Bob Baker, Doctor Who writer and co-creator of the K9 canine robot, has died aged 82.
K9official’s Twitter account released the news today (November 5) with a statement.
âBob was a prolific writer for film and television,â we read. âAlong with his late writing partner Dave Martin, they were mainstays of children’s television in the 1970s, with a well-deserved reputation for bizarre and dizzying adventures. They wrote many of what have come to be regarded by fans around the world as true classic BBC TV Doctor Who stories; creating many enemies that are remembered for the Time Lord during the Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker years.
As well as being responsible for a host of Doctor Who fan favorite stories, Baker and his partner Martin were also the originators of the Doctor’s robot dog companion, K9, which made his first appearance in The Enemy. invisible.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and business partner, the iconic BOB BAKER. pic.twitter.com/4Quj7zWbqJ
– K9Officiel (@ K9official1) November 5, 2021
The official Doctor Who Twitter account also posted a tribute to the writer, stating: “We are sad to learn that Bob Baker has passed away, who wrote many adventures of The Doctor and was the co-creator of K9.”
We are sad to hear that Bob Baker has passed away, who wrote many Adventures of The Doctor and was the co-creator of K9 â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/eq7kpkOx2K
– Doctor Who: Flux (@bbcdoctorwho) November 5, 2021
In addition to their work for Doctor Who, Baker and Martin have also written cult TV series SKY and King of the Castle. He then worked on the Wallace & Gromit films alongside creator Nick Park.
Doctor Who writer Eddie Robson paid homage to Baker on Twitter, writing, “RIP Bob Baker, who once wrote his own murder in a Wallace & Gromit movie.”
Robson also shared two photos of said scene, with Baker himself in classic Aardman style.
RIP Bob Baker, who once wrote his own murder in a Wallace & Gromit movie pic.twitter.com/Z3UW6LHXQe
– Eddie Robson (@EddieRobson) November 5, 2021
Before becoming a writer, Baker was a monumental stonemason and animator. He also wrote an autobiography, K9 Stole My Trousers, which takes a look at his more than five-decade career in entertainment.
Later in life, Baker also started a production company that “created a new audience for K9 with a television series that aired around the world via Disney, Cartoon Network and BBC Kids”.
Baker had recently written scripts for a new K9 movie and television series which will “continue as a tribute to Bob and his legacy”.
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