In an unexpected move, it seems there’s a chance that a character from the worst series of Red Dwarf – the series that Back To Earth and X chose to completely ignore in the strongest possible terms – will be returning in Series XI or XII.

Actor and dancer Jake Wood tweeted:

Which wouldn’t be newsworthy in itself, were it not for this reply from Doug:

So, if Doug’s now thinking of incorporating Kill Crazy into a new episode somehow, will we get the resolution to Only The Good…‘s cliffhanger, that was teased but not revealed in The Beginning? At Dimension Jump, Doug hinted in his Q&A that the question would be settled in the new series, but reportedly contradicted that during his Coffee Lounge chat. This is pure conjecture, but perhaps if Doug was in two minds, the availability of an actor from that series may well tip the balance.

But what form would Kill Crazy’s appearance take? Are they going to find him in space somewhere, after he stowed away on one of the Starbugs or Blue Midgets that fled the ship? Or are there going to be flashbacks to 9+ years ago, showing how Rimmer saved the crew and what happened to the prisoners? Either way, could other characters from the resurrected crew make an appearance? If so, Hollister please.

The question of whether it’s a good idea to bring this particular character back will remain unanswered until 2016 at the earliest. Personally I’m not a huge fan – I’ve liked Jake Wood ever since he tried to make himself sick live on BBC One,  but Kill Crazy was never the most subtle or well-defined character. That said, I think my reaction to the character is more because of what he represents in terms of that era of the show. My issue is less with him and more with the general setting and tone of Series VIII, and it’s not something I’d be keen for XI and XII to emulate.

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  • I think it would be fun to find some of the series VIII crew again. I imagine Kill Crazy could turn out to be as villainous as the simulants from series IV and VI.

  • Kill Crazy probably had to eat the series VIII crew to survive and is totally fucked and inhuman.

  • “Remember how we have a secret prison on the ship?”
    “Oh yeah.”
    *cut to Kill Crazy sitting amongst skeletons*

  • I’m not totally averse to the idea of the actor coming back to play a different character, though.

    It’s not unheard of for an actor to return to the show under a different guise.

  • > I’m not totally averse to the idea of the actor coming back to play a different character

    Like David Ross. He played the shit out of that Toaster. Though I preferred the original Toaster.

    …Why does it have to be Jake Wood? If only it was Don Warrington or Robert Bathurst. I’d even take Noel Coleman.

    >Oh fuck off.

    I absolutely agree.

  • Kill Crazy was one of the few things that I liked about series VIII. I’m not sure how they’d fit him into series XI and XII though, unless they do intend to go back and explain what went on between series VIII and BTE.

    My mind immediately went to Kill Crazy murdering everyone in the escape pod he was in, and turning cannibal, and the boys coming across the pod, and him with a bunch of skeletons, but I see I’m not the only one who went there.

  • Fuck the cynics. Kill Crazy was one of the more enjoyable characters from Series VIII.

    Also, I love that Jake Wood actually mentioned it.

  • Maybe Jake Wood could return, but possibly play a different character? How about as Kill Crazy’s brother, Live Sanely?

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