Series: BBC Television
Season number: 1
Story number: 6
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: Robert Berk
Director: Vere Lorrimer
Producer: David Maloney
Copyright date: 1978
Broadcast date: 6 February 1978
Format: 1 x 50 minute episode
Previous story: The Web
Next story: Mission To Destiny
Made prev: The Web
Made next: Duel
Publisher: BBC
Script: Seek-Locate-Destroy


From the VHS release:

Cally is captured by the Federation when Blake and his crew destroy its Communications Centre and steal the cypher system. Old rival, Space Commander Travis, is ordered to seek, locate and destroy Blake, and he plans to use Cally as bait...


Teleporting down to the planet Centero, Blake and Vila manage to infiltrate the Federation's communications centre and take the technicians on duty prisoner. Avon, Cally and Gan join them and begin planting explosives throughout the centre; Cally and Gan take the technicians and troopers to another room to guard them. Avon attempts to remove the cypher machine from the control room, which the Federation will hopefully believe was destroyed in the explosion, but Gan is needed to rip it free. Left alone, Cally is overpowered by the prisoners and loses her teleport bracelet. She is left behind when the rest of the team teleport back to the Liberator. With the explosives detonating and the Federation launching interceptors after them, the crew are forced to give her up for dead.

Federation Supreme Commander Servalan is visited by Senator Bercol and Secretary Rontane, the representative of the President, to enquire about Blake remaining at large and a threat to the Federation. Servalan replies that she is appointing an officer to the sole task of eliminating Blake: Space Commander Travis. Travis is a controversial figure in the Federation, who has only just returned to duty after ordering a massacre of a civillian uprising on the planet Auros.

The Liberator crew use the cypher machine to listen in on Federation transmissions and hear a mention of Travis. Blake knows Travis of old since he was responsible for Blake's original arrest: Travis and his men hid at the rebels' meeting place three days before the meeting took place and Travis ordered them to open fire when Blake surrendered. In the confusion, Blake shot Travis and believed he'd killed him. In reality, Travis' life was saved by a field medic but has been left with a damaged face and an articial arm.

Travis travels to Centero to investigate the crime scene and instructs the head technician, Prell, to make a thorough examination of the wrecked control room. Cally is found alive but unconscious in the wreckage and is taken back to the command station for interrogation. Prell notices than a panel that should not have been exposed was damaged in the explosion and realises the cypher machine has been stolen. Servalan wants to change the codes but Travis proposes sending out a message to lure Blake into a trap.

Jenna picks up the message stating Cally is alive and is being taken back to Centero as a prisoner. Blake resolves to rescue her. Travis speaks to Base Commander Escon who reports that they are prepared to detect the use of a teleport and also that the Liberator did a fly past of the planet before Travis was arrived but is now out of range. However, when Travis goes to check on Cally, he is overpowered by Blake, who followed Travis' example and arrived on the planet before him and has already freed Cally. The Liberator teleports them both aboard and Travis vows to continue his pursuit.



Story notesEdit

  • Peter Craze, who appears as Prell in this story, would later appear in "Sand" as "Servalan's Assistant".
  • This is the first of two episodes to feature Rontane and Bercol.



Filming locationsEdit

Fulham Gas Works. TV Film Studios, Ealing.

Production errorsEdit

To be added.


  • This episode sees the first appearances of Servalan and Travis.
  • Federation interceptors and Mutoids are mentioned for the first time.
  • Blake's arrest was seen in flashback in "The Way Back", with no sign of Travis or the weapon Blake shot him with.
  • The information gained from the cypher machine is referenced in "Bounty".
  • More details are given of the field medic who saved Travis in "Deliverance".


Vila: Tell him I've worked out a completely new strategy. It's called running away.

Servalan: An enemy does not cease to be an enemy simply because it has surrendered.

Vila: I knew she wasn't dead!
Avon: No you didn't.

Blake: Too many of my friends are dead already, Cally. I can't afford to lose another one.

Travis: Run, Blake. Run. As far and as fast as you like. I'll find you. You can't hide from me. I am your death...Blake.

Home video releasesEdit

Series 1 DVD

DVD cover

  • In edited form as part of compilation video Duel in 1986.
  • Original BBC video release (Volume 3) in 1991.
  • Fabulous Films video reissue (Volume 3) on 14 April 1998.
  • DVD release as part of the Series 1 box set on 1 March 2004.

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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