Holly (Red Dwarf)
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Norman Lovettand Hattie Hayridge
Holly is the ship's
computeron the science fiction situation comedy" Red Dwarf".
The character is played by
Norman Lovettin Series I and II. Following a "head sex change" to look like his parallel universe alter ego "Hilly", Holly is played by Hattie Hayridgein Series III–V. Holly does not appear in Series VI, but reappears in the final episode of Series VII as the original male version, which continues into Series VIII.
Holly is an "intelligent" computer. Holly's
user interfaceappears on ship screens as a disembodied human head on a black background, and can also be downloaded into a watch worn by Lister. In Series I his face appears pixelated, but this idea was dropped in Series II.
As a male, Holly appears to be approximately 50 years old and has receding brown hair. Holly became completely bald by Series VIII.
" and based his new face on hers. As a female, Holly appears to be approximately 30 years old and has shoulder-length blonde hair.
Holly is the ship's Tenth Generation AI hologrammatic computer. After releasing
Dave Listerfrom stasis, Holly told him that the crew have been wiped out by a radiation leak and that he had spent three million years in stasis.
Holly prides himself on the fact he had an
IQof 6,000 (apparently the same IQ as 6000 PE teachers or 12,000 car park attendants), but after three million years by himself, he had become computer senile, or as Holly put it, "a bit peculiar". The crew often ridicule Holly on his senility, but Holly often comes out on top. He often plays practical jokes on the crew, such as fooling Lister into thinking that NORWEBFederation space fighters were after him and wanted £180 billion in arrearsfor leaving his bathroomlight on three million years ago, as well as wanting to arrest him for "Crimes against Humanity" as he had left some German sausages alone in his apartment for three million years and they now covered a large proportion of the Earth's surface.
This love of practical jokes culminated in his generating an alternate personality, "Queeg", and passing him off as the ship's backup computer which was seizing control of the ship.
Holly was friends with another computer called Gordon, who had an IQ of 8,000 and was an Eleventh Generation AI hologrammatic computer. Gordon resembled Holly, had the same manner, and seemed to be at least as senile.
Holly runs most of "Red Dwarf"'s systems, although in several episodes such as "Quarantine", Holly is shown to not have complete control of "Red Dwarf", and in his/her absence in Series VI and VII, a computer is mentioned by the crew, and is seen to control autopilot, possibly a non-AI computer designed as a back-up should Holly go senile or mad. Among Holly's systems are the service
droids known as skutters, which clean, perform engineering tasks, and function as Rimmer's hands since he couldn't touch anything non-holographic until he was converted to "hard light" in Series VI Episode 2, "Legion".
While on his own for three million years, Holly invented
Hol Rock, where he decimalised music(having ten notes instead of eight - although he admits that this would result in "piano keyboards being the width of a zebra crossing, and women being banned from playing the cello"), and wrote an A-Z guide of the Universe. He proclaims that Kevin Keeganwrote the worst book ever ("Football, It's a Funny Old Game"). He is proud of the fact that he can do moon impressions just by lowering his face on the screen. He often greets the crew with "All right dudes!" Indeed, when he was recovered after many episodes of absence the first thing he said to the surprised Lister is "All right dudes", marking his triumphant return.
He hates being a watch, especially on Lister's wrist, and particularly when Lister's hand goes in his pocket. One of the more worrying aspects of Holly's senility is that he has developed a blind spot for the number 7. When he invents the Holly Hop Drive, he claims that one mistake in his 13 billion calculations and they would be blown up. He then misses the seven in his countdown, possibly the cause of the error that sent them to the parallel universe.
Holly was lost for some time, along with the ship, which had been stolen by
Kryten's nanobots. He was found on a planet made of junk from "Red Dwarf", having reverted to his male form, and was downloaded into Lister's Holly-watch. When the nanos rebuilt the ship, there were two Hollys: the original, who generally remains in the watch, and a rebuilt version who had not suffered the effects of three million years alone. The non-senile version only appeared in one episode, "Back In the Red, Part III", and was distinguished by having an enormous forehead shaped like an egg to reflect his superior IQ.
* [http://www.thefutureandyou.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=67827 Podcast ending with an interview with Hattie Hayridge (Holly the computer) contains anecdotes about Red Dwarf and about how she got selected to play the computer]
* [http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/theatre/Dwarf-stars-shine-in-their.4230808.jp Article on and interview with the two actors who portrayed Holly]
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