RADIO TIMES: Although himself an outlaw from the Federation, Travis is still determined to kill Blake. On a derelict planet he finds the means to do it.
Broadcast: Tuesday 27th February, 1979: 7.15pm - 8.10pm, BBC 1
Writer: Allan Prior
Director: Vere Lorrimer
"The word! The word! The word!" Travis
Ushton - John Abineri
Inga - Judy Buxton
Joban - Kevin Stoney
Space Commander - Andrew Robertson
Mutoid - Judith Porter
Molok - James Coyle
Stunt Co-ordinator - Peter Brayham
Production Assistant - Geoffrey Manton
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
Hostage was commissioned from Allan Prior in Spring 1978 and was initially planned as the penultimate episode of Series B.
The Exbar scenes were filmed at Betchworth Quarry from Wed 15 to Fri 17 November 1978. Shortly after filming, the guest star for this episode, Duncan Lamont (Ushton) was taken ill and died on 19 December 1978. Filming had to be remounted with John Abineri replacing Lamont as Ushton.
The Liberator flight deck and teleport scenes (for Hostage and Countdown) were recorded on 11 January in TC6. The scenes in Ushton’s cave, Servalan’s office and the pursuit ship were recorded on 12 January. The scenes in the tower and the equipment room were recorded on 13 January.
A special model shoot was held for the battle sequence at the start of the episode. Stock footage from Cygnus Alpha was used for the death of Molok as he exploded in space.
The thermal landing suits were made by costumiers Morris Angel & Son. The suits consisted of a one piece jumpsuit with a short thermal waistcoat constructed from a PVC like material.