2020 sequel to address star’s absence
Blake’s 7, the other British sci-fi institution, lost one of its star faces and voices earlier this year when Paul Darrow, who played anti-hero Kerr Avon, passed away.
Like Doctor Who, has the series continued in many forms. Unlike Who, it was no on television. But also like Who, it lives on as a series of original, full-cast audio dramas from Big Finish Productions.
Darrow’s final recorded appearances as Blake’s 7’s Avon come in November, when Blake’s 7: Restoration Part 2 arrives. Big Finish said they have no plans to re-cast the character of Avon and will address his absence in Restoration Part 3, due in February 2020. More adventures are planned after that, the company said.
In Restoration Part 2, the crew of the Liberator return to fight the tyrannical Federation in four full-cast audio adventures set during the third season of the classic BBC TV sci-fi series.
“As previously, this new series will be a mix of action and adventure, and the relationships between the Liberator crew will be sorely tested by the desperate situations that they find themselves in,” said producer and director John Ainsworth. Our aim, as always, is to make our stories as authentic to the original TV series as possible, while exploring the characters in greater depth than ever before.”
Blake’s 7 was originally created by Terry Nation, who created the Daleks for Doctor Who.
Darrow is joined in this new release by Jan Chappell, Michael Keating and Steven Pacey, all reprising their roles from the original TV series, while Alistair Lock provides the voices of computers Orac and Zen, and Yasmin Bannerman plays the role of Dayna, a character originally played by Josette Simon.
Darrow died in June, shortly after recording his dialogue for the four episodes that make up this new boxed set, which comprises the stories detailed below:
- “The New Age” by Mark Wright: The dying Liberator arrives in orbit of Eloran, a world Avon believes could offer respite from their current trials. All that stands in the way is a primitive society, a charismatic leader and the fracture lines threatening to destroy the crew from within.
- “Happy Ever After” by Steve Lyons: The people of Zareen have seen the future. Their queen will be married to a handsome stranger, and they will enjoy a blissful life together. So, how can Tarrant possibly refuse…?
- “Siren” by Sophia McDougall: In the wreckage of a ruined world, Dayna and Cally encounter Mida and Veskar, who must escape the attention of those who once ruled them. Although defeated, the System still seeks to take control.
- “Hyperion” by Trevor Baxendale: Avon must convince the mysterious Selene to reveal the secret of Hyperion and save the Liberator – but the Federation is closing in on the crew, and what Selene knows could change everything…
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