Just registered for this site and wanted to say first of all a BIG "THANK YOU" to Bob Baker (and Dave Martin) for creating my favorite robotic sidekick in all of Science Fictiondom!
I've always found the "sidekicks" to be my favorite characters - whether it be R2D2 & C3PO in Star Wars, Twiki in Buck Rogers, Vincent in the Black Hole, Muffy in the original Battlestar Galactica - but K9 is my favorite and combines my geeky love of computers and technology with my affection for pets. In short, an amazing creation that is at once familiar and welcoming to the majority of people.
Now on to my questions regarding the K9 Series:
1. Nostalgia question here - the synopsis of the first episode implies that when we first see K9, he is the model that we saw on "Doctor Who" that stayed on Gallifrey with Leela. IF this is the case, can you tell us if the prop used for these initial scenes (before K9 is rebuilt in his series proper design) was the same prop used on Doctor Who? Or was a new one built especially for this scene? (or perhaps it was cgi?)
2. Regarding K9's new design for his series, will we get to see what he looks like anytime soon? Or must we wait until the Series airs? I understand the model in the series will be different from any of the ones we have thus far scene (i.e. not the one on the "Who's a Good Dog?" poster or the brief animated sequences on the "K9 & Company" DVD Extras - both of which I thought look fantastic!).
3. Who will be providing K9's voice? I had heard it will be a new voice and not John Leeson - is this true? Will the voice approximate K9's cute and friendly tones that we all know and love or will it be something totally new? Oddly, I find the idea of K9 looking totally different easier to accept than him sounding completely different - thus my (and other fans') concern over his voice!
4. A long while back I had read that there were plans in place for merchandising based on the new K9 series. Is this still planned? If action figures are planned, will they be in compatible scale with Character Options 5" scale line of Action Figures? And on a related note - the R2D2 Astromech Droid that is voice controlled and has many built in sensors and motors and is about as "lifelike" as you can get - K9 is an absolute must for this sort of high technology toy! Are there any plans for such a toy? It would easily be the top selling toy for whatever Christmas is closest to its release! And though it would undoubtedly be based on the new series design - offering him in both new and classic models would be awesome!!!
Thanks so much for any answers you can give, and can't wait to see our lovable tin Pup in action!!!