Thanks to Thomas Evans in our forum, and Jeannette via email, for alerting us to this report in the ever brilliant Daily Express. It’s all based on this interview from ScififantasyNetwork, where Danny confirms the live show idea that Doug floated at Dimension Jump last May. There’s no new information here, but it’s nice to know that it’s still on the table. Personally, I find myself skeptical about the prospect of this idea ever getting off the ground, purely due to the logistics of finding a time where all four of them are available to tour the country, but where it would be a better idea to do this than film a new series. I don’t think we’re any closer to it happening just because Danny has mentioned it, but fingers crossed.
Interestingly, the Express also quotes an interview given by Craig to Planet Smeg. That’s a name I associate with the good old days when there were dozens of fansites and none of them were Gazpacho Soup. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were still updating around the time of Series X, and sure enough, here’s the interview. However, there’s no year on that page, just the fact that Craig was due to play The Trojan Rooms in Whitley Bay on “21st Of November”. A quick bit of Googling confirms that this interview must date from 2010. This five minute bit of fact-checking seemingly beyond the Express, who state confidently that Craig was speaking “last year”. So Craig’s comments about the stage show are from before even Series X was announced, let alone XI and XII, and certainly long before Doug said anything about it in public.
Still, there is one more piece of intrigue from the original Danny interview to pick at – he says that he expects Series XI to air in “September”. Similarly, Robert said on Periscope earlier this week (you’ll have to trust me, it was over 24 hours ago) that he’s expecting “heavy promotion” for Series XI to start in September. Between these comments, and the fact that it’s clearly the best timing for it, we can expect to be seeing new episodes on our screens at around the same time as X. Maybe a couple of weeks here or there, but definitely that time of year.
So yes, none of this is particularly new information, but let’s make up for your lost time with a couple of recommendations. TOS new boy Seb Patrick has written this wonderfully geeky piece on Red Dwarf‘s title and credit sequences – a particularly interesting nugget is that Cassandra is the only episode from III onwards not to be represented in the opening titles, and there’s a mildly mind-blowing revelation about a shot from Camille in the Series IV titles.
Also, @CultSFX have promised to spend their weekend tweeting about the effects work in Red Dwarf Series 2, so I’m going to spend my weekend looking at those tweets. Hurrah!