So, Sophie Winkelman is playing a character called Katerina. With a name like that I’d have assumed that she’d be a long lost member of the Cat race, but no – she’s only a bloody hard light hologram, one that is “intent on replacing Rimmer”. This sounds pleasantly reminiscent of the relationship between Rimmer and Kochanski in Last Human, where Rimmer’s sees the arrival of any newcomer that outranks him as a threat, and instantly hates them as a result. Although, this has an extra little twist – as you know, Holly is only capable of sustaining one hologram, so this would involve Katerina literally replacing Rimmer, in the manner mooted for Lanstrom in Quarantine. (Hmm, there’s a thought – maybe Holly’s not around because he’s had to switch himself off in order to save enough power for an extra hologram?)
Obviously, there’s a lot of unanswered questions for us all to speculate furiously over between now and Easter. For example, why is Katerina around in the first place? Did they have a desperate science officer-related problem that needed her expertise, or did Lister ressurect the most attractive dead crew member he could find? And will Back To Earth start with Katerina already part of the crew, or will they acquire her (and presumably lose her) along the way? And what of Rimmer, for that matter? Who’s eating this chicken?
Annoyingly, we can’t see the full extent of Katerina’s costume just yet, because the “click here for bigger” link just goes to version of the picture that’s already embedded in the page. But it certainly looks promising so far. Sexy holograms are always good.
This latest bit of news is another indication that Back To Earth will really strive to add something to the Red Dwarf mythos, rather than just celebrating the past. It really feels like it could be a springboard to bigger and better things, as opposed to one last hurrah. Mind you, by introducing a new member of the crew, and seemingly giving them quite a prominent role in the story, I can sort of see why Norman Lovett is a bit pissed off. Even if he is being a git about it.
(Old comments here. We’ll add them back to the proper site later tonight.)