For those of your hankering for a bit more out of your Friday updates will be pleased, as we’ve just been hit with not one but THREE exciting cast announcements for XII. A common theme of Dave-era Dwarf is the very high quality of the guest casting so seeing our first proper glimpse of that is very exciting, especially when we’re dealing with such household names. Piccies and thoughts after the jump.
I once saw James Buckley awkwardly play a song with a mourning Ocean Colour Scene, minutes after the news of Amy Winehouse’s death broke. Ash were better.
We’ve known about Jimmy Buckles’ involvement with the show for a little while now, I think, but this is the first time we’ve seen the true nature of his role and this particular bit of information broke last night through James’ own Twitter. I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark and say he will be appearing in the episode in which everyone will be An Kryten as the droid next to him doesn’t seem to be Kryten, but it could very possibly be Lister? It’s hard to tell.
I’ll admit I don’t have a lot of experience of James Buckley’s previous work, apart from being fairly amused by him in the few bits of The Inbetweeners I’ve seen. I’m pleased he’s involved, though, as it’s always nice to have a fan of the show around. Speaking of which…
Johnny Vegas (real name Jonathan Vegas) is an immensely exciting inclusion. When it comes to guest stars across the whole show he’s got to be up there with the best based on comedic chops alone. When it comes to the acting, though, he can be a tad hit and miss so it’s going to be interesting to see how his performance is pitched. Insane, drunk, ranting Johnny has had me literally breathless with laughter before, but despite being billed as his alter-ego it’s hard to tell how the performance will be pitched.
We’ve actually got a little extra information about Johnny’s episode, as it’s revealed to be the ‘criticism is illegal’ episode by this the Radio Times and… well…
Of course in the age of widespread and easily-triggered online offence the theme is clearly one that is designed to resonate here on Earth in 2017.
Well, Ben Dowell, Earth in 2017 is a stinking shit-hole of intolerance and exclusion so anything that you consider resonating with that can be shoved up your cunt.
Whoops, I guess I got triggered!
“It’s a critique of free speech and political correctness and all those things where you can’t say this, or you shouldn’t be saying that… and people getting offended at the tiniest little thing,” said actor Robert Llewellyn who plays Kryten.
Funny how you get more right wing as you get older.
Well damn, I don’t actually have any of worth to say about Helen, other than I do remember her in Over To Bill and she was good! The picture’s an interesting one as there’s almost a medical looking feel to it, so perhaps this is from Cured? Or maybe a stark white colour scheme matches the offices of M-Corp? I honestly haven’t got a single clue. Her thumb doesn’t look like it’s properly attached to either hand, though, so maybe that’s a plot point?
Personally I’m a big fan of the pre-publicity strategy this year. It’s so exciting having things like those crazy and unexpected shots of the crew, then followed by these sneak looks at guest characters we’re yet to know anything about. It makes the series feel rich with surprises and variety, which I’m pretty sure is exactly what they’re going for.