Did you like it?
Sitting on the fence is okay too
Does that mean it was a good day or a bad day?
Literally lolling? Whatever happened to laughing?
Did you spot that?
Who says you don’t have to pay attention
It’s just like series…?
No need to apologise
You can’t please everyone
He does have a small physical presence…
…or does he?
Are you listening Dave?
Kryten: It's 23ad when Jesus was suppose to be alive.
Cat: So how old would he be?
Favourite line from tonight's #RedDwarfX
"Did you give Jesus a vindaloo?"
"No, of course not. It was a Jalfraezi."—
Michael Perkins (@MikePollyP) October 18, 2012
Is it really?
After the hype of the big return Red Dwarf X settles into its run with that tricky second episode, ‘Fathers and Suns’. After last week’s derelict based show this one is completely set on board the small rouge one. So what did you make of it internets?
Are Chinese Whispers racist?
Are Chinese whiskers racist?
Do Chinese knickers have braces?
Is it racist?
A Fine Ending
Sorry Seb. It was a coincidence, honest
It seems that someone at Dave made a bit of an error and released tomorrow’s update a day early, though removed it within minutes. While they will naturally be committing suicide immediately in penance, we have a selection of screen caps from the clip as a little teaser to whet the appetites of those that didn’t get to see it in time.
You can find them below and we’ll be back tomorrow with a proper look at the new clip.
Fridays have now become the days that we see brand new Red Dwarf X material released online, with a promise from Dave that more will be released each week in the run up to the show. Last week saw the release of the first Series X trailer, and while this week’s release of a short message from Robert in character as Kryten is a little more subdued, it is nice all the same and gives a glimpse of the corridor set that ran in between and behind the bunk room and drive room sets.
- Series X
All 6 RDX shows complete! Support from fans, colleagues and pros has been so positive. Think we’ve got 6 great shows coming later this year!
So roughly 5 months on from the last recording we have reached the last big milestone before the shows go to air. As such, we are expecting that the next 3 months may be a little sparse on news, but once promotion starts we will endeavour to bring you as comprehensive a round up as possible. In the meantime we have the one last behind the scenes picture we brought you earlier this week to savour, taken at the grade for show 6. Work on the series hasn’t quite finished yet however. First of all the credits for show 6 still needed checking, leading to these tweets where Doug had a joke with his followers:
Checking the credits for Show 6 tomorrow. Just me and the guy who types the roller. No time to change anything I change. Must not be bad.
Final credits not happening until tomorrow now. Just me and credit typist. They foiled my evil plans today but not tomorrow!!! Muhahahahah
Just been told enormous screw up on RD X Show 6 credits. GNP’s Book keeper has been credited as GNP’s Bee Keeper! Say they can change it!
With the production team starting to move onto other projects, the focus now moves onto finalising the DVD extras. On that note, we leave you with this tweet from Doug in response to the question of whether the DVD will be 2 or 3 discs set and would include raw FX footage:
Big feature on both miniature shoots on 2 disc DVD
- Evolution Of… Kryten’s Costumes
Seb’s series of articles on The Offical Site covering the evolution of the costumes continues this week. This latest part goes into great depth to take a look at Kryten and how his costume has developed over the years. It’s a lovely little in-depth read with some pictures that may be unfamiliar to some of you, and we look forward to more of them in the run up to the promotion for Series X starting. You can read the article here, and you can read the previous articles on the development of Lister’s costume here and Rimmer’s costume here. There is also a piece on the development of the sets which can be found here.
- Tony Hawk’s ‘Playing The Moldovans At Tennis’ Film Release & Tour
Tony Hawk’s new film ‘Playing the Moldovans at Tennis’ had both its premiere and general release this week .The film, dramatised from the best-selling book, is an independent British feature film that tells the true story of Tony Hawks and the unlikely bet which turned into a life-changing adventure. All profits go to the care centre for children with cerebral palsy in Chisinau, Moldova, which was in turn started with the royalties from the book. If you’ve missed our mentions of the film previously, you can watch the trailer here:
The film is available on DVD here and on pay per view streaming here. Tony is also taking the film on tour, where each night the screening will be followed by a Q&A with the man himself. You can find the full list of tour dates below:
Rex Berkhamsted – 22/6 June Friday 7.30pm
Regal Evesham – 24/6 Sunday 2pm
Cambridge Arts – 27 Wednesday 6.30pm
Baker Street – 28/6 Thursday 8.00pm
Duke of Yorks, Brighton – 29/6 Friday 7.00pm
Phoenix East Finchley – 1/7 Sunday 2.00pm
Clapham Picturehouse – 2/7 Monday 8.30pm
Little Theatre, Bath – 4/7 Wednesday 6pm
Exeter, Picturehouse – 5/7 Thursday 6.30pm
Cinema City Norwich – 9/7 Monday 6.15pm
Hyde Park Leeds – 10/7 Tuesday 8.30pm
Hebden Bridge 11/7 Wednesday
York Picturehouse – 12/7 Thursday 6.15pm
Saffron Walden 13/7 Friday
Stratford Upon Avon 15/7 Sunday 3.30pm
Phoenix Oxford – 16/7 Monday 6.15pm
Tyneside Cinema 17/7 Tuesday 6.30pm
Cameo Edinburgh – 18/7 Wednesday 8.00pm
Belmont Aberdeen – 19/7 Thursday 8.00pm
Dukes Lancaster – 20/7 Friday 2pm
FACT Liverpool – 21/7 Saturday 4.00pm
Everyman Walton –22/7 Sunday 2.00pm
Ludlow Assembly Rooms 18/8 Saturday 7.30pm
- Craig On His Corrie Return & Future
Craig Charles has been talking to Soaplife about his imminent return to Coronation Street and his future with the show. Craig will return to the screen in the role of Lloyd Mullaney on July 2nd following the break he took to film the new series of Red Dwarf. It seems that he will remain with the show for the foreseeable future, stating:
“I don’t want to leave – I’ve just signed another extension. I had a three-year deal with options and I’ve just picked up my options. I’m going to be able to explore different sides to Lloyd’s character.”
Craig also went on to explain what is in store for the character when he returns to Weatherfield:
“He invested in a land deal in Jamaica with a family member, but it went belly up. So he’s come back to Manchester and is working for a dodgy old cab firm and one day his engine blows up. When the smoke clears, Steve is standing there and they start chatting. Steve offers Lloyd a job back at Streetcars – but Lloyd gets the idea he’s inviting him back as a partner.”
Asked how Lloyd reacts to the news that Steve only wants him as a driver, the actor replied: “He’s not happy. He says they have unfinished business and storms off and sleeps on Eileen’s sofa for a couple of nights.”
You can read a full article on the interview at Digital Spy here.
- Red Dwarf Cardboard Model
And finally, a truly impressive piece of work that we just had to share with you. Paul Williams has created an impressively large and highly detailed model of the small rouge one entirely out of cardboard over the course of 3 weeks. Here’s what Paul has to say about the model:
So, I’ve always had a fascination with building things out of cardboard and I decided to take on the Jupiter Mining Corporation’s most famous dilapidated space ship, Red Dwarf. Personally, I like a cardboard model that isn’t ashamed to be a cardboard model so I made the decision to leave it ‘natural# rather than actually make it red, however it has also received a digital paint job, as seen below.
Hard to say how long this actually took me – if I wasn’t spending several days building hexagon shapes out of card then I was spending several days applying hundreds of tiny cut-out windows or getting covered in super glue. Altogether, I’d say it probably took me 2-3 weeks.
Pictured below is the model both enhanced digitally and in its natural state, but you can view more photos that also include a look at the construction process here.
3 million years after a radiation leak wiped out the crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf, the sole survivor, Dave Lister, is revived from stasis. For that inconceivable amount of time the ship has been accelerating away from Earth across vast regions of space. Although joined by a life form evolved from his cat and a hologram of his dead bunkmate, the possibilities of further companionship seemed beyond remote.
However it seems this ship isn’t quite as removed from civilisation as it might be. Throughout the first series, the crew are alone in the universe and the confines of the ship are their whole world.
That all changes at the start of series II with a distress call from the crashed Nova 5 . The boys from the Dwarf were delighted to find any form of intelligence even if it did turn out to be the android equivalent or Norman Bates but did they ever question how the vessel got so far into deep space?
The novel Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers makes rather a large plot point of the Nova 5’s superior engines – the Duality Jump. This drive allows the ship to traverse large sectors of space in a single bound – the journey that took a giant red trashcan 3million years could be covered in three months. It seems reasonable then to assume that ships from the relative future of the Red Dwarf crew had superior drives.
In addition it is perfectly plausible that ships could have drifted into deep space. It may be somewhat implausible considering that vessels can get lost so easily in Earth’s oceans and space in more or less infinite but coincidences can happen, just as the DNA ship drifted into the path of the Dwarf.
Later series show that powerful engines of the Nova 5 would seem to be a rule rather than an exception. It is apparent that the human race has managed to colonise deep space. Justice World demonstrates that at the very least there were stations located in deep space. Similarly Legion’s complex was conceived and populated by famous Earth scientists to from Kryten’s time period.
The events of series V confirm an even more established presence of human life in the region. Dr Hildegarde Lanstrom’s research station on the ice planet suggests that the human race has settled on planets, however remote. The artificial psi-moon from Terrorform also indicates that perhaps the star system is some kind of experimental space lab.
That theme continues in Back to Reality with the SSS Esperanto, a Class D Space Corp seeding ship sent out to accelerate life on the ocean moon. Humans it seems are at the very least experimenting in deep space with a view to colonisation and presumably their ships give them a means to get back to Earth. It seems highly improbable that entire fleets of ships would spend millions of years in stasis for the sake of science.
Throughout series VI It becomes increasingly apparent that the Starbuggers occupy a charted region of space. The asteroid belt that Starbug traverses in Psirens is a “giant spaceship graveyard” and presumably not even every ship in the sector was brought down by the psychic-manipulator GELFs.
In Emohawk: Polymorth II, the crew are charged by a Space Corps External Enforcement vehicle making it apparent the sector is policed. In addition Kryten is aware of the GELF Zone and even knows the language of the Kinitawowi tribe.
This mapping of space becomes even more apparent in series VII and the discovery of the Leviathan deep beneath the ice. The presence of former Red Dwarf crew member Caroline Carmen dates the ship right back to the time of Lister. One might assume that this ship has drifted for millennia in the glacier until Lister examines the Navi Comp and finds out the ship burned out its engines heading to Delta VII and its research base.
This is clearly a named planet a presumably a populated one. So it seems even around the time of Red Dwarf’s disappearance the human race had found ways to colonise the galaxy.
In contrast it seems that the region of space is deep enough to send ships that might be dangerous. The SSS Silverberg was programmed to head for deep space as Cassandra’s ability to predict the future was deemed too dangerous was the human mind to cope with.
Similarly the 28th Century test ship the Gemini 12, with its powerful time drive, was also programmed to head for deep space to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands, although the addition of the stellar fog with its minefield of unreality pockets suggests that theft was also a possibility.
It seems that getting back to Earth isn’t really such an impossible dream for the Red Dwarf crew. There are ships far faster and better equipped than the crimson short one but perhaps it’s the safer option. The dream of Earth represents hope: perhaps knowing it’s gone for certain would be too much for Lister to handle.
Even after they lost the mother ship the posse never considered inhabiting any other vessel and instead opted to track it for hundreds of years. For Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryten, Red Dwarf is home.