Whovian Wednesday : Retro Week!

Good morning, everyone, & welcome to another Whovian Wednesday, where we explore the cosmos of Doctor Who with our fearless host, Cory “Cash Money” Bowers!! This week is Retro Week here on CheekyGeeks 1st Annual Geek Month celebration, so I am certain we’ve quite a treat in store! I’ve even heard there’s a special guest… 😉

Here’s Cash Money with this week’s countdown!

 


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Countdown to the 50th: 67 Days
Here it is, Retro Week, and as we look back at such a great series, we have an opportunity to appreciate Retro Doctor Who! Now I am having trouble picking a particular place to start, if only there were something definitively retro in the series of Doctor Who…



…K-9??

[AFFIRMATIVE.]

Where did you come from, K-9?

[FROM THE DOCTOR.]

Ok, how did you get to Grapevine?

[I WAS BROUGHT HERE BY MASTER THEODORE SHANTS.]

Fantastic, and the Doctor instructed you to be a good dog?

[AFFIRMATIVE.]

Well, since you’re here, could we talk about your time with the Doctor?

[MY DATABANKS STORE ALL KNOWLEDGE CONCERNING MY ADVENTURES WITH THE DOCTOR, LEELA, ROMANA, ADRIC, AND SARAH JANE SMITH.]

Ok, then tell us about your time as K-9 Mark I.

[I WAS DESIGNED BY PROFESSOR MARIUS IN THE 50TH CENTURY, IT WAS SEVERAL YEARS LATER THAT I MET THE DOCTOR. MASTER MARIUS THEN REQUESTED I JOIN THE DOCTOR IN THE TARDIS.]

And I understand you have been updated several times over the years.

[AFFIRMATIVE. THREE TIMES I HAVE BEEN BUILT BY THE DOCTOR, TWICE FOR THE MISTRESS.]

So you spent time on Earth since the early 1980’s, and before that traveled across time and space with The Doctor and several other companions. Do have a favorite moment or event from your travels?

[NEGATIVE, I WAS ALWAYS FIT TO MY DESIGNATION, TO ASSIST THE DOCTOR, THEN SARAH JANE SMITH, ACCORDING TO MY CAPACITY.]

So you didn’t enjoy playing the Doctor in one of your many chess matches?

[NEGATIVE, ENJOYMENT IS DIFFERENT FROM FAVORITISM, AND I THROUOGHLY ENJOYED PLAYING CHESS WITH THE DOCTOR AND LEELA.]

Well, I’m glad your logic sectors are operating normally, and I also had one last question. I had heard you appeared on KERA in the late 80’s to assist with the stations pledge drives.

[AFFIRMATIVE. IT WAS HERE THAT MASTER THEODORE AND I MET AN EARLIER INCARNATION OF THE DOCTOR, AND I WAS INSTRUCTED TO ‘DO AS YOU ARE TOLD.’]

And you have been indeed! K-9, it has been a pleasure meeting you and I look forward to seeing you soon.

[LIKEWISE, MASTER BOWERS.]

Also, I would like to thank Theodore Shants for his ingenuity in building this particular K-9, and I would also like to thank the team at The British Emporium for introducing us and making this interview possible. If you happen to find yourselves in Grapevine, TX on October 27th, please come to visit them on Main St. for their annual Doctor Who celebration!

–Cory “Cash Money” Bowers

P.S. Enjoy these awesome shots of the K-9 Unit located at The British Emporium!

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The Best of K-9 Retro:
 
00
The Invisible Enemy
A three-man rocket crew are nearly done with their mission to Titan Base until a course change puts the rocket in the path of a strange cloud in space. By the time they arrive, they have come under the control of a sentient virus which threatens the galaxy. When the TARDIS picks up an emergency message, it flies into the cloud, infecting the Doctor. To save himself and others, he must undertake a dangerous journey.

 

01
The Sun Makers
The TARDIS, along with the Fourth Doctor, Leela and K9 Mark I, arrives on Pluto in the far future. They discover that the planet has a breathable atmosphere and enjoys the heat from six suns. The humans who live there are taxed and exploited heavily. When Leela is captured, the Doctor must save her and stop the Company, before it is too late… 

 

02
The Androids of Tara
Finding the fourth segment of the Key to Time was simple enough, but holding onto it may be another matter. The Doctor and Romana find themselves embroiled in the political games of the planet Tara, where doubles, android or otherwise, complicate the coronation of Prince Reynart.

 
 
 
03
A Girl’s Best Friend
Sarah Jane Smith is looking forward to a quiet Christmas with her aunt Lavinia in the sleepy village of Moreton Harwood. When she arrives, she finds her aunt missing and a surprise gift from an old friend waiting to be opened.
Sarah, K9 and her aunt’s ward, Brendan Richards, are caught up in the affairs of a mysterious cult who practise the black arts and are preparing for a human sacrifice. 
 

 
04
School Reunion
(Technically not a “retro” episode, but filled with throw-back fun!!) Deffry Vale High School is haunted by strange, bat-like creatures at night. When the Doctor investigates, he finds an old friend, Sarah Jane Smith, already working undercover.


 

That’s all for today’s blast to the past –catch up with us tomorrow!! 😀
Cheers!!
— Elise M. Gross

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