Mythical Monday: K-9
Humans have been creating and believing in mythological creatures for centuries. Humans, being great creatures of habit, continue to do so. Fifty-years ago this year heralded the beginning of one of the most popular television series of all times -- Dr. Who. One of the most beloved characters ever on the long-running BBC show is that of a little metal dog known as K-9.
The electronic canine first appeared in the series in the 1970s with the fourth Doctor (played Tom Baker), complete with a laser shooting nose, tiny satellite dishes for ears, and the knowledge of the universe in his cybernetic brain.
Science fiction geeks around the world have a K-9 of their own and many have gone to great lengths to devise their own. Those who have accomplished the feat on some level are please to share their success with the world on You Tube.
K-9 has also starred in the spin-offs of the Dr. Who series -- K-9 and Company, Sarah Jane Adventures, and K-9. The character of K-9 is the clever and delightful creation of Bob Barker and Dave Martin.
Laurie Kay Olson
Animal News Blogger