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Blake’s 7. The quintessential British Science Fiction Show, depending who you ask. And now, two regular guys who’ve driven themselves a bit mad watching Doctor Who are here to dedicate themselves to podcasting their way through it. Filled with “laughter”, the barest of surface level analyses, and a total inability to take anything seriously, Zenith is the premiere Blake’s 7 podcast.

Episode 32: When Does Murder Become Genocide?

Pretty much right about now I think.

Have any of our listeners watched City at the Edge of Forever? I’m actually curious to know, I’m sure we have at least a few Star Trek fans in the audience, there has to be at least one. I’m sure of it. Come on. Just send us an email. It’s City at the Edge of the World, written by Chris Boucher, and aired on February 11, 1980.


Show-notes:


1:59 City at the Edge of Forever is Star Trek episode. Never watched it or any episode of Star Trek actually but some of the imagery from the wiki page looks pretty cool.
4:18 Top Gear isn’t a tv show, it just means the topmost gear on any shelf. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s a tv show. If they do, they’re lying.
18:27 Check out Trust Your Doctor if you like Doctor Who. Please.
19:30 Both the White Guardian and the Black Guardian were played by the same two actors in all their appearances on the tv show. Cyril Luckham played the White Guardian and Valentine Dyall played the Black Guardian.
30:34 Here you go. Knock yourself out. Didn’t even bother to read this article. Welcome to Zenith episode notes.
35:49 Josette Simon was born in November 1960, so she was actually only 19 when this aired, and probably 18 when it was made.


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 31: Curly Straws in Blake’s 7 Ft. Making Blake’s 7

Yes, here is, the man, the myth, the legend. Making Blake’s 7.

Here’s a fun fact for you all, Jon is the first person who has actually asked US to be on the podcast. Weird right? Usually we’re the one’s begging everyone else to come on the podcast, because really who wants to listen to Dylan and Kiyan for 52 episodes straight without some sort of other voice in there? So that’s exciting. It’s The Harvest of Kairos, written by Ben Steed and aired on February 4, 1980.


Show-notes:


Before you do anything else,check out Making Blake’s 7 on Twitter.

1:28 Jon also runs Who FX, another awesome Twitter account. He’s been on Radio Free Skaro before. You know, the one Doctor Who podcast that everyone who listens to Doctor Who podcasts listens to.
12L37 Emmerdale a.k.a. Emmerdale Farm a.k.a. The Show Formerly Known as Emmerdale a.k.a. The Show Formerly Known as Emmerdale Farm is a long-running show that has over 8000 episodes.
16:52 Seeing Jacqueline Pearce with long hair on the cover of From Byfleet to Bush is surreal.
24:58 Marzipan is a dessert item and ingredient made out of almond and sugar.
26:05 Couldn’t find the video anywhere. All I could find was people talking about it in forums and blogs.
35:28 Trust Your Doctor is our “critically acclaimed” Doctor Who podcast.
38:14 Never heard of Shirley Bassey before, but apparently she’s a singer/performer person.
40:48 Miwk Publishing already has one Blake’s 7 guide, which luckily is now back down to £10.00 from £499.99, but is still sold out. They also have a new one supposedly coming out this year called Space Opera: Blakes’s 7 – A Tragedy in Four Acts.


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 30: Cosplay Imposters

Next comic-con I’ll cosplay as Roj Blake, I think.

This week we commit sacrilege! I mean, turns out gods are real, we totally just like, ragged all over them, and then they just came on down and struck us down so we regret to inform you that the podcast will no longer be continuing. We’re dead. It’s Dawn of the Gods, written by James Follet and aired on January 28, 1980.


Show-notes:


11:47 More about Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
15:26 Couldn’t find any Blake’s 7 playing cards, but I did find these Blake’s 7 greeting cards.
19:53 Blake’s 7 in Character is pretty much the best Blake’s 7 podcast.
1:06:00 Here is a link to Sgt. Draino’s picture of Space Monopoly.
1:10:28 Making Blake’s 7 is the best Blake’s 7 Twitter account. It documents the making of Blake’s 7 in “real time” but 40 years later.


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 29: Injecting Horse Tranquilizer and Speed

Probably a dangerous combination. I think.

This week we approach a dangerous natural object that honestly we have no business being anywhere even on the same planet with. It’s a massive, world ending volcano. Although to be fair I guess Yellowstone exists. It’s Volcano, written by Alan Prior and aired on January 19, 1980.


Show-notes:


14:09 Here’s the rest of Michael Gough’s filmography.
16:42 More about Rosemary Kennedy’s lobotomy.
17:05 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a book by Ken Kesey.
17:28 Check out Triple Play, our movie trilogy podcast.
26:15 Ghostbusters was never good.

 


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 28: Backstab 7

I stab your back, you stab mine. You know the drill.

I’m going to be making some powerplays this coming week. If you know what I mean. I’m going to be baking a cake. That’s what I mean. What did you think I meant? It’s Powerplay, written by Terry Nation and aired on January 14, 1980.


Show-notes:


4:32 No. There was Herbert Clegg on Doctor Who in Planet of the Spiders, played by Cyril Shaps. Can’t believe Cyril Shaps was never on Blake’s 7.
14:37 Get hype for Black Manta and the new James-Wan-directed Aquaman movie.
16:21 It’s actually called We and They.
37:22 Making Blake’s 7 is a twitter account that documents the making of Blake’s 7.
38:10 Also check out Krynoid Podcast.
51:20 Hugo Gernsback. “His idea of a perfect science fiction story was ’75 percent literature interwoven with 25 percent science'”
53:14 Again, Blazing World is a 1666 story by Margaret Cavendish.
54:20 Walpole.
1:03:28“This is a link to the travis photo so edit this text to link to it.” – Dylan, 2018.


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 27: Blake is our Jesus Figure

In the name of Avon, Zen and Orac, amen.

The halfway mark has been passed and quickly discarded. We’re now, so to speak, on the downslope that forms the slow gradual decline and death for most television programs. Hopefully that’s not so for Blake’s 7 but we’re here to find out. It’s Aftermath, written by Terry Nation and aired on January 7, 1980.


Show-notes:


51:58 24 is a tv show. There are like 24 episodes or something. Or maybe there’s just 1 episode that’s 24 minutes long. Or 24 episodes that are each 24 hours long. Dunno.
57:56 Here’s the initial discussion about the definition of science fiction. Comes up pretty early in the episode.
1:00:18 The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World, is a 1666 story by Margaret Cavendish. I heard it won the award for shortest title of the year that year.
1:01:03 Samuel Delaney uses the term “given world” to refer to this world in a bunch of his essays and stuff.
1:04:42 Check out Trust Your Doctor is our Doctor Who Podcast.
1:09:26 From this page.
1:11:58 Person of Interest is another tv show.


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 26: Trickster God Kerr Avon

Distant cousin of trickster god Low Key.

Chris Boucher is here to clean up Terry Nation’s mess. No really, Terry tried to write this two part finale, it was gonna be this big event and then he had to shamefully admit that “hey I can’t really do this.” And so Chris Boucher, the real people’s hero, is here to fix it write up. It’s Star One, written by Chris Boucher and aired on March 27, 1979.


Show-notes:


4:23 The Mission Impossible movies has been going on since 1996, an impossible mission.
21:49 Jawas are connoisseurs of fine java.
31:51 Initial two novels were Study in Scarlet and Sign of Four. Hound of the Baskervilles and Valley of Fear came out later.
43:43 Blake’s 7 in Character is a Blake’s 7 podcast.

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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 25: Sorry to all the Rods

Are there any Rods who even listen to this podcast?

This week we argue about what Science Fiction is. I mean, you’d expect us to do that when the podcast started, when we first started watching Blake’s 7, an allegedly seminal Science Fiction Television Show. But we didn’t until now, so that’s kind of fun. It’s The Keeper, written by Alan Prior and aired on March 27, 1979.


Show-notes:


16:33 Fallout is a video game series. They announced a new one a few weeks ago. Like most video games these days, the trailer just shows some glorified cg bs.
23:06 It’s Free for All.
24:55 Seamus Heaney was just some dude.
26:02 There are actually a lot more women in Beowulf than just Grendel’s mom.
32:03 Now you can join Mensa too. Click here to join now.
37:10 The glove part is probably a cestus. Thanks @NavajoBirdsong.
49:10 Thanks @billkendrick.


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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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Episode 24: Why Are You Hitting Yourself?

Why are you hitting yourself?

In what is a common occurrence on Trust Your Doctor but what appears to be rather rare on Zenith, we completely disregard fan wisdom and go way against the grain and basically just form an opinion so far removed from common knowledge that people were dreading this episode before it even went out. It’s Gambit, written by Robert Holmes and aired on March 20, 1979.


Show-notes:


17:33 Just look at all of the credits Deep Roy has. Look at it. Freaking insane.
18:28 Speed chess.


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Episode 23: Unlimited Travis

Kind of like unlimited Gan but way more dangerous and unhinged.

This week somebody other than Christ Boucher or Terry Nation titled the script, because it’s got like 4 words. Thats 3 words more than the average on this show, so let’s give Blake’s 7 a big round of applause. It’s Voice from the Past, written by Roger Parkes, and aired on March 13, 1979.


Show-notes:


0:57 Making Blake’s 7 is a Twitter account about the making of Blake’s 7.
1:24 Flight Through Entirety is a Doctor Who podcast. They recorded Eric Saward’s scrapped ending for Trial of a Time Lord about a year ago.
6:12 Dark Star. It actually came out in 1974 and was made by USC students.
7:00 Portal is a video game.
8:00 Check out our Doctor Who podcast Trust Your Doctor for “riveting” Doctor Who discussion that sets a new standard for Doctor Who podcasts.
9:03 Tay was Microsoft’s racist Twitter bot.
10:27 Roko’s Basilisk.
20:55 Biofeedback.
35:57 Foundation is a book series by Isaac Asimov.
38:45 Blinky Bill is apparently an Australian classic kids’ book. I’ve been watching the 90s cartoon version lately.
47:40 Here’s the site. Lot of other cool Blake’s 7 stuff on here too. I’m gonna check this out more in depth when I get the chance.
59:42 The Old Doctor Who Show is another Doctor Who podcast. They also make a bunch of gifs from classic DW episodes and post them on Twitter.

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The Blake’s 7 title music was originally composed by Dudley Simpson.

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