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Doctor Who: John Leeson returns to voice K9 in new film

Actor John Leeson will be returning once again to the world of Doctor Who to reprise his role as the voice of K9 in an upcoming unofficial film.

K9: TimeQuake is set to feature the Doctor’s robotic canine companion coming up against androids, aliens and rogue Time Lord Omega, who first appeared in Doctor Who‘s 10th anniversary adventure The Three Doctors.

The upcoming cinema release has been written by Bob Baker, the Doctor Who writer who created K9 as a companion for Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor in 1977 story The Invisible Enemy.

Leeson has long been associated with the voice of K9, having voiced him for the majority of his appearances in Doctor Who during the 70s and 80s before returning in 2006 for the revived series and its spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures. Leeson has also played K9 in several Big Finish audio dramas and additionally voiced him in the unofficial Australian spin-off series K9 in 2010.

Earlier this week, Leeson was one of the many who weighed in on the news that Jodie Whittaker will be taking on the role of the Thirteenth Doctor, telling talkRADIO that the appointment was:

“…absolutely wonderful. The character of a doctor is not gender-specific in any way. The character’s an archetype [of a] space and time wanderer. It could be anybody.”

K9: TimeQuake was originally slated for release this year to mark the 40th anniversary of K9’s first appearance, but is believed to have been delayed until 2018. Further casting information and news about the upcoming film can be found on its official Facebook page.