We must admit, we kind of thought there’d be more news about Red Dwarf XI by now. When Doug appeared at Dimension Jump in May, he seemed to imply that an announcement wasn’t too far away. However, that was more than half a year ago, and all we’ve had since is a gun-jumping splutter from Bobby Llew. That is, until now. Sort of.
Yes, admittedly, this isn’t much. But it’s a start. Naylor Minor has tweeted:
I just read the first draft of the first episode of a new series of a fairly popular sci-fi comedy series. You know what? T’was pretty good.
Before you write in, the obvious joke has already been done. Anyway, this is undoubtedly positive news – we heard in We’re Smegged that Doug didn’t write any material for Series X until the green light was on and the budget and schedule signed off. So the fact that he’s now got a first draft shows that either these elements are now in place, or that he’s confident enough in the material that he can go ahead and write it regardless. It’s clear that many of Series X’s biggest problems came from the writing process being a little rushed – which, admittedly, was often out of Doug’s control – so giving himself a head start this time round is a fantastic idea.
Like I say, it’s not much. But hey, it’s nearly Christmas. Let’s cling on to this tiny nugget of news, and hope that it blossoms into something more substantial very soon indeed.