I had to check the date after reading this. It’s not April 1st. October 24th has no particular prank related relevance. This is not a hoax, as far as I know.
First, though, the press release:
The film “K9-TIMEQUAKE” has been written by one of K9’s original creators; Bob Baker, a renowned writer of classic Doctor Who serials. Bob went on to co-write with Nick Park the Oscar and Bafta winning Wallace & Gromit series of film shorts as well as the feature film The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
The new K9 will be appearing in a multi-million dollar movie which promises to be a great action adventure set in deep space. The film will be full of dashing heroes and heroines, androids, monstrous aliens and an ultimate foe who will also be familiar to Doctor Who fans everywhere; the megalomaniac OMEGA.
Does anyone remember that Australian K9 series that was on a few years back? This movie is presumably following on from that; it’s not been explicitly confirmed, as far as I can see, but the suggestion is that this movie is taking the place of a second series of the television show. I watched a few episodes of it, back when it aired, and it was… alright, I suppose. Very reminiscent of a sort of Power Rangers type thing – it was not entirely far off from a live-action Saturday morning cartoon type thing. If you have no idea whatsoever as to what it is, I’d suggest giving this TARDIS Eruditorum article a lookover, and take a look at this trailer. I think you can find the episodes online if you look, though I’m not convinced they’re actually good enough to be worth looking for.
God knows how this is going to work, though. K9 is not really a typical lead character, given the whole robot dog thing, and Omega is tied fairly specifically into an overarching Doctor Who mythology that I don’t think they’d be able to use for this movie; Bob Baker owns Omega, but he doesn’t own the Time Lords, so I’m not sure to what extent the Omega seen in this movie would correlate with the one we’re familiar with.
Honestly, I would not be surprised at all if this movie was cancelled, or didn’t reach the sort of scale that they’re suggesting here – perhaps it’ll be reduced down into a TV Movie, specifically.
Mostly, though, this is just completely and utterly bizarre. Certainly, I’ll be following it with keen interest – this sort of nonsense is right up my alley, frankly. Weird stuff that’s tangentially relevant to Doctor Who? Sure, sign me up.