Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Lucifer Genesis

Review by Ian McArdell


Lucifer Genesis is the final instalment in the late Paul Darrow’s trilogy of Blake’s 7 stories, charting the ongoing exploits of the character he so memorably brought to life: Kerr Avon.
First published by Big Finish in 2015, it has been recorded as an audiobook by Darrow’s colleague, Stephen Grief. Grief, of course, played the role of Travis in the television show’s first year. Up front, it is worth saying that I have not read either of the other Lucifer books, but it does not seem to matter – Lucifer Genesis is a relatively self-contained epic. It is also one that has a tremendous scope, with an intricate plot charting Servalan’s rise to power, then weaves in and out of established onscreen Blake’s 7 events. Throughout Avon is positioned as Servalan’s nemesis, with characters such as Blake and Travis merely diversions to be handled along the way.

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Doctor Who/Big Finish actor dies

Actor David Bailie, known for his performances on stage television and film has passed away at the age of 83.


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Actress Barbara Shelley (Hammer horror, Doctor Who, Blake’s 7) passes away aged 88

We are sad to report that British actress Barbara Shelley has passed away aged 88. She had recently spent time in hospital with Covid-19 and appeared to have recovered, however she seems to have succumbed to related complications.

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Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Chosen

Review by Ian McArdell


Chosen is the latest Blake’s 7 novel from Big Finish, released in audiobook form. Set in Series A, between the episodes ‘Mission to Destiny’ and ‘Duel’, it meets the crew early on, still working out their dynamic as they deal with a host of dangerous situations. Continue reading

Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Outlaw

Review by Ian McArdell


Outlaw is the latest Blake’s 7 audiobook from Big Finish. Like it’s immediate predecessor ‘Uprising’, it focuses on a lesser developed character from the show. In that case it was the ill-fated Gan, here the light is shone on Blake’s nemesis, Space Commander Travis. Continue reading

Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Restoration (Part 3)

Review by Ian McArdell


Restoration Part 3 is comprised of four episodes, which conclude the current Blake’s 7 mini-series. Set towards the end of the on-screen Series C, the story has seen the crew of the Liberator undertake desperate measures to repair their ship, critically damaged during the recent power struggle between Servalan and the President of the Federation. While the title references the crew’s goal, it also fits the aims of the President; in the wake of recent conflicts, he is striving to re-establish his grip on power.

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Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Restoration (Part 2)

Review by Ian McArdell


Restoration Part 2 is the latest release in the current Blake’s 7 audio series. Although forming the middle part of this trilogy of box sets, these four tales also follow a tightly-linked storyline themselves: desperate to repair their ailing ship, nearly abandoned in tense finale of the previous set, Avon has brought the Liberator back home to ‘The System’.

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Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Uprising

Review by Ian McArdell


Released alongside the latest audio drama box set, Restoration Part One, Christopher Cooper’s Uprising is a novel set in the early part of Series B. While the audio dramas may be hemmed into a sweet spot of continuity, no such restrictions hamper prose and so the story takes place between the episodes Shadow and Weapon, and features the full, original line-up of Blake, Vila, Avon, Jenna, Gan, Cally and Orac on board the Liberator, with the relentless Space Commander Travis on their trail. Continue reading

Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Restoration (Part 1)

Review by Ian McArdell


A new year brings a fresh batch of classic adventures for Blake’s 7, the first of three box sets which will make up a mini-series under the umbrella title ‘Restoration’, in the same way the last three releases did for Crossfire. Continue reading