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.