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RADIO TIMES: One of the tribal chiefs on the planet Goth unknowingly holds the secret to Star One. Blake's problem is to stay alive while he discovers which one. 

Broadcast: Tuesday 27th March, 1979: 7.15pm-8.10pm, BBC 1

Writer: Allan Prior

Director: Derek Martinus

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



Gola - Bruce Purchase

Tara - Freda Jackson

Rod - Shaun Curry

Fool - Cengiz Saner

Old Man - Arthur Hewlett

Patrol Leader - Ron Tarr





Stunt Co-ordinator - Stuart Fell

Production Assistant - Jackie Willows, Pauline Smithson

Production Unit Manager - Sheelagh Rees

Film Cameraman - Max Samett, Paul Godfrey

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, Andrew 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



  • The Keeper was a last-minute script commissioned in autumn 1978. Series B was originally to have climaxed with a two-part story by Terry Nation. Nation was unable to deliver the scripts due to other work commitments. The Keeper was commissioned to replace Part 1 of Nation’s script, while Boucher handled the season finale.


  • Allan Prior was commissioned on Thursday 28 Sept with a target delivery date of Mon 16 October.


  • Night filming took place from Tuesday 4th December at a disused coal mine near Bream in Gloucestershire. The location scenes were lit in yellow to indicate a sulphorous atmosphere.


  • Special model filming was carried out for the destruction of Travis’ ship.


  • CSO was used for the establishing shots of the Goth tents.


  • Stuntman Stuart Fell coached actor Cenghiz Zaner for his tricks as Charl’s jester. Fell was also the stunt arranger for the fight scene between Rod and Gola.


  • Dudley Simpson’s incidental music was recorded at Lime Grove on Monday 12th March.


  • This was a popular episode with Sally Knyvette as she enjoyed working with Bruce Purchase.




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Jenna dances with Gola

Jenna dances with Gola

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Sally Knyvette and Bruce Purchase

Sally Knyvette and Bruce Purchase

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Studio recording

Studio recording

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Recording The Keeper

Recording The Keeper

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