Darius and Starkey hatch a plan to take down an old rival of Professor Gryffen’s, a man named Freddie who long ago stole Gryffen’s secret advances in robotics to create a breed of fighting robots that now feature in no-holds-barred, pay-per-view competitions. While Gryffen has been unable to get the authorities – including the Department – interested in the theft of his secrets, Freddie has become a rich man. But Darius has a robot warrior of his own to help him take down Freddie’s empire and expose the crime: K-9. What Darius and his cohorts don’t know is that Freddie has very highly-placed allies of his own who are willing to bet against the robot dog.
written by Jim Noble
directed by James Bogle
music by Christopher Elves
Guest Cast: Jared Robinsen (Thorne), Gareth Harris (Freddie), Remi Broadway (Chuckles), Michael Donnet (Boris), Josh Norbido (Pain Maker), Peter Kent (Lomax), Eugen Bekafigo (CCPC), Jason McNamara (CCPC), Josh Norbido (CCPC), Tyler Rostedt (CCPC)
Notes: K-9 himself hasn’t encountered robotic clowns before, but his former time traveling cohort the Doctor did in 1988’s The Greatest Show In The Galaxy; fortunately, the ones K-9 meets aren’t homicidal. This story, in which Thorne reveals that he knows about K-9’s regeneration capability, and will do anything necessary to induce the amount of damage necessary to force another regeneration, is the beginning of a story arc that leads up to the season finale. Robot Gladiators is one of the only season 1 episodes not to feature Robyn Moore as June Turner.
LogBook entry by Earl Green