We bring you news of an excellent thing. Kris Carter, who’s been a regular fixture here for as long as I can remember, and one of my favourite creative people in Red Dwarf fandom ever since I first saw his comic strips in Fan Club magazine Better Than Life over twenty years ago, has launched a fanzine. Drive Room takes a look at each episode in as much depth as you’d possibly need, starting unsurprisingly with The End, covering the plot, guest stars, behind the scenes details, adaptations, visual effects and publicity photos, along with profiles on both Chris Barrie and Arnold Rimmer. Lovingly adorned with cover art from Kriss’s fair hand and beautifully laid out, issue one is available to download from Chris’s blog now, and best of all – it’s free.

It can’t have escaped your attention that we’ve been rather slack with the written content since The Promised Land, so it’s brilliant that Khris has stepped up to the plate and delivered something even more meticulous and in-depth than we usually manage. And how wonderful that Red Dwarf is still inspiring new and original fan endeavours after nearly 33 years.

 

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  • Just had a read-through – very nice. Some stuff in there that even after 30 years of soaking up as much Dwarfiness as possible, I wasn’t previously aware of (or have evidently long since forgotten), and so very pleasantly surprised by. Looking forward to reading about Future Echoes.

  • Yeah really nicely put together. That publicity photo with the Cat’s hair like that and that logo is such a cool, strange thing to see.

  • This is nothing short of phenomenal Kris! I wish you’d designed the series 1 VHS covers. Just outstandingly brilliant!

  • Excellent! Very good job. Thank you for taking the time and putting in the effort. Just did a quick run through so far but am looking forward to reading every single word. Again , excellent and thank you.

  • I’ve just started reading this and was surprised to see Robert McCulley (George McIntyre) referenced has having gone on to appear in London’s Burning.

    London’s Burning is, even beyond Red Dwarf, my favourite TV show and I have a really annoying habit of pointing out people that have appeared on the show over it’s 14 year run. Especially at its height when everyone on TV had more or less being on it.

    I had never, ever clocked Robert McCulley has having been in it though (presumably if I’d read the credits -on both shows – I’d have maybe picked up on it) so I’ve just had to go and have a look.

    He’s plays a small part of a homeless man who robs a guy who has his arm stuck down a urinal. And for those wondering what he looks like and why I might not have noticed in 24years, here you go

    https://imgur.com/a/4BHVYt4

    You sort of have to squint and imagine him without the beard and with a grey shading to his complexion to see that it is him.

  • I can totally see it! I loved London’s Burning too, (well, until it went all young and trendy). Remember Hallam getting crushed under a truck and a wall? Class.

  • I can totally see it! I loved London’s Burning too, (well, until it went all young and trendy). Remember Hallam getting crushed under a truck and a wall? Class.

    Yeah the last few years are a bit too hip, and the less said about series 14 the better, but up to series 10/11 were absolutely must watch TV.

    Hallam getting trapped under the wall (along with Bayleaf, and Recall in another part of the factory) was the two part finale to series 4. Such a big production for the time, and probably one of the best they did. Was and is brilliant.

  • Yeah the last few years are a bit too hip, and the less said about series 14 the better, but up to series 10/11 were absolutely must watch TV.
    Hallam getting trapped under the wall (along with Bayleaf, and Recall in another part of the factory) was the two part finale to series 4. Such a big production for the time, and probably one of the best they did. Was and is brilliant.

    Yeah, that was a belter. It was always so exciting to get to the end of a series back then, cos you knew they were always planning a fucking mega shout to go out on.

    I remember they even edited together that 2 part series 4 finale into a sort of mini TV movie that they showed again a few months or a year or two later.

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    Yeah, that was a belter. It was always so exciting to get to the end of a series back then, cos you knew they were always planning a fucking mega shout to go out on.

    I remember they even edited together that 2 part series 4 finale into a sort of mini TV movie that they showed again a few months or a year or two later.

    Yeah absolutely. Or they’d start with a massive shout that would have repercussions throughout the year.

    I didn’t know that about the edit, though it doesn’t surprise me, shame more effort wasn’t put into the DVDs so things like that could make it on there. Just glad they did DVDs at all really.

  • I haven’t finished reading this yet, but so far it’s excellent and I am feeling a mix of jealousy and inspiration. I must make a They Might Be Giants fanzine or something. They’re second on my list of “things I would love to create a fanzine for.” The first, probably obvious as this is a Red Dwarf site, is it2i2.

  • I haven’t finished reading this yet, but so far it’s excellent and I am feeling a mix of jealousy and inspiration. I must make a They Might Be Giants fanzine or something. They’re second on my list of “things I would love to create a fanzine for.” The first, probably obvious as this is a Red Dwarf site, is it2i2.

    Dooo iiiiiiitttt!

    Also, its probably dead obvious and I’m being dumb, but what is it2i2?

  • I haven’t finished reading this yet, but so far it’s excellent and I am feeling a mix of jealousy and inspiration. I must make a They Might Be Giants fanzine or something. They’re second on my list of “things I would love to create a fanzine for.” The first, probably obvious as this is a Red Dwarf site, is it2i2.

    Dooo iiiiiiitttt!
    Also, its probably dead obvious and I’m being dumb, but what is it2i2?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It2i2

  • A) I have never heard of it2i2 and feel this needs a Dwarfcast special and B) how does Bobby manage to look exactly like Rob on the cover?

  • Somewhere deep in 2022, Ian, Danny and Cappsy will furiously search for what to do a commentary on next. And in that panic and confusion they will decide to do it2i2.

  • I don’t want to panic anyone but it looks like my it2i2 review from my old fan site never made the G&T migration :(

  • Somewhere deep in 2022, Ian, Danny and Cappsy will furiously search for what to do a commentary on next. And in that panic and confusion they will decide to do it2i2.

    Thanks for the warning.

    Just came to say I’ve finished the first issue and I’m excited to see more. I think it’s great, therefore it is.

  • I think Khryss is still too polite to plug himself so – #2 is out now!

    https://kriscarter.wordpress.com/2021/02/26/drive-room-issue-2/

    Genuinely – I started listening to the latest G&T podcast and didn’t want to leave the tab to comment in this thread, haha! But thank you – and yes, dive in everyone, all the Future Echo-ey-ness you can get into your eyeballs. (and huge kudos to Tom Bromley for doing some specific art for the Skutter feature!)

  • The false nostalgia is so strong. As someone who still reads old-school programme guides for shows courtesy of the Internet Archive, I love this. Just needs some abominable VHS telesnaps like the Smegazine episode guides.

  • Absolutely brilliant work. Some really interesting new (to me anyway) info, especially in the Robot Claws (ISWYDT) feature. And a couple of fascinating artefacts. That studio audience ticket is a thing of beauty. Well worth everyone’s time, this. Very nicely designed too. Samaritans donation made.

  • Absolutely brilliant work. Some really interesting new (to me anyway) info, especially in the Robot Claws (ISWYDT) feature. And a couple of fascinating artefacts. That studio audience ticket is a thing of beauty. Well worth everyone’s time, this. Very nicely designed too. Samaritans donation made.

    Thanks Clem! Very much appreciated :)

  • The false nostalgia is so strong. As someone who still reads old-school programme guides for shows courtesy of the Internet Archive, I love this. Just needs some abominable VHS telesnaps like the Smegazine episode guides.

    Yeah the temptation to just point n shoot a camera at the TV is strong, haha!

  • Great stuff! Was Rupert Bates Hector in Camille? Can’t think of any other guest role in that other than the title Camille herself. Also really like Gavin Mitchell’s art, checking out his etsy. That Fraser Fanzine is pure confusion, I may have to get a copy. These are great, keep them coming, I’m having incredibly sane amounts of fun!

  • Great stuff! Was Rupert Bates Hector in Camille? Can’t think of any other guest role in that other than the title Camille herself. Also really like Gavin Mitchell’s art, checking out his etsy. That Fraser Fanzine is pure confusion, I may have to get a copy. These are great, keep them coming, I’m having incredibly sane amounts of fun!

    Yeah Hector Blob! A top-notch role for any actor’s CV. :)

    Sterling work as ever, Kris!

    Cheers matey!

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