Red Dwarf X may have come and gone last fall on Dave TV, and it may have already hit the US home video market, but that doesn’t mean we’re totally done with the long-awaited new season of the popular British sci-fi sitcom. This past weekend producer Richard Naylor took to Twitter to unveil some cool photos he took on the set of the tenth chapter of the beloved show.
The most interesting are the images of the models used to film the space scenes and exterior shots of Red Dwarf, the titular mining ship, and Blue Midget, one of the crew’s mostly trusty transport vehicles. They show the actual size and scale of the miniatures, jokingly referred to as “bigatures” by the cast and crew. Naylor points out that the term was first coined on the set of The Lord of the Rings.
Until 2012, Red Dwarf hadn’t had a proper season since 1999. There was a three-episode miniseries, entitled Back to Earth in 2009, but it was crappy, little more than a tease, and left a sour taste in many fans’ mouths. It also bred some skepticism when we heard about Red Dwarf X. Though it was exciting news, many of us assumed that the team had lost the original magic and feared that we were in for another bad time.
Lucky for everyone, we were dead wrong. In six episodes, Red Dwarf X manages to recapture everything that made the show so great in the first place. It’s irreverent, random, heretical, crass, and clever all at the same time. In short, it’s everything you hoped for from the continuing adventures of the last—and grossest—human alive, his neurotic hologramatic bunkmate, a creature descended from a domestic house cat, and an uptight maintenance droid, all kicking around space three million light years from Earth.