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K9 Series One Volume One. [DVD]

Philippa Coulthard , Keegan Joyce    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Philippa Coulthard, Keegan Joyce, Robert Moloney, Daniel Webber, Robyn Moore
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Brightspark
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EJ006M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,411 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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TV s Most loved Robot dog K9 blasts back into action via a Space Time Manipulator and arrives in the late 21st Century in a London scarred by Alien Intrusion and Government rule through a Cybernetic Police Force.

K9 is a cybernetic construct from the 50th Century and has the appearance of an earth dog both in shape and size. He arrives at the home of Professor Gryffen, a renowned cybernetics and temporal dynamics expert who is working on the Alien Space-Time-Manipulator (STM) which opens a portal to anywhere in space and time. K9 is following a group of rogue Aliens, Jixen Warriors who attack Gryffen and a couple of teenagers; Starkey a homeless rebel and Jorjie, a very capable intelligent young girl.

To save them K9 sacrifices himself and explodes, soon followed by his regeneration thanks to a strange alien device implanted in his mainframe. The new look K9 can now hover and fly and has more capabilities than ever before. K9 loses his long term memory and begins a quest to not only protect humanity but to discover more about his time and Space travelling past.

The year is 2059 and the Earth has suffered at the hands of natural disasters and the world government s have developed cybernetic technology and replaced human police and security forces with Cybernetic Civil Pacification Corps (The CCPC) who are controlled by the sinister Department .

The Department have divisions run by Inspectors who control Public Order and Alien and Paranormal activity.

Alongside Gryffen s errand boy, Darius the teens are destined to become K9 s companions in the battle against repression by the Department and the ongoing intrusion by Alien Life forms.

The series features many new and bizarre Alien menaces from beyond Time and Space as well as some evil home grown human adversaries.



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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Although strictly aimed at the kids, my Dr Who/Sarah Jane obsessed daughter (now 19) quite liked this 'K9 the TV series' which had a decent 26 episode run on Channel 5 in 2010, although we watched it later via repeats on Disney XD. It's not a BBC series, it was co-funded by Disney & Park Entertainment, and was filmed in Australia with no 'Time Lord/Dr Who' tie-in's at all for copyright reasons - but importantly K9 is voiced by John Leeson, the original voice of K9 in BBC's Dr Who (affirmative). My daughter enjoyed the program so much on Disney XD she wanted the DVD set, but not at these high PAL UK prices. So we purchased the K-9: The Complete Series [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] four DVD set via US amazon resellers for only 13, and it had all 26 episodes, i.e. the same as the UK PAL combined Vol 1 & 2 sets. The K9 NTSC set is strictly region 1 locked though, so you'll need a region free modified DVD player to watch this cheap US version (it won't play on standard UK region 2 locked DVD/Blu-ray players, or PS3s, although it can play in a PC/Laptop DVD drive using the freebie opensource 'VLC Media Player' region-free software). As my daughter points out, this 'K9' series is no match for cBBC's The Sarah Jane Adventures, but sadly there will never be any more Sarah Jane and Torchwood is adrift in BBC limbo, plus we already have all those BBC sets and the UK spin-off audio CDs anyway. These K9 episodes are a typical old school Dr Who mix of light humour, tight scrapes, dodgy monsters and nasty humans, and it's less scary than BBC's ... Read more ›
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars How Sarah Jane might have been... 21 Feb 2011
By jsteph
Spin-offs from Doctor Who are difficult to get right because supporting characters rarely have enough development to merit a show of their own. While 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' strikes the right balance of original adventures and connections to the parent series, the producers of this series had their work cut out, with a robot dog and no crossovers with 'Doctor Who' allowed, and provide a good example of how bad the SJA could have been.

Early episodes do not provide much encouragement. The acting is often as shaky as the accents, and you wonder why K9 couldn't have landed in Australia instead, so we didn't have to grimace through initially-inexperienced young actors getting to grips with new accents along with their new roles. Still, this is London many years from now, and it's no stretch to imagine that the accents of Britain might have picked up an Antipodean twang or two in the intervening decades. Sadly, the scriptwriters have K9 acting rather out-of-character at times - though we can put this down to his scrambled memory - and at least his new ability to fly solves a fundamental mobility problem that plagued his time on 'Doctor Who' right from day one. Equally welcome is the wonderful John Leeson, who was the original voice of K9. I can't forgive the odd bone design on K9's front panel, though.

Thankfully, things improve a little over the course of the series, which at times threatens to become a really great adventure series. But with cardboard characters and very little budget, the cast and crew struggle to find interesting things to do. There are some shockingly poor performances here and there at times, and plots that would rarely engage any but the youngest viewers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars K9 series 1 vol 1 5 May 2014
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Spin of series for the younger initiate of early teens. many ideas of technology already in use and many more soon to be realised
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5.0 out of 5 stars Less of the hate please 25 Jan 2014
As others have mentioned the show does lack from having no connection to the BBC owing to them already busy with two spin offs. But don't be put off the show is entertaining and has some very good plot lines as the main characters find out more and more about the sinister Department. The visual while maybe not being on a par with the BBC's are still very good the bad press on this the stories and acting comes from die hard Doctor Who fans expecting too much.

The redesign of K9 is regrettable but needed now he can fly and John Leeson voice of the character since the 70's has changed how he voices K9 to match the redesign as is even more lovable than ever.

One can hope that a second series will have better links with the BBC.
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25 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A wasted opportunity 4 Jan 2011
In concept a K9 spin-off sounds like a brilliant idea, and it is, but the problem with this show however is it's had no funding or licensing by the BBC, and as such any mention of Doctor Who or its universe are out of the question, even though there have been one or two very minor references. This means when you watch it you get no sense that this is part of the same universe Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures occupy.

Whilst I give enormous credit to original K9 creator Bob Baker for finally getting the series running, after years in development, I can't understand why he didn't stop and notice that this has very little relation to the original K9 and would destroy the whole point of a K9 spin-off.

As others have said the actors are all Australian, but because the show is set in a near-future London the actors fake an English accent and it's blindingly obvious too and in many cases they're worse than Nicola Bryant's attempt at an American accent in her first story, Planet of Fire.

In the New Series and the two spin-offs I've always been amazed at how good the visual effects and CGI are, when in comparison to US TV shows which have much higher budgets, yet the three Doctor Who shows could still rival them in the visual effects department. However with K9 it's so bad that I could easily say I've seen better in TV shows aimed at 0-3 year olds and it falls into the trap of it looking like it's just been laid on afterwards, instead of it interacting with the environment seamlessly.

Like The Sarah Jane Adventures it has a relatively low budget, but the monsters here are pale when compared because they look rubbery and just aren't believable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars K9
I have to say the likes of "Miss Tamms and Miss Baker" should have tried to go back to school and start again. What complete rot! Read more
Published 21 months ago by magnum
4.0 out of 5 stars I've been watching Doctor Who since Tom Baker... and I love nostalgic...
When this children's program was first commissioned, I doubt the producers would've expected their kid's show to be so heavily scrutinised... by adults! Read more
Published on 26 April 2012 by Mr. A. Balls
5.0 out of 5 stars I love 'K-9'.
'K-9' is a great character. There are many sci-fi robots who are both famous and infamous, and K-9 should have his rightful place among their ranks.
Published on 25 Feb 2012 by Ronald T Shafer
3.0 out of 5 stars Sluggish start rewards those who stick with it...
So the consensus here seems to be that this series has been a bit of a flop; the appalling 'British' accents the primarily Australian cast have adopted grate continually, whilst... Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as some say
I live in Switzerland and as I ordered the K9 series DVD Box set from Australia, there was nothing to stop me watching it month' ago. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2011 by Iltu
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
love this series cant wait for the 2nd dvd.
k9 is soooo kewl and I love darious and starky I hope it carries on forever.
Published on 13 Feb 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Doctor Who spin-off since 'K9 & Company'
This superb little series is far superior to both 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' and Moffat era Doctor Who. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2011 by Mark G. Goacher
3.0 out of 5 stars Children's Show
This K9 spin-off is squarely aimed towards young children, as such it seems odd to me that a number of adults are getting ticked off about the show. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2011 by M. Plant
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