A7: MISSION TO DESTINY

 

RADIO TIMES: The crippled spaceship Ortega presents Blake and his companions with a series of mysteries. Who murdered the pilot and sabotaged the controls? What happened to the crew and why? For Avon and Cally the answers become a matter of life and death.

Broadcast: Monday 13th February, 1978: 7.15pm-8.10pm, BBC 1

Writer: Terry Nation

Director: Pennant Roberts

"Personally I don't care if their whole planet turns into a mushroom."  Avon

GUEST CAST: Barry Jackson (Kendall), Beth Morris (Sara), Stephen Tate (Mandrian), Nigel Humphreys (Sonheim), Kate Coleridge (Levett), Carl Forgione (Grovane), John Leeson (Pasco), Brian Capron (Rafford), Stuart Fell (Dortmann)

FACT FILE

 

  • Mission to Destiny was watched by 9.6m viewers.

 

  • Pre-filming for this episode took place at Ealing Studios from Tues 3 to Thurs 5 Jan 1978. 

 

  • Sara’s surname in Nation’s draft script was Ovidial. 

 

  • The original BBC transmission of the episode was hit by a technical breakdown. 

 

  • The Ortega model was made from eight Faberge perfume cartons.  An animated version of the Ortega was made by Bob Blagden from the Graphics Department.  

 

  • A sequel to this episode was released by Big Finish in 2015. Escape From Destiny, by Andrew Smith, formed part of the Liberator Chronicles Volume 11. John Leeson reprised the role of Pasco. 

 

EPISODE GALLERY

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Ortega design sketch

Ortega design sketch

Ian Scoones’ original design sketch for the Ortega.

The Ortega

The Ortega

The Ortega model was made from eight Faberge perfume cartons. BBC copyright image.

Ortega model

Ortega model

The Ortega model under construction. Image copyright Martin Bower.

The Liberator

The Liberator

BBC copyright image.

The Liberator

The Liberator

BBC copyright image.