by Terry Nation
Avon inexplicably changes Liberator’s course, and when Tarrant demands an explanation, he pulls a gun on him. Zen informs the crew that the ship’s new course will take them through a cloud of space particles, and advises a course alteration; however, Avon doggedly refuses and takes the ship straight through it, causing the ship’s hull to become coated with a strange, fluidic matter. Avon is following a set of mysterious instructions, and soon the ship arrives at an artificial planetoid designated Terminal. Avon teleports down to the surface, warning that he will kill anyone following him. Entering an underground complex, he finds the records that he has come for: Blake is here. While Tarrant and Dayna surreptitiously follow, Avon is knocked unconscious by an unseen assailant; he comes to and finds Blake, now connected to a life-support system. Avon then collapses again, and when he awakes, he is taken by guards to meet Servalan, who offers to hand over Blake in return for the Liberator. Avon knows that if he refuses Servalan will kill him, but he nonetheless contacts Vila and tells him to leave. However, the space fluid has now eaten through Liberator’s hull and caused massive damage to the ship - Zen is now dying. Tarrant and Dayna are captured, and Tarrant, knowing the current condition of the ship, agrees to the exchange. Servalan reveals that Blake was nothing but a drug-induced illusion; her guards then teleport aboard the ship, while Vila and Orac leave. Servalan finally has control of Liberator, and orders it to leave at maximum power - but the ship breaks up and explodes, leaving the crew stranded on the planet below…
Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally), Josette Simon (Dayna Mellanby), Steven Pacey (Del Tarrant), Peter Tuddenham (Zen / Orac), Gareth Thomas ('Roj Blake'), Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan), Gillian McCutcheon (Kostos), Heather Wright (Reeval), Richard Clifford (Toron), David Healy (Sphere Voice)
Directed by Mary Ridge
Produced by David Maloney
31st March 1980 @ 7.15 pm - 8.10 pm
*Featuring Kerr Avon, Vila Restal, Cally, Dayna Mellanby, Del Tarrant, Zen, Orac and 'Roj Blake'