Three million years...about average for second class post.

A Post pod was an unmanned spacecraft that delivered mail to Deep Space vessels.


Post pods were regular visitors to ships like Red Dwarf, providing them with new entertainment videos, games, letters and parcels from home. They were shaped like the red "Pillar" post boxes found in Britain. When Red Dwarf left the Solar System, it soon started to outrun the following pods which tracked the ship through deep space. When Lister was released from stasis after three million years, the ship turned round and the pods started to catch up.

The first post pod to reach Red Dwarf contained Zero-G football videos, Earth news, TIV games, new movies and letters for the crew. Holly got a message from his computer counterpart Gordon that was the first move in a game of postal chess. Most of the letters were for Lister, who sent off for every special offer he could find, just so he received mail from someone. Rimmer received a letter from his mother, informing him that his father had died. (RD: Better Than Life)

Another such pod delivered a single video letter from Kryten's creators, Divadroid International, telling his owners of his impending expiry. (RD: The Last Day)

Another pod reached Red Dwarf years later and contained, among other things, a letter to Lister from ex-girlfriend Hayley Summers. It explained that she was pregnant and that he might be the father. He then spent days searching through the pod for the next letter, but was less than pleased to discover that she had received the results of a DNA test showing it was her colleague Roy who was the guilty party. (RD: Dear Dave)

Behind the scenesEdit

The model for the post pod was designed like a pillar box and measured 30 cms in length. It was eventually put up for sale on the Propstore website.
Postpod 2

Courtesy of Propstore

The royal crest on the front of the pod is barely visible, but has the initials PwR on it, implying that the English monarch's name began with a P. This might have something to do with the visual effects supervisor being called Peter Wragg.

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