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Project Avalon
Project Avalon
Series: BBC Television
Season number: 1
Story number: 9
Blake's 7 crew: Blake (Gareth Thomas)

Jenna (Sally Knyvette)
Avon (Paul Darrow)
Cally (Jan Chappell)
Vila (Michael Keating)
Gan (David Jackson)
Zen (Peter Tuddenham)

Recurring villains: Travis (Stephen Grief)

Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce)

Writer: Terry Nation
Script editor: Chris Boucher
Designer: Chris Pemsel
Director: Michael E. Briant
Producer: David Maloney
Copyright date: 1978
Broadcast date: 27 February 1978
Format: 1 x 50 minute episode
Previous story: Duel
Next story: Breakdown
Publisher: BBC
Script: Project Avalon


SynopsisEdit

From VHS release:

Travis engineers another deadly plan to destroy Blake and capture the Liberator. Even Servalan believes that it cannot fail and when Blake carries out a rescue he wonders why it's been allowed to succeed.

PlotEdit

The Liberator is en route to an ice planet to retrieve Avalon, a rebel leader who has been organising the resistance movement on the planet. However, Travis is already there and a traitor in the group, Terloc, has informed him of the cavern where Avalon's people are hiding. Surrounding the rebels, Travis takes Avalon prisoner. The Mutoids then gun down everyone else present, including Terloc.

The Liberator arrives in orbit and Blake and Jenna teleport down to the site of the massacre. They discover a lone survivor, Chevner, who tells them Avalon was captured. They elect to attempt a rescue and Vila teleports down to help them. With the Liberator under threat from interceptors, Avon elects to temporarily take it out of teleport range.

Servalan arrives on the planet to observe Travis' latest plan to capture the Liberator. She brings with her a virus capsule that forms part of the plan. Travis tests the virus on a prisoner: It kills him in seconds with a lethal fungal infection.

Blake's group manage to take a guard prisoner and have him take them to the cell area. At the last minute, he raises the alarm and after a brief struggle one of the guards escapes. Blake and Vila retrieve Avalon from her cell while Jenna and Chevner engage the Federation troopers in a gun battle. Despite being under heavy fire and both Blake and Avalon being hit, they make it out of the base, by which point the Liberator is back on station to teleport them aboard.

Blake examines the troopers' guns and realises they only had reduced power. Someone wanted them to escape, probably to capture the Liberator, meaning Avalon or Chevner is a plant. In sickbay, the crew find Cally unconscious and Avalon and Chevner missing. The crew begin a search. Jenna goes back to check on Cally, at which point Chevner staggers in, badly injured, and collapses.

Avalon asks Gan to get her tunic, then produces a virus capsule from it. Jenna appears and shouts that she isn't Avalon. Gan struggles with the imposter, in reality an android. Blake and Vila appear and together they overpower it: It killed Chevner because he suspected the truth. Blake directs Avon to reprogramme it.

Travis is stunned by the news the Liberator has returned to orbit and Blake has teleported down into the base. Blake has both the android Avalon and the virus capsule with him and threatens to smash it if the real Avalon isn't released. Servalan orders Travis to comply. Blake hands the capsule to the android, then he and Avalon teleport up to the Liberator. Travis catches the capsule as the android drops it but Servalan informs him he is relieved of his command pending an enquiry.

CastEdit

CrewEdit

Story notesEdit

  • Glynis Barber, who appears as the principal Mutoid in this episode, later returned to the show in the fourth season in the regular role of Soolin.

RatingsEdit

9.7M

Filming locationsEdit

Milton Quarry, Wells, Somerset. Wookey Hole, near Wells.

Production errorsEdit

To be added.

ContinuityEdit

  • Travis states that he could have killed Blake twice if he hadn't been instructed to leave the Liberator intact. This could refer to his on-screen encounters with the Liberator crew in "Seek-Locate-Destroy" and "Duel" but it doesn't seem an accurate description of events so may refer to off-screen encounters. It is notable that at the end of "Duel" Travis was pursuing the Liberator, yet here he is already on the planet waiting for Blake to arrive.
  • This is the first episode in which Blake and Servalan meet.

QuotesEdit

Blake: Does it support any intelligent life?
Avon: Does the Liberator?

Vila: I've got a weak chest.
Avon: The rest of you's not very impressive.

Vila: I'm tired of being indispensable.

Travis: It's not a pleasant death, Blake.
Blake: So I gather. But it would have its compensations. I'd share it with you.

Home video releasesEdit

Series 1 DVD

DVD cover

  • In edited form as part of compilation video Duel in 1986.
  • Original BBC video release (Volume 5) in 1991.
  • Fabulous Films video reissue (Volume 5) on 26 May 1998.
  • DVD release as part of the Series 1 box set on 1 March 2004.

External linksEdit

To be added.

ReferencesEdit

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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