I stumbled across this recently and found it pretty interesting, although not for the reasons you might expect. Be warned that the above link and following discussion contains some Actual Spoilers and some Clearly Untrue Spoilers That There’s Nevertheless The Teeniest Of Tiny Chances That They Might Turn Out To Be Slightly True So You’ve Only Got Yourself To Blame If They Do.
First of is how they resolve the cliffhanger from series 8:
Rimmer dies in Red Dwarf. The rest of the Red Dwarf crew journey through the mirror universe and eventually find there way back to the normal universe in the parralell worlds Red Dwarf. After a fight against rogue simulants Kristine Kochanski falls in a coma and die`s of a heart attack. Lister is upset by the death of his ex-girlfriend/mum. Holly is knocked ofline for the specials as Lister accidently knocks water near her circuitry.
Ending resolved (Based on info from RedDwarf.co.uk
Here is what i can tell about the group of episodes known as Red Dwarf: Back To Earth.
The crew have journeyed for billions of years and have fought many aliens had many adventures and made rimmer look like a smeg head infront of every race imaginable. Know they face there biggest challenge yet as a strange creature attacks Rimmer and brings Lister back to earth. Above all posibility they encounter a humanoid holigram who seems to secretly fancy Rimmer although she is only after his position in the crew. They arrive and find Lister however he doesnt remember who they are at first. They find out they have been erased from his memory and transported back in time to before Lister joined the Space core and that dangerous alien forces bent on humanity`s total anialation want to make sure Lister doesnt survive to get into Red Dwarfs statis chamber.
Rimmer, The new holigram, Cat, Kryten and the Unknowing Lister return to Red Dwarf however as they leave they are attacked and time begins to unfurle. A few of there past enimies appear and force them to slow down to deal with them. The most worthwhile of these to mention is the polymorph (Polymorph III) who turns Lister into a jibbering wreck as it removes his strength and power. It also changes Cat into Dwain dibbly who remarks “No, No. Not Dwain dibbly” As the episode ends the crew are captured.
The episode finishes the cliff hanger of the previous episode revealing the evil alien force behind all this. It turns out that the New holigram is an evil spy and has been working for the aliens. They capture Lister however because he is in a paradox (Oroborus) they cant kill him. He detonates a device which causes a thermonuclear explosion which destroys the alien ship and damages Red Dwarf causing it and the crew to crash land on the earth exploding destroying all life on earth leaving only the crew as survivors. Lister say “Smeg” however they begin to fade from time as because the Red Dwarf ship would never have been built as a result of this catastrophe they return to deep space with no memory of the events. The crew continue there search for earth. The pre-credits read.
The crew never remembered the events of that time all memory was forever lost. They would never again reach that earth again. Well unless you count (Speeds up):
(ETC . . . )
This is based on information from RedDwarf.co.uk
Now, of course, this is all nonsense. Badly-written nonsense. The only moments of “hey, we know about that!” involve twisting things that were already public knowledge by the time it was posted, and it fails the test of simple logic in a number of places. So why am I writing about it? Well, it just interests me that we’ve had our first instance of pure Doctor Who-esque fanwank show up online. You know the drill – every time there’s a season finale, people on Outpost Gallifrey combine stuff from the tabloids (true or otherwise) with their own feverish imaginations, and come up with an insanely detailed storyline that involves the return of myriad old characters and the sort of complicated fan-pleasing backstory that you wouldn’t even find in the New Adventures, before posting it under the claim that they heard it from their brother’s mate’s aunt who worked in the BBC canteen in 1979, and it’s DEFINITELY DEFINITELY TRUE.
And now it’s happening for Dwarf. It’s not unusual that someone’s written what is essentially fan-fiction for what they want to happen (hell, we’ve had discussions in the comment threads on here that amount to much the same thing)… but it’s slightly unusual that someone’s gone to the trouble of pretending it’s genuine. I know that fake spoilers abound for just about anything people get even vaguely fannish about, but just like the recent media attention and shift in attitude (from “sneering” to “almost excited”), there’s just something about this one that once again bears comparison to Who, don’t you think? It also makes me wonder how much more of it we can expect in the coming weeks…