Project Avalon was the ninth episode of Series A of Blake's 7 first broadcast in 1978.


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.


The Long Cold Project Avalon

The Long Cold.

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.

Avalon Travis watches Project Avalon

Travis observing a captive Avalon.

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 teleport Project Avalon

Blake escapes with Avalon.

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.

Inside Avalon robot head Project Avalon

Inside the robot's head.

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 and Servalan captured Project Avalon

Travis and Servalan give Blake their captive attention.

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.



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.



Filming locationsEdit

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

Production errorsEdit

To be added.


  • 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.


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


Blake's 7 Stories
TV Stories:

Series A: 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 B: Redemption • Shadow • Weapon • Horizon • Pressure Point • Trial • Killer • Hostage • Countdown • Voice from the Past • Gambit • The Keeper • Star One

Series C: 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 D: Rescue • Power • Traitor • Sardrive • Animals • Headhunter • Assassin • Games • Sand • Gold • Orbit • Warlord • Blake


BBC Radio Stories: The SevenFold Crown • The Syndeton Experiment

Big Finish: The Classic Audio Adventures:
Warship • Fractures • Battleground • Drones • Mirror • Cold Fury • Caged • Scimitar • Fortuitas • Mindset • Ghost Ship • Devil's Advocate • Truth and Lies • The Spoils of War • Crossfire • The Way Ahead

Big Finish: The Liberator Chronicles:
Vol 1: The Turing Test • Solitary • Counterfeit
Vol 2: The Magnificent Four • False Positives • Wolf
Vol 3: The Armageddon Storm
Vol 4: Promises • Epitaph • Kerr
Vol 5: Logic • Risk Management • Three
Vol 6: Incentive • Jenna's Story • Blake's Story
Vol 7: Spy • Disorder • The Hard Road
Vol 8: President • The Sea of Iron • Spoils
Vol. 9: Defector • Planetfall • Secrets
Vol 10: Velandra • Retribution • Ministry of Peace
Vol 11: Brother • Poison • Escape from Destiny • Remnants
Vol 12: Corners of the Mind • Capital • Punishment


Big Finish: Original Novels: The Forgotten • Archangel • Warship • Lucifer • Anthology • Lucifer: Revelation • Criminal Intent • Lucifer: Genesis • Mediasphere • Heroes

Big Finish: Audiobooks: Lucifer • Lucifer: Revelation • Heroes

B7 Media audio reboot universe

A Rebellion Reborn: Rebel • Traitor • Liberator

The Early Years: When Vila Met Gan • Point of No Return • Eye of the Machine • Blood & Earth • Flag & Flame • The Dust Run • The Trial • Escape Velocity