Mech-tacular

First Red Dwarf XII promo shot lands!

28 July, 2017

They say a picture says a thousand words - so let's hold off on the words for now and just get straight to the picture, yes?

Wowsers. That right there is the first official promo still of Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryten in the upcoming Red Dwarf XII. And as you can see, there's... something not quite right about the gang.

Yes, with the release of this photo we can confirm that the fabled "everybody becomes a mechanoid" episode - rumoured as a possible plotline thanks to interview and convention discussions for a good long while now - is going to appear as part of Red Dwarf XII.

For the first time, Craig Charles, Chris Barrie and Danny John-Jules have had a taste of the fate that has befallen Robert Llewellyn on a weekly basis for every series since 1989 - and as well as giving you a look at the finished product, we've also got some pictures of the boys undergoing the extensive makeup and modelling process.

"It was so uncomfortable," said Craig. "So hot. I thought I was crying at one point but I wasn't, I was sweating through my eyes! Chris got ill wearing it."

"The problem was, the sweat sort of collects under the mask, but outside it was about minus five degrees," adds Danny. "So we'd run out to get fresh air and then nearly die of pneumonia!"

Chris, meanwhile, thought it was "brilliant in the morning. 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?'"

"It was just the weirdest thing," says Robert. "They were absolutely them but they were all mechanoid versions of them - there's no way of describing it!"

All the gang admitted, however, to a newfound respect for their full-time mechanoid colleague. "28 years of guilt for calling him a big wuss," confesses Danny. "We literally went out bowing to Robert, because it was amazing."

Of course, what we haven't told you yet is which episode of the twelfth series this will be - or even what the episode is called. For that, you'll have to wait a little bit longer. And it's only the first of some pretty major twists and surprises coming your way when Red Dwarf XII lands exclusively on Dave in the autumn...

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