Series: BBC Television
Season number: 4
Story number: 49
Blake's 7 crew: Avon (Paul Darrow)

Vila (Michael Keating)
Tarrant (Steven Pacey)
Dayna (Josette Simon)
Soolin (Glynis Barber)
Orac (Peter Tuddenham)
Slave (Peter Tuddenham) (Uncredited)

Recurring villains: Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce)
Writer: Colin Davis
Script editor: Chris Boucher
Designer: Ken Ledsham
Director: Brian Lighthill
Producer: Vere Lorrimer
Copyright date: 1981
Broadcast date: 30 November 1981
Format: 1 x 50 minute episode
Previous story: Sand
Next story: Orbit
Publisher: BBC
Script: Gold


From the VHS release:

When Keiller, the purser of the cruise ship Space Princess, makes Scorpio's crew a lucrative offer, Avon is loath to refuse. After all, who could resist the temptation to hide 17 billion in gold, even if it does belong to Servalan?


Scorpio docks with another ship, Space Princess, controlled by Keiller, and Avon, Tarrant, Dayna and Soolin cross over to meet him, leaving Vila to handle the ship. Keiller tells them Space Princess is ostensibly a cruise ship from the planet Zerok but in reality the passengers are drugged to believe they are touring beauty spots and the ship's real purpose is to ferry gold, Zerok being one of the few places it can still be found. Keiller wants their help in hijacking a shipment: The gold is processed before loading and turned black, with only the intended recipient being able to turn it back, but Keiller wants to interfere with the process so the gold will remain normal.

After Keiller has returned to Zerok, Avon and Soolin teleport down to join him in the processing plant. They head to the processing centre, killing guards who try to stop them, while Tarrant and Dayna also teleport down and engage more guards in a gun battle. When the alarm is raised, Tarrant and Dayna find Keiller unconscious next to two bodies, disfigured by exposure to the conversion process. They take Keiller back to Scorpio where he states they were attacked by two guards he wasn't expecting. In fact, Avon and Soolin are free on the surface; it was the guards who died and Avon has deduced they weren't Zerok security. After checking Keiller's personnel file and learning he once worked for the President of the Federation, they return to the ship.

Keiller admits someone contacted him and told him to enlist the Scorpio crew's help to steal the black gold. He intended to steal the gold for himself, but now it has been converted he suggests going through with his contact's offer. Since the gold is too unstable to be teleported, they will have to bring it aboard the ship by hand. Avon, Tarrant, Dayna and Soolin board Space Princess posing as passengers, avoiding the drugs.

While Avon and Keiller kill the guard in the hold and take possession of the gold, Dayna is poisoned with exobriddian and taken to the ship's doctor, Slaten, by Tarrant. Since, as a non-Federation citizen, she won't be given treatment on Earth, Slaten sends out a call for a ship to take her back to Zerok. Vila answers and Scorpio docks with the ship. Avon is waiting with the gold but Slaten seems him and tries to raise the alarm; Soolin and Keiller arrive and Keiller kills him. Guards arrive and, while Tarrant, Dayna, Soolin and Keiller get the gold onboard, Avon holds them off; he is trapped in the airlock, along with a guard, as Scorpio detaches but manages to teleport to safety.

Keiller arranges a rendezvous with his employer on Beta 5 and he, Avon, Tarrant, Dayna and Soolin wait on the surface with the gold. A group of figures meet them and the crew pull their guns on both Keiller and the new arrivals. Keiller's employer turns out to be [[Servalan], hoping to trap the crew. Instead, she gives them the ten million credits agreed and takes the gold. The crew return to the ship and Servalan also departs, leaving Keiller dead behind them. Onboard Scorpio, Orac reveals Zerok has just joined the Federation: Not only will Servalan have access to the machines to turn the black gold normal again but the Zerok currency she paid them with his worthless. All they have done is make Servalan rich.



Story notesEdit

  • This is the last episode in which Servalan interacts with any of the Scorpio crew, and the only time she meets Soolin.



Filming locationsEdit

Poole Refuse Dispersal Centre, Poole, Dorset. Unknown Dorset quarry.

Production errorsEdit

To be added.


  • Scorpio is twice able to dock with the Space Princess in flight, something "Orbit" implies is impossible. The crew are also able to enter and exit the ship through the airlock, despite "Rescue" establishing only the flight deck was pressurised while in flight. (They had previously been shown to pressurise other parts of the ship in "Stardrive".
  • The guard blown out of the airlock when Scorpio detaches echoes the fate of Raiker when the Liberator detaches from the London in "Space Fall".


Keiller: I've got a criminal record.
Vila: Hasn't everybody?

Avon: We will just have to use Keiller's plan as it stands.
Vila: Or falls.

Home video releasesEdit

Series 4 DVD

DVD cover

  • Original BBC video release (Volume 25) in 1992.
  • Fabulous Films video reissue (Volume 25) on 4 October 1999.
  • DVD release as part of the Series 4 box set on 24 April 2006.

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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