I've been thinking about the annoying continuity error in Tikka to Ride (which I otherwise rate as a great episode) and also about the rather slapdash explanation for the bigger Starbug mentioned in another thread. How about this as a theory that attempts to better explain both. The main problems we have in this episode (except for the time drive now suddenly working completely differently) are: 1. The "crew escape death at the hands of their future selves due to their deaths making it impossible for them to come back in time adn kill themselves" paradox which completely contradicts the "future JFK is able to come back in time and assasinate himself without these same consequences occuring and in fact simply leading to death of both JFK's. and 2. Why is Starbug suddenly so much bigger (not accounting for Krytens rather poor "dimensional anomolies speech"). Obviously what I'm going to propose next couldn't have been revealed at the time without giving out massive spoilers but here goes. What if what actually happened was this. The Future Red Dwarf destroys the current Red Dwarf as seen in "out of time". This instantly wipes out the future Red Dwarf team in much the same manner as future JFK. But also leaves the present crew and starbug "splattered across the stratosphere". Now, lets fast forward to Nanarchy which reveals to us that at the point where Starbug "lost all trace" of Red Dwarf's vapour trail (Out of Time) the Nanobots had entered Starbug and hidden in Lister's sock bin having turned Red Dwarf into a planet. When Starbug was destroyed then, is it not feasable to suppose that the Nanobots, and not some dodgy "dimensional anomoly", set to work recreating the Bug and the crew; much as they would later do with the Red Dwarf they had disguised as a planet? This would remove the continuity problem over the differing fates of the crew and JFK and explain why, much like their work on Red Dwarf and Lister's body (Nanarchy) the "new" Starbug was so superior and larger than the old one. What think the forum? :?