Yes, it’s been nearly three and a half years since Back To Earth and over nine months since that first audience record, and now we can finally say that today is the last Thursday without new Red Dwarf for some considerable time. Let’s have a look at some of the things that have happened over the last couple of days, while we’ve all been distracted by whether or not Chris Barrie is wearing a wig. These include new clips, new interviews, a new podcast and a new way for me to plug something I first told you about months ago.
Firstly, the clips. We’ve all seen this one of Kryten drying spoons with his arse, but here it is embedded anyway:
Now, some people seem to be deliberately misinterpreting this clip – he’s not shitting on the spoons, or buggering himself with them, and I can’t see how you’d reach that conclusion unless you’d already made your mind up about “this type of humour”. This type of humour, incidentally, has been in Red Dwarf since Polymorph at the very latest, and I for one thought this scene was tremendous.
Meanwhile, there’s another couple of clips that have been distributed about the place – Digital Spy has them all embedded. One of them is the “me, him and him” gag from the trailer, but not in the trailer. Hooray! More interesting is a scene which evidently comes earlier on in the same episode, with Lister returning to the ship and being interrogated by Kryten, who guesses what’s gone wrong before Listy gets chance to tell him. It’s a lovely little scene which shows excellent character interaction – Kryten is slightly motherly without the whining patheticness of past series, while Lister is a care-free cheeky chappy once more. The woofer that ends the scene is predictable, but only because, as an audience watching this promotional material, we’re already aware of the plot point it reveals. It’s a classic Dwarfy gag.
In other news, there’s a new video interview with Doug over on Sky Video Cuts, whatever that is. Must have been shot on the press day, with Doug struggling to make his points over background hubbub. But one excellent new piece of information is revealed – the sets are made out of Ikea cutlery trays. Bibby would be proud. For other bits of press bobbins, it’s probably best to keep an eye on the forum – there’s far too much stuff for us to keep up with. And no, we’re not going to comment on the Doctor Who crossover thing, as there’s already been far too much attention drawn to what amounts a couple of jokey, throwaway comments.
In other other news, Gayspacko Poop have started a podcast! Entitled The Rubbish Podcast, the first episode sees Bollex Poo-Cum and ObjectableSound preview Series X for an hour or so. It’s almost like listening to one of our podcasts, except not as good. Ahaha, but seriously folks, it is very good – Alex is a tremendous host, and in terms of professionalism, it knocks us for six.
And finally, here’s something that I know many of you already know about, but that my fellow G&Ters have insisted I put on the front page too, for all those who don’t dip their toes into the forums. This Saturday, I am walking a marathon through London in the middle of the night, for Cancer Research. I’m aiming to raise a thousand pounds in total, and I’m not too far off. I know that many of you have already contributed, and I’m extraordinarily grateful for the generosity. But if you’re seeing this for the first time, please consider chucking me a few quid on my Justgiving page. And remember to use your credit card number.