In an unexpected move, it seems there’s a chance that a character from the worst series of Red Dwarf – the series that Back To Earth and X chose to completely ignore in the strongest possible terms – will be returning in Series XI or XII.
Actor and dancer Jake Wood tweeted:
@DougRDNaylor Ready & willing to resurrect Kill Crazy for you Doug!! x
— Jake Wood (@mrjakedwood) June 9, 2015
Which wouldn’t be newsworthy in itself, were it not for this reply from Doug:
— Doug Naylor (@DougRDNaylor) June 9, 2015
So, if Doug’s now thinking of incorporating Kill Crazy into a new episode somehow, will we get the resolution to Only The Good…‘s cliffhanger, that was teased but not revealed in The Beginning? At Dimension Jump, Doug hinted in his Q&A that the question would be settled in the new series, but reportedly contradicted that during his Coffee Lounge chat. This is pure conjecture, but perhaps if Doug was in two minds, the availability of an actor from that series may well tip the balance.
But what form would Kill Crazy’s appearance take? Are they going to find him in space somewhere, after he stowed away on one of the Starbugs or Blue Midgets that fled the ship? Or are there going to be flashbacks to 9+ years ago, showing how Rimmer saved the crew and what happened to the prisoners? Either way, could other characters from the resurrected crew make an appearance? If so, Hollister please.
The question of whether it’s a good idea to bring this particular character back will remain unanswered until 2016 at the earliest. Personally I’m not a huge fan – I’ve liked Jake Wood ever since he tried to make himself sick live on BBC One, but Kill Crazy was never the most subtle or well-defined character. That said, I think my reaction to the character is more because of what he represents in terms of that era of the show. My issue is less with him and more with the general setting and tone of Series VIII, and it’s not something I’d be keen for XI and XII to emulate.