Before Red Dwarf was resurrected with the Back to Earth mini-series, the eighth series wrapped up with a relatively complex mirror universe plotline that fans will understand and more casual viewers won’t want me spewing all garbled into their heads right now.
It’s worth noting, though, that the jump from that episode into the mini-series was quite abrupt and left a lot of questions and dangling loose ends.
As you might expect, Red Dwarf X is going to tie some of these up, but not until its final episode.
Speaking with Broadcast, Doug Naylor has revealed the depth and breadth of ambition for that finale in particular:
Most of the ideas are fresh but for the last episode I borrow things from the very early drafts of the film and explain what happened after the conclusion of series eight. That final episode also features a spectacular dogfight. Well, spectacular for Red Dwarf.
So, that might mean actually quite dynamic or… a few model shots and some FX going off. Not that anyone watches Red Dwarf for slam and bam.
That final episode is called The Beginning, mirroring the title of the first ever episode, The End. Again, fans will be able to get one step ahead with this information, and lay viewers… probably want to invest some time in the first series, at least, before diving into Red Dwarf X.
Series star Craig Charles also spoke to the magazine, giving a somewhat broader overview of the new series:
We’ve stopped being an action adventure series and gone back to being more of a sitcom. Back To Earth looked fantastic and was very clever but it wasn’t as funny as it could have been, choosing to be more of an emotional journey. We’re now back to being four clowns in a room, each trying to be funnier than the next man. We’re still 3 million years into deep space, looking for a way home and really hot curry. But now it’s a bit more like Grumpy Old Men.
It looks like Red Dwarf X is going to air on Dave this October. It’s Friday, so the station will wheel out another promotional… something today. It’s rumoured to be a trailer, so watch this space.