Clare Grogan in the Stasis Leak studio shoot.
Mark Williams in Back In The Red.
Norman Lovett in Back To Earth.
Chloe Annett in Entangled.
Also, they nearly couldn’t get Robert Llewellyn for series 3. That’s why they had John Sparkes on standby as a failsafe (and I sometimes wonder if that was the reason they booked Gordon Kennedy as Hudzen 10…)
The chimp was meant to be Kochanski, but it didn’t work out so when it is returned to being a woman it ends up being Irene, an ending Doug had to rush and rewrite along with most of Dear Dave to account for the lack of Kochanski hence it being a shit show of an episode.
are you sure? in the X Documentary they explain the original idea was that the chimp would stay a chimp for the rest of the episode, and Rimmer found out it was very intelligent and tried to use it to pass his exams or something. but apparently actors in chimp suits can only work 45 minutes at a time, so they had to quickly rewrite it as turning back into a human.
Oh yeah, maybe I’m getting the two stories confused. But either way, the many references to finding Kochanski earlier in the series were meant to pay off with them actually finding her in the back end of the series.
I thought the suggestion in the documentary was that it was originally due to be Kochanski in the stasis booth, then they made it a chimp, then they had to add a human after the chimp restrictions became clear.
Pretty sure the Kochanski plot strand had to be scrapped when the series was cut from eight episodes to six, but the rest of Entangled was salvaged and given a different ending. And then the working issue required another rewrite at the last minute.
It’s the old, old story. Crew’s supposed to find Kochanski, Kochanski becomes chimpanzee. Doug loses chimpanzee. Chimpanzee becomes woman, woman trips out of airlock and amusingly dies in cold vacuum of space. It’s a classic tale.
I think in We’re Smegged, Doug says “we lost two episodes” – but I took this to mean “we lost two episodes I had started writing and had to write two replacements”, not we had to drop the total number fbeps from 8 to 6.
Somebody posted a theory on here that the chimp was meant to turn out to be Kochanski, based on the fact that Professor E was a last-minute addition to the script after they found out the restrictions on the actor with the chimp suit, but I think in the original version of Entangled the chimp was just meant to stay a chimp.
I think that was all just supposition though, and Kochanski was only down to be in the scrapped episodes 5 & 6. Remember that the original ending of Entangled, which they couldn’t film because of the restrictions, was meant to be Rimmer and Lister arguing over who was going to look after the chimp, which doesn’t fit with the idea that chimp = Kochanski.
How about Guest actors that they got but didn’t want? Or Guest actors we didn’t want but that they got anyway? Guest actors that they got but really shouldn’t? Guest actors they could have got but didn’t bother?