Red Dwarf XII: the first image released

Red Dwarf XII

The next series of Red Dwarf edges closer, as Dave (the channel) has released the first official image from the next run of the show. Said image looks like this…

Red Dwarf XII

Clockwise from top: Craig Charles, Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules, Chris Barrie

Along with the image came some official blurb from Dave, and that reads as follows…

In the episode in question, the rest of the crew are turned into mechanoids just like Kryten, which necessitated many hours in makeup for the whole cast.

Danny John-Jules (The Cat): It was quite disturbing. The thing was we could only see your eyes, scary it actually looks like you in the mask. We ended up in the scenes, kind of staring at each other.

Craig Charles (Lister): It was so uncomfortable, so hot, I thought I was crying at one point but I wasn’t, I was sweating through my eyes! Chris (Barrie) got ill wearing it.

DJJ: The problem was, the sweat sort of collects under the mask but outside it was about -5 degrees, so we’d run out to get fresh air and then nearly die of pneumonia!

Chris Barrie (Rimmer): It was brilliant in the morning, wasn’t it, but over lunch, sitting in it and waiting is always the hardest  bit. When you’re working I’m not bothered about it, but when you’re having to wait, and you’re in the mask and you can’t do anything, you’re thinking ‘is this going to come off?!’

CC: (We had a whole new respect for Rob) Yeah, I thought just get on with it, you wuss.

DJJ: 28 years of guilt, of calling him a big wuss. We literally went out bowing to (Rob), because it was amazing.

Robert Llewellyn (Kryten): It was just the weirdest thing, they were absolutely them but they were all mechanoid versions of them, there’s no way of describing it

Make of all of that what you will! Red Dwarf XII is set to start in the autumn. An exact date hasn’t yet been confirmed.