Turning Japanese – Series VI

The Japanese DVDs of Red Dwarf – of which all eight series have already been released – represent perhaps the most drastically-altered versions of the series out there. The Japanese episodes have large amounts of dialogues and scenes cut out, and should an unwary soul download episodes off the internet, they may find themselves unfortunately […]

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Pete: Part I

Right. Pete, then. An episode that’s infamous for its lack of rigorous logic, rather silly plot line, and lack of any coherence whatsoever. This is going to be fun. Although there’s absolutely no science fiction category that I can twitter on about for two hundred words before the review, so I’ll just have to get […]

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Comedy Connections Reflections

Red Dwarf may have had 52 successful episodes spanning over 8 series and 11 years but seldom has any documentary of any worth been produced to celebrate the show. Except the phenomenal documentaries currently being released with the Red Dwarf DVDs, proper mainstream analysis have been as rare as hen’s teeth. A few years ago […]

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The Rob Grant Interview

Since the split of the writing partnership of Grant Naylor, Rob Grant has most certainly been the quiter of the two. TV series of ‘The Strangerers’ and ‘Dark Ages’ were fairly low profile but his books ‘Backwards’, ‘Colony’ and ‘Incompetence’ received critical acclaim. The sad absence of Rob from the DVDs has been rectified in small amount thanks to his recent appearance on Comedy Connections and now Rob has kindly agreed to an interview with The White Hole, talking about the past present and future of his career. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the ‘crunchy half’ of Grant Naylor…

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Out of Time: or, Alternate Personalities

Alternate personalities constitute a wide-ranging subgenre of SF – there can be many variations on this theme, including electronic creation of alternate personalities (The Terminal Experiment (1995), Robert J. Sawyer), to drug-induced split personality (A Scanner Darkly (1977), Philip K. Dick). In fact, “alternate personalities” is such a wide-ranging term that it could be used […]

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Futurama Echoes

While the American sci-fi cartoon Futurama is thoroughly, undeniably different from Red Dwarf, there are still some tantalizing similarities flowing through it that really make one wonder if perhaps one of the writing staff is not a Dwarfer at heart. In this article I’ve decided to record everything that I’ve noticed so far, which is […]

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Lonely Among Us

“The early series of RD, which Craig Charles said was Steptoe and Son in Space, were the best because of the claustrophobia, the hatred, etc.” – Peter Thomas, uk.media.tv.misc “…the isolation and loneliness was 90% of what made early Red Dwarf what it was, and I just didn’t want to watch anymore.” – anonymous, Jump […]

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The Mike Tucker Interview

Mike Tucker is one cog in the genius machine that is (was) the BBC VisFX department, and has worked on Red Dwarf since the first series. Apart from seeing his name on screen in form of a nice in-joke (the manufacturer of Kryten’s Psi-Scan is ‘Tucker Enterprises’) Mike has also appeared in an episode of Red Dwarf and Kryten’s love-blob, Camille; but his acting was limited to wheeling around on an office chair, wearing a blob suit.

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