It’s finally happened, a day most thought we’d never see. A long-standing, well-respected and much beloved member of online Red Dwarf fandom is stepping down from his duties. Yes, Andrew Ellard is leaving reddwarf.co.uk.
Oh, and I’m quitting G&T, as well.
The sharp-minded among you may have surmised that the above two facts are linked. Alternatively, you may already have read this week’s Friday TOS update, which spells it all out quite clearly. Either way: I’m taking over as the new writer/webmaster of the official Red Dwarf website. And as I’m sure is fairly obvious, that position isn’t really compatible with also writing stuff for an unofficial fansite.
So, I’m gone. Like, as of pretty much now – or at least once you get to the end of this post, which will (along with the “Out of Time” Dwarfcast over there), be my last contribution to G&T. Meanwhile, my first contribution to RD.co.uk has begun, in the shape of this week’s updates (see? Bet you didn’t even notice the change in style. SEAMLESS transition.)
I’ve been part of G&T for just over five years, now – ever since the Great Relaunch of September 2006 merged my old site, Fuchal, into the fold along with a handful of others. It’s been a blast, and I’ve loved interacting with the site’s brilliant community, and seeing your reaction to things we’ve written, recorded and – in my last great contribution to G&T history – had printed via a POD publisher. The great memories I’ll take away from my time with the site are manifold, but particular highlights include:
- The Doug Naylor interview
- Co-ordinating our mega 20th Anniversary episode poll
- “Headfuck Monday”
- Almost all of the Dwarfcasts, especially the Back to Earth Insta-Reaction and Can’t Smeg Won’t Smeg editions
- Logging on immediately after Back to Earth part one to see almost two hundred readers online simultaneously
- The Iain Lee saga
- The Garbage Pod
I’d like to say I’ll miss our thriving community, too – but of course, it’ll be a part of my job to check in and visit the site regularly as a reader, as well, and I doubt I’ll give up on commenting just yet. I probably won’t be able to swear as much, mind.
I had a long list of people to thank, but then I realised that I got this job through my own hard graft, so there’s nobody to thank but myself. Actually, that’s a good idea, I’ll thank myself.
(I jest, of course. I’d like to thank John Hoare, Ian Symes, Jonathan Capps, Tanya Jones and Danny Stephenson for being brilliant people and the best collaborators in crimes against online TV show fandom that I could have hoped for in my time with the site. Not to mention Phil Reed, Austin Ross and – oh, what the hell – Kirk “Mr Flibble” Northrop, compatriots during the Observation Dome days, a period that essentially began the long and winding process that brought me to this point. And a doubly special thanks to every one of you who has bought, or is going to buy, The Garbage Pod.)
Anyway. That’s about it, really. I’m not much good at big speeches, and I know I haven’t always been an easy guy to get on with. And I know that, given the choice, I probably wouldn’t have chosen you as readers. But I just want to say… that over the years… I’ve come to regard you as… people… I met.
I’d better just go, OK?