Doug Naylor could well be possibly writing something down about Series XI, maybe

When a piece of news a) comes from the overexcited mouth of Danny John-Jules and b) is then reported earnestly by the reputable website Digital Spy, then you know to take everything you read with ALL THE SALT IN THE ENTIRE WORLD, but we’ve not posted anything new in a few days, so what the hell.  Danny has mentioned (apparently directly to Digital Spy) that Doug is writing outlines for series XI.  Or possibly entire scripts, he’s not really clear on that point.

Danny John-Jules confirmed the development to Digital Spy this week, explaining that Naylor was eager to avoid the kind of time pressure he faced while writing, directing and producing Red Dwarf X.

The words “confirmed” and “development”, there, being used in a story revealing the stunning fact that Doug Naylor, a man who’s spent the majority of his career writing and making Red Dwarf is, in fact, now possibly writing some more Red Dwarf.

“I spoke to Doug the other day, and I know he’s already writing outlines,” John-Jules said. “Even though the contracts aren’t signed, he knows because of the last series [that he needs a head start], because he was under real pressure.

I’m not sure any amount of pre-writing would’ve helped Doug during the clusterfuck of Series X production (among numerous other things, two presumably finished scripts were dropped because of the lack of location money), but if Danny thinks that’s the reason then it may way well be.

There will no doubt be a lot of people (I’m looking at you, Twitter) that will be getting a little overexcited at any mention of Series XI, but the crucial part of this story is “the contracts aren’t signed”.  Booking the four principle actors at the same time is like herding cats (not the mention the fact that one those cats is roaming the roof tops of Weatherfield and it takes a long time to coax him down off his favourite wall) so the likelihood is the next series will be quite a way away yet, despite how early Doug may or may not be starting work on the writing.

The moral of the story is that Digital Spy will write about anything, and Ganymede & Titan aren’t much better.  And Danny likes to talk a lot.

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  1. DANNY JOHN-JULES AND DIGITAL SPY IN FATUOUS BARELY TRUE NOT-EVEN-LEGITIMATE NEWS SHOCK.

    I think it’s entirely too early for them to speculate on Red Dwarf XI (still can’t quite believe I’m typing that!) yet. I think Digital Spy may even be the same website that backed up the Daily Star’s claims that David Bowie would be playing Davros, though I could be wrong.

  2. It wouldn’t be surprising if Doug was working on scripts for Series XI, but it would be if Dave commissioned it this early. I imagine they’ll want to see the Christmas sales figures for the DVD and Bluray before even thinking about a new series.

  3. I think it’s entirely too early for them to speculate on Red Dwarf XI (still can’t quite believe I’m typing that!) yet.

    I still can’t quite believe Series X exists. Even watching the Blu Ray I find myself amazed that I’m actually watching Chris, Craig, Danny and Robert play those roles again.

  4. Doug Naylor, there.

  5. This is a Spitting Image puppet isn’t it? Doing my nut trying to work out which one

  6. This is a Spitting Image puppet isn’t it? Doing my nut trying to work out which one

    It’s Doug Naylor. From a 1985 Spitting Image book. Rob Grant’s in there, as well.

  7. Twinkle-toothed. :)

    >Rob Grant’s in there, as well.

    Is that his hair in the next pic down?

  8. Doug Naylor, there.

    That’s great!

  9. UKTV are almost certainly painfully aware of the shenanigans of making RDX. Consequently, before even considering a S11 commission, they’ll want reassurances it won’t happen again – and amongst other things, that would surely involve detailed outlines if not full scripts for the series…

  10. G&T Admin

    In normal circumstances I’d completely agree, but there’s always a possibility that they’ll just say “whatever you did to give us our best viewing figures ever, just do that again”.

  11. It’s also worth remembering, as Doug has already said, UKTV aren’t the only people who have a say in this.

  12. Well, of course he’s got outlines, of the 2 scripts that had to be abandoned. So that’s a good start, right?

    I hope the 2 weeks’ location shoot can happen next time.

  13. I love that Doug Naylor puppet!

  14. I love that Doug Naylor puppet!

    … Puppet?!

  15. Starbug will be making a comeback in a big way in XI me thinks with more off ship adventures.

    I hope Tony Hawks will be in the series as well first time since Meltdown is it? As he is going to DJ2013, well fingers crossed either way.

    Love to see the bazookoids return, not the shitty short VII ones though. Skutters would be nice but not at the top of my list.

    The situation with Holly is an interesting one. Norman recently praised X on twitter so maybe he’s willing to come back, that is if Doug wants him. I would love Hattie more to come back though. Maybe you could have both? Hattie in Starbug and Norman in Red Dwarf…..

  16. Starbug will be making a comeback in a big way in XI me thinks with more off ship adventures.

    I hope Tony Hawks will be in the series as well first time since Meltdown is it? As he is going to DJ2013, well fingers crossed either way.
    Love to see the bazookoids return, not the shitty short VII ones though. Skutters would be nice but not at the top of my list.
    The situation with Holly is an interesting one. Norman recently praised X on twitter so maybe he’s willing to come back, that is if Doug wants him. I would love Hattie more to come back though. Maybe you could have both? Hattie in Starbug and Norman in Red Dwarf…..

    You know what we need? A “like” button

  17. From a nostalgic point of view, Norman would be great to have back. Even though many of his lines weren’t that good, his mere presence at the end of series VII and throughout series VIII was one of the highlights.

    That said, if Holly comes back (please bring Holly back!) I’d prefer Hattie, since she seems to have always been the one who more appreciated the role.

  18. >Hattie in Starbug and Norman in Red Dwarf.

    Kind of like different desktop themes.

  19. Hattie in Starbug and Norman in Red Dwarf.

    And maybe a new Holly in Blue Midget?

  20. Norman recently praised X on twitter…

    Did he? I didn’t know this. What exactly did he say?

  21. This is a Spitting Image puppet isn’t it? Doing my nut trying to work out which oneIt’s Doug Naylor. From a 1985 Spitting Image book. Rob Grant’s in there, as well.

    Oh right (thicker than TV weather girl/village idiot offspring) I’ll look out for it next time I watch the box set!

  22. G&T Admin

    Norman recently praised X on twitter

    [Citation Needed]

  23. I hope Tony Hawks will be in the series as well first time since Meltdown is it? As he is going to DJ2013, well fingers crossed either way.

    Just for the record: We have no knowledge of future RD casting, he’s never been to a Dimension Jump before so Tony has been invited every year for the last few years at least. That’s the reason he’s on the guest list for DJXVII :)

  24. For some reason, the idea of the two different versions of Holly (having somehow been split for some reason that we don’t need to try and work out now) being on different ships, never actually interacting directly with one-another but carrying on some kind of constant disagreement/vendetta as the crew go back and forth between them, strikes me as something that could be really funny.

  25. Rob Grant?

    No but seriously, I was thinking more along the lines of the more obvious choice of Milton Jones or someone similar.

  26. I was thinking more along the lines of the more obvious choice of Milton Jones or someone similar

    DEAR GOD NO

    Can’t stand the man.

    http://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/Entertainment/Theatre/Latest-Theatre-News/Red-Dwarf-star-Norman-Lovett-talks-about-his-new-show-25102012.htm

    “The last time I spoke to Doug was about 12 years ago until he got in touch recently to tell me my Twitter account had been hacked,” he added.
    “We’re speaking again now and I’m glad.”

    Interesting.

  27. No but seriously, I was thinking more along the lines of the more obvious choice of Milton Jones or someone similar.

    Yeah, and Jimmy Savile should be the diaper changer at a nursery(!) Milton Jones is a terrible comedian, hate him.

  28. Surely Doug and Norman spoke to each other only three years ago about BTE, unless he’s referring to phone conversations rather than e-mails.

    Yes, I’m being pedantic. ;)

  29. Milton Jones was quite good in The Strangerers. That is all.

  30. I think Milton would make a great Holly.

    His ‘Dave’s One Night Stand’ is on tomorrow night, by the way.

  31. I don’t particularly think he’s a good or a bag comedian, but I just think he has that Holly-feel about him.

  32. To be fair, you don’t necessarily have to be a good comedian to be a good comic actor in Red Dwarf, as anyone who’s seen “Sickbag” can attest.

  33. I don’t particularly think he’s a good or a bad comedian*

    Can’t edit it now, damn.

    But to be fair I don’t think he’s a bag comedian either.

    To be fair, you don’t necessarily have to be a good comedian to be a good comic actor in Red Dwarf,

    Yeah. James Baxter and and Mark Dexter being more recent examples.

  34. IT COULD RIP YOUR DICK OFF AND FAX IT TO CANADA

  35. Saucer of milk for Seb.

    Cartoon lions don’t drink milk they drink blood.

  36. a bag comedian

    Angelos Epithemiou?

  37. Where can I see The Strangerers?

  38. A true bag comedian.

  39. I imagine there were supposed to be some jokes in there.

  40. All bag, no comedian.

  41. Oh, that is tragic. That is the saddest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.

  42. Obviously a holdover from the days when he entertained small children. Or at least tried to.

  43. It’s no weirder than some of the things I’ve seen Simon Munnery doing.

  44. Why was he playing around with pegs? Did he fall on his head before going on stage?

  45. Why are they laughing? [/zissou]

  46. Lest we forget, this man was in Red Dwarf when it was funneh.

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