In this week’s SFX, in an article about Hyperdrive, they casually mention the following:
“A pilot was made starring Iranian comedian Omid Djalili as Henderson, the captain of the Camden Lock, and Mark Gatiss as the psychpathic First Officer York. Come series time, their parts had been nabbed by Nick Frost (his first lead) and Kevin Eldon.”
Iiiiiiiinteresting. Presumably it’ll show up on the inevitable DVD.The article also mentions that Cecil and Riley had specifically heard the BBC was looking for a replacement for Red Dwarf and to “ride on Doctor Who‘s coattails”. Not that I think this would have any impact on any potential Series IX – I’m sure if Doug ever wanted to do it, the BBC wouldn’t turn down a guaranteed 8 million viewers – but I just find it interesting that the BBC’s motivations really were that obvious!
There’s a repeat of the first episode tonight on BBC TWO at 10:00pm. I’m going to give it another try – and hopefully get round to writing a review. Although if I get bored halfway through again, I may not bother.