Broadcast: Tuesday 13th March, 1979: 7.20pm-8.10pm, BBC 1
Writer: Roger Parkes
Director: George Spenton-Foster
"Le Grand, the High Council have been aware of your pathetic plot from the beginning." Servalan
Voice from the Past was watched by 7.0m viewers.
Roger Parkes had contacted Chris Boucher with a number of story ideas and was commissioned on Monday 3 April 1978. He had also written for Out of the Unknown, The Prisoner and Survivors.
The working title for this episode was Voices from the Past. The draft script featured Gan. The draft script also mentioned a failed attempt by Blake to make an alliance with aliens. Le Grand was originally a male character.
Robert James was unavailable to reprise the role of Ven Glynd. Richard Bebb was cast instead. Plans to include flashbacks to Blake’s trial from The Way Back were dropped when the role of Glynd was recast.
The Atlay Conference Centre scenes were filmed at the Wembley Conference Centre from 23-24 Nov 1978.
Model filming included Le Grand’s shuttle arriving on Atlay
The scenes in Servalan’s office, the Liberator rest room & corridor were recorded on Thurs 1 February, 1979. The teleport, asteroid, minehead & Liberator flight deck scenes were recorded on Friday 2 February 1979. The scenes in the living quarters, mess quarters & conference ante-chamber were recorded on Sat 3 Feb 1979.
B10: VOICE FROM THE PAST
RADIO TIMES: A mysterious telepathic signal plunges Blake back into the nightmare of his torture and trial. Under its control he re-routes the Liberator...
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The Atlay Shuttle model
Governor Le Grand - Frieda Knorr
Glynd - Richard Bebb
Nagu - Martin Read
Production Assistant - Michael Brayshaw
Production Unit Manager - Sheelagh Rees
Film Cameraman - Max Samett
Film Recordist - John Gatland
Film Editor - Sheila S. Tomlinson
Series Videotape Editors - Sam Upton (Uncredited), Malcolm Banthorpe (Uncredited)
Visual Effects Designer - Mat Irvine, Peter Pegrum, Andy Lazell
Electronic Effects - A.J. Mitchell
Studio Lighting - Brian Clemett
Studio Sound - Malcolm Johnson
Special Sound - Elizabeth Parker
Costume Designer - Barbara Kidd
Make Up Artist - Ann Ailes
Music By - Dudley Simpson
Series Created By - Terry Nation