Blakes 7: Season 4, Episode 1

Rescue (28 Sep. 1981)

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Marooned on the artificial planet Terminal, Avon, Vila, Dayna and Tarrant finds their only hope of rescue is the space freighter Scorpio commanded by Dorian and his associate, Soolin, the ... See full summary »

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Marooned on the artificial planet Terminal, Avon, Vila, Dayna and Tarrant finds their only hope of rescue is the space freighter Scorpio commanded by Dorian and his associate, Soolin, the blonde gunfighter from the lawless planet Gauda Prime. Written by Daniel Williamson

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The creature in the cave is actually a repainted Sea Devil costume left over from a 1972 "Doctor Who (1963)" serial. See more »

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Dayna: Beneath that cold exterior beats a heart of pure stone.
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Good Episode Of A Painfully Uneven Season
31 March 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

With The Liberator destroyed the crew find themselves trapped on Terminal . Things go from bad to worse when Cally dies . Salvation comes when a salvage ship lands but does the pilot Dorian have an agenda of his own ?

BLAKES 7 was supposed to have ended 18 months earlier with the transmission of the episode Terminal. Series creator Terry Nation had left Britain permanently to work in America and series producer David Maloney had gone on to other television projects . Losing two of the three driving creative forces behind the show means that a combination of script editor Chris Boucher and new procure Vere Lorimar have rebooted the show and are trying to find their feet as to bringing a new vision to the show , one that seems more comic book in comparison to the first three series and very inconsistent

Between the season break Jan Chappell decided not to continue in her role of Cally so is killed off in this episode with the same unconvincing manner that Blake and Jenna were written off in Aftermath. The rest of the episode is very entertaining as the crew fearing they're about to die on Terminal , seeing a means to escape only to think that perhaps they might have been better off dying on the artificial planet

What makes this episode rare is that it has a very strong DOCTOR WHO vibe to it . You could rewrite the episode of having the Doctor and his companions meet Dorian without changing any plot turns . Like DOCTOR WHO this episode borrows from the literary world and the name of Dorian gives a very strong clue where the episode is heading and if the Gestalt creature looks familiar that's because it appeared in the 1972 DOCTOR WHO story as one of title characters in The Sea Devils

Guest actor Geoffry Burridge as Dorian gives a slightly bizarre performance that mixes benign charm and understated menace until the episode climax where his manic laughing is on the same level as a pantomime dame . Paul Darrow also gives a strange performance when he mocks Dorian" This room ... this mysterious room " but that said this type of stagy performance was the norm for television 30 odd years ago but seems strange today


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