Tales Box Set (Invisible Enemy/K9 and Co) [DVD]

Elisabeth Sladen , Tom Baker , John Black    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elisabeth Sladen, Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Ian Sears, Colin Jeavons
  • Directors: John Black
  • Writers: Terence Dudley
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00153NOQS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,182 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

This box set of Doctor Who: K9 Tales unites two classic Doctor Who stories: The Invisible Enemy and the first Doctor Who spin-off K9 and Company. It's also packed with a host of fantastic extras.

Starring Tom Baker, The Invisible Enemy is a four-part story featuring the screen debut of K9, the robot canine. When The Doctor answers a distress call from a shuttle crew who have been infected with an intelligent virus, he too becomes contaminated. The only solution is to create clones of The Doctor and his companion Leela (Louise Jameson) to enter his body and fight the virus.

K9 and Company sees the Doctor’s two companions, Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and K9 appearing together. Also known as A Girl's Best Friend, this was the first bona fide TV spin-off from Doctor Who.

In this one-off special, Sarah Jane pays a Christmas visit to her Aunt Lavania in the village of Moreton Harwood. But something is horribly wrong. Lavania is missing, leaving Sarah Jane in charge of her aunt’s ward Brendan. When Brendan is kidnapped by an evil cult of witches, Sarah Jane and K9 find themselves in the middle of a mystery.

Extras are as follows:
The Invisible Enemy:
Commentary - with actors Louise Jameson and John Leeson, visual effects designer Mat Irvine and co-writer Bob Baker.
Dreams and Fantasy - artistes and production crew recall the making of this story and even take the original K9 for walkies. With actors Louise Jameson and John Leeson, director Derrick Goodwin, co-writer Bob Baker, visual effects designers Tony Harding and Mat Irvine, K9 operator Nigel Brackley, journalist Gary Gillatt.

Product Description

INVISIBLE ENEMY is the Tom Baker (fourth doctor) story that introduced robot dog K-9, who would re-appear in the new, revamped series episode 'School Reunion'. Also features 'K9 Tales' - the very first Doctor Who spin-off starring K-9 and Sarah Jane Smith, who would later feature in SARAH JANE ADVENTURES.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Sarah & the Space Prawn" 23 Jun 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Invisible Enemy is no classic but many aspects have fared the last 3 decades quite well. Sentient viruses, mayfly clones and a Fantastic Voyage ripoff are all imaginative concepts even if they probably stand up to no scientific scrutiny.
There are some lapses in logic such as how the clones acquired their "parent's" memories (how they got their clothes cloned also is easy to explain-this is a family show!)but they tend not to get in the way of the fun.
Uncle Tom gets to vary his performance as he fights infection and does a very doolally turn when 1st infected and Leela gets to play the hunter/fighter in an environment very alien to her.
The guest cast offers 2 decent turns from Dr Who Repetory actors Michael Sheard and Frederick Jaeger. And of course it's K9's debut and a strong 1 where he's at his best-in a hi tech environment.
Sets and modelwork are on the whole very good and the effects were not so bad for their time. Of course you can upgrade these to some improved CGI. A very nice touch is signs in phonetic English (Isolayshun Ward) and the fibrous hairs etc. to show infection work okay.
Why is this story held in such low regard? it probably is due to the Nucleus of the swarm. Unsuccesfully building up to its 1st full appearance by being a tentacle in a box, it's soon seen in its full inglory as an undernourished prawn which needs to be pushed about and has such shaky tentacles it must have OD'd on caffeine!
1 of the worst monsters of the entire decade & it's a shame because otherwise it's a fun story.

K9 & Company was better than I remembered (except for the execrable Hart to Hart on a pocket stylophone theme tune), but will only ever be knockabout Xmas fare. This tale of black magic is done so gently it's like a pre-school edition of the Whicker Man.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent episodes 29 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
"The Invisible Enemy" is a typical Tom Baker episode with the lovely Leela (October 1977). Includes the trendy (at the time) miniaturisation and injection into the body idea along with the current brain model concepts. This is the first time the Doctor meets K9. One bad mistake is when Leela kicks part of the Doctor's brain and it hurts him - since the brain feels no pain in itself, this is a bit dodgy; unless the Doctor's different anatomical features include this difference!

"K9 and Company (a girl's best friend)" is a one-off special (28 December 1981) with no Doctor, when SarahJane meets K9 for the first time. A rather terrible black-arts cult story, but fun nevertheless. I don't think this epsiode features much amongst the endless Dr Who repeats, so it is an excellent addition to the DVD collection.

The DVD extras are good as well, as is now usual for the Doctor Who releases.

Thoroughly recommend this set.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Piece of Treasure 6 Feb 2007
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
When I first bought this and watched it, with the vaguest childhood recollections of it, from its first tv screening in 1981, I was a bit disappointed, and found it rather crummy.

However, over the past few years I've found myself watching it again and again, and have grown more fond of it with each viewing. It's full of sparkling gems. Once you get past the incredibly silly, but touchingly Eighties opening titles, the story really takes off, with a rather dramatic and effective opening scene of demonic worship and blazing cauldrons.

There are some rather corny West Country accents in it, and a lot of darting eyes, reminiscent of 'Five Go Mad in Dorset', although Gillian Martell is nowhere near as amusing as Robbie Coltrane in drag.

I'd say it's well worth watching 'K-9 and Company' just to see the late, great Bill Fraser growling his way through it, and to see K-9 wearing a silver crown, and tinsel round his neck, while trying to sing 'We wish you a Merry Christmas' at the end. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! You also get a lovely collector's item, a 'K-9 and Company' postcard, with the video.

I think it's probably a good thing that this spin-off from 'Doctor Who' didn't develop into a series, as another little gem that I own, the 1983 'K-9 Annual', is full of stories about K-9 and Sarah-Jane Smith doing battle with numerous black magic covens in 1980s Britain.

I think a 'K-9 and Company' tv series could have proved equally repetitive. It's possible that the character of Brendan Richards hints at this at the end of 'K-9 and Company'.

I think 'K-9 and Company' stands alone as a little piece of treasure from the golden days of 'Doctor Who', and is well worth collecting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Soggy Doggie 9 Sep 2013
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Invisible Enemy

They must have done Fang Rock on the absolute cheap because there's been money spent on this - look at those sets, and the models - very nice - and more characters - and extras!

And when I say sets, that's the Titan Base, the Bi-Al Foundation *and* the inside of the Dr's brain; it can't have come cheap.

It's a very good story - even if there is a massive lift from Fantastic Voyage - and it still manages to remain intelligent and exciting while adhering to what I must refer to (until I find the name of the BBC quisling responsible) as 'The Whitehouse Code'; the two gentlemen from Bristol have produced an excellent script that it positively stacked with good ideas, all of which seem to make sense; intelligent virus, takes over the intellect, when it finds the Dr it realises it could start time travelling, so he clones and miniaturises himself and Leela, enters his own brain, then the nucleus of the virus , gets out of his body, grows the human size, and plans to breed millions of enormous microbe-type creatures and use them to take over the universe. It's clever stuff; even the 'blow it up' solution is artfully achieved: 'Methane atmosphere, mix well with Oxygen and run'.

I'm not *quite* sure how a virus has a nucleus, but maybe they do - what do I know from Biology?

What else it good about it? The acting certainly, with Frederick Jaeger doing another excellent professorial turn, while Michael Sheard goes from benign supervisor to infected fanatic with mordant relish, and John Leeson makes an excellent debut as the voices of both K-9 and the Nucleus - well, they had to economise somewhere.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
After the superlative Hinchcliffe seasons, the first Graham Williams season features some real clunkers (I'm looking at you, Underworld and the eternally long, Invasion of Time). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Wray
3.0 out of 5 stars So bad that it is fascinating
There are two distinct elements here.

K9 and company was a spin-off that never made it, although the seeds and format of the Sarah Jane Adventures are very clear in it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Kidger
5.0 out of 5 stars K9 Tales Doctor Who
Great price so treated myself. Speedy delivery in excellent condition. Can't wait to share it with my kids who are big Doctor Who fans just like me! Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by Shellybean
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly!
I bought this for Invisible Enemy, so I was glad to get K9 & Co. as well, which I'd never seen due to a breakdown at Winter Hill transmitter when it was first broadcast. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2011 by Grant Wray
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service as always from Amazon
Great service and value for money, shop prices double the cost of Amazon. Good box set a joy to watch.
Published on 6 April 2011 by Jinty
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable....
Passable Dr Who. Not brilliant by any stretch, but made easier by the enjoyable attempt of doing FANTASTIC VOYAGE on a miniscule budget. Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2011 by Sharon Woodward
3.0 out of 5 stars Still being replaced
Just a quick note to say that 2 entertain are still honoring faulty returns.
This DVD has been on my shelf unwatched for many months so just recently watched and discovered... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2009 by TastyParmo
4.0 out of 5 stars K-9 Heaven
It's fair to say that if you don't like K-9 (and frankly, why wouldn't you?) this set probably isn't for you. If you do, there's so much to enjoy here. Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2009 by A. Foxley
1.0 out of 5 stars This release is to be avoided
I've been waiting for over three weeks for 2entertain to replace the faulty DVD. Clearly they're in no hurry to rectify their mistake, and are happy to treat loyal customers in... Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2009 by Uncle5
2.0 out of 5 stars Cloning around.
I won't discuss the problem with one of the discs as I think it's already been mentioned by other reviewers and it might have been fixed by now. Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2009 by StormSworder
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