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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.



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