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  • #225463
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    Why did Doug combine three episodes of Back To Earth into one Directors Cut, though?

    #225464
    si
    Participant

    Reading all these ‘three into one’ jokes is tiring me out. Whatever happened to the glory days of the Foaming Twat?

    #225465
    cwickham
    Participant

    Should ‘three into one’ jokes have continued after being combined?

    #225467
    Moonlight
    Participant

    Foaming Cloche butter pun ***man Lov***.

    #225468
    pfm
    Participant

    But is that an ‘I’ or a ‘1’ ??

    #225469
    pfm
    Participant

    > Oh, and the VHS releases of the original unremastered series are labelled ‘Red Dwarf I’ etc., although not ‘Red Dwarf Series I’.

    But is that an ‘I’ or a ‘1’ ?? grrr

    #225472
    bloodteller
    Blocked

    it’s a I.

    #225520
    Me Own Stunts
    Participant

    I keep my Red Dwarf DVDs in one of those album-style cases that hold around 60 discs. They currently share that space with my Quantum Leap DVDs.

    In other news, none of the reversible covers have ever done anything for me. They lack a silvered logo, for example.

    #225526
    Toxteth O-Grady
    Participant

    This marvelous opus of pedantry must be kept alive, and so I’ll offer this:

    >… since, unless anyone wants to correct me, the first time “Series [Numeral]” was officially used to designate the series was on the DVD releases.

    Didn’t the BBC’s own adverts for the show use the roman numerals?

    I seem to recall a clip advertising the then-upcoming episode ‘Holoship’ using the “Sirs, they’ve taken Mr. Rimmer!” scene with the onscreen caption:
    Thursday 9.00 RED DWARF V

    #225527
    GlenTokyo
    Participant

    Roman numerals were on the videos, I, II, III etc

    The only series without a numeral applied in an official capacity is Back To Earth which strangely given that it’s called Back to Earth is referred to as Back to Earth.

    #225528
    Dave
    Participant

    The VHS used ‘Red Dwarf I’, rather than ‘Red Dwarf Series I’ – I think that was the distinction Seb was making.

    As far as I can make out, the only time the VHSs used ‘Series I’ was the remastered boxset of all three series.

    The only series without a numeral applied in an official capacity is Back To Earth

    *QI Siren*

    (French DVD)

    #225529
    GlenTokyo
    Participant

    In France Jaws is called ‘The Teeth From The Sea’. I’ll stick to native language releases.

    #225530
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    That’s a bit xenophobic.

    #225531
    GlenTokyo
    Participant

    Not really. Just think the releases in English are the ones to look at considering origin.

    #225533
    (deleted)
    Participant

    Back To Earth was called series 9 on BBC Store as well. It is frigging well Red Dwarf IX for BBC Worldwide purposes and they pay for the show to exist. That is why the 2012 series was called ‘Red Dwarf X’.

    And it is a series of three episodes, not a special.

    #225536
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    #225537
    Ben Paddon
    Participant

    That’s on BritBox, by the way.

    #225538
    bloodteller
    Blocked

    i don’t remember lister screaming directly into the camera being in Back To Earth- Part 3

    #225540

    Give it a few years and everywhere will be calling it Red Dwarf Series IX, including the re-released DVD (in time for the Just the Daves boxset), then everybody can eat their IX-hating hats.

    #225541
    GlenTokyo
    Participant

    Why doesn’t someone Twitter at Doug. Get it straight from the horse’s mouth like.

    #225542
    flanl3
    Participant

    I actually think they could still do Series IX once the show has found its footing again and do it well if Doug did it right. I fully expect the next comment to be “he wouldn’t do it right.”

    #225547
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    If we’re taking word of the author, then Doug is adamant that BTE is not Series IX. So there.

    #225548
    bloodteller
    Blocked

    hoorah

    #225552
    (deleted)
    Participant

    If we’re taking word of the author, ‘Liberation’ is the first Divine Comedy album, ‘Them’ is the first Jon Ronson book, and Star Wars is called ‘Episode IV: A New Hope’. Doesn’t make any of those things true either!

    #225554
    bloodteller
    Blocked

    Star Wars is called “Episode IV: A New Hope” though

    #225555
    Dave
    Participant

    Well *now* it is.

    #225556
    flanl3
    Participant

    If we’re taking the word of the author, Timewave is an episode of Red Dwarf, unfortunately.

    #225557
    bloodteller
    Blocked

    so’s Pete Part 2

    #225558
    GlenTokyo
    Participant

    If we’re taking word of the author, then Doug is adamant that BTE is not Series IX. So there.

    The Lord hath spoke, BTE is not Series IX.

    Now that’s sorted, what was this topic about again?

    #225559
    bloodteller
    Blocked

    thoughts on the Series XII DVD’s reversible cover, i think?

    #225560
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    It’s just absurd to have the Star Wars films go I, II, III, Star Wars, V, VI and THAT’S IT THEY NEVER MADE ANY MORE

    #225561
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    Depending on how this December goes they might go I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VIII, though, and I’ll wonder why they skipped one

    #225570
    Moonlight
    Participant

    Considering how fucking confused online stores get over something as simple as the Roman numeral series numbering, I don’t think you could treat BtE as not being the ninth series without just muddying the waters even further. If you listed it as a separate entity in streaming services, you’d just end up with a bunch of new fans skipping from VIII and X without ever realizing there was something in between.

    Regardless of what BtE is supposed to be, it’s the set of three episodes that comes between Series VIII and Series X, and it’s better for fans just discovering the series to make it as clear as possible that that’s where it goes.

    #225571
    Dave
    Participant

    The Lord hath spoke, BTE is not Series IX.

    But it *is* the ninth series of Red Dwarf.

    #225574
    RickLee84
    Participant

    I hate the placement of the “Series…” text o the spine of the DVDs. There’s plenty of space above or below the cast photo o the bottom to place a simple Roman numeral to indicate the series number. Instead, someone thought it was a great idea to plaster the text over the logo and not even have them the same size or location depending on what cover they designed.

    Those IX, Smeg Ups, Beat The Geek and USA custom covers look great though.

    #225577
    GlenTokyo
    Participant

    <But it *is* the ninth series of Red Dwarf.>

    Not disputing that it’s the ninth outing of Red Dwarf, just the fact that it’s called Back to Earth not Red Dwarf IX.

    KyoSo I get your point but it shouldn’t matter, Netflix or whoever will put it in the chronological right place regardless. Only really a problem if you’re trying to torrent it or something or you’re setting up a Plex server and you’ve never seen Red Dwarf.

    #225578
    GlenTokyo
    Participant

    *Not disputing that it’s the ninth outing of Red Dwarf, just stating the fact that it’s called Back to Earth not Red Dwarf IX.

    Damned lack of editing function

    #225583
    Jonsmad
    Participant

    I’m gonna call it Back2Earth just to annoy more people.

    My DVDs (reversed covers where possible) have always sat within a cardboard hard back slipcase for the Ronnie Barker dvd collection. Which previously housed complete porridge and open all hours etc sitcoms. All my pre 1980s comedy’s i removed from their packaging and keep in a wallet system for space. But kept this box as a handy container for dwarf and long before the irony of mr vegas or that Geordie Jesus being in a new open all hours it has kept my dwarf DVDs together, I always felt doug would have approved of the porridge link. 12 series now fills it. So come series 13 I’m fucked. As I don’t see a larger barker box being released. He’s not likely to do a new series.

    #225588
    flanl3
    Participant

    I’m gonna call it Back2Earth just to annoy more people.

    Back9Earth

    Or even

    BaIX to Earth

    Or even

    Series Back Nine Earth.

    Or even

    Red Dwarf, Series VIXCIIVI: Back Too Earth

    #225591
    Dave
    Participant

    BAIX TO 9ARTH

    #225593
    Jonsmad
    Participant

    We’ll I know some who probably call it BoIx to earth. But I liked it.

    #225597
    GlenTokyo
    Participant

    Just call it Back 9 and you’ll get the gold crowd.

    #225600
    flanl3
    Participant

    NINE 9 SERIES

    #225602
    Hamish
    Participant

    Red Dwarf Deep Space IX

    #225603
    flanl3
    Participant

    Red Dwarf IX Kampf

    #225604
    flanl3
    Participant

    (Redolf Hidwarf, that is)

    #225605
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    Red Dwarf 9 From Outer Space

    #225606
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    PILE OF SHITE

    (Huh, same number of letters!)

    #225608
    (deleted)
    Participant

    Easy way to solve this:

    Why is Red Dwarf X not called Red Dwarf IX? Whatever the official answer is proves that Back To Earth is Red Dwarf IX. Because it’s clearly not “just as a joke”.

    #225609
    Ridley
    Participant

    Red Dwarf Ecks

    #225610
    bloodteller
    Blocked

    Red Dwarf Ecks Vs. Sever

    #225611
    Dave
    Participant

    The series between series I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII and series X, XI, XII is definitely not series IX, ok? I can’t believe anyone would be foolish enough to think that it was.

    #225620
    flanl3
    Participant

    Y’know Windows? Here’s a little story for you: a few years ago, around 2012 I think, a new version of Windows was released, and it was called Windows 8. A few years later, in 2015, a different version of Windows was released, they called it Windows 10. In between those two, only one main version of Windows was released. Theymust have called it Windows 9, right?

    Wrong. It was Windows 8.1.

    Have you ever heard of iPhone? I suppose you might have heard of iPhone. This year, they announced three separate goddamn iPhones. One was the iPhone 8, and another was the iPhone X (ten). If you announce 8, X, and another, you’d suppose that other would be the iPhone Nine, right? It always gets listed in the order of 8, the other one, X. It has to be Nine in some form, right?

    Wrong, it’s the iPhone 8 Plus.

    There’s this thing, it’s called an Xbox. Some of you have probably heard of it. Back in 2005, they came out with an Xbox that they called the Xbox 360. Then, in 2013, there was a new Xbox that they called the Xbox One. This year, they’ve come out with a new one. Well, technically, it’s a massive revision of the Xbox One, but it’s nearly one all on its own. I could compare it to the Game Boy Color, not entirely different from the Game Boy, but different enough. Anyways, you’d expect Xbox to follow the pattern and either call it the Xbox -358 or maybe the Xbox -178.5, either as a full next Xbox or maybe halfway along, to follow the pattern of decreasing by 359. But you know what they called it?

    Xbox One X.

    Xbox I X.

    Xbox IX.

    Tell me again how sure you are that nine is the one that comes between eight and ten.

    #225621
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    Xbox XI is just a souped up Xbox One, not a new installment in the Xbox franchise.

    They had to skip Windows 9 because of all the legacy programs that just look for the first number of the OS version in code, for example they’d see Win95 or Win98 and only see Win9x.

    Apple are stupid.

    #225622
    Moonlight
    Participant

    They had to skip Windows 9 because of all the legacy programs that just look for the first number of the OS version in code, for example they’d see Win95 or Win98 and only see Win9x.

    That is truly hilarious and I’d expect no less from Windows.

    KyoSo I get your point but it shouldn’t matter, Netflix or whoever will put it in the chronological right place regardless.

    Not if they were listing it as a separate entity called Red Dwarf: Back to Earth rather than as the ninth series of Red Dwarf. That’s something I could easily have seen happening when it was initially released, before there was any sign of a tenth series. Which is what my point was, about not designating the special as its own separate show on the listing the way they do with other specials.

    Seeing as how we’ve dug up the Series IX debate, I think we should definitely argue about Hyperdrive again. I liked it when I was 14.

    #225623
    flanl3
    Participant

    Xbox XI is just a souped up Xbox One, not a new installment in the Xbox franchise.

    I’m assuming you mean IX, but are you telling me that Red Dwarf IX is…

    …Red Dwarf I Remastered?

    #225624
    Renegade Rob
    Participant

    Lister reads off the literal cover of BTE which even on the physical copy IRL says it takes place after “series ten.” And that’s clearly bullshit because Series X is definitely continuing off plot strands established in BTE, like Kochanski being alive and all that. Which leads to my conclusion:

    The post-VIII series numbering of the BTE Earth universe do not correspond to “our series.” As funny as it might be to skip series IX, the reference to a “series ten” clearly reveals a separate continuity of series in that universe. So anyone saying IX already happened in the special can’t really be referring to a real series in “our” universe and are unreliable evidence of BTE being separate from IX.

    For “our” purposes, i.e. Real People, BTE is Series IX, as the ninth series produced and between VIII and X.

    #225625
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    >Nick Frost and Miranda Hart as leads
    Oh dear.

    #225631

    As funny as it might be to skip series IX, the reference to a “series ten” clearly reveals a separate continuity of series in that universe.

    Imagine if Doug had only written in a reference to series 9 in BtE, and then carried on with 10, that would have been the most wonderfully meta thing about the whole story.

    I’m sure he said in an interview that he won’t be doing a series 9, but might be doing a 10, “which makes sense if you watch Back to Earth” or something. Which annoyed me as it makes no more sense then.

    #225632
    flanl3
    Participant

    I mean, I do think they called Series IX “the best yet” while they did not call Series X “the best yet”

    #225633
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    All they say is Back to Earth happens after Series Ten, which I guess is possible, they just de-age a little at some point and then re-age again

    #225640
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    >If we’re taking word of the author, ‘Liberation’ is the first Divine Comedy album

    It is. Fanfare for the Common Muse is an album by a different band that also happens to be called The Divine Comedy and also happens to have Neil Hannon as one of its members.

    #225642
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    Just like how the last blink-182 release was Dogs Eating Dogs in 2012, and the fact that there is a more recent album out called California, also by a band calling themselves blink-182, doesn’t change that fact. And all of the members of Weezer died in 2002, etc.

    #225646
    Dave
    Participant

    Actually Rivers Cuomo just kicked Death in the nuts when he came for him.

    #225647
    Lily
    Participant

    Imagine if Doug had only written in a reference to series 9 in BtE, and then carried on with 10, that would have been the most wonderfully meta thing about the whole story.

    You mean like “That’s Dave Lister’s bath from season 9. Best season ever if you ask me. Awesome season, best by miles. You were in that remember, when Kyten ran in and told you that Kochanski had been sucked out of an airlock”

    Strange that it’s season and not series though. When Lister read off the back of the box he says “Back to Earth. Takes place after series 10.” etc etc

    #225650

    Indeed. If series 9 was truly a ‘lost’ series, then it would make sense of BtE not being 9, X coming along. There would actually be a joke in the numbering of the series, which is about as meta as it comes.

    It is. Fanfare for the Common Muse is an album by a different band that also happens to be called The Divine Comedy and also happens to have Neil Hannon as one of its members.

    Nope, it’s been officially acknowledged as the first DC album for some time now:
    http://thedivinecomedy.com/music

    #225651
    GlenTokyo
    Participant

    You have to think that series/season IX would be fucking horrible to watch then. Love of man’s life is suddenly and violently killed and then he has to deal with it.

    Sort of glad it doesn’t exist if that’s the story arc haha

    #225655
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    I might have been not being entirely serious about the Divine Comedy thing anyway. But yes, I figured when he did Victory that was the point at which he was finally acknowledging Fanfare as a thing rather than brushing it away.

    As for Weezer, they have made three great albums post-2002, so nyeh.

    #225657
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Indeed. If series 9 was truly a ‘lost’ series, then it would make sense of BtE not being 9, X coming along. There would actually be a joke in the numbering of the series, which is about as meta as it comes.

    This is the point, though, isn’t it? BTE contains dialogue that refers to a mythical series 9 that we haven’t seen and will never see. Then the show comes back for another series, and it’s not series 9, it’s series 10.

    That’s the joke. That’s absolutely the joke. I’ve always seen it as deliberate.

    #225659
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    I actually like post-2002 Weezer (for the most part), it was just a joke

    #225668
    Lily
    Participant

    >This is the point, though, isn’t it? BTE contains dialogue that refers to a mythical series 9 that we haven’t seen and will never see. Then the show comes back for another series, and it’s not series 9, it’s series 10.

    But BtE also refers to series 10?

    #225671

    But BtE also refers to series 10?

    Exactly. If only 9 was mentioned in BtE then it would be possible to consider it canon (just canon we’ll never see). Instead, to consider it series 9 then we have to consider that there are two separate series 10s, with BtE in the middle.

    I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X BtE X XI XII
    Not a chance.

    #225672
    GlenTokyo
    Participant

    If Derek from work left and was replaced by Clive, would you call Clive Derek 2 or Clive?

    It might make sense to call Back to Earth Red Dwarf IX if BtE wasn’t given a name, for example if it had just been called Red Dwarf as some sort of special semi reboot thing, but it was called Back to Earth, it’s not a tongue twister, it’s easily shortened and is as quick to say as “Red Dwarf IX” because you say “I’m going to watch Red Dwarf IX” not “Im going to watch IX” and with Back to Earth you just say “Back to Earth”.

    The only thing if doesn’t do is tell you where it comes chronologically, but we know where it comes, so why so we have to call if IX? And nobody else outside this thread gives a shit so why not just call it Back to Earth?

    #225673
    Hamish
    Participant

    If you are appealing to apathy now though, why not just let people call it Series IX?

    #225674
    Lily
    Participant

    >Exactly. If only 9 was mentioned in BtE then it would be possible to consider it canon (just canon we’ll never see).

    I’ve got ya now. I was reading your “if only” as a wish, rather than indicating exclusivity. However, that still precludes BtE from being referred to as 9 if you consider the events of BtE as canon.

    Considering it was all a hallucination though, it would be fair to say that the actual contents of BtE is irrelevant and it’s still series 9, being after 8 and before 10.

    #225675
    GlenTokyo
    Participant

    If you are appealing to apathy now though, why not just let people call it Series IX?

    Because it’s called Back to Earth, but I’d never presume anyone pays attention to what I say anyway.

    #225676
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    The only half-way decent meta idea in the whole thing and they fuck it up by mentioning X within the story.

    Ah, well. X is not actually 10, but “unknown” because no one knows how many series we’ve had by that point. of series. XI is unknown +1. And so on.

    #225677
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    All I want for Christmas is an edit button on the forum.

    #225678
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    >Ah, well. X is not actually 10, but “unknown” because no one knows how many series we’ve had by that point. of series. XI is unknown +1. And so on.

    Series XI would be unknown -1, meaning the thing that came before the first unknown series, Series X. This would be Back to Earth, hence making BtE Series XI.

    Sorted.

    #225679
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    Series X would be unknown ********************************
    Hence making BtE Series IX ********************************

    >All I want for Christmas is an edit button on the forum.
    I concur

    #225685
    Dave
    Participant

    If Derek from work left and was replaced by Clive, would you call Clive Derek 2 or Clive?

    If Derek from work left and was replaced by someone else called Derek, and this happened so many times that you had a Derek 1 all the way through to a Derek 8, and later on you also had a Derek 10, 11 and 12, and the bloke between Derek 8 and Derek 10 was also called Derek, what would you call him?

    #225686
    bloodteller
    Blocked

    okay but what if after Derek 8, there was a new guy called Back To Derek? you wouldn’t call him Derek 9 would you, you’d call him Back To Derek. because that’s his name

    #225687

    Has this thread been nominated for Hall of Fame status yet? Because it bloody deserves it. Thus I nominate it for Hall of Fame status.

    So, is BtE IX or XI then?

    #225688
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    Back to Earth is Series 11 and Series XI is Series 9

    #225689
    GlenTokyo
    Participant

    okay but what if after Derek 8, there was a new guy called Back To Derek? you wouldn’t call him Derek 9 would you, you’d call him Back To Derek. because that’s his name

    Back to Derek would keep asking to be called by his correct name, to responses of “fuck off you’re Derek IX” and then he’d go home to his wife and cry, eventually he’d take it up with management, “we know you’re called Back to Derek, but you did come after Derek 8, so there’s nothing we’re willing to do about it”.

    At the highest court in the land Back to Derek the right honourable Douglas Naylor rules he should be awarded £50million of compensation and henceforth any reference to him as anything but Back to Derek be a crime in itself with a punishment of 120 hours of community service.

    #225691
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    I can imagine Doug reading this thread and just laughing to himself maniacally. He knew what he was doing

    #225692
    flanl3
    Participant

    Also, don’t pull that Britbox crap on me. It can’t even decide if QI is hosted by Sandi or Sandy Toksvig, or in fact occasionally by anyone at all.

    #225695
    Dave
    Participant

    okay but what if after Derek 8, there was a new guy called Back To Derek? you wouldn’t call him Derek 9 would you, you’d call him Back To Derek. because that’s his name

    But what if he was called Derek and was the ninth Derek but insisted on calling himself ‘Derek: Back To Derek’? You’d say “no, stop being pretentious, this is silly, you’re called Derek just like all the other Dereks. I’m happy to call you Back To Derek but it doesn’t stop you from being Derek 9”.

    #225696
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    I am not a number, I’m a Derek.

    #225697
    Dave
    Participant

    Now I’m hoping that the next series of Inside No. 9 has an episode entirely based around Back To Earth.

    #225699
    flanl3
    Participant

    Fine, maybe the ninth Derek has got a middle name, and insists on going by it. You call him Derek Joseph, or DJ for short. He has specifically asked not to just be called Derek. You can’t call him Derek IX, since he has told you that’s not his name, and you can’t call him Derek Joseph IX, since he’s not the ninth Derek Joseph, unless he was, in which case whomever is responsible for hiring at that company needs to be audited to see if there’s any sort of bias towards people called Derek or Derek Joseph.

    #225701

    DJ IX spins some good tunes.

    #225702
    Dave
    Participant

    You can’t call him Derek IX, since he has told you that’s not his name

    Imagine my surprise when I found out that he *does* call himself Derek IX, but only when he’s travelling on business in France.

    #225703
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    >Imagine my surprise when I found out that he *does* call himself Derek IX, but only when he’s travelling on business in France.

    Ha.

    #225705
    bloodteller
    Blocked

    so is Derek USA called Derek 5.5, I wonder?

    #225706
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    We don’t talk about Derek USA.

    #225707
    GlenTokyo
    Participant

    Imagine my surprise when I found out that he *does* call himself Derek IX, but only when he’s travelling on business in France.

    He does but only due to Derek de retour sur Terre being the name of an infamous serial killer in France

    #225715
    Ben Saunders
    Participant

    What do you call the second attempt at Derek USA?

    #225720
    Dave
    Participant

    Shite.

    #225721
    Hamish
    Participant

    What would you call it if you combined nine separate Dereks into one though?

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