I bring great news. Yesterday, Richard Naylor tweeted a couple of pictures showing bazookoid props in various stages of construction. This in itself was good news, considering how brilliant the props looked, and how close to the classic design aesthetic from the early days they seemed. Today, we know why the props are so good. They were made by The Model Unit.
Yes, Mike Tucker’s company today posted three bazookoid pictures to their Facebook page – one the same as Richard’s, and two new ones. They accompanying caption reads:
These photos might give some hint as to the nature of our current project…
This is big news indeed. The people behind the best visual effects Red Dwarf has ever had are back on the show for the first time since Series VII, nearly twenty years ago. With The Model Unit on board, not only can we expect some gorgeous looking props and models to hit our screens for the next two series, but hopefully they can also avoid the type of behind-the-scenes problems detailed so extensively in We’re Smegged. Who better to do the visual effects on Red Dwarf than the people who built Red Dwarf? Welcome home, boys – it’s been too long.
In other news, the pre-production news continues to dribble slowly out, as excitement and interest builds in the countdown to the studio dates. Danny John-Jules has been talking to Digital Spy, but has managed to say very little of interest. Nevertheless, there’s a couple of nuggets to pick at:
“It’s going back to the old school, the four guys and loads of banter. That’s what we want.”
1) That’s what Series X was – you’re not going back to it for XI and XII, because you were already there.
2) Please do not use the word “banter” in relation to Red Dwarf.
“Basically, it’s going back to have my teeth cast, and my head cast. I can’t tell you why I had to have my head cast, but you’ll be very pleased when you see it!”
Well, it’s because the crew are going to be turned into Kryten in one episode, isn’t it? Do keep up. As for the teeth, that’s hopefully just for his regular fangs rather than any Dibbley antics, but let’s not go there again.
“The Cat’s a virgin! Let’s just say that gets explored. The whole thing about his standing in the world of reproduction is definitely touched on.”
So they’re making Identity Within after all. Or, more likely, some completely different that will cover the same themes. It seems like we’ve been promised a Cat-centric episode every series since time began, but if Danny is saying this post-readthrough, then it looks as if it’s actually happening this time.
Ah, we’ve missed this. We’re going to try and get at least two of us in the same room to do a pre-studio Dwarfcast at some point soon, so if you spot any more tasty morsels of news, post them up in the comments on this article, and we’ll discuss them with our voices. Also, any questions or discussion topics you’d like us to tackle? Post away – we promise to be just as insulting to our contributors as we were last time.