DO YOU KNOW WHY IT WAS DECIDED THAT ALIENS WOULD NOT EXIST IN THE RED DWARF UNIVERSE?
SFX figured this was more a question for the brains behind the show, so we put it to one of the creators...
DOUG NAYLOR that was one of the key rules that rob [grant, co-creator] and i decided before we’d even written the first one – we wanted to do a science fiction comedy series without aliens, because we felt it would force us to concentrate more on character. also, Star Trek and Doctor who were obviously full of aliens – we wanted to be grittier. i think it would be wrong to suddenly break that tradition now. you could argue we kind of cheat with genetically engineered lifeforms, but everything’s been genetically engineered by humans. we shouldn’t rule it out, but that’s why it has been like that.