The last oak tree in England is stolen from a museum, cutting short Starkey and Jorjie’s participation in a virtual reality exhibit claiming the tree to be the only survivng piece of Sherwood Forest. K-9 quickly spots a webbing made of alien mucus, and cuts a sample loose for Professor Gryffen to analyze. Inspectors Drake and Turner arrive from the Department, also acquiring a sample of the strange substance, though Turner suspects that, with K-9 on the case, Gryffen’s investigation will be far ahead of her own. K-9, Starkey, Darius and Jorjie have already started tracking down the source of the mucus: a near-extinct alien creature protecting the eggs of her young. But why did she need the tree, and how far will Drake go to make the endangered creature extinct?
written by Jim Noble
directed by Dale Bradley
music by Christopher Elves
Guest Cast: Robyn Moore (Inspector June Turner), Connor Van Vuuren (Drake), Gabriel Egan (Postman Pat), Remi Broadway (Robin Hood)
Original Title: The Last Oak Tree In England
Notes: K-9 claims to have met the real Robin Hood, and also says he is invulnerable to “mere” electromagnetic interference – perhaps an in-joke on the fact that the original ’70s K-9 prop was prone to mere radio frequency interference that would send it haywire in the studio. This is the first episode since Liberation to show the airborne propaganda screens. Guest star Remi Broadway would appear in K-9 again later in the first season.
LogBook entry by Earl Green