Doctor Who

K-9 head

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An original prop used in the production of the long running BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who.

K-9, The Doctor's robotic dog featured in four seasons of the series from 1977 to 1981 alongside Tom Baker, the character was conceived by Bob Baker and Dave Martin with the prop designed by Tony Harding and built by the BBC Visual Effects Department, this was operated largely by Nigel Brackley who originally fit the electronics and was voiced by John Leeson.

This original K-9 head was used on screen in various serials mounted to a second dummy body which lacked the electronics of the hero functional prop and was generally used as a stand in for scenes where the principal prop was not suitable such as when the dog is carried around. Notable appearances of this exact head on screen include the aftermath of K-9's trip in to the sea in The Leisure Hive where the top of his head is blown open, Full Circle where we see K-9's head smashed off by the Marshmen, achieved by fitting this head to the hero body, and subsequently used against them by The Doctor (Tom Baker) where this exact head can be seen used as a stand-alone prop and in Warriors' Gate where we see The Doctor bid Romana (Lalla Ward) and K-9 farewell it is this head on the dummy body which she holds. Following its final use in the series the head was repainted and featured on screen in K-9 and Company as we see Sarah (Elizabeth Sladen) unpacking the dog, it can also be seen in some publicity shots by which time the telescopic eye piece is already missing.

The head is constructed from fibreglass with a perspex eye grill and a neck custom fabricated from metal, it features an opening hatch to the top of the head with the interior dressed with circuitry as featured in The Leisure Hive. Although the head was repainted for its appearance in K-9 and Company a very nice feature remains as the underside of the head was missed and not painted thus it is still the original grey colour as seen in the series.

The head measures approximately 16" long and stands around 10" high, it remains in good vintage screen used condition exhibiting paint and surface wear, lacking ears and the aforementioned eye piece.

This represents an instantly recognisable and highly displayable artefact from this cult science fiction series the quality and rarity of which cannot be overstated.

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