We’re getting a Doug commentary

Ah, @bobbyllew. What would we do without you? Thanks to Teatime’s interrogation, he’s let slip that Doug Naylor is recording a commentary for Back To Earth. In fact, he’s doing it RIGHT NOW. (Well, he was doing an hour ago, and the show’s quite long…)

We already knew there’d be a cast commentary too, of course, and they’re recording that today too. Here’s a picture to prove it. How can they look so young and beautiful in costume, and yet so old and haggard in their civvies?

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  1. 2 commentaries? Oh yes!

    I don’t think that picture makes them look too old, certainly younger than they are.

    I wonder which version of BtE the commentary will be on, hmm, it could be Doug on the Directors Cut (since he is the director).

  2. But when are they recording the Mike Mellington, Iain Lee and Norman Lovett commentary?

  3. I’ve heard Norm’s going to do commentary on the next set of specials. Red Dwarf: Get Me My Ball Back. And Lee will be interviewing him as part of the bonus features, asking why Red Dwarf is so crap.

    As you can tell, it’s a real hardcore fan collectors piece it really is…

  4. Norm’s doing one for The Best of Match of the Day.

  5. I hope both commentaries are on the long cut. Surely that’s what everyone will want to watch when they put on BtE. YES a Doug commentary! I wonder if he’ll be on his own or with Ellard and possibly one of the producers? Lone commentaries can be a bit negative because it’s hard to praise your own work.

  6. Think anyone will be joining him or is it likely to be a solo Doug commentary? I do prefer it when there’s more than one person and they can get interesting (and funny) conversations going. I think next weeks TOS update is pretty much guaranteed to be a report on the commentary now anyway!

  7. Doug, with Ellard ‘moderating’, I reckon.

  8. See, I told you he was listening to the Dwarfcast.

  9. Nice one.

    > How can they look … so old and haggard in their civvies?
    I don’t think they look that bad.
    Only Craig looks particularly rough. It’s hard to believe that there’s, what, 10 years(?) between him and Bobby.

  10. Excellent news. I’m sure the commentaries will be on the director’s cut.

  11. Maybe Ellard is doing a commentary for the Making of show =]

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    Maybe Ellard is doing a commentary for the Making of show =]

    (gasps) I foresee two possibilities:

    1) Andrew speaking over his own voice could phase and simply cancel each other out or

    2) The track could create a time paradox, the results of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe!

    Granted, that’s a worse case scenario…

  13. I think Andrew should do a commentary on Doug’s commentary, and then do a trivia text track about that. Comprehensive!

  14. And then a Dwarfcast to comment on Andrew’s commentary?

  15. And then Andrew does a commentary on the Dwarfcast?

  16. and then doug does a commentary on andrews dwarf cast commentary ?

  17. And then my brain implodes?

  18. Then they do a jigsaw.


  19. If we get a one and a half hour commentary on The 10%ers, i’ll be pished! If there’s a link to the writing of 10%ers and BtE of course….

  20. Anybody actually going to try and guess the content of Doug’s commentary- will he provide any insight to the unanswered questions, like the resolution of Series VIII, the status of Rimmer, or will he side-on address fan criticisms, like the motives for the amount of Blade Runner references?

    Or will he explain it away by citing time pressures and pitch for a movie?

  21. Of the Dwarf-related stuff out there which is never going to get a DVD release (and therefore I don’t feel bad about downloading it), I can find Captain Butler (which I already have on tape from its airing) and The Strangerers and all kinds of oddities… but there doesn’t appear to be a single episode of The 10%ers on the whole of the interwebz. Has anyone ever seen this available anywhere?

  22. No, but if you find it, let me know.

    And you’ve reminded me that we’ve got a Strangerers article to finish and post at some point soon…

  23. Just started watching The Strangerers for the first time today, actually.

    It’s… okay. Not hilarious, but very watchable. Laughed out loud a couple times too.

    All in all, it’s already a hundred times better than Dark Ages, and I’m only on episode 3.

  24. I love the strangerers, Im still waiting for a dvd. I think it starts well but then loses direction a bit in later episodes but I love the trying to walk trying
    to eat and work out the world stuff in the early episodes. I hate the cliff hanger ending, that im still waiting to be resolved. I want a dvd with a story boarded or filmed resolution. Maybe Dave could bring it back.

  25. Yeah, having seen them all, pretty satisfied with it. Some good laughs, and a fun premise. Cliffhanger ending is annoying. Red Dwarf scriptwriters need to steer clear of cliffhangers, no?

  26. Yes – especially since they can never resolve the bloody things properly.

  27. I tend to like cliff-hanger endings. I mean Star Trek done them brilliantly, the ending of Enterprise Season 3 with Archer randomly in a Nazi hospital tent with Nazi aliens, Picard on the Borg ship as Locutus about to be destroyed as Riker gives the order to fire in ‘Best of Both Worlds’. Besides I don’t give a shit about the not so good reprise in ‘Tikka to Ride’ since the ending to ‘Out of Time’ is two of the best minutes of television ever.

  28. Not quite sure where to post this but here’s as good as anywhere:

    @bobbyllew Hey Bobby. Do you have any news on Red Dwarf’s future, now things have settled post-BTE? Or are you not at liberty to say? :)

    @j_dalton1 I have not heard a peep, I should hear something soon though, partly through trying to bully Doug into doing a #carpool

    So… nothing to report at the moment.

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