B7: KILLER

 

RADIO TIMES: On the planet Fosforon Avon tries to persuade an old friend to hand over a vital component in the latest Federation cypher machine. On the Liberator, Blake and the others watch as an Earth ship, listed as missing centuries earlier, approaches the planet...

Broadcast: Tuesday 20th February, 1979: 7.20pm-8.10pm, BBC 1

Writer: Robert Holmes

Director: Vere Lorrimer

"Listen, Blake, Servalan is on her way here. She lands on Fosforon, she gets the plague, she's off our backs for good." Avon

GUEST CAST

 

Bellfriar - Paul Daneman

Tynus - Ronald Lacey

Gambrill - Colin Farrell

Tak - Colin Higgins

Bax - Michael Gaunt

Wiler - Morris Barry

 

CREW

 

Production Assistant - Geoffrey Manton

Production Unit Manager - Sheelagh Rees

Film Cameraman - Peter Chapman

Film Recordist - Ian Sansam

Film Editor - Sheila S. Tomlinson

Series Videotape Editors - Sam Upton (Uncredited), Malcolm Banthorpe (Uncredited)

Visual Effects Designer - Mat Irvine, Peter Pegrum

Electronic Effects - A.J. Mitchell

Studio Lighting - Brian Clemett

Studio Sound - Clive Gifford

Special Sound - Richard Yeoman-Clark

Costume Designer - June Hudson

Make Up Artist - Marianne Ford

Music By - Dudley Simpson

Series Created By - Terry Nation

FACT FILE

 

  • Killer was written by Robert Holmes who was best known for his work on many Doctor Who stories. Holmes had been David Maloney’s first choice for script-editing duties on Blake’s 7. Holmes declined as he’d just finished a similar role on Doctor Who where he'd commissioned Boucher to write two stories. Holmes recommended Boucher for the job who in turn commissioned Holmes to write for Blake’s 7.

 

  • Head of Department Ronnie Marsh resisted the idea of using Holmes as he thought he was burnt out!

 

  • Holmes was keen to explore the relationship between Vila & Avon - something he would return to in subsequent scripts.

 

  • Paul Darrow was concerned to hear the script featured an old friend of Avon’s (Ronald Lacey as Tynus). Darrow was relieved when David Maloney told him ‘Don’t worry - you kill him on the last page!'

 

  • Paul Daneman was cast as Dr Bellfriar. Darrow had worked with him in a tour of Rebecca in Canada. The guest cast also included former Doctor Who director Morris Barry as Wiler.

 

  • Killer was commissioned on Friday 7 April & the first draft was delivered on 9 May 1978. The original draft script included Gan who appeared briefly to operate the teleport. The planet Fosforon was originally called Fosforus and the draft script also had a line about ‘frying your gonads’ but this was removed!

 

  • Killer featured some interesting costumes by designer June Hudson. The boarding team’s protective outfits were actually Michelin Men suits borrowed from the tyre company!

 

  • The main filming location was Oldbury-on-Severn Nuclear Power Station from Wed 2 to Thurs 3 August. 

 

  • A glass matte shot was used to depict Q Base on the horizon as Vila and Avon approach.

 

  • Model filming took place from Mon 21 to Fri 25 August. The K47 spaceship was built by Mat Irvine. The landing of the K47 was (bizarrely) stock film of the London from Cygnus Alpha.

 

EPISODE GALLERY

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Gareth Thomas and Paul Daneman

Gareth Thomas and Paul Daneman

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Gareth Thomas and Paul Daneman

Gareth Thomas and Paul Daneman

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Paul Daneman as Dr Bellfriar

Paul Daneman as Dr Bellfriar

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Tynus (Ronald Lacey), Vila and Avon

Tynus (Ronald Lacey), Vila and Avon

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Tynus, Vila and Avon

Tynus, Vila and Avon

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June Hudson's costumes

June Hudson's costumes

Killer featured some interesting costumes by designer June Hudson. BBC copyright image

Michael Keating and Paul Darrow

Michael Keating and Paul Darrow

Michael Keating and Paul Darrow on location for Killer. BBC copyright image.

Matte shot

Matte shot

Director Vere Lorrimer supervises the matte shot on location.