Friday morning’s traditional release has ended up more exciting than usual this week, with a slow drip feed of SIX new production stills from Red Dwarf XI appearing on the official account. The sixth was revealed on the more traditional TOS update and with it comes this gallery of gorgeous high resolution versions. Join us after the jump for some of our thoughts on this pant wettingly exciting MEDIA DUMP.
A Skutter is back! And it’s not a CG glove puppet! It’s hard to tell whether this is a new build or based somewhat off an old VIII prop, but it’s looking very handsome indeed. Speaking of handsome, Chris Barrie must have thighs of steel if he managed to get through a scene while squatting like that, especially considering the extra weight of his wig.
This shot is just cool as fuck. This is the lovely looking location we’ve likely seen previously although depending on the light, Cat *might* be wearing a different jacket here so I could be wrong. This shot gives off so many Series V vibes, I’m starting to properly see what the various Set Reporteers were referring to about the production design this series.
Now this guy we’ve definitely seen before, the creepy fuck. The production values on show here are quite something. The quality of location, costume and physical effects are unlike anything we’ve seen since the BBC days, and we’ve not seen a nightmare inducing monster quite on this scale since Dr. Lanstrom and her melty face.
Oh my God, it’s Sammy the Squib! My keen detective instincts suggest to me that this might be a still from the series premiere Twentica, what with the fact that both America and prohibition is mentioned in the synopsis and this certainly looks like that era. Also, I might be wrong here, but among the lovely backdrop I think I spy studio lights in the top right, suggesting this is a very nice looking set.
Lister and Cat playing the old video games, there. This is the first glimpse we’ve had at the new bunk room, and it seems relatively the same as before although the old sofa has been replaced with something a little more battered but tasteful. I can’t believe the Cat would ever sit on it wearing that suit, though, he clashes horribly.
Ah, an actual official picture of the Starbug cockpit! How very novel. For the first time we see how it will actually intend to look on screen, and the blue that was previously reported is very much in evidence here, although the cockpit door at the back looks more like the traditional green. The details in general look perfect (I especially love the controls) and at no point in my entire life will I ever fail to find “NOT ALERT” hilarious.
I have to say, the promotion and build up to this series has so far been excellent. Teasers have been thick and fast and, especially in the case of today, extremely generous. With a lot of people expecting a trailer it’s quite impressive that they managed something arguably as exciting.