As Red Dwarf XI & XII make their way to American public television stations in early 2018, visions of RD XIII are already dancing in series co-creator/writer Doug Naylor’s mind palace. While UKTV’s Dave has yet to officially commission a 13th series, Naylor has already begun planning the next set of episodes recognizing the difficulty of matching up the busy schedules of original series stars, Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten). It was four years between Red Dwarf X and Red Dwarf XI.
Naylor also revealed that the team want to do “a tour of some kind, at the O2 possibly”. He then clarified his statement saying, “When I say a tour, I mean do a live show at the O2, so we need to get a schedule that works for the O2 and certainly for Red Dwarf XIII. Probably if we did a Red Dwarf XIII and XIV [at the same time], it would make the O2 live show more difficult. So we’ll probably do Red Dwarf XIII, live show and come back and probably do XIV after that.”
After losing its way a bit back in 2008 with the 3-part Red Dwarf: Back to Earth series, the long-running British science fiction comedy has really returned to past greatness and the brilliance of series X-XII with the most recent two series filmed at Pinewood Studios in 2015-16.
Look for Red Dwarf XI & XII on a public television station near you in 2018.