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The Keeper
The Keeper
Series: BBC Television
Season number: 2
Story number: 25
Blake's 7 crew: Blake (Gareth Thomas)

Jenna (Sally Knyvette)
Avon (Paul Darrow)
Cally (Jan Chappell)
Vila (Michael Keating)
Zen (Peter Tuddenham)
Orac (Doesn't appear)

Recurring villains: Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce)

Travis (Brian Croucher)

Writer: Allan Prior
Script editor: Chris Boucher
Designer: Eric Walmsley
Director: Derek Martinus
Producer: David Maloney
Copyright date: 1979
Broadcast date: 27 March 1979
Format: 1 x 50 minute episode
Previous story: Gambit
Next story: Star One
Publisher: BBC
Script: The Keeper


SynopsisEdit

From the VHS release:

Can the keeper of the secret really be on Goth? Docholli certainly thought so and Blake can't resist the lure of so great a prize - the location of Star One at last and the chance to destroy the Federation forever...

PlotEdit

The Liberator has arrived at Goth in search of Lurgon's brain print. Blake, Jenna and Vila teleport down but quickly come under attack from a native patrol. Meanwhile, Avon spots a Federation pursuit ship nearby which he recognises as Travis' and convinces Cally to take the Liberator out of orbit and destroy it. As a result, they are unable to answer the landing party's calls for teleport. They are eventually able to bring Blake back aboard but Jenna and Vila are taken prisoner.

While Blake teleports back down, Jenna and Vila are taken to Gola, the planet's charl, and his sister Tara: Both wear amulets around their necks. Servalan and Travis are already in attendance. Travis convinces Servalan to let him take her ship so he can get in range of the nearest Federation outpost and inform them of the Liberator's presence. Avon and Cally see the ship leaving but this time Cally refuses to break orbit.

Blake rescues a man named Rod from a patrol: Rad is preparing for a confrontation with his brother and takes Blake to the tents of Goth. The court fool impersonates Vila, who he sees as a rival, making it look as though he insulted Gola. Gola has Vila imprisoned with an old man. Blake talks to him and Vila tells him either Gola or Tara must have the brain print.

Jenna uses Tara's opposition to Gola's plan to take her as a mate to convince her to let her look at her amulet but it is empty. The fool gives Jenna a drugged drink, prompting Gola to imprison him and release Vila. The fool hands a cup to the old man. Jenna looks at Gola's amulet but it too is empty.

Blake and Rod enter the court: Rod is Gola's brother and challenges him to a duel to see who will be charl. Gola kills Rod but then dies himself when he drinks a cup poisoned by Tara. Rod doesn't have the brain print either but Tara reveals the old man is their father: Gola and Rod deposed him then quarrelled over who would succeed him.

Blake, Jenna and Vila head to the dungeons but find the old man is dying and Travis has already taken the brain print. As he dies, however, the old man mumbles "A fool knows everything and nothing." The trigger phrase causes the fool to recite the co-ordinates of Star One, implanted in his mind by Lurgon. The group return to the Liberator, breaking orbit just before the Federation arrive.

CastEdit

CrewEdit

Story notesEdit

  • This is the only episode in which Travis interacts with the Liberator crew without meeting Blake.
  • Orac does not appear in this episode.

RatingsEdit

7.0M

Filming locationsEdit

Bream Scowles, Gloucestershire.

Production errorsEdit

To be added.

ContinuityEdit

  • Blake learned of the brain print's existence from Docholli in "Gambit". It is unclear how Servalan and Travis are aware of this (or how the Liberator crew are aware Travis is aware), since neither were present at the time. They are also shown working together here, despite Servalan trying to kill Travis in the previous episode.
  • Travis' ship, destroyed here, was acquired in "Trial", which established his status as a Federation fugitive.

QuotesEdit

Tara: I see a man and a woman. The man is a fool, the woman is beautiful to behold.

Travis: Don't you trust me?
Servalan: No, of course not.

Vila: At least leave me a torch, I don't like the dark! I like to see what I'm scared of.

Patrol Leader: (Releasing Vila from the cells) If you aren't funny, you'll be back.

Home video releasesEdit

Series 2 DVD

DVD cover

  • Original BBC video release (Volume 13) in 1991.
  • Fabulous Films video reissue (Volume 13) on 18 January 1999.
  • DVD release as part of the Series 2 box set on 17 January 2005.

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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