As the release of Red Dwarf Remastered DVD set gets closer and closer, the final two documentary contributions have been announced by TOS. One is, of course, Doug Naylor and the other has my excitement circuits in overdrive (just like Krytens!1).
To cut a long story short it’s Paul Jackson.
He was the only really notable absence from the series III documentary, so this is going to be a fascinating chance to see things from the eyes of the man so regularly painted as a drooling psychopath by many of the cast. He certainly came across well in the Red Dwarf A to Z (apart from the fact that he didn’t think a sci-fi comedy would work, the big divvo) so his inclusion in the series 1 and 2 documentaries is certainly near the top of my ‘Things to Be Excited About This Release’ list which, to be fair, has a lot of things occupying the joint top spot.
As for Doug, I am really, really looking forward to hearing what he has to say about the remastered episodes. I want to know the thinking behind the whole venture, what he thought of the finished products and whether he thought it was worth the time and effort. Andrew mentions frank answers from Doug, and as we’ve seen in previous documentaries, I can’t imagine this being an exaggeration. Doug’s made some… let’s say ‘interesting’ decisions with Dwarf in the years since series VI, so it’s good to know we’ll be due some definitive answers on one of his most contentious of ‘interesting’ decisions.
We’ve got to be at a point now where we can’t be far from knowing all the extras. Interestingly, nothing has yet been said about commentaries. Either they are going to be necessary absence to make way for material and to cut cost… or we’re set for a nice surprise. My guess is that after more than a little bit of fan pressure, Doug has realised that we REALLY want to hear him commentate on his episodes. No matter how much might have already been said in a documentary, there’ll always be new stuff cropping up during the episode and I personally think it’d be a massively worthwhile venture, especially if someone like Ed Bye or Chris Veale was involved to bring a production and remastering slant to proceedings respectively.
We’ll see, anyway. Never the less, Autumn can’t come quick enough.