Crikey, what a bumper bundle of bloody brilliantness over at TOS this week. Where do I start? Might as well get the DVD stuff out of the way…
Chloe’s audition tape! Hopefully, she gets her foaming twat out. If she did, it’s no wonder she got the role. Footage of location recces for VIII! I can’t recall any actual location stuff for VIII, though, other than for the Completely Invisible Aliens sketch. Anyone have a better memory of VIII than me? Cast readthroughs! Excellent! I expect they’ll be full of marvellous joshing around, some amusing mistakes and possibly even some bits that were removed before filming started. Rehearsal footage for the Blue Midget dance! This surprised me, as I had assumed that absolutely no thought whatsoever had gone into the sequence. But still, despite the blood-curdling awfulness of the sequence, this will still be interesting.
Robert Llewellyn’s video diary! I imagine pretty much everyone with an interest in Red Dwarf and access to the internet has seen this, but it’s a good extra, nevertheless. For one thing, it’ll be good to see it in decent quality, and not have to play it in bastard Quicktime. And, of course, rushes footage! I’m particularly interested in the abandoned initial shoot for the Camelot sequence in Stoke.
Further proof, if proof be need be, that these DVDs will definitely be worth getting, no matter what your opinions on the series. It’s a shame, of course, that this calibre of archive material isn’t available for the earlier series, but it’s no surprise – VII and VIII were made eight and six years ago respectively, as opposed to seventeen.
By the way, the article says that this is their “final crack at Dwarf DVD”. What about The Movie, then? Ah, fair enough.
Anyway, never mind all that. A FUCKING NEW FUCKING SMEGAZINE!. Well, hopefully. The phrases “partwork” and “BBC Video” lead me to postulate that this will be one of those things where you get a mag with a DVD containing a few episodes, eventually collecting the full set. It’s well-precedented, and I think Only Fools and Horses and Inspector Morse sets are running at the moment.
An 18-issue run, eh? That’d be half a series on each disc, with two spare – perhaps VII and VIII, being two episodes longer, will have an extra issue each? Or, it could not be the complete series, and just key episodes. Or, it could be all new documentary-type stuff. Or, there might be no sort of DVD/video element at all. Or, the magazine won’t get made in the first place. I’m so good at journalism. (I bloody hope it does take off, though. It’d be great.)
And finally, the fan film competition is now closed. Two points to consider from this article. Firstly, what an excellent picture. Secondly, DOUG NAYLOR IS GOING TO SEE MY FACE. Albeit obscured by a big moustache at times.