Tongue Tied

Cat's family in Red Dwarf Smegazine

The Cripple was the only name given to Cat's mother.

She has never been seen in the television series, but she was mentioned in the Series I episode "Waiting for God", and also in the novel Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers.

She was briefly depicted in the comic Red Dwarf Smegazine.


When the two factions of Felis sapiens built two arks and left Red Dwarf, they left behind those members of their society who were considered sick or disabled. They were abandoned to fend for themselves and slowly started to die off. The Cripple was one of those left behind ("Waiting for God").

She met and became friendly with a Cat that was nicknamed the Idiot, who was abandoned because he was considered mentally disadvantaged. They started to come together for companionship and eventually had a child who would grow up to be Cat.

Cat had trouble remembering his parents, but did remember a woman who rejected his advances and became quite angry at him, hitting him with a frying pan (Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers).

Behind the Scenes

  • It is reasonable to assume from her nickname "the Cripple" that she was disabled or paralysed in some way. Her fate was never explicitly mentioned, but she almost certainly died before the Cat Priest.
  • The Promised Land reveals that Rodon is Cat's brother, and therefore Rodon is also a son of The Cripple.