Red Dwarf

Kryten - S2-E1

Question: When Holly is saying about how he has changed music he says that because of the 2 new notes he's made instruments would be bigger. "Triangles will have four sides. Piano keyboards the length of zebra crossings. Course, women will have to be banned from playing the cello." I don't understand the joke about the cello part. Could someone please tell me what he means?

Chosen answer: The cello is a large four-stringed instrument, which, when it is played, stands vertically on the floor between the player's legs (assuming they are seated). If it is to grow as large as the other instuments mentioned will, it would require a rather unseemly lack of femininity to be able to encompass it with the legs.

Rooster of Doom

Meltdown - S4-E6

Question: When Kryten and Rimmer were doing the roster of their ranks, Why did Kryten skip the old woman in the black dress with the white shoulder sash between Dali Lama and Mr. Noel Coward?

Chosen answer: It's Queen Victoria, someone any Englishman would recognize, and needed no introduction.

Season 1 generally

Question: During the first season, Lister is adamant and quite determined about getting back to Earth, so why after a few episodes does he give up?


Chosen answer: He never strictly gives up, he just realises the practicalities of the situation, that it took Red Dwarf three million years to get to where it is, so it would take the same length of time to return. While he originally plans to go back into stasis for the long journey, the "future echoes" that he sees while travelling at light speed convince him that he should stay active on board the ship instead and look for alternative ways to get back, something that influences the plot of several subsequent episodes.

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Backwards - S3-E1

Question: What caused Kryten to change appearance?


Chosen answer: In-universe, after leaving Red Dwarf after his first appearance, Kryten managed to crash Lister's space-bike into an asteroid. Lister found his remains and decided to rebuild him, however, due to the high level of damage and Lister's questionable repair skills, he was unable to recreate Kryten exactly, leading to changes in appearance, personality and accent. In reality, the original actor wasn't available, coupled with presumably practical concerns about one-off makeup as opposed to makeup for a regular cast member, so some visual changes were made.

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Show generally

Question: Does the Cat actually have a name?

Chosen answer: Presumably he does, but it's never been used in any material related to the show. He is the only Cat left (as shown in Series 1), so even if he had once had a name, nobody would know it.

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Parallel Universe - S2-E6

Question: At the end of this episode Lister, Rimmer and the Cat are finding out whether Lister is pregnant or not. When Rimmer reads the pregnancy test he says "Oh excellent news, I'm going to be an uncle." Why does he say this if he is to of no relation with Lister? (as far as I know).

Chosen answer: It's quite common for male friends of the family to be referred to as "uncle" by the children, even if they're not actually related in any way - I have at least three old friends of my parents who I refer to in these terms. Rimmer may be stretching the point with the 'friend' thing, but that's what he's referring to.

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Season 9 generally

Question: I'm just dying to know why they refer to issues from a non existent "season 9" during the 3 part episode. If Red Dwarf ended at season 8, continued with season 9 with "back to earth", how is it they keep referencing a season that never happened?


Chosen answer: In the fictional version of the real world that the crew visit in "Back To Earth", apparently a season nine did happen.

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The End - S1-E1

Question: How did the radiation leak turn the crew into that white powder?


Chosen answer: Their bodies have simply decayed to dust over the intervening three million years.

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Psirens - S6-E1

Question: How exactly did the crew 'lose' Red Dwarf?


Chosen answer: The details are never made particularly clear, except that the ship was, at some unspecified point, stolen by Kryten's rogue nanobots while the crew were away from the ship on Starbug. A short online comic produced by the BBC suggests that this happened directly after the events of the fifth series' final episode "Back to Reality", that the crew returned from their encounter with the despair squid to find Red Dwarf missing, although events in the recent revival, "Back to Earth" appear to contradict that.

Tailkinker Premium member

Psirens - S6-E1

Question: What exactly were the circumstances behind Lister being put into a suspended animation at the beginning of the episode?


Chosen answer: Starbug took 200 years to catch up with Red Dwarf, so Lister and Cat went into suspended animation while Kryten piloted Starbug after the ship.

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The End - S1-E1

Question: Was there a specific reason Holly chose to bring back Rimmer as a hologram, someone whom Lister didn't at all get on with? Why not one of his friends?


Chosen answer: He brought Rimmer back because he's the person that Lister had the most interaction with during his time on Red Dwarf and also because all Lister ever did with his friends was get very drunk. Lister may not like Rimmer, but bringing him back probably has the best chance of keeping him relatively sane.

Tailkinker Premium member

Future Echoes - S1-E2

Question: If Red Dwarf can travel at speeds faster than light, why is this the only time it ever does?


Chosen answer: It can, but that doesn't mean that it's supposed to. At the time of the episode, Red Dwarf's thrusters have been firing continuously for millions of years, accelerating the ship until, in this episode, it finally achieves light speed. This is not a speed that the Dwarf was ever intended to attain, hence the need to slow it down again before the stresses tear it apart. If they wanted to hit light speed again, it would take the same sort of length of time to accelerate back up to that speed. Technically possible, but not exactly practical.

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Parallel Universe - S2-E6

Question: At the very beginning, when Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules and Chris Barrie are singing 'Tongue-Tied', is Danny John-Jules really singing? It sounds a lot like his speaking voice, but he might just be a really good mouther for all I know.

Chosen answer: It's him singing (and dancing), as singing/dancing is what he was primarily known as doing before he began acting (usually backup singing). He is, for example, in Little Shop Of Horrors (for all of 2 seconds), singing backup. Danny actually re-recorded the song and released it as a single, which reached No. 17 in the UK charts.

Gary O'Reilly

Backwards - S3-E1

Question: What exactly happened to Cat at the end of this episode?

Chosen answer: He had to use the toilet, but since they were in the Backward World, whatever he excreted would already be there, and go back INSIDE his body, which would be very disturbing.


Me2 - S1-E6

Question: What did Cat hide in Rimmer's closet?

Answer: It's not explicitly said in the episode but a good guess would be that Cat used Rimmer's wardrobe as a toilet.

Ouroboros - S7-E3

Question: If in Kochanski's universe, Kochanski was the one put in stasis, why did Holly make a hologram of Lister? Wouldn't Holly have made a hologram of someone who drove her crazy like Lister's Holly did with Rimmer? In Kochanski's universe, would Kochanski's future self not tell her that she is going to hook up with Lister, as it happened in Lister's universe? Does this mean Kochanski in Lister's universe secretly had feelings for him all along?


Chosen answer: In Lister's universe, Holly told Lister that he brought Rimmer back because he spent the most time with him, sharing fourteen million words with each other and that he was the best choice to keep Lister sane. It was nothing to do with who drove Lister crazy the most. In Kochanski's universe, Holly would have brought Lister back as a hologram for more or less the same or similar reason. Holly would likely have seen Lister as the one in Kochanski's universe to keep her the most sane. As for the future self, it is unknown whether or not Kochanski would have met her future self in her universe. All that's known is Kochanski survived the ship disaster and Lister was brought back as a hologram and anything could have happened in that time. Whether or not Kochanski had feelings for Lister in his universe will remain unknown. It is probable that she did not, though it is shown in Stasis Leak that she got married to a version of Lister five years onwards and would definitely had feelings for that version of Lister.

Casual Person

Only The Good... - S8-E8

Question: What happened to the rest of the crew at the end of season 8? During Back to Earth there were a few memorials and pictures of people, including Kochanski - is one to assume that was the whole crew?

Chosen answer: The crew abandoned ship at the end of Series VIII when they thought the ship was doomed. Little is known about what happened between then and the revamped series. All that is known is the ship survived, Rimmer is now dead again and Kochanski left.

Timeslides - S3-E5

Question: At the end of this episode we see Rimmer accidentally create a reality in which he is alive. He then kills himself by punching boxes full of explosives shortly after. So why, in future episodes, do the other guys still claim that Rimmer died in the explosion that killed all Red Dwarf staff? Wouldn't they remember it as Rimmer killing himself in this new way instead?


Chosen answer: Although Rimmer is dying a different way in this episode, the crew were not paying attention to his death. When Lister, the Cat and Kryten are brought back due to Rimmer changing the timeline, they are too puzzled to pay attention to anything that is going, so they did not notice that Rimmer was alive. After the explosion that kills Rimmer, the Cat asks Lister "What was he saying?" to which Lister shrugs his shoulders, implying that he did not know. Assumedly, Holly would have brought Rimmer back as a hologram once again shortly afterwards and the crew probably wouldn't have known that he was alive after changing the timeline.

Casual Person

Back in the Red (1) - S8-E1

Question: Could someone explain the joke behind the psychiatrist's running comments about Kryten's chair?

Chosen answer: The psychiatrist is scared of him and afraid that if the chair isn't secure, that Kryten will pick it up and beat him with it.

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Justice - S4-E3

Question: In various episodes in the first series it is mentioned several times that the crew numbered 169 crewmembers aboard the ship. However, when the mindprobe convicts Rimmer of second degree murder it states that he is guilty of 1,167 counts. Where did the other 1,000 casualties come from?


Chosen answer: This is an example of the rather lax attitude to continuity that Red Dwarf subscribed to. Early on, the crew was stated as numbering 169; in later series of the show, this was deemed to be more than a little low, given the huge size of the ship, and the count was upped to 1169. Various arguments have been put forward to try to explain this, most commonly that the ship had 169 registered crew, but families, passengers and so forth boosted the actual number of people on board to the higher level, but, in the end, it's simply an intentional change in continuity by the show's writers.

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Meltdown - S4-E6

Factual error: Kryten tells everyone that the matter paddle transmits matter in digital form from one place to another at the speed of light - he is very clear on this point. He then locates Waxworld, which is 200,000 light years away. Okay - so when they use the matter paddle to transmit themselves to Waxworld, why doesn't it take them 200,000 years to get there?

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Demons & Angels - S5-E5

Holly: Rude alert! Rude alert! An electrical fire has knocked out my voice-recognition unicycle! Many Wurlitzers are missing from my database! Abandon shop! This is not a daffodil! Repeat, this is not a daffodil!
Rimmer: Well, thankfully, Holly's unaffected.

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Trivia: The actor who plays the original Kryten, in 'Kryten', also turns up later as the voice of Talkie Toaster.

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