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Series XII, Episode 1
Recorded: 29.01.2016, Pinewood Studios
First Broadcast: 19.10.2017 (Dave)
VHS Release: N/A
DVD Release: 20.11.2017 (2EDVD 0949)
Blu-ray Release: 20.11.2017 (2EBD0401)


Written by Doug Naylor
Directed by Doug Naylor


The Dwarfers are arrested by the Mechanoid Intergalactic Liberation Front. Lister, Cat and Rimmer are uploaded into Mechanic bodies and forced into servitude while Kryten is given a new life of pampering and luxury.

Main Cast

Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten)

Guest Cast

Richard Glover (Wind), Laura Checkley (Areto), James Buckley (Rusty), Marcus Garvey (Chairbot Excalibur), Naomi Sheldon (Eagle), Nick Read (Incense)

Did You Know?

This episode originally had the working title "Kryticus".

Location shooting took place at the familiar haunt of Sunbury Pump House, previously seen in Series IV's Justice and Series V's The Inquisitor.

The costumes made for Craig Charles, Chris Barrie and Danny John-Jules in their droid forms were based around repurposed Kryten torsos from previous series; while the assortment of droids aboard the Siliconia were given simplified models in order to allow for mass production!

It's just possible that this episode finally gives us a reason why Rimmer was so obsessed with being a fish during his astro-navigation exam...

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