The Essential Book of K9

The Essential Book of K9
The Essential Book K9.jpg
Author Paul M. Tams & Bob Baker
Illustrator Lee Adams, Adrian Salmon, Paul Burley, Trent Turner and Paul M. Tams[1]
Country Britain
Language English
Series Doctor Who
Subject Doctor Who, K9
Publisher Meteoric Books[2]
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)[2]
Pages 120 pp[2]
ISBN 978-1-78280-532-8

The Essential Book of K9 is a science fiction anthology book by Paul M. Tams and Bob Baker based-off the television series Doctor Who and focuses on the character K9. The book was released in 2015 and published by Meteoric Books.


The book contains interviews and articles about K9’s history and includes a comic strip and short fiction.[1]


Title Author Format
“One Man and His Dog”[3] Bob Baker Prose
“Peaceniks”[3] Bob Baker Prose
“Interstitials”[3] Bob Baker Prose
“Stranger on the Train”[3] Bob Baker Prose
“Short Circuit”[1] Paul M. Tams Comic

Actor Vitas Varnas appears as the character Captain Starjakk in the story “Peaceniks”.[4]


The book was originally announced in December, 2011 as The Complete Book of K9 and was planned to be released the following year with pre-orders beginning in February. The book would’ve covered the history of K9, interviews with people involved with the character, and never-before-seen photos, designs a behind-the-scenes details.[5] Another book, The K9 Story Book, was planned for release in 2012, originally set for release in September, 2011, to tie in with the repeat of the first series of the K-9 television series on Channel 5.[5]

The book was re-announced in January, 2015, as The Essential Book of K9 and a crowd-funding project on Indiegogo began to raise funds for it which lasted for two months.[6] The project had raised £2,968, 29% of its goal of £5,000.[7]


To promote the book, a signing with Bob Baker was held at The Who Shop, London, on September 5th, 2015,[8] and at The Comic Guru in Cardiff on October 10th, 2015.[9]


  1. ^ a b c “The Essential Book of K9”. 2015-10-26. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  2. ^ a b c d “The Essential Book of K9”. 2015. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d “Publication: The Essential Book of K9”. Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  4. ^ Varnas, Vitas (2015-09-20). “Vitas Varnas – Timeline”. Facebook. Retrieved 2017-02-11. I appear as a character named Captain Starjakk in the new book The Essential Book of K9, in the story “Peaceniks” featuring the robotic dog companion K9 from the television series Doctor Who. 
  5. ^ a b Foster, Chuck (2011-12-05). “K9 – Series and Merchandise Update”. Doctor Who News Page. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  6. ^ “The Essential Book of K-9”. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  7. ^ Tams, Paul. “The Essential Book Of K9”. Indiegogo. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  8. ^ “The Who Shop London K9 Book Signing Event”. 2015-08-31. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  9. ^ Prince, David (2015-10-09). “Doctor Who signings: Meet a Time Lord and the creator of K9 this weekend”. WalesOnline. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 

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