Bob Baker, who co-created Doctor Who’s iconic K9 character, as well as writing many of the Doctor’s original adventures, has died aged 82.
The @K9Official1 account on Twitter announced his death on Friday, labelling him a ‘stalwart of children’s television’ having contributed to many of the most famous episodes of the sci-fi series.
Doctor Who’s official account also tweeted a tribute after hearing of his death.
It said: ‘We’re sad to hear that Bob Baker has passed away, who wrote many of the Doctor’s adventures, and was the co-creator of K9.’
His cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Baker also wrote Doctor Who’s first multi-Doctor story with his writing partner Dave Martin.
The pair brought The Three Doctors story to life, which featured the First Doctor (William Hartnell), the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), and the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) team up together.
As well as K9, Baker and Martin devised the renegade Time Lord Omega and the Axons.
After the Bristolian’s key role in much of the original series’ of Doctor Who, Baker co-wrote five of the Wallace and Gromit films alongside Aardman’s Nick Park.
Together, they worked on The Wrong Trousers, A Close Shave and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and A Matter of Loaf and Death (in which a character (Baker Bob) is named after him).
He was the last surviving Doctor Who scriptwriter from the Third Doctor era after Trevor Ray died in 2019.
In 2013, Baker wrote his autobiography inspired by his two biggest works, entitled K9 stole my trousers before crowdfunding to publish The Essential Book of K9 in 2015.
Many fans of the writer were saddened to hear of his death, taking to Twitter to share their memories of his work.
One fan commented: ‘RIP Bob Baker, who once wrote his own murder into a Wallace & Gromit film.’
‘RIP Bob Baker. The last surviving writer from the Jon Pertwee era. What an amazing career, from Doctor Who to Wallace and Grommit. He’ll be keenly missed. RIP,’ shared another.
A third added: ‘Sad to hear that the lovely Bob Baker has gone to the great TARDIS in the sky. The legacy of K9 will always live on and a fellow Bristolian, well can’t argue with that.’
Original article published here.