What is Classic Dwarf?

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  1. simulant37

    simulant37 Science Officer

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    According to this thread Classic Dwarf is - from Series I (1988.) through to Back to Earth (2009). Really? Is this what constitutes Classic Dwarf? Putting aside personal likes/dislikes wouldn't Classic Dwarf be 1 - 6, the series with the original writers & original cast? Or is Classic Dwarf only series 1 - 2, prior to the introduction of Kryten as a regular in series 3? :?
     
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    Classic Dwarf Could be devided into eras:

    1987/1988 Era- The Manchester/Blue Midget Norman Lovett as Holly Era
    1989/1990 Era- The Officer's Quaters Era/ Reintroduction of Kryten Era
    1991/1993 Era- The Golden Age Departure of Rob Grant and Doug Naylor Era
    1997/1999 Era- The CGI Era
     
  3. Bluey

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    It's not 1-2. Most definitions I've come across of the Classic Era are either 1-6 or 3-6.

    I suppose those who don't think much of series 6 (and there are quite a few of them out there) might even define the Classic Era as 1-5 or 3-5.
     
  4. Kyleooooh

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    First 7 series in my opinion are the classic era ( not a popular opinion but i dont think 7 is any weaker than the first 6 series it's just different).Back To Earth i enjoy but it's far from being Red Dwarf at it's very best and Series X was not as good as the classic era of the show but still was very good indeed.
     
  5. BadWolf117

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    nah its Series 1-6 as Classic Dwarf

    7 and 8 dont count as they are the downfall of Dwarf

    BTE is more a pilot for the New Dwarf
     
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    I would agree series 1-6 are classic Dwarf but I am very fond of 7 and feel it's unjustly maligned. When I speak of 'classic' I'm thinking more of the age and feel of the show rather than the quality as I like 7 as much as previous series.
     
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    I would expect CLASSIC to denote age to something. So I think that 1-6 can be accurately described as CLASSIC.
     
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    As far as delineating the forum is concerned, "Classic Dwarf" means "everything but the most recent series". It's so that there can be a handy discussion place for whatever series might be currently/most recently running that people who haven't yet seen it can steer completely clear of, while still being able to talk about the show elsewhere.

    Think of it as a similar distinction to the one between "Classic Doctor Who" and "New Doctor Who". Nobody would try to argue that The Twin Dilemma is a "classic", nor that Blink isn't one, but the distinction is chronological, not qualitative.
     
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    I always thought Classic Dwarf was from series 1-6. Though I could be wrong.
     
  10. Bluey

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    For me personally it's 3-6. In these four series, we have the full acting team of Barrie, Charles, John-Jules and Llewellyn and the writing partnership of Grant and Naylor.
     
  11. simulant37

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    I see. Part of the reason I see 1 - 6 as Classic Dwarf is that there was a significant gap (& change in style) between 6 & 7 similar to, but nowhere near as big, as the gap betwixt Classic Who & New Who.
     
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    I've always thought of 'Classic Dwarf' from Series 1-8, before the long hiatus and move to Dave.
     
  13. OurJud

    OurJud Deck Sergeant

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    How do you come to that conclusion when this is the first post?
     
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    I think he means that there is a section for Classic Dwarf, and a section for Series X, which implies that Classic Dwarf is everything before X.

    I was puzzling over this this morning. The dictionary reckons that "classic" things are ones to which later versions are compared. If this is the case... Nothing later than Series V gets my vote for classic.
     
  15. Seb

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    I had no idea that the terminology of two different sections of the forum would cause this much heated debate.

    Again: the use of "classic" in this sense is not a qualitative judgement, it just means "Red Dwarf that isn't current". If it bothers people that much, I'll change the description!
     
  16. BadWolf117

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    ahem Series VI:-D
     
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    Ah... it may just be me but I don't think VI is quite classic. Something to do with the lack of Holly, perhaps the lack of the small rouge one...
     

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