Docking Foot F clamped onto the DNA ship

A Docking Foot is an extendable and retractable crane, located on the outer hull of the JMC mining spaceship Red Dwarf. Red Dwarf has a large number of docking foots, numbered alphabetically.


The ends of the docking foot apparently had some form of suction and/or magnetism, or other unknown mechanism, which powered a form of tractor beam. The docking foots could be used to clamp onto passing asteroids for mining, or clasping wayward shuttles. Such captured asteroids and shuttles could be accessed from Red Dwarf through a passageway in the center of the docking foot, connecting the main ship to the captured object.



Alternate view

Three million years into the future, the boys from the Dwarf used Docking Foot F, located on the rear lower hull of Red Dwarf, to clamp onto and enter an alien-looking ship that was adrift nearby. (D.N.A., Series IV)

After the unpleasant events of that episode, the D.N.A. ship was presumably left adrift, as it was not seen again.


  • Red Dwarf also had a strong tow-line, with which it used to tow the SS Trojan, instead of using the Docking Foot. This was because Rimmer didn't want his newly-found brother to see the creaky, rusty old mining ship which he served on. (Trojan, Series X)

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