I'm sure there's a very simple explanation for this, but why is Red Dwarf (the ship) "3 million years into deep space?" I know obviously Lister had to remain in stasis for 3 million years, but why did the ship travel off into deep space all that time he was in suspended animation? Why didn't Holly send the ship back to Earth straight after the accident rather than let it drift off all that time and maroon him? I've been watching RD since the beginning in the 1980's and this has only just occurred to me . Is there a reason I've missed or is this just something we ignore?