The Discontinuity Guide
K9 Picture Books

K9 and the Zeta Rescue

1980

K9 and the Zeta Rescue cover

Author: David Martin

In 1980, Dave Martin wrote a series of 4 picture books featuring K9. These books were published by Sparrow Books. K9 and the Zeta Rescue was the third of these.

Roots: It's a picture book for goodness sake.

Goofs: Bizarrely, three Time Lords are depicted as weird aliens in one of the illustrations. The Time Lords claim that if three stars in Zeta Cancri go nova, the whole galaxy will be blown apart.

Continuity: The control systems of K-NEL are linked directly into K9's central computer. The Doctor came up with the name K-NEL [an unrecorded adventure?]. K9 is sent on missions by space control on Gallifrey [a CIA organization].

Zeta Cancri is a triple-star system. The leaders of the Megallan Empire have sworn to destroy the Time Lords. The Megallans and the Telians (from Telios) obliterate each other in a messy war. The weapons they use are capable of destroying entire planets. As a last resort, the Megallans programmed one of their prison ships to explode if they lost the war - the resulting explosion would destroy a large area of space, including Gallifrey.

Location: Gallifrey and a Megallan prison ship in Zeta Four Sector, date unknown.

Unrecorded Adventures: K9 has saved the Time Lords many times in the past. Occasionally, their enemies have sent fake calls for help to trap him.

The Bottom Line: Easily the daftest of the four K9 books, with bad astronomy on display.

Discontinuity Guide by Paul Clarke

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