City at the Edge of the World
City at the Edge of the World
Series: BBC Television
Season number: 3
Story number: 32
Blake's 7 crew: Avon (Paul Darrow)

Cally (Jan Chappell)
Vila (Michael Keating)
Tarrant (Steven Pacey)
Dayna (Josette Simon)
Zen (Peter Tuddenham)
Orac (Peter Tuddenham) (uncredited)

Recurring villains: Nil
Writer: Chris Boucher
Script editor: Chris Boucher
Designer: Don Taylor, Gerry Scott
Director: Vere Lorrimer
Producer: David Maloney
Copyright date: 1979
Broadcast date: 11 February 1980
Format: 1 x 50 minute episode
Previous story: The Harvest of Kairos
Next story: Children of Auron
Publisher: BBC
Script: City at the Edge of the World


From the VHS release:

Bayban the Butcher is the Federation's second most wanted man after Blake - much to his chagrin - and he's holding Vila captive. All Vila has to do is open one door - and step through the gateway into another existence...


Tarrant has traded Vila's services to the population of the planet Keezarn, who have promised to provide crystals needed to maintain the Liberator's weapons. Vila reluctantly teleports down as agreed but when Cally follows him down to collect the crystals, she finds Vila's teleport bracelet and a bomb.

In fact, Keezarn has been taken over by the space pirate Bayban, one of the most wanted men in the Federation. One of his mercenaries, Kerrill, takes Vila to Bayban and his lieutenant Sherm. Bayban forces the Keezarn leader Norl to tell Vila that a hatch contains "this world and the next": Bayban believes it contains everything of value on the planet but is unable to break into it and gives Vila one hour. Vila tells Kerrill the hatch is a force field which can be deactivated by slowly pushing a probe into it. He also realises Norl intends to keep whatever is inside the hatch from Bayban.

Vila and Kerrill enter the hatch (which seals behind them) and are transported to a spaceship. A recorded message tells them the Keezarns predicted their race would eventually fall back into primitivism so sent the ship to find a new planet, with other worlds they will be able to colonise, so they can begin again. Believing the ship is still en route and their air supply is limited, Vila and Kerrill make love. Vila then realises the ship has already landed and deactivates the force field hiding the exit, revealing the new planet.

Avon and Cally teleport down and find Bayban's people holding the Keezarns in stockades. The Liberator crew launch an attack on the city where the hatch is located, where Bayban is preparing to try and blast through it with a laser cannon. Bayban's men are overcome, with Cally killing Sherm, and Bayban is taken prisoner. Norl reveals Vila and Kerrill are inside the hatch. Bayban gets away from Dayna in the confusion but the Keezarns have already defeated his men, ready for their exodus. Vila discovers the crystals the Liberator needed on the planet and he and Kerrill return to Keezarn.

With all his people gone, Norl offers Vila and Kerrill the chance to come with them. The rest of the crew return to the Liberator. Vila is reluctant to settle on the planet but also reluctant to leave Kerrill. They are interrupted by Bayban, who Vila keeps at bay while Norl and Kerrill pass through the hatch and seal it. Vila teleports clear as Bayban fires the cannon, triggering an explosion that destroys the city and kills Bayban. Back on the Liberator, Vila takes comfort from Orac's prediction that he will make many more mistakes like Kerrill.



Story notesEdit

  • Zen does not appear in this episode, meaning Peter Tuddenham voices only Orac. However, he is still credited as "Zen".



Filming locationsEdit

Reservoir near Ripon.

Production errorsEdit

To be added.


  • Vila mentions the fact that he was onboard the Liberator with Blake, before Tarrant joins the crew.
  • This is the first episode in which Cally is shown to personally kill someone, although she previously shot down a Terra Nostra gunship in "Shadow".


Avon: (Holding out a tablet) Take this.
Vila: What is it, slow-acting poison?

Vila: (As the Keezarns remain silent) Too much walking's bad for you, you know. Makes you go deaf. Look what it's done for you.

Bayban: You must be Vila. It's an honour, sir.
Vila: The honour's mine.
Bayban: That's what I meant.

Sherm: You've 25 minutes left.
Vila: Who told you that?
Sherm: Captain Bayban.
Vila: I didn't think you could've worked it out for yourself.

Tarrant: Hello, Bayban, I heard a rumour you were dead. Funny that, turns out to be true.

Cally: Vila, we thought we'd lost you!
Avon: But every silver lining has a cloud.

Kerrill: You saw that place, it's beautiful.
Vila: But there's nothing there worth stealing!

Home video releasesEdit

Series 3 DVD

DVD cover

  • Original BBC video release (Volume 16) in 1992.
  • Fabulous Films video reissue (Volume 16) on 1 March 1999.
  • DVD release as part of the Series 3 box set on 20 June 2005.

External linksEdit

To be added.


Blake's 7 Stories
TV Stories:

Series 1: The Way Back • Space Fall • Cygnus Alpha • Time Squad • The Web • Seek-Locate-Destroy • Mission To Destiny • Duel • Project Avalon • Breakdown • Bounty • Deliverance • Orac

Series 2: Redemption • Shadow • Weapon • Horizon • Pressure Point • Trial • Killer • Hostage • Countdown • Voice From The Past • Gambit • The Keeper • Star One

Series 3: Aftermath • Powerplay • Volcano • Dawn of the Gods • The Harvest of Kairos • City at the Edge of the World • Children of Auron • Rumours of Death • Sarcophagus • Ultraworld • Moloch • Death-Watch • Terminal

Series 4: Rescue • Power • Traitor • Stardrive • Animals • Headhunter • Assassin • Games • Sand • Gold • Orbit • Warlord • Blake

BBC Radio Stories: The SevenFold Crown • The Syndeton Experiment

B7 Media Audio Reimagination: Rebel • Traitor • Liberator • When Vila Met Gan • Point Of No Return • Eye Of The Machine • Blood & Earth • Flag & Flame • The Dust Run • The Trial • Escape Velocity

Big Finish Audio Stories: Lucifer • Warship • Fractures • Battleground • Drones • Mirror • Cold Fury • Caged

Big Finish Liberator Chronicles: The Turing Test • Solitary • Counterfeit • The Magnificent Four • False Positive • Wolf • The Armageddon Storm • Promises • Epitaph • Kerr • Logic • Risk Management • Three • Incentive • Jenna's Story • Blake's Story • Spy • Disorder • The Hard Road • President • The Sea of Iron • Spoils

Big Finish Novels: The Forgotten • Archangel

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