Ok, so in the video on Dave's site Doug Naylor mentions that if they were to bring back red dwarf as a regular series it would be series 10 technically and they would skip nine, he then mentions that Back to Earth explains why. Unless I missed something I don't see how 3 episodes that don't give any particular reason why there's to be no 9 and technically start with 10, so can someone please enlighten me? The only real reason I can see for them completely skipping over series 9 is that the crew pretty much get told what happens in series 9, but given that they're in a reality created by the female version of the despair squid would that not then mean that they could in fact do a series 9 and a series 10 if the fancy took them? As we all know the despair squid reality isn't real, and therefore what happens there is only in their own minds, insomuch as it happens but doesn't happen because it's only happening because of the squid ink thing. Sorry if this isn't very coherent, I'm just trying to make sense of why Doug said there'd be a complete skipping of series 9, if you have any proper theories or are more observant than I, then please share your thoughts.