1 Work in George McIntyre/Arnold Rimmer
This is a long explanation, so be prepared. Okay, this story is set in an alternate universe where Rimmer never left to become Ace (hence, the events of 'Stoke Me A Clipper' never occurred, and most of 'Blue', although Lister still has a kissing dream, because I said so). Kochanski still joined the Starbug team (though that's mostly irrelevant), and the gang still discovered Red Dwarf in Lister's laundry basket (except in the Rimmer-there version, he comments 'I'm surprised the stench didn't kill them!'). But when Kryten persuades the nanos to rebuild Red Dwarf, a conflict arises... Rimmer is a hologram, but George McIntyre is still on board Red Dwarf, and he's not prepared to give up his hologrammatic position for anyone... Oh, and I've made my standard AU alteration of Holly to female. Hey, if I want Holly to be female, she's female, dammit! Also, because it's holo-Rimmer and not real-Rimmer, there is no jail sentence, so everyone's in their usual quarters.