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.
K9 and Company is the most famous Doctor Who spin-off, featuring old companion Sarah-Jane and the robot dog K-9 in a 45-minute mystery adventure. After watching this adventure for the first time, most Doctor Who fans will think that it is neither a masterpiece nor an awful piece of 80s television - most fans will think that it was just good, enjoyable, nothing less, nothing more(perhaps "Unearthly Child", Doctor Who's pilot episode, had left a similar impression when first broadcast back in 1963). It would have been nice if "K9 and company" had led to a mini-series of about 5 or 6 episodes! Anyway, every Doctor Who fan should buy that VHS just for completeness' sake. I rate it with 3 stars: the rate it really deserves, no more, no less.
K9 AND COMPANY. Was ment to be a Doctor Who spin off series which never happend but the piliot episode was made. The story is a good one , strong and the humuor is good and in the right places. There are some preety poor scenes. If you study it closely you'll see Sarahc and K9 driving(with Sarah at the wheel)in Darkness.The next scene it's broad day light and the next back to darkness.A few mistakes.Bad scenes and good scenes. It's worth the watch. It recieved good viewers when it was originally broad cast . 8.4 million(Original Broadcast) 2.3 million (Repeat). The orginal broadcast might have been more if it wasn't for a major spread power cut in the North west. But forget the fairly good story of K9 AND COMPANY.Let's have a good laugh (Ha Ha) at Sarah in the title sequence. Doing unfashinable things while K9 he just sits on a wall
A fabulous storyline with strong acting makes this story stand out as a great piece of TV history. Setting the story with Sarah Jane and K9, the story is strong on subtle humour that is understated but effusive. The video has its weaker points - at times the interplay of Brendan and K9 gets above the average A-level computer student, but this pales into insignificance. The masterpiece of the whole video though is the title sequence - the scenes of Sarah Jane running, jumping and otherwise acting like a track athlete have to be seen to be loved. In all a great story that promises much and delivers - a must for any Sarah-Jane Smith or K9 fan - its just a pity it never led to a follow up tv series !