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
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.
B12: THE KEEPER
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.
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