With the show reaching it’s 25th anniversary, Alex takes a humorous (Ed: are you sure about that?) look back at the origins of the show. What is it about the show that’s made it endure? Where did Rob and Doug get their ideas? Will this article be answering any of these questions? Well, no, but we’ll make jokes about Jimmy Tarbuck and take great pleasure in seeing Grant Naylor’s little sci-fi comedy rightfully reach the quarter of a century mark.
(This is a transcript of the introductory piece on The Garbage Podcast’s commentary for The End.)
Bill Pearson sheds some light on the origins of the Annihilator model used in The Beginning with details of his proposal for a Red Dwarf Christmas special. This curio includes the full script, the edited version that appeared in issue 33 of Better Than Life, model photos, design sketches and Bill’s pitch video.
With the episode titles for Series X having just been announced, Andrew speculates on what they might say about the episodes, and just how revealing the episode titles have been in previous series.
Psychology in Red Dwarf:
Through Red Dwarf we have seen the psychology of the characters analysed and twisted in ways that no other sci-fi series has ever attempted. James looks at some of the standout use of psychological exploration to tell a good story or to explore the characters in Red Dwarf.
For a bunch of guys that don’t do that much salvaging, they sure do a whole lot of salvaging. It’s amazing just how many ships are there 3 million years from Earth. Andrew takes an in depth look at all the ships encountered by the Red Dwarf crew and questions, just how advanced did the human race get? And how far into space are the boys really?
With the incredibly sad news of the death of Peter Wragg, Alex looks back at the life and work of a man that was a crucial element in the look and success of Red Dwarf as well as various other popular and influential shows.
The bunk scenes in Red Dwarf have often been referred to as the heart of the show, and will often come high on fans wish lists when asked what they’d like to see in a new series of the show. Alex examines if this wish is misplaced by looking at just how important the scenes are to show, and indeed if they ever really went away.
James takes a look back at the ratings for ‘Back to Earth’ as well as Dave as a whole to see if a ballpark figure for success can be found for the new series.
One of the elements of Back to Earth that unexpectedly divided the fans was Rimmer’s dispatching of Katarina by pushing her in front of a bus. For many, it was a totally logical decision to have the character do this, but for others it was utterly out of keeping with the character they knew. Alex examines to what extent Rimmer is an irredeemably ruthless man of skewed morals, and to what extent is he a creature of circumstance?
A Diary of Red Dwarf X:
With nearly a year worth of information out there for Series X, it might be hard to keep up or even remember it all. Here, James presents a group of features that follow the production of Series X from the initial announcement in April to March 2012