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Bodysnatcher was a partly finished script that was written but ultimately unused for the first series of the BBC sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf. For the type of star, see Red dwarf. ...



Bodysnatcher was one of the scripts to be handed around during the interview process for the main casting, although at this point it was still unnamed. It was allegedly this script that caught the attention of Peter Risdale-Scott, the commissioner for BBC Manchester that he read on the train bound for BBC London. Alfred Molina and Alan Rickman, who were auditioning[citation needed] for Rimmer and Lister respectively, performed their audition from this script. One of Cat's lines: BBC London is the brand for the BBCs tri-media radio, television and online service for London and its immediate environs. ... Alfred Molina (born May 24, 1953) is an English actor of both the stage and screen. ... Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born February 21, 1946) is an acclaimed, award-winning English film, television and stage actor. ...

"I've eaten five times, I've slept six times, and I've made a lot of things mine. Tomorrow, I'm gonna see if I can't have sex with something!"

...was originally in this episode's script, but was moved to Confidence and Paranoia when the original script was dropped. Confidence and Paranoia was the fifth Red Dwarf episode to air. ...


Because this script was conceptualized and part-written at a very early stage of development, many areas of the script do not gel with the other episodes of Series I. For example, the Cat does not speak to anyone but himself. The characters underwent minor development and back story elements were changed throughout Series I, and so the unnamed script would have had to undergo serious changes to fit in with the rest of the series and the canon in general. Binomial name Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Felis lybica invalid junior synonym The cat (or domestic cat, house cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. ... Canon, in the context of a fictional universe, comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ...


Eventually, the unnamed and unfinished script was dropped in favour of Me². The original series finale involved Lister resurrecting Kochanski's hologram from the projection disc he found with Confidence. Me² was the sixth Red Dwarf episode to air. ...

However, when the unnamed script was dropped Me² was written to compensate for the missing episode and the ending of Confidence and Paranoia was similarly changed, so the disc in Kochanski's box was in fact Rimmer's. Me² was the sixth Red Dwarf episode to air. ... Confidence and Paranoia was the fifth Red Dwarf episode to air. ...

DVD release

To headline the release of Red Dwarf Remastered on DVD in the Autumn, the same audio story board process used in recreating the lost episode of Series VII, Identity Within, has been used to create the Bodysnatcher episode. When the script was retrieved from the vaults of Grant Naylor offices, it was found to be without an ending. The writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, who went their separate ways during pre-production on the ITV series The 10%ers in 1996, collaborated on bringing the script into line with the series' continuity and giving it an end. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Identity Within is described as a lost episode of the British science fiction comedy television series Red Dwarf. ... Grant Naylor is a cult leader and an underground artist, who lives in Sydney Australia. ... Rob Grants novel, Colony. ... Doug Naylor is a British comedy writer who was born in Manchester, England. ... The Ten Percenters (also known as The 10%ers) was a British TV comedy series, broadcast on ITV, which began as a pilot in 1993 (shown as part of a season entitled Carlton Playhouse), and was followed by two series which were shown in 1994 and 1996. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...

Bodysnatcher has become the title feature of the DVD release, due in part to its name and the potentially misleading quality of the "remastered" moniker (as the remastering was done in 1998, not 2007). The DVD set will now be entitled "Red Dwarf: The Bodysnatcher Collection".

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The plot of ‘The Bodysnatchers’ is fairly simple (The Zygons are body snatching, The Doctor gets involved, the Zygons are defeated, people die, people mourn their deaths, but all is relatively nice at the end) and certainly does not strike out as being original.
The Bodysnatchers makes no bones (no pun intended) about the fact that it is a sequel to Terror of the Zygons (with several nods to The Talons of Weng-Chiang).
The Bodysnatchers is at its liveliest when trying to make you go "ewwww", be it by wading through sewage, graverobbing or Jack Howe's idea of a friendly pub pastime.
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