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A Doctor's Best Friend
Doctor Who's K-9 is an easy Metal Earth model that comes in 23 pieces on a single sheet of metal. Assembled, K-9 measures 1.10"(W) x 3"(L) x 1.80"(H). The dog-like robot was created by Dr. Marius in the year 5000. After the Doctor helped him defeat an alien virus, Marius gave him K-9 for safekeeping and companionship.
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see below).
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.
Are you curious...?
K9 made its first appearance in 1977. Although not intended as a recurring character, the dog-like (canine, K9, get it?) robot proved to be very popular with younger viewers, and so the Fourth Doctor was stuck with him for a time. K9 Mark I and K9 Mark II aided the Doctor with encyclopedic knowledge and a nose-mounted laser until 1981, when it entered a spinoff series. There were ultimately four K9s, with the most recent having returned to Dr. Who in 2006.
Originally conceived to be a small actor inside a robotic Doberman, K9 was instead developed as a radio-controlled prop. The RC signals interfered with a camera and were unreliable. K9 couldn't handle uneven terrain so sets had to be designed around that limitation. On at least one occasion K9 was pulled along with a (badly) concealed piece of string. He went through a couple of upgrades, but by the time his designers had solved the worst problems, the decision had already been made to write him out of the show.