Except it's not in a 46-year history, it's in a ... what... 5 year history? Maybe 6? Two spinoffs in 8 years were enough to kill the Star Trek franchise on TV. Maybe audiences are different in the UK, but I doubt it.
The K-9 series won't be referencing Doctor Who
... except the design of the robot dog is almost identical, it speaks in the same voice as the original, and space-time travel is involved. This is some new definition of the phrase "won't be referencing" with which I was not previously familiar.