Originally published on Set The Tape
Red Dwarf has just returned for a 12th series, with the crew of the Red Dwarf back to mess up history, fight mutants, and kick some smegheads.
But who are the crew of the Red Dwarf?
Dave Lister (Craig Charles)
Third Technician Dave Lister was the lowest ranking crew member on Red Dwarf before the accident that killed all of the crew, except for Lister, who was in stasis at the time. The last human left alive in the universe, his adventures on Red Dwarf have led him to alternate universes, the distant past, and to become his own father.
Lister is very slobish and lazy, preferring to lounge around on the ship drinking larger and eating vindaloo rather than performing his duties. In recent years he has become focus on finding his lost love Kristine Kochanski, who went missing between seasons.
Arnold Rimmer (Chris Barrie)
Arnold Judas Rimmer was Lister’s supervisor on Red Dwarf before being killed along with the rest of the crew in a radiation leak. After Lister awakes from stasis, Rimmer is brought back as a hologram to keep him company.
Over the years on Red Dwarf, Rimmer has been resurrected by nanobots, met and become a heroic alternate universe version of himself, and has met the biblical figure he shares his middle name with.
Rimmer is a stickler for the rules, and will often enter arguments with Lister. Seen as a coward and a smeghead by the other members of the crew, he has on occasion performed acts of heroism.
Cat (Danny John-Jules)
Cat is the last known member of his species, felis sapiens, who evolved on Red Dwarf in the 3 million years that Lister was in stasis from Lister’s pet cat Frankenstein. Cat has no name, and is simply referred to as Cat by the rest of the crew.
Focused on his own interests, and maintaining his level of style and coolness at all times, Cat is incredibly vain, always putting himself before his companions. During his adventures on Red Dwarf it has been revealed that Cat’s greatest love is himself, and his biggest fear is becoming geeky loser version of himself, Duane Dibley.
Kryten (Robert Llewellyn)
Kryten 2X4B 532P is a Series 4000 mechanoid, who acts as something of a maid for the crew of Red Dwarf as well as their science officer. Originally the personal servant of the crew of the Nova 5, Kryten was rescued from the crashed ship by the Red Dwarf crew, where he joined them on their adventures.
Kryten is very neurotic for a robot, obsessed with cleaning and tidiness, often seen cleaning up after the crew, even in emergency situations. Through his experiences on Red Dwarf, and with the assistance of Lister, Kryten has managed to break many of his protocols and programming, becoming more of an individual.
Holly (Norman Lovett)
Holly is the artificial intelligence on board the Red Dwarf with an IQ of 6000, the same as 6000 PE teachers.
Unfortunately, after 3 million years alone his IQ degraded to just 68. Able to depict itself as either male or female, Holly has assisted the crew with their adventures over the years, though occasionally causing several of their problems too.
Kristine Kochanski (Chloe Annett)
Kochanski was the navigational officer on the Red Dwarf, but was killed along with the rest of the crew. Years later, the crew of the Red Dwarf interacted with a parallel universe in which Kochanski survived the destruction of the original crew. This Kochanski ended up joining the crew on their adventures.
Despite initially struggling to fit in with the crew, Kochanski eventually became a valued member of the group. Between seasons, Kochanski left the Red Dwarf to travel on her own. Her whereabouts are currently unknown, but Lister is determined to find her again one day.
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