You heard. Over on Twitter, there’s a format pioneered by TV’s Richard Osman – amongst many others – whereby the best thing in a certain category is determined by a series of polls, in a tournament structure roughly mirroring that of the FIFA World Cup. By this method, we’ve discovered democratically-elected favourites in the fields of crisps (Frazzles in 2012, Pickled Onion Monster Munch in 2016), chocolate (Dairy Milk), Christmas films (Home Alone) and, thanks to TOS’s Seb Patrick, movie trilogies (Toy Story). We thought it was time for Red Dwarf to get in on the action.
We considered doing it for episodes, but we figured that the 30th anniversary poll is only a year away, so instead we’re revisiting a topic that we previously covered in a High & Low article. Yes folks, @ganymedetitan is proud to host the Red Dwarf World Cup of Guest Characters, starting Sunday 5th February at round about lunchtime!
Polls will take place on a daily basis until The Final on Tuesday 14th. Each poll will be open for 24 hours, so we’ll know the ultimate winner on Wednesday 15th February, appropriately enough. We’ll start off with eight groups of four over the first two days, with the top two characters from each group progressing to the Round of 16. This will be a series of two-way knock-outs, leading to the quarter-finals, semi-finals, third place play-off and The Final. It’s the World Cup, basically.
But who will compete for this prestigious prize? Well, the top eight characters from our old High & Low article have all been seeded, meaning that they’ll all be kept separate in the group stage. The remaining 24 places are taken by: the other two from that top ten; other characters that were shortlisted for the High list; a smattering from Series XI; and any leftovers who are considered to be a major character in the episode in which they appear, regardless of any personal opinions on their quality. The old eligibility rules still apply: guests who later became regulars are allowed (ie. Kryten and Kochanski), but no alternate personalities or suchlike played by any of the main cast.
The draw was conducted in the presence of an independent adjudicator (my brother-in-law) at G&T Towers last weekend, and it looks like this:
Group B is already being referred to as the “Group of Death” by some pundits. Meanwhile, the rest of the wallchart currently looks like this:
Isn’t this just terribly exciting? Yes. Yes, it is. So join us over on @ganymedetitan, and the hashtag #RDWC to join in the fun, look at the pretty graphics we’ve made, retweet, vote and campaign for your favourite Red Dwarf guest character of all time. Hurrah!
(NB. I’ve just discovered that the hashtag is already in use by a small number of accounts dedicated to the cultivation of cannabis. Ah well, I’ve already done the graphics now, and there’s probably a decent sized crossover of these demographics.)