Longer ago than I care to remember, I had a big bag full of Red Dwarf stuff. All my original copies of Red Dwarf Smegazine, from issue 4 (April 1992) onwards were crammed in there, as well as a number of my doodles and ‘proper’ drawings.
The bag disappeared a few years ago. I still hunt for it occasionally, even though there’s nowhere else in the house left to look. I do have a full set of Smegazines – bought in an auction at a Red Dwarf convention in 2002 – but the rest of the stuff…God knows where it is.
I’ve found the odd scan occasionally, or even a scrap here and there, and shoved most of them on my DeviantArt profile.
But at Christmas, I got a laptop. I finally got a laptop of my own for the first time. And my sister wrung out her hard drive to gift me every folder, file and document I’d ever saved on that there laptop of hers. And amongst a folder named “Old Red Dwarf Gubbins”, I found the whole of my “Is There A Doctor On Board?” strip, intended for The Red Dwarf Fan Club magazine Better Than Life. Two and a half pages are over at DeviantArt, but here is the whole lot (Well, all of what I completed – I never got round to drawing the last couple of panels).
All this, of course, was written before the 2005 return of Doctor Who. So this was actually one of the first times I drew the TARDIS.
I started it in 2001, and scanned what I had in 2003 and put it on a Geocities Website. That stuff was archived a long time ago, and proved impossible to find. I did obviously manage to find those first couple of pages, that I put on DeviantArt, but finding this lot this evening has made my day.