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K-9 Mark III
Also known as: K-9
Race: Robot
Home Planet: Earth
Home Era: circa 1980 - 2007
Appearances: Full List of Appearances
Actor: John Leeson (voice)
"K-9!, Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, allow me to introduce K-9! Well, K-9 Mark III, to be precise."
The Doctor introducing K-9

K-9 Mark III is the designation given to the third known version of the K-9 robot. This version was given by the Doctor as a present to his former companion, Sarah Jane Smith, in the late 1970s.



How Mark III came to be built has not been chronicled. Based upon the original K-9 Mark I designed by Professor Marius (DW: The Invisible Enemy), and upon K-9 Mark II, which the Doctor, in his fourth incarnation, was shown uncrating following the decision by Mark I to stay on Gallifrey (DW: The Invasion of Time), it is assumed that Mark III was either built by the Doctor, or he obtained it from the same source from which he obtained Mark II.


Travels with Sarah Jane Smith

The Doctor left K-9 for Sarah Jane in 1978, but she did not actually learn of its existence until 1981. Soon after being uncrated, K-9 assisted Sarah Jane in defeating the Hecate Cult of Moreton Harwood. (KAC A Girl's Best Friend) It is known that K-9 and Sarah Jane shared more adventures after this, but only a few have been chronicled. (K-9 Annual 1983, et al)

Circa 1983, K-9 Mark III still lived with Sarah Jane, but, by chance, did not accompany her to Gallifrey. (DW: The Five Doctors) Later, K-9 accompanied Sarah to an archaeological dig in Egypt. (DWM: City of Devils) In the early 1990s, K-9 assisted Sarah in investigating a supposedly haunted house. (VD: Housewarming) In 1996, Sarah used K-9 to hack into records and find Sam Jones' home address, and later to translate Lost Boy's speech. (EDA: Interference - Book One)

K-9 Mark III. (DW: School Reunion)

Break down

K-9 was briefly possessed by a demonic pig spirit, but was freed when Sarah accidentally electrocuted him. (ST: The Sow in Rut) K-9 began slowly breaking down and eventually ended up deactivated in a cardboard box in Sarah's attic. (VD: Moving On) Hilda Winters later had K-9 dismantled and analysed. (BFSJS: Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre)

Sarah Jane began carrying K-9's remains around in the boot of her car, having given up on being able to repair him with modern-day technology. (DW: School Reunion)


In 2007, when Sarah Jane met the Doctor again, he successfully repaired K-9. During the ensuing incident with the Krillitanes, K-9 oddly bonded with Mickey Smith, who identified himself as being another of the Doctor's "tin dogs". K-9 Mark III ultimately sacrificed itself to stop the Krillitanes, which led to emotional reactions from both the Doctor and Sarah Jane.

Not long after, however, the Doctor presented Sarah Jane with K-9 Mark IV, and the two went off for more adventures. (DW: School Reunion)


Mark III included some improvements over past models. The new mechanics of K-9 Mark III included larger wheels in conjunction with a front and back-wheel drive. K-9 was also given a brand new coat of paint (this time a metallic-blue) and a handle on the top of the shell to make carrying him easier. (KAC: A Girl's Best Friend)


K-9 was an advanced computer built into the body of a robot dog, among the pieces of technology included in his construction were a tri-state bus driver, a universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter, holographic memory, and was powered by a self-charging nuclear battery. Also programmed with a wide variety of technical knowledge and scientific data which included, among other things, horticulture. K-9 could also provide data printouts of any information required from his memory banks (KAC: A Girl's Best Friend)

Behind the Scenes

Variations of K-9
K-9 Mark IK-9 Mark IIK-9 Mark IIIK-9 Mark IV
K-9 (2050)

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