Thursday, August 03, 2006

The 2nd Dr Who Spin-Off Is...

Sarah Jane Investigates

Liz Sladen, Dr Who's most popular companion in the 70s, who guest-starred in a "very special" episode last season, and fronted the failed spinoff pilot K9 & Company in 1981, is apparently set to give it another go in Sarah Jane Investigates.

No word on when it will go into production, or who (apart from K9) will costar, but Russell T. Davies is on board to produce (and write, presumably). Is he Britain's first American-style superstar TV producer, or what? Good for him! I just hope he isn't spreading himself too thin (which might account for the dip in quality on Who this past season--He was simultaneously producing Torchwood).

I do hope they bring her back for Who's third season first, and in a more important, more interesting capacity than one-off "special guest star." (Maybe the Doctor should seek her out in his grief over losing Rose -- We know that the new female lead, Freema Agyeman, is not in this year's Christmas Special.)

But overall, I think this is an idea whose time has come. In 81, Sarah Jane was a cult figure. Today, she is an icon of British pop culture (like the Doctor himself).

I wouldn't be surprised if this show becomes every bit as huge as the show that spawned it.


Blogger palochi said...

Isn't there supposed to be an animated K-9 series in the development stage too?

Good for Liz!

8/3/06, 3:06 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Yep. Apparently K9 is coming back in a big way.

8/3/06, 3:26 PM  

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