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Welcome to this week’s Doctor Who’s Day, a magpie’s nest of shiny Whovian news, fan creativity and other stuff and nonsense from the past week on the internet and in social media.

And we begin this week with a resurrection, of sorts. Scottish computing science student Gary Taylor has brought new life to the Doctor’s robotic dog, K9, having been presented with a model Abertay University bought from the BBC some years ago, the inner workings of which had subsequently been ruined by a leaky pipe.

He told The Courier: “He had a lot of water damage from a roof leak so all the electrics in him had just fried. He was literally just a shell. He was just sitting, doing nothing. I don’t think anyone had even tried really to get him back up and running. Not effectively.”

So he rebuilt him from within, taking the shell of a remote-controlled TV prop and creating an “autonomous obstacle-avoiding mapping robot.”

After adding that he’d like to try and incorporate the true voice of K9, as supplied by John Leeson, Gary said: “I love robotics and I love programming and I love dogs and I love Doctor Who. It’s a good mix of everything — it kept me really invested in the whole thing throughout the whole project.”

Here’s how his university reported the news:

Speaking of students, look at this!

Here’s what else has been going on in space and time this week:

• Classic Doctor Who comes to Twitch:

• Amazing newsreel footage of Daleks in British society:

• And from around the same time, Dalek wallpaper:

James Goss has been exploring a published moment of Dalekmania:

• A couple of text-art truths:

John Barrowman is back at work:

• Speaking of Big Finish:

• Wonderland will seem perfectly normal once you open that door, Alice:

• Get ready to run:

• Sweet, but deadly:

• “Survival” in fan art form:

• River Song writes that everywhere:

• Oh and here she is:

• A sketch made flesh:

• The Fourth Doctor battles a disfigured incarnation of an old friend:

• The missing link between the X-Men and Mozart:

• Smith meets Jones:

• Heard about the crossover between “The Lie of the Land” and the British medical drama Casualty?

• Don’t go in Room 11:

• A couple of First Doctor color classics:

• Just hanging around:

• A wink from Thirteen:

• And finally, let’s bow out this week with something the Doctor would certainly hate, an ending made of endings:


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By Fraser McAlpine