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Torchwood for Tots

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 6, 2009 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 6, 2009 |

Network Executive: “So, let’s make a version of “Torchwood” except for kids!”

Angel of Common Sense: “You mean like ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures?’”

Network Executive: “No, no, no. We’ll use a way cooler ‘Doctor Who’ character. Guess who?”

Angel of Common Sense: “Mickey?”

“The Master?”


“Sally Sparrow?”


*this goes on for about twenty minutes…*




Network Executive: “Got it!”

*The Angel of Common Sense spontaneously bursts into flame*

*The network executive lights a cigar from the embers of the angel and the phone rings*

BBC President: “Satan called, he said we have to give you the show. But it’s on these conditions: you have to film it in Australia, never set foot in the UK again, and can never use any “Doctor Who” character other than the stupid robot dog.”

*Annnnnd scene*

Seriously, read this press release and watch this trailer and tell me that isn’t exactly how this played out.

“K9 - FIRST K9 - The Series: The long-awaited television series K9, featuring everyone’s favourite robot dog, is nearly with us!

Originally created for the 1970s DOCTOR WHO series by Bob Baker and Dave Martin, K9 has long been an iconic television character. Now a brand new series of K9 is several weeks into production. K9 is a children’s sci-fi/adventure series combining comedy, action and suspense — “X-Files” meets “Men in Black” with a zany dash of “Ghostbusters”. K9 mixes live action characters with stunning visual effects.

K9 and his three teenage companions become the earth’s front line defence against dangers threatening from anywhere and anytime in the galaxy. They will have a lot of fun, action, adventure, and some scares along the way, saving the earth from alien creatures, monsters, and more than a few human threats. Production commenced in early December 2008 on a specially built set just outside Brisbane, Australia. Shooting continues on this 26-part series until the end of April, and the series is expected to begin broadcast on Ten Network and Jetix Europe early in 2010.”

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.