What with all the excitement about Red Dwarf X, let’s not forget that G&T loves to bang on about obscure things from ages ago, too. Several years ago, me and Ian did some research in a massive concrete block for an article on the contemporary reaction to the very first series of Dwarf. The other day, I came across this sheaf of photocopies, and the below seemed worth posting on its own – the Radio Times episode capsule for The End, from its original broadcast on 15th February 1988.
A few things to note:
- The “Within 24 hours, 168 of them will be dead” was adapted into a line in Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers, at the end of Part One, Chapter 11: “In just over seven months, every one of them would be dead.”
- Crediting Chris Barrie as “Arnold Rimmer BSC, SSC” is extremely amusing. Crediting Danny John-Jules as “?” so it wouldn’t give away a major plot twist is extremely brilliant.
- Remember when the Radio Times had room to give the lighting guy a credit?
- That BBC 2 schedule looks like a fun night’s TV to me. Although that Horizon capsule proves that scaremongering isn’t anything new. I remember Horizon being better than that…
Incidentally, if anyone has any contemporary reviews of Series 1 for that planned article, I’d love to see them. Anything that was published in the national press I either have or can get, but there must be some obscure things lying around that I’ve never seen. Surely some Doctor Who fanzines must have reviewed the series?