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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 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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Episode 22: Lost The Game

How long has it been since I last lost The Game?

Guess who’s back? Back again. Terry’s back. Back again. It’s Terry Nation returning to write for the show once again, with a script he probably actually turned in on time for once. It’s Countdown, written by Terry Nation and aired on March 6, 1979.


Show-notes:


0:50 Space Fall and Blake’s 7 in Character are two other Blake’s 7 podcasts.
3:36 Alien Resurrection is the Alien movie we got but didn’t deserve. We discussed in on episode 14.5 of our movie trilogy podcast Triple Play.
4:05 We also talk about Doctor who every week on Trust Your Doctor. Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead is our newest episode as of right now.
33:08 Unlike underwater basket weaving, underwater welding pays a lot.
38:59 The Game is The Game.


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

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Episode 21: Eyepatch Fetish

Don’t you get any ideas, Hollywood.

This week’s episode is a doozy. It’s a weird one, it’s kind of uncomfortable, and we were really weird and woozy because it was midnight when we started recording this. Which means it’s one of the funniest episodes we’ve recorded. Maybe. It’s Hostage, written by Allan Prior and aired on February 27, 1979.


Show-notes:


2:59 Black Mirror is a tv series.
8:32 This isn’t the original site I found it on, but this site also has the Vila’s Emails fanfic.
13:09 Considering Kevin Stoney has 187 acting credits, I’d say he was in a lot.
23:13 Tron was an early example of computer animation in movies.
25:31 Here’s the interview with Sally Knyvette. This is also the same one where she talks about her name.
28:51 The Expanse is the best sci-fi show on television. You heard it here first.
28:59 Killjoys is pretty fun. You heard it here first.
30:00 Oswald was some lucky rabbit or something. Hell if I know.


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

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Episode 20: Travis in a Tuxedo

If Travis doesn’t wear a tuxedo in this show I’m rioting.

One of these two people is a killer. A silent killer, which if you think about it is really the only kind of killer they could be if they’re on an audio based podcast. Because they have to talk all the time, you know? Anyway, it’s Killer, written by Robert Holmes and aired on February 20, 1979.


Show-notes:


14:07 yeah I guess Gambril does look kind of like Art Garfunkel.
21:04 Check out our newest episode of Triple Play, our movie trilogy podcast. We discuss Ocean’s 11 and stuff.
30:19 Here’s the forum in case you want to join.
35:37 The movie is Space is the Place. Sun Ra was a jazz composer. The Egyptian god was just Ra.
36:55 Yeah, Neil Armstrong was from Ohio.

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

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Episode 19: Walking Simulator

You see Roj Blake standing in front of you, what do you do?

Chris Boucher is back. Well he never actually left, but he’s back, or something like that. Travis is back too, but he’s gone rogue now, much like Chris when you think about it. First he was doing Terry’s (Servalan’s) bidding, and now he’s going off and doing his own thing without that pesky overbearing boss. It’s Trial, written by Chris Boucher and aired on February 13, 1978.


Show-notes:


2:33 Statler and Waldorf are Muppets.
11:25 Rasputin played Tom Baker playing Rasputin the the 1971 Rasputin movie, Nicholas and Rasputin and Alexandra and Rasputin.
27:48 Vaster than Empires and More Slow is a story about some people and some plants doing some stuff somewhere.
28:24 Looks like there are a bunch of living planets in DC, but I guess Mogo is the main one.
28:49 Destroyer is a new comic.
28:59 The Neverending Story is one of the best books ever written. Don’t watch the movies though cause they suck.
38:25 Bondfinger is Bondfinger?

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

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Episode 18: BDSM America FT. Sgt. Draino

This week on BDSM America… no I’m not finishing this thought.

This week is our first episode of Zenith that features three hosts rather than the usual two. Because we’ve somehow convinced some random fan to actually pull out a microphone and record with us. Yes, this week we are joined by the illustrious(?) Sgt. Draino for Pressure Point, written by Terry Nation and aired on February 6, 1979.


Show-notes:


16:22 Oddjob is a character from Goldfinger.
23:18 Foundation is a book series by Isaac Asimov.
41:28 Blake’s 7 in Character is a new Blake’s 7 podcast that examines minor characters in Blake’s 7
42:19 If you’ve ever wanted to make your own Blake’s 7 teleporter bracelet, now you can with the help of this 40 year old TV segment.
52:36 Person of Interest is a TV show that aired from 2011 to 2016.
53:06 Firefly and Eureka Seven are two other shows that were influenced by Blake’s 7.

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

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Episode 17: The Ever-Ambiguous They

No one ever claimed we weren’t ambiguous on this podcast, you know.

This show is getting increasingly stressful to edit because I continue to actually forget to do so. I always remember way late at night Monday evening. This is more behind the scenes in formation than you could have ever possibly wanted or desired, but there it is. This week it’s Horizon, written by Alan Prior and aired on January 20, 1979.


Show-notes:


6:33 Blake’s 7 in Character now has more episodes on Colin Baker and Dorian.
28:10 Making Blake’s 7 is a twitter account about the making of Blake’s 7.
30:46 The original Magnificent 7 is alright, but I couldn’t watch the new one for more than 5 minutes.


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

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Episode 16: Same Universe According to Chris Boucher

We all know Chris is the end all be all on this argument.

Chris Boucher is still in control this week. Thankfully. It’s good to have a respite from Terry Nation right? I mean, the one episode alone was good but to be able to get two in a row (more!) is a fantastic little gift. It’s Weapon, written by Chris Boucher and aired on January 23, 1979.


Show-notes:


6:29 Lesley Judd shows you how to make a teleport bracelet in this Blue Peter segment.


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Episode 15: Luke Skywalker Cosplay

Everyone in my family has the force or something I don’t remember the quote anymore.

Finally Terry gave up on writing stories for Blake’s 7. Only took him 14 damn episodes to finally hand the reigns over to someone else. Although arguably the reigns didn’t go very far, just like, one seat to the right. To Christ Boucher. It’s Shadow, written by Chris Boucher and aired on January 16, 1979.


Show-notes:


14:10 Logan’s Run was a novel at first, then it was adapted into a movie and a tv series that came out a year before Blake’s 7.
16:24 Blake’s 7 in Character is a new Blake’s 7 podcast.
17:53 Dark Matter is a tv series.
26:10 Vaster than Empires and More Slow is a story by Ursula Le Guin.
52:10 Benny’s 7.
53:34 Space Fall is another new Blake’s 7 podcast.
54:54 Not going to bother looking up which podcast actually said this, but Shake and Blake is probably the first Blake’s 7 podcast ever.


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

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Episode 14: Blake’s on a Plane

I’m tired of this monday to… wait I’ve used this before.

This week we move from Series A into Series B, which means we’re past a quarter way now. This are going to get pretty different around here, we’ve finally gotta Terry Nation out of the writer’s chair, just not yet. No, first we have to wipe out all possibility of backstory for the Liberator. It’s Redemption, written by Terry Nation and aired on January 9, 1979.


Show-notes:


13:21 What does God need with a starship? Heck if I know.
32:11 Another Star Trek thing, the Borg are cyborgs I guess. Possibly kind of like the Voord from Doctor Who. The more detailed Big Finish Voord I mean. Not the guys in wetsuits Voord from Key of Marinus.
40:40 Mostly Made Up Doctor Who Episode Guide is one of the best Doctor Who podcasts ever. Too bad I had to unsubscribe since they thought 42 was just ok.
44:48 If you somehow don’t know, Radio Free Skaro is probably the most popular/famous Doctor Who podcast out there.
44:57 Here’s the Suzan Farmer “tribute” thing.
45:41 Check out Triple Play, a podcast where we discuss movie trilogies.
47:07 Also check out Trust Your Doctor, our Doctor Who podcast.

Other Blake’s 7 podcasts to check out:
Space Fall
Down and Safe
Blake’s 7 in Character
Shake and Blake


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

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