The Final Act
written and compiled by Alan Stevens
A FEDERATION MAN
(WE HEAR A FAST APPROACHING SOUND THAT RISES AND SWELLS BEFORE DISSIPATING UNDER THE OPENING STATEMENT BY SECRETARY RONTANE)
was the continued liberty of political terrorist Roj Blake, that
Terran Administration to send Councilor Bercol and myself to Space
Command Headquarters, to
discuss with Supreme Commander Servalan what counter measures she
Gentlemen, I share the
President's grave concern, but let us keep this matter in its
correct perspective. It is true that Blake has command of a superb
space vehicle, but he is just a
man, backed by a handful of criminals, who has been extremely lucky to
With respect, Supreme
Commander, we are aware of the facts, they are simply
that with all the resources that the Federation can call upon, this one
lucky man is still free to
You have some criticism
of my handling of this matter, Secretary Rontane?
Not at all, I hope
merely to convey the concern shown by the President when he briefed me
for this visit.
It would be very helpful
to all of us if we knew, if you could indicate what action
you will now be taking against Blake.
Very well, Councilor
Bercol, you may tell the President that I am appointing a Space
Commander to take absolute control of this matter.
May we know the
Yes, you may. Space
I understood that Travis
had been suspended from duty pending an inquiry into the
massacre of the civilians on the planet Auros.
And I have satisfied
myself that Travis acted correctly in this matter.
Um, there are other
incidents on his record, um, unfortunate incidents.
He has caused the
administration some political embarrassment in the past. Uh,
which dealing with even minor insurrections he has been er, over
Oh, don't be afraid of
the word, Secretary. Ruthless. Committed. He does his duty
as he sees it and he sees it clearly. He has no time for the dirty gray
areas of your politics.
I'm sure you're right,
and of course the appointment is made on your judgment and
er, your responsibility.
something I have never evaded, Secretary.
(SCENE FADES OUT. SHORT PAUSE,
THEN FADE UP TO A BUSY COMPUTER
CENTRE. SOUNDS OF KEYPAD AND COMPUTER STARTUP)
I require all central record files relating to Travis, Space Commander,
five one zero five, who has recently been made executive officer of
this space station.
There are currently
four subjects held in detention who bear a direct relation to
your inquiry. Do you require access?
Yes. State Travis'
(BLEEP) The Federation,
of course, appeared in the very first episode, directed by
Michael E. Bryant. All the themes and all the stories in series one
were Terry Nation's original
ideas. I'm not sure how far Terry had planned into the first series,
but I think having established
these rather menacing stormtroopers, we then had to get to the heart of
the Federation and
discover the brains behind the Federation, and then of course we came
upon Servalan and
Boucher, Script Editor.
(BLEEP) Initially he was
brought into the programme because you needed a villain. He was an
archetypal villain, a bad guy, a strong bad guy, a man who knew his
had a straightforward function.
Was the Producer responsible for the casting of Stephen Greif as
(BLEEP) Yes. I was
involved with all the casting on Blake's
cast all the
principal actors on my own. I had no directors working with me when the
permanent cast was
engaged. I chose them in consultation with Terry Nation, but I was
responsible for all the main
Greif, actor, via satellite link.
(BLEEP) I was recording
a situation comedy for the BBC called Citizen
was in the canteen and a friend of mine called Paul Darrow, who played
Avon in the series,
mentioned that, uh, they were looking for a kind of relative villain
and, um, he thought that I
might fit the bill quite well, and to get onto the producer, and uh, I
did, and I went to see him,
and they offered me the part.
(TRAVIS' OPENING LINES ARE AT
FIRST HEARD COMING FROM A SMALL
IN THE COMPUTER ACCESS CHAMBER BEFORE EVENTUALLY DISSOLVING INTO
Have you appointed my
requisition for personnel and equipment?
Already assigned. Why
I've always thought that
individuals with a high bionic rebuild were more reliable, less
likely to let emotion interfere with judgment or duty. I'd give a
mutoid priority over a man every
time. Or perhaps it's this that gives me a fellow feeling.
Does it still trouble
No, the hand is fine,
better than the original, the surgical mechanics did a perfect
refit. I had the weaponry division make a few adaptations. They built
in a Lazeron Destroyer,
more powerful than any sidearm. It only troubles me because it's a
constant reminder that the
man who caused it is still alive.
Blake. That's why I
chose you. I read the reports of course, but none of them said
what happened. None of them explained about your face. It was patched
up by a field medic.
Man saved my life.
But why did you never
let the surgeons finish the job?
You find it repulsive?
I find it, unpleasing.
But memorable. You
wouldn't mistake me for anyone else. Neither will Blake. Even
after all this time he'll know me and remember what happened at our
He organized some attacks
against some of our political rehabilitation centres. I was
assigned to deal with the matter. We got information that Blake was
planning another raid. We
knew the location of the meeting point. I made my plans well in
The group had arranged to
meet in a sub-basement. There were about thirty of us. I
was very particular about security. No Federation forces came anywhere
near the place. I was
absolutely sure that we were safe. That night we were assembled, about
to begin, when Travis
and his men suddenly appeared from nowhere. He'd been hiding in that
basement for more than
two days. I made no attempt to resist arrest there was no point. We had
no chance. I said to
Travis, "we will offer no resistance", he just stared at me and then he
ordered his men to open
fire. I ran, I found myself grappling with a guard. I managed to get
his gun away from him. Then
I was hit in the leg, but as I went down I saw Travis and I fired.
(REVERBED FEDERATION GUN SHOT)
(BLEEP) I always felt
that Travis was a boy soldier, sort of today's equivalent
would be a Barnardo boy, who went into the army and made a damn good
career out of it, and
rose through the ranks to become an officer. I felt he didn't have a
family. He never had a family,
except the army, one of those ideal people in any military force for
whom that force is his
family, his life, his reason for surviving. We all need to belong and
he belonged to the army.
(BLEEP) He was just, um, a
fairly black and white kind of a guy. Nothing in the script
to suggest that he was anything other than a rather ruthless soldier
who had a personal vendetta
against Blake and, um, had to bring him in. There are no personality
guidelines in the script or
otherwise to show that he was anything else but a bit of a malicious
killer. Bit of a loner I think.
(BLEEP) Travis was a
sort of gimmick, a man who'd lost his arm and had a ray-gun as a
replacement and only one eye, though that didn't seem to affect Nelson.
We knew that
Blake had been responsible for the maiming of Travis and that they were
sworn enemies. I think
the casting of Stephen Greif in the first series was extremely
powerful, and physically he's a sort
of dominating actor, a very good foil for Blake. His relationship with
Servalan, they were two
different characters conceived to work alongside one another. I can't
recall that there was ever
any relationship developed between the two of them on any sort of
(BLEEP) There were
various nods and winks and whispers about what their
relationship might have been, and various writers had various ideas,
the actors themselves had
various ideas. As far as I was concerned the relationship between the
two was a formal one in its
way. Servalan was the Supreme Commander of the forces. Travis had been
trained from being a
boy to be a good officer. He therefore, almost a subconscious level, a
highly trained level,
regarded her as what she was, the supreme authority. He could no more
have killed her, for
example, or ultimately refused a direct order from her than he could
have done anything that ran
against his instincts. I mean kill himself on orders. "Stick this gun
in your ear Travis and blow
your brains out". "Well thank you, I don't think I'll bother". He would
have taken a direct order to
lead a suicide charge. He would have led the charge of the Light
Brigade without a second
thought. Servalan was the ultimate authority to whom he had been
trained to respond. That was
fundamentally their relationship. Anything else was just dressing.
(REVERB) Above an uncharted world, three Federation Pursuit Ships
engage the spacecraft Liberator
However, before the duel can be completed, the two
respective captains, Travis and Blake are transported to the planet's
Who are you?
I am Sinofar the
Guardian. This is Giroc, the Keeper.
You do realize that any
hostile act against me will be regarded as a hostile act against
the Federation. Have you any idea of the risk you are running?
They don't seem very
impressed, Travis. Why don't you try stamping your foot?
Oh that's very amusing
Blake, for a dead man. This man is an enemy of the
Federation, tried and convicted. I must bring him back to justice or
an enemy of the Federation, but it is corrupt and oppressive. I will
destroy it, if I
viewpoints. The classic pattern for war.
Since each of you wishes
to destroy the other, we are going to give you the chance.
A fight to the death.
But this way there will
be a limit to the deaths. And we will ensure that the loser's
ship has an opportunity to get away. Don't you find that rational?
No. When I've killed
Blake, I'll simply hunt down the others.
There will be no
destruction within our influence. But we cannot control your
actions beyond this planet.
I don't think I want to
kill for your entertainment.
You have no choice.
We could agree not to
If you trusted one
There is another matter,
a lesson you must learn about death.
I think we both know
enough about that all ready.
You both know how to
kill, but here you must take a life. There will be no
machines to make the act unreal. You must touch the life you take.
Shall we get on with it?
How anxious he is to reach
the forest. Once there you can only return when it is over.
Tools for survival.
So this is your lesson?
(BLEEP) I enjoyed "Duel"
partly because the director was terribly good, Doug
Camfield, and also he allowed me to have a little say in the direction
of the episode. Included a
number of my suggestions, which I was grateful for. I enjoyed that,
filming in the New Forest.
(REVERB) Blake is teleported to the forest with ship's pilot Jenna
companion. Travis, however, is merely provided with his piloting
mutoid. As night falls, they
retreat to the relative safety of the trees, away from preying animals.
(BLEEP) The scene
between Travis and the mutoid in the trees, it was basically an
attempt to turn the mutoid into something more than simply a robot with
with requirements for plasma.
Tell me something. In
your previous life, before you were modified, do you know
who you were?
Of course not.
Aren't you curious about
I find that hard to
Memory is an encumbrance,
all trace of it is removed and with it all trace of identity.
And it doesn't concern
Why should it? That
identity doesn't exist. Even in the central computers.
Yes it does. I know who
you were. Your name is Keera. Keera.
You were very beautiful.
Very much admired. Shall I go on?
As you wish.
This doesn't interest you
at all, does it?
How could it?
(BLEEP) Travis, sitting
in a tree with a robot in a situation that he'd been projected
into by vaguely supernatural beings, with an opportunity to kill the
person that he badly wanted
to kill, arguably would have been slightly less taciturn than normal. I
mean he wouldn't just sit in
the tree waiting for it to happen. He was sort of worried and he would
have quite liked another
human being to talk to, but what he got was the mutoid. Plus, if you
were operating with one
particular one, it might be useful to know where they come from; it
might be a lever. In the event
it wasn't a lever, because there was no way you could lever someone
like that. There was no part
of them that you could get hold of, except their requirement for
plasma. He misinterpreted what
they were, I mean, it was a human thing and Travis was human.
(WE NOW HEAR THE SOUNDS OF COMBAT, WHICH ECHO UNNATURALLY.
THE LAST FALL DIES AWAY SLOWLY
AND FADES UNDER)
You fought well, Blake.
I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Why didn't you kill him?
Too weak, or maybe I
didn't entirely trust your motives. Besides, as long as he's alive,
he'll be the one chasing me, and I know I can beat him.
(REVERB, FADING BACK TO THE COMPUTER ACCESS CHAMBER OVER
GIROC LAUGHING) Better the devil you know? It was this simplistic
attitude to Travis that
would eventually cost Blake dearly.
(TRAVIS' VOICE AGAIN IS HEARD
FROM THE MONITOR SPEAKER BEFORE
DISSOLVING TO LOCATION)
Supreme Commander, it's
good to see you. Safe journey I trust?
Nothing is safe any
more. You've heard of course that there have been two
attempts on my life.
I have, I was very
I consider Blake to be
responsible. Oh, not personally of course, but stories of his
exploits are still circulating. They excite people. The fact that he is
still free gives them hope,
and that is dangerous, Travis. Hope is very dangerous.
The loss of it can be
fatal. And the source of it all is about to be wiped out.
SERVALAN: I think you should know that there's been considerable criticism of your
handling of the Blake affair.
Well, so far your
operation has been very costly, and there have been no
That's not entirely just.
There have been two occasions where I could have destroyed
Blake. It was only the administration's insistence that the Liberator
be captured undamaged that
I have made that point
in your defense, but I can't go on making excuses. I've
been under considerable pressure to replace you.
Oh, so far I have
resisted that pressure, but now I need your reassurance that my
confidence has not been misplaced.
I think Project Avalon
will silence the critics.
It does seem an
I'm glad you approve.
In my position one
never approves anything until it is an undisputed success.
However, you have my full support. Unofficially of course.
Do you think Travis believed the Federation was a force for good?
(BLEEP) I don't think
initially he would have had any idealistic feelings about it at
all, either way. The wonderful thing about, I was going to say wondrous
thing, about getting
young lads to go into the forces, they haven't formed any attitudes or
views, they are malleable.
Travis would have been that. So I mean he didn't go into the force
thinking this is a force for
good, or any of that stuff, it's just a career. Once in, once trained,
the training requires that you
don't think. It's important that you don't think, because if you do
think, you cease to be a tool of
the ruling elite, and become
the ruling elite.
Most military coups come
about because people
realize that they've got the guns and nobody else has, so why shouldn't
they be in charge? You
don't want people thinking in those situations. I don't think he would
ever have thought about it,
until he was kicked out, until he was personally betrayed. Until he was
aware that people around
him were being betrayed. I don't think he would have thought in terms
of good and evil at all.
And maybe after that everything was evil to him. I imagine it's a bit
like having a loving
marriage and discovering that your spouse is having affairs all over
the place. It must totally
undermine your view of yourself and your view of the world that you
live in, and one way of
coping with that is to go completely bananas, and I suspect that's what
(REVERB) As a result of the failure of Project Avalon, Travis is again
from duty. However, Servalan offers him a chance to redeem himself and
regain his command
by accompanying her on unofficial business outside Federation
jurisdiction. (REVERB STOPS)
Why would Travis have agreed to this?
(BLEEP) He still had
that fundamental relationship with Servalan. That authority
relationship. I mean, she might have been a cow, she might have been
the evil bitch of the
galaxy, but she was the Supreme Commander. Thinking about it, it's a
bit like Ronald Reagan
being made the President of the United States. I'm not suggesting he's
the evil bitch of the
galaxy, but he's an actor for god's sake, and not a very impressive
one. Then he became the
President of the United States, and that automatically gave him the
personal authority. She is
Supreme Commander. They may not be doing Federation business, but she's
still the Supreme
Commander and she is still Ronald Reagan, President of the United
States and he is Oliver
North. He wants to get back to the family, the service. I mean that's
all he knows, and he wants
his family back, his life back, he wants to be Space Commander Travis.
That's what he is.
intends to steal super computer Orac from its dying creator
on Aristo, but her plan will cause the death of surgeon Maryatt.
SERVALAN: What about him?
TRAVIS: His disappearance. There may be questions.
In twelve hours I shall
have him posted as a deserter.
And his family goes into
slavery on one of the frontier worlds.
It is the normal
procedure in a case of desertion.
Of course. Do you
remember the medic that saved my life?
You're wasting time
It was Maryatt.
Does it matter?
No ... No, only Blake
Why did Travis respond in such a way?
(BLEEP) There's two
aspects of it. One is that the surgeon, like him, is a serving
officer, he was part of the family. It's all very well to kick
civilians about and opposing armies
and foes in general, but you look after your own. The surgeon was one
of their own. He was also
a particularly relevant one of their own, since he'd done decent things
by Travis. There may have
been also that undermining feeling that the threat to this man was a
threat from another part of
the family. In other words, it may have begun to undermine his feeling
that he was safe with the
service, that the service looked after its own, because it manifestly
wasn't at that point. I'm not
suggesting that they always do, but a good military force tries to look
after its own, and if it can't,
they make damn sure that people involved don't know that it's not
looking after its own. So there
were two aspects I think, the undermining aspect and the personal
Blast it open.
Right, stand back.
(EXPLOSION. THE FOLLOWING
DIALOGUE CAN BE HEARD UNDER STEPHEN
GREIF'S NEXT SPEECH, FADING UP ON THE WORDS "IN ORDER TO GET TO A
(BLEEP) A couple of days
before we were due to go into the studio to tape the
scene for the episode that we already filmed, I was playing squash as I
normally do on a
Saturday, and, um, ruptured my Achilles tendon. So I had to go and be
operated on straight
away. I was on crutches and in plaster for many months and so
consequently wasn't able to work
(THE EPISODE DIALOGUE FADES UP A LITTLE). So they got my stand-in, uh,
enough played one of my sidekicks in Citizen
uh, to stand in for me. A bit funny I thought
the way they shot him, only from the waist down. They got me in later,
and I dubbed over his
waist and (LAUGHS) got the lines that would be said. So that was the
answer to why I wasn't in
vision, at least facially in vision.
(FADES UP TO SAY) If we
go back the way we came, along here we'll get there
first and we can be waiting for them. Let's go.
(REVERBED OVER FOOTSTEPS IN PASSAGE) Blake and Cally, having
secured Orac, head back to the surface of Aristo only to be confronted
by Travis as they prepare
to teleport back to Liberator.
(GUN BLAST FOLLOWED BY
I have waited, too long.
He's the bonus, Travis,
Orac is the prize. That box, Orac, that's what we came for.
If it does only half of what was promised it will give the Federation
greater power than it's ever
What are you going to do?
What do you think I'm
going to do?
I think you're going to
kill me Travis, with or without orders from the Supreme
With orders Blake. All
right Travis, go ahead. (THERE IS A SHOT AND
TRAVIS CRIES OUT)
Good shot, Avon.
I was aiming for his head.
Well, what are you
waiting for? Come on man, why don't you kill us?
No, I've got a better
idea. We'll get a message through to the Federation. Tell them that
you let us take ORAC. I'm sure they'll be quite fascinated by your
Stephen, why did you decide to leave the series after the first season?
(BLEEP) Couple of
reasons really, uh, first of all I had a film in the South of France
and the dates conflicted with the filming of the second series, and
that was irreconcilable. Also I
was getting a bit unhappy about the way the episodes ended, they were
all very samey. I wanted
that to alter a bit if possible, but, uh, wasn't given any firm
undertakings that there would be any
change in that direction, and generally speaking we just couldn't meet
so I left.
(BLEEP) When Stephen
Greif decided that he wanted to leave, he wasn't
contracted because he was a later character, he only came into the
middle of the first series, so I
didn't have a long contract on him as I did the others. I put a
contract on them for the first series
with an option on our side for the second series, so after the second
series they were free to go if
they wanted to. That's how Gareth Thomas was able to leave after the
second series, but Stephen
was another matter. I mean he was so, reckoned to be so good as Travis
and we were determined
to keep the character on, and he had other offers. He had a, I think a
film offer and other parts
offered to him and he didn't want to go on for the second series
playing the character he'd
already played successfully, so naturally he wanted to leave. I tried
to persuade him, I really
thought at one point he was going to rejoin us, but he didn't, and it
then needed recasting.
WORD ECHOES AWAY, AND FROM
IT, ECHOING BACKWARDS COMES
(BLEEP) I cast Brian
Croucher. I saw a lot of actors and I thought Brian was
certainly the most suitable. I mean he was a good strong actor,
extremely tall and I thought
physically very attractive for the audience.
(BLEEP) We were looking
for someone who had a physical resemblance for a
start, and some presence as well. Brian was one of a fairly small list,
and then of course you have
a lot of other things feed in, who's available, who wants to do it, who
doesn't spot the difficulties.
Brian didn't spot (LAUGHING) the difficulties and neither did we I
Brian, is it true that you had originally auditioned for the part of
Cross reference Brian
(BLEEP) Yes I did
audition, well it wasn't an audition. I met David Maloney
when the series was first mooted and being started and, uh, I did go up
for the part of Blake, but
uh, obviously wasn't a big enough criminal, you know.
Had you seen any of the first season?
(BLEEP) I think I do
remember Stephen being rather brutish and bullying in one
of the episodes in the first series, but no I didn't sit down and watch
the first series, and when it
came to David Maloney asking to see me to play the part of Travis,
stroke two, I was a bit sorry,
because I didn't know what I was going up for (LAUGH).
(BLEEP) Brian was never
less than totally committed and totally enthusiastic, and
he was ill served on a number of occasions by one particular director,
George Spenton-Foster, I
don't think there's any secret about it. They had very little sympathy
with each other and it was
unfortunate that George was the first director he had, and that was
very bad news coz Brian was
quite nervous, understandably, coming into an established programme
into an established group,
with an established character that he was supposed to take over and
George was less than
was Travis' uniform redesigned for season two?
(BLEEP) Basically he had
the same appearance. I mean the physical things, his
eye, his arm were all kept because rather like a sort of comic strip
character, these were the
fascinations of Travis, so they were retained. I think the fact that we
made him a new suit and
his arm was perhaps modified and his eye patch was a different shape,
was all just lip service to
another actor coming in.
(BLEEP) I think we
probably felt that to make the outfits exactly the same was
impossible, so it was better not to make the attempt.
(BLEEP) The costume
that I wore was, was streamlined, it was the, you know, it
was the elastic, black elastic jump suit and, um, I'm not sure if Brian
Ferry will like this, but I
sort of modeled it on Brian Ferry and modeled from the hair down and
his, the way he sings
songs, he confronts. I don't know whether that makes sense, does that
Travis' character also began to change in season two.
(BLEEP) We obviously had
to develop the character of Travis in the second
season and the only person who'd, uh, introduced and worked on him was
Terry. I think Chris
Boucher began to write in the second series, was interested in the
character of Travis. We cast
another actor and I think this gave Chris uh, an opportunity to uh,
write and to deepen the
When Travis returned to the series, it was made clear that he had made
visits to the retraining therapist. What would this have involved?
(BLEEP) Basically he was
re-programmed. His brain had been tampered with in
some fairly major way, and the only reason that any of the old Travis
remained was because he
was such a strong character. He resisted it. Arguably he was sent there
in order to erase
everything that had previously been Travis, except for his fundamental
training and replace that
with something more malleable. Plus, it was a punishment for failure. I
suppose the mistake they
made was that Travis was his training and if you wanted to retain the
training, they retained a
large chunk of Travis. What they did was damage what was there and the
result was someone
who was no longer as stable and as useful as he had previously been,
someone who was
dangerously unstable. Its entirely possible that the negative traits of
his character, I mean
negative from the point of view of what the Federation wanted from him,
the negative more
personal traits probably have became more prevalent. The urge to kill
Blake was clearly one of
the very strongest, I mean it was his equivalent of love. I can
understand how somebody
develops a personal antipathy towards another human being and
ultimately wants to kill them. I
can't quite understand the actual act of killing them, but then who
needs to, you stick a gun in
people's hands and away they go. The personality ultimately became
fractured because we
needed an explanation for what were inevitably discontinuities when the
character was recast.
So we needed reasons, rationales, justifications for what became a
different character. Inevitably
when we did that, the character became a less clearly defined villain
and a more human
character with more traits. He therefore became a less strong villain,
and a new strong villain
replaced him, that was Servalan. But I don't think Servalan would have
become the dominant
character if Stephen had continued as Travis and as a result Travis had
simply continued as the
character Travis was.
(REVERB) Blake returns to Earth intent on destroying the computer
known as Control, which represents the nerve centre of all Federation
activity. To help him he
has joined forces with a resistance group who attempt to reconnoitre
the Forbidden Zone, which
surrounds the installation. Travis is already waiting.
(FEDERATION GUN FIRE)
You should have left it
Your opening fire could
have ruined everything.
But it didn't, Travis.
My last chance, you said.
Kasabi and I had
This is no time for
personal vendettas Supreme Commander.
Thank you Travis, I'm
obliged for the reminder... Kasabi, it's good to see you
Why did you murder my
They were traitors, did
they expect mercy?
Where were you to
rendezvous with Blake?
If you tell me about
the rendezvous, I will consider sparing your life.
My life isn't yours to
Oh, but it is.
Then take it, but don't
try and browbeat me Servalan. Or have you forgotten that I
knew you as a cadet? My confidential assessment listed her as unfit for
command, but I forgot
how well connected she was.
That is no concern of
Then it should be. It
should be everyone's concern. The Federation is degenerate, run
by creatures like her.
(BLEEP) It would be no
concern of his because of question of authority. It's like
saying, "You do remember Ronald Reagan once appeared with a chimpanzee
chimpanzee out-acted him". The response of Oliver North and his types
would be "Well that's
no concern of mine, I'm only concerned with the fact that he's
President and that I'm a raving
bloody lunatic". Thinking about it, maybe Oliver North based his
character on Travis.
She's stronger than she
looks, she's still resisting the drug.
Double the dose.
That amount could kill
That's not important,
just so long as she talks first.
Where were you to
rendezvous with Blake?
(REVERB) Having obtained the information she needs, Servalan injects
with a lethal dose. Surprisingly, Travis attempts to stop her.
(BLEEP) But, if Travis
attempted to stop the killing of a terrorist, and it was a
terrorist from his point of view, there must have been a logical
justification for it. He wouldn't
have had any emotional link to this character at all. Um, presumably
this woman was once a
Federation Officer, to have trained Servalan she must have been in the
services as a teacher or
whatever. So consequently you've got that relationship again, that
family relationship, you've got
that thing about, well she might now be a terrorist, but she was once
one of us.
(REVERB) Travis arrives too late to prevent Blake from breaching the
Zone and entering the Control complex. In order to follow, the Zone
must be deactivated forcing
Servalan to contact the High Council.
Yes, Supreme Commander?
I've staked a great
deal on this Travis, but I've achieved what you wanted. The
zone will be deactivated in precisely 15 seconds. Both our heads are on
the block now, Travis.
This must not fail.
We've done it, we've done
it, we've done it. I've
Blake! There's nothing
here... There's nothing here.
You believed it, Blake.
Like all the other fools before you. Destroy Control and you
destroy the Federation. No.
It was here. Everybody
knows it was here.
Of course. We've never
concealed it. On the contrary, we broadcast the fact. We used
it as a challenge to our enemies. We invited them to attack Control.
It was never here.
It was moved, 30 years
Even I don't know that.
But it's safe and secure, and will remain so, while those who
seek to destroy use believe it's here. You see it's the great illusion
(BLEEP) It's an ill...
It's all an illusion. Gareth, he liked the line actually, "It's all
an illusion Blake. It's all an illusion." He liked it, and he kept
saying it, and we had a laugh and
uh, that's what Gareth liked.
Release your prisoners,
Travis. Your Mutoids will put down their weapons.
What's the matter with
JENNA: She's nervous.
TRAVIS: The moment you pull that trigger they will be dead.
That's right, but so would
your Supreme Commander.
Release them. Do
Your move I think,Travis
... Take their weapons. All right let's move. It seems as
though we both failed Travis.
AND CREW LEAVE)
Get after them.
(SLAPS TRAVIS' FACE)
You hesitated. My life was at risk and you hesitated.
(SOUND OF RUNNING FOOTSTEPS)
Travis, what's that?
You fool, it's too
powerful. You'll bring the roof in.
(GRADUAL BUILD UP OF ELECTRONIC
TICK FROM BOMB)
(BLEEP) That came
through frustration. Every script, you know, once you'd got
him in a corner in scene 53, there's a trapdoor and goes through it,
and he goes' Oh my god, not
again", you know, and he has to go onto the next script. So...
(EXPLOSION FOLLOWED BY SHOUTS
AND FALLING DEBRY, OVER THIS,
CAN BE HEARD)
(REVERB) Blake escapes, but crewmember Olag Gan is trapped and crushed
death by falling masonry.
It's completely blocked,
there's no way through.
They'll dig us out
Oh yes, they'll dig us
out eventually, and then I'll bury you.
(THE CORRIDOR SOUND CONTINUES
AND THEN HALTS AS THE COMPUTER
CLICKED OFF. DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES)
Waste of time.
Shut up, Lye.
If you don't shut up, we
won't be guarding a court-martial, we'll be having one.
You've been on campaigns,
Done a lot of killing.
(AT A DISTANCE) It should
embarrass her at the very least.
I hope so, but uh, she
doesn't embarrass easily... Well?
Sir, Security area Sir,
access is voiceprint linked, Sir.
I am Secretary Rontane,
personal representative of the President.
(DOOR OPENS, RONTANE ENTERS)
Bercol, senator Bercol,
ex-officio member of the High Council.
Thought he was gonna run for
Pity he didn't, you could
have shot him.
A top politico?
Don't worry about them,
Space Command runs the Federation, and we look after ourselves.
Tell that to the prisoner.
Broke the rules, didn't he.
Only ones that matter. Ours.
COMPUTER: Space Commander
Travis, you are charged under Section 3 of the
war crimes Statute Code Jenkin One, with the murder of 1417 unarmed
civilians on the planet
Zircaster. Date code Beta 2 zero zero 1.
How do you answer the
I am not guilty.
(IN COURT ROOM AS AN ASIDE) When Travis was first put in charge of the
Blake affair, he was on suspension after having massacred civilians on
the planet Auros. Is this
the same planet, and if so, why was the name changed?
(ALSO IN COURTROOM)
Well, it's a terrible name for a kick off. I don't know
whether I changed the name of the planet where the atrocity took place,
whether I changed that
by accident, whether I changed it simply because I hated the name that
was in the other episode.
That's entirely possible. I didn't like a lot of the names that were
in, or whether, if pushed into a
corner I might claim that it was a different atrocity that we were
dealing with here, because
Travis was an evil bastard and he did a lot of them. I mean he
basically behaved very badly on a
number of planets and Zircaster was one of them.
Enter prosecution data.
COMPUTER: Identities and
death certificates of all victims are entered.
Defense requests the
names of the alleged victims and the cause of death in each case
Major Thania, since you
have at your disposal instant recall of all prosecution data, I
fail to see what purpose will be served by having the computer intone a
catalogue of 1000
I may wish to challenge
elements of that catalogue before they are entered into the
judgment programme, sir.
Playing for time?
And playing for
Servalan. The computer will find Travis guilty, there's no doubt of
that, but those three are responsible for the sentence.
So, uh, after hearing
all the blood spattered details...
They'll vote for the
One almost has to admire
No, Servalan; we know
she's sending Travis to his death in order to keep his mouth
shut, but she's doing it with such an impeccably honest and painstaking
tribunal that her real
motives can't even be hinted at.
Has a date been set for
the Blake inquiry?
Does it matter? Without
Travis' evidence the mishandling of the Blake affair
becomes a matter of conjecture. The inquiry becomes a formality.
A Presidential stay of
execution? So that Travis can give evidence? After this, he
should be more than willing.
After this, he'll be a
convicted mass murderer.
It could still damage
Servalan. Slime sticks, as the old saying has it.
Yes, but the President
can't be seen to throw it.
Servalan picked Travis.
The President picked
So she's outmaneuvered us
Let's say she's
outmaneuvering us, but it's not over yet, she could still make a
Which is presumably why
we came. I was beginning to wonder.
We came, Bercol, because
Servalan's ambitions threaten us all, and the President
particularly dislikes being threatened.
How was the first day?
Travis is behaving oddly.
Three years ago, he
committed a capital crime. Justice has finally caught up with
him. How would you expect him to behave?
I wouldn't expect him to
sit staring straight ahead. Not moving, not reacting. It's
almost as though he were drugged.
No of course not. Risk
him, you'd better find out. And Thania, try not to let Travis
guess your motives. He's probably mad, but he's certainly isn't a fool.
(IN TRAVIS' CELL) Do I
have a particular favorite episode? I always say
"Trial" because it enabled me to voice my feelings and my thoughts as
previous to that, it was like a divorce just going wrong with Servalan,
you know, we were
arguing all the time and the claws were out and the eyes were staring.
I mean we've all been in
situations where we've been a bit desperate, you know, you have to
survive these situations and
this is what Travis had to do in Trial,
like the fact that he was able to survive it. Which
showed him to be a positive character.
Who is it?
Do you remember me, Sir?
What are you doing here
I'm off duty Sir.
Well I'm not. I gather
you're tired of your freedom.
I'm a 20-year man, Sir. I
wouldn't recognize freedom if I fell over it. There's a temporary
fault on surveillance. Guard's a friend of mine.
Stand to attention when
you talk to me. I'm putting you and your friend on report.
Only trying to help, Sir.
Help? And how do you
think you can help me, trooper?
Brought you something, Sir.
That's good stuff, Sir. You
won't go blind drinking that.
All right Par, what have
I done to deserve this?
Faithful trooper, beloved
officer, not quite how I see either of us.
You always looked after your
men, Sir. Now you're gonna die. We thought a drink was
the least we could do, Sir.
Stand at ease... Have one
Thank you, Sir. (COUGH) That
is good stuff.
You can go now, Par.
The report, Sir?
No one would believe it.
(IN CELL) Well, the
relationship with Par in "Trial" was a perfectly
straightforward one I think, I felt. It's a family relationship. It's
the relationship between people
who have grown up in the service. They are both life servers, if you
like. Boy soldiers. One who
rose to become an officer, and one who remained as other ranks. Par is
other ranks. He's the salt
of the earth. He's my Granddad. Par is the sort of other ranks on which
the army depends. He's
loyal, he's everything that Travis was, without the responsibility that
Travis has, and
responsibility warps people. The reason the defense lawyer, also a
serving major, sent the booze
into Travis in his cell was because she didn't understand why Travis
was behaving as he was in
the trial room. Why he was sitting ignoring everything, refusing to
respond in any way, shape or
form, and she was hoping that alcohol would loosen his tongue. Par took
it to Travis for exactly
the reasons he said he did. Family, Travis was going to die, clearly,
and felt it would be a nice
gesture to give him a drink. Travis didn't trust him, that's why he
required Par to take the first
drink because he thought it was poisoned. Travis never stopped being
the officer he was, he was
the officer all the way through, which was the reason for the final
scene between Par and Travis.
Why they didn't kill each other, why Par would have killed him, rather
than let him go, why
Travis didn't kill him, to get past him, and why Travis admired the man
and the man admired
Travis. Family. Training. All those other things. The reason Travis was
behaving as he was in the
courtroom was because he knew Servalan was watching, and he wasn't
about to give away his
one move, which was his justification for what he did.
(IN COURTROOM) A field
officer, like myself, is frequently required to make fast,
unconsidered decisions. You were all field officers; you know that's
true. Time to think is a
luxury battle seldom affords you. You react instinctively, your
actions, your decisions; all
instinct, nothing more. But an officer's instincts are the product of
his training. The more
thorough the training, the more predictable the instinct, the better
the officer. And I am a good
officer. I have been in the service all my adult life. Totally
dedicated to my duty, and highly
trained in how to perform it. On Zircaster I reacted as I was trained
to react. I was an instrument
of the service. So if I'm guilty of murder, of mass murder, then so are
all of you!
SAMOR: The prisoner will be seated.
OF SIDE ONE
(FADE UP OF TRIAL ROOM BACKGROUND ATMOSPHERE) His justification
for what he did was that he was trained to do it. He did it
instinctively. The more pressure you
put a soldier under the more he responds instinctively. If the
instinctive response is disgusting,
disgraceful, cruel, ugly, it's because he's been trained to be
disgusting cruel, ugly, despicable.
And if he's been trained to do it, then somebody has arranged to have
him trained like that and
they are as responsible as he is. In other words, we get the soldiers
we deserve. Its no good us
sitting back and saying "Our forces are brutal, our Police are brutal",
they're brutal on our behalf
and they arise out of a brutal society, if they are brutal. End of
program 1 / 3 conclusion. Space Commander Travis you
are guilty as charged.
The tribunal will retire
to consider sentence.
(ASIDE) Travis receives the death penalty. Why did they refuse to
How could you accept
that? If someone stands and says, "Listen pal, the reason I
did what I did was because you made me do it", and you're trying him
for an atrocity and a war
crime, how could you accept it without condemning yourself?
We have considered your
sentence at some length. Your contention that what
happened on Zircaster was a direct result of your training concerned us
greatly. We accept that
you are trained to kill, as are we all. But we cannot accept is that
this training leads inevitably to
the murder of innocents. Your behaviour was not that of a Federation
Officer, but rather that of a
savage, unthinking animal. The sentence of this tribunal is therefore
that you be dishonourably
dismissed the service, and that you then be executed as the common
criminal you have shown
yourself to be. Have you anything to say?
The Federation is run
by hypocrites and supported by fools. I'm glad to be rid of you
(SOUND OF ALARM SIRENS)
All personnel to
battle stations, all personnel to battle stations.
(SOUND OF A NEUTRON BLASTER
FIRING, FOLLOWED BY LARGE
will trigger in three seconds.
(SOUND OF INNER AIRLOCK DOOR
CLOSING FOLLOWED BY OUTER AIRLOCK
DOOR OPENING, SHOT FIRED, GUARD CRIES OUT)
Don't make me kill you,
What happened in there?
Outer wall cracked,
automatic airlock sealed the chamber. They'll all be dead by now.
Drop the gun.
I can't do that, Sir.
Don't be a fool. I've got
nothing to lose any more.
I can't let you go, Sir.
(PAR CRIES OUT AS TRAVIS KNOCKS
HIM TO THE FLOOR)
Some of us weren't
hypocrites were we, Par!
(EMERGING FROM SPEAKER)
Single attack run on quadrant 6. Damage is
extensive, but confined to that section as far as we can tell.
Damage control teams?
Moving in now.
What about casualties?
High and rising all the
No estimate yet, Supreme
Very well, keep me
informed. Well, savage, thinking animals have a way of
surviving, don't they?
Who was it?
We think it was Blake.
Huh, I must remember to
say thank you before I kill him.
What are you planning
I'm planning to leave.
You're going to give me a pursuit ship.
And you'll hunt Blake?
While you hunt both of
us. Now give the orders. Carefully.
Is pursuit four ready
for immediate launch?
Yes Ma'am and your crew is
Have the crew stand
down. I want them replaced by three mutoids. And have
them blanked. I want their minds imprinted to receive orders only from
the person who first uses
the trigger work "Outlaw" to them.
Well, you'll need a
crew you can rely on.
Still one step ahead.
You're not gonna use me any more. Move.
I don't think at the end
Travis could kill Servalan, because I
that the officer that Travis was could kill the Supreme Commander, I
don't think ultimately he
could kill her and I think she knew that.
(FADE TO INTERIOR OF SPACECRAFT
LIBERATOR, OVER WHICH CAN BE
THE SOUND OF A SIGNAL BEING TRANSMITTED)
Vila, come on, wake up,
That message, did you log
Orac, was that something?
I thought I heard identification, Exbar. Was it Exbar?
confirms. The message appears to be directed to you personally.
It is a non-standard
cipher. Decode is now complete. Message carries visplay.
Zen. Transfer visplay to
Main screen transfer
Blake, I'm sending from
the planet Exbar. I have Ushton's daughter. Her name is
Inga, if you remember. All I ask is that you come to Exbar and talk.
Blake, this is not a trick.
Like yourself, I am now a fugitive from the Federation. It is time we
pooled our resources.
Together we might survive. Alone the Federation will pick us off, one
at a time.
Starting with him we hope.
Blake, the girl is safe
if you come to Exbar within 25 time units. If you do not come,
the girl, regretfully, dies.
(SCANNER OFF THEN ON AGAIN)
(FILTERED) Would I be
interested in joining the Liberator?
if I was
Captain! (BUMP) Oh excuse me, I
just knocked the microphone.
Um, that's too many gestures.
(FILTERED) No. I don't
think Travis, uh, would ever have joined the crew of the
He was always made to be, and presented
to the audience as someone that, uh, was
dangerous to the Liberator
and after all, this
general concept we always had about presenting a
sort of Robin Hood in Space, meant that the Sheriff of Nottingham
couldn't never really come
and live in the forest.
(FILTERED) I don't see
Travis ever being able to join the crew of the Liberator,
even without Blake, and I personally don't think it would ever have
been dramatically possible to
make the transition between the man, although outlawed by the
Federation he served, a man who
basically wanted to get back serving the Federation as he saw it. He
was a Federation man.
(REVERB) Arriving on Exbar, Blake is captured and taken to Travis'
Bring her back!
Futile gesture. The
girl's a fool. She actually wants to die. Can you understand that
Oh, yes. I understand
shame very well. (INGA IS BROUGHT BACK) You wanted to
die Inga, why was that?
You wouldn't understand.
So that Blake would not
hate your father, but he does.
I do not hate him.
Ushton betrayed you. You
must hate him. I would in your place.
That is the difference
between us Travis.
(TRAVIS MAKES AS IF TO STRIKE
You asked me if Travis
was an evil person. I don't think he... It was just the hors
d'oeuvre you saw in series two. I think if you want somebody to be
evil, I'm the man to play it
and if they write something really evil, I'll show them what evil is
with a capital "E".
The thing I always felt
about Blake's 7 was
it had a tremendous
potential to be
Robin Hood in Space, and nice simple straight-forward Robin Hood, you
know good guys, bad
guys. What always worried me is that I have never come across anybody
who's totally good or
totally bad and it seems over simplistic to give to one side or the
other all the evil. Though I
think there is obviously a balance of good and evil, and most of us
manage to go somewhere
down the middle. I think Travis leaned heavily towards the evil. He had
good aspects to him,
loyalty to the service and a certain courage, but mostly he was a bad
bastard, and I think he was a
bad bastard because the Federation forces were bad, were evil. He was
trained to be evil; he
certainly had no compunction about killing or inflicting pain. If you
see that as evil, and I do,
then he was evil, and that was a demonstration of it. His treatment of
(GUNFIRE FROM "HOSTAGE"
Has Blake gone?
Yes. I wanted the Liberator.
I thought it must be
something like that.
Are you and I still
Unofficially, you lead me to Blake whenever you can. If you help
me get him, I'll see you officially listed as dead. There's no one as
free as a dead man.
Servalan never backed up
anything she said really, so any promise that she made
to Travis had to be highly suspect. It had to be something upon which
you couldn't rely too
heavily. And Travis wasn't a fool. He was mad, but he wasn't stupid.
And I don't imagine that he
relied on any promises of Servalan's to allow him to adopt a new
identity, go off to some frontier
planet somewhere and be somebody new. I can't see him relying on that
very much since he
knew what a treacherous bitch she was. I suspect that it didn't matter
to him at that point
anyway. He was increasingly suicidal, though not necessarily having the
capacity to destroy
himself. I suspect that when he got eventually into a position of being
able to destroy the human
race, he took it as a way of destroying himself without killing
himself. The relationship between
him and Servalan at that point, I don't think there was one. I thought
she, I think she still thought
she could use him. I don't think she realized how mad he was. Obviously
by definition someone
who's mad doesn't recognize the fact.
(REVERB) Servalan devises a plan that will both gain her the Liberator
eliminate a number of her political opponents. Travis also has a part
to play, which involves him
adopting the identity of the incapacitated rebel leader Shivan, a voice
from the past.
Well we were in the
studio, um, at that time, well I think they still do it, Jim'll
Fix It was around, and, uh, I
had this bandaging round me,
etc, etc, the invisible man number,
and they said, "We're not - we're going on to the next scene, and then
the next scene, and we'll
see you in three scenes time". So I couldn't take all this band ... I
had to relax. So I went and laid
on a bed and fell asleep, you see, and when I woke up everybody was
laughing at me, and I
looked down, and I'd got this Jim'll
Fix It badge
on me. (LAUGHS)
Gareth Thomas and Paul Darrow are known for their practical jokes. Did
play any on you?
No! They don't play
practical jokes on Brian! It's not, Brian (COUGHS) Brian
taught them all the practical jokes that they know.
In "Voice from the
Past", where he foregoes the opportunity to take over the
in order to have a personal crack at
Blake. Obviously it wasn't a rational decision, but
at that point he had become so obsessed with killing Blake it had
become the love of his life, the
hate of his life, the reason for living or dying that the Liberator
really didn't mean too much to
him. Gradually as that series unfolds nothing matters to him at all any
more except the
destruction of Blake.
If, at that point Travis had succeeded in killing Blake, what would
I think he'd probably
have died. They do say you should be careful of what
ambitions you have in case you achieve them. His ambition, his need,
his lust to kill Blake, if
satisfied would have left him with nothing.
(SOMBRE DRAMATIC MUSIC, SLOWLY
BUILDING TO A CLIMAX)
(REVERB) Freedom City ... A place where renegades and rebels,
political dissidents can meet and socialize in relative anonymity,
outside the Federations
influence. It is here that Blake arrives in his search for Control, now
known as Star One Brian,
switch that off!
(SOUND OF JUKE BOX BEING
SMASHED UP, MUSIC HALTS ABRUPTLY)
(WE ARE NOW IN THE BAR AT
Thank you. He seeks Docholli, a former Cyber-surgeon who, on the run
Federation may know of its location. Travis knows this and is waiting.
Hello Zee, so you're
getting around? How's the leg?
You drunken butcher, look
what you did.
You're lucky to have it
Lucky? You crippled me. Get
I want to see you fall down
(GUN BLAST) Argh!!!
Thanks. Next time don't
leave it so late.
Ungrateful scum! Have a
One of us has to see
straight. It had better be me.
So you're a surgeon?
Used to be.
I heard about that
business on the Bari.
The secondary burner
blew out. I did what I could for the survivors.
And is he one of them?
Travis? No. He was a
passenger. Now he's my bodyguard.
The relationship between
Docholli and Travis was an ambiguous one. The
character of Travis was becoming more ambiguous. I know that sounds
like a politicians answer,
but the relationships were much less clearly defined, as Travis became
madder and less
predictable. The relationships became more peculiar. Docholli was of
use to Travis. Travis was
clearly a mad and lonely man. Maybe at that point use and affection
became the two, became
interchangeable. One defines the other. Maybe that's as close to
affection that Travis could ever
KRANTOR: Ah, Commander Servalan, welcome, welcome, welcome. We so rarely
receive an emissary from the
Federation here in Freedom City.
I am Commander, transfixed with
My apologies Supreme
Commander pray be seated.
There is a man here
named Docholli, a Cyber-surgeon. I am willing to pay 2
million credits for him dead or alive.
My dear, Commander,
there are many wanted men here.
There is a second man
here named Travis. He has an artificial arm and an eye
patch. I am interested in finding him also.
Ha-ha-ha-ha... An eye
patch? Oh how quaint.
Placed as we are, we
must necessarily maintain a position of strict neutrality.
Krantor, I don't have
time for that. It is vital I find Docholli before certain
insurrectionist elements contact him. A Federation problem which we
intend to eliminate.
Supreme Commander, you make my blood run cold. I wonder
if I emphasize sufficiently, how highly we value our neutrality, I'm
sure I must have done.
How highly? You have a
Eight, for both Travis
My dear Commander,
Supreme Commander. Give me two hours.
(FREEDOM CITY BAR ATMOSPHERE
...And the customs
officer says to the Chinaman, "It's ticking" and he says, "No,
it's not tickin, its duck!"
Shh... We're on.
Are we rolling?
Docholli, that was the cowboy one. "Gambit", do I remember
"Gambit"? Yeah, that was the cowboy one, yeah I, it was, yeah, it was
Clint Eastwood time,
yeah. I remember trying to get through doors in that bloody hat. Yeah,
yeah, it was get; I'd rather
not have the hat.
Who was responsible for the Zorro outfit in this particular episode?
It all melts into a sort
of great miasma, a great alcoholic miasma come to think of
it! Um, one of the advantages of working at the BBC was a couple of
excellent clubs. The Zorro
outfit in "Gambit" would have been a matter for the frock designer.
There was quite a bit of
leeway given to directors and designers to come up with whatever set
dressing and character
dressing they wanted.
would seem that Docholli cannot hold his drink.
Put him in the back. Why
does he do it?
He gets thirsty.
Do you want a drink now,
Travis? (SHE POURS A DRINK) Earlier tonight he said
that 30 of his ex-patients tried to kill him. What does that mean?
It means he gets drunk.
Well whatever he's got on
his mind, it can't be that bad. I heard he was quite a hero at
Perhaps he was trying to
pay something back.
They say he was one of
the first in the burner. When the fumes got too much for him
it was you who dragged him out.
Oh yes, I'm a hero too.
So you've saved his life
It's my noble nature.
Oh yes Travis, I can see
it shines from your one yellow eye. Nobility?
Thanks for the drink.
(CUT TO LOADING BAY)
What's this about?
You're being collected.
We're Krantor's rubbish collectors.
Collected? Yaaaaaah! (HIS
CRY REVERBS TO SILENCE)
(IN THE BAR) Together with a hidden listening device, Travis'
is delivered to Servalan. Krantor therefore overhears Servalan's scheme
to kill Docholli by
planting a bomb within Travis' prosthetic arm. Later, when Travis
So you've arrived,
Servalan. Where's Blake, is he heading here?
For once I'm not
interested in Blake. I want Docholli.
I can't help you there.
You have Docholli
staked out. You're waiting for Blake.
I haven't seen Docholli
in two years.
Just stay where you
That your new muscle,
Servalan? Looks like a powder puff.
Yes, well, let's forget
the pleasantries. Tell me where to find Docholli, I'll let you
You haven't got Blake.
Travis, we could forget
the past. Wipe it out. I'm willing to help you again.
My arm. What have you
done to my arm?
Why, what's the matter
Damn you, Servalan.
It must have been
damaged when you were brought here.
(DOCKING CRADLES ATMOSPHERE) When Travis is released, he immediately
seeks Docholli, so that the neural circuits in his arm can be repaired.
Krantor meanwhile sends
his henchman Cevedic to kill Travis, as he is curious to know what
vital information Docholli
carries. Servalan knows that possession of this information will place
him on the Federation
Councils death list, allowing her to have Freedom City legitimately
Docholli's in there
somewhere, but he's no problem. First we get Travis ... (BEAT)
Over there behind the machine.
Careful Travis, there's
two of them.
Jenna, Cally, over here.
I went to a better school
You're a fool Travis,
you're going to die anyway.
Not as quick as you.
Soon as they take that
arm off, kaput.
What do you mean?
You leave it like that,
you die of gangrene. Take it off, and you die quicker.
Servalan fitted you up well, Travis. (CEVEDIC SLUMPS TO THE GROUND
Docholli, where are you?
Just drop the gun, Travis.
Blake, I've been waiting
for you. I knew you'd come.
I'm glad I didn't
disappoint you. It's Docholli I want to see.
What do you want with
One piece of information.
The location of Star One.
I was a surgeon Blake,
I thought if I stayed out of Federation politics...
Docholli, my arm, you've
got to fix it. The neural circuits-- I've brought your case.
But you operated on the
people who built Star One.
The technicians yes, 30
of them, I had no choice.
Then you must know where
Star One is located. How could you not?
I erased their brain
prints, their lives. I left them total amnesiacs. It was only
towards the end that I...
Go on, Docholli.
As I came to the end, I
realized that Servalan would never believe that I hadn't
scanned the brain prints, that I myself would be the last to be
Docholli, get on with it.
That's why I decided to
run for it. I faked the operation on the last of my victims
... What the devil?
Just a moment, if the cover to the arm is removed, then the bomb placed
will detonate. Surely Travis realizes this?
Self-destructive. I suppose it's the lust to destroy somebody else must
become sort of all mixed up with a self-destructive urge. It might have
been the ultimate
satisfaction, the way out of the hell in which he was living. He gets
to kill Blake; he gets to get
himself out of misery. He gets all in one fell swoop. What a good idea.
Pity it didn't work.
It's all right, it's not
All right, Blake. If
you're man enough, kill me now.
Our quarrel is with the
Federation, not with you.
Give me the gun, then.
That would be a mercy. Are
you feeling particularly merciful?
The reason Blake doesn't
kill Travis in "Gambit" is a particularly cruel one,
because he knows what a miserable, destroyed and generally sad
character Travis has now
become, and it would be a mercy to put him out of his misery. If you
see death as being put out
of your misery, and Travis certainly did, and Blake certainly
recognized that, and wouldn't do it.
That's the reason why Travis wanted Blake to kill him. Broken-backed
Docholli. That last
operation You said it was faked. Does that mean he can still
As far as I know Blake,
I certainly hope so.
Who is he?
His name was Lurgen, he
was a Cyber-surgeon like myself. Perhaps that's why I '
changed my heart. Anyway, we faked the operation between us; we didn't
erase the brain print,
we took a copy of it and then we both ran. He took a copy with him. I
heard he'd gone to earth on
a planet called Goth. Later I heard that one of the Tribal chiefs had
his brain print on a thong
around his neck. Or either it was the print, or his head. They're a
crude lot on Goth.
(ON LIBERATOR) While in orbit above the planet Goth, Liberator
Goodbye, Travis. (SOUND OF
PURSUIT SHIP FOUR EXPLODING) Got him.
So much for Travis. Mind
you, you could hardly miss at that range.
What did you want me to do?
Give him a sporting chance?
(THE TENTS OF GOTH. IN THE BACKGROUND THE SOUND OF CRACKLING
FROM A BURNING TORCH)
Pursuit Ship Four. Travis
has obviously destroyed it.
Yes. Blake must be one
step behind us. We know the keeper of the secret is on Goth.
We know he is a royal person. Perhaps Blake knows that too.
But which one?
You'll soon know. And
when you do, you could control the Federation, you and I.
Don't be ridiculous,
Look, Star One is the
computer control centre. It controls the climate on more than
200 worlds. Communications, security, food production, it controls them
all. It is the key to our
very lives. Think of all that power.
You can see why the
council themselves don't know where Star One is... In the
Yes, but in the right
hands. Yours and mine.
Be very careful you
don't over-reach yourself, Travis.
There'll come a time when
such ideas seem unambitious. One day Servalan...
Yes? What are you
talking about ,Travis?
he talking about? Would he really want to
share that kind of power with
It was possible that
Servalan was all that Travis had left, I don't know. I mean it
could be there was still a vestige of the old formal relationship. The
memory of what once was.
The memory of what he once had. His place in the order of things, his
family. It may have been a
rather sick joke on his part, once more just confirming what he already
knew, that Servalan
couldn't be trusted to give him the time of day.
I must alert the nearest
Federation flotilla to attack the Liberator.
can't do it from
here on this thing. I have to use your ship.
may pick you up.
It's a chance we'll have
to take, unless you're prepared to risk Blake getting to the
secret before we do. Well?
All right, how long?
Don't you trust me?
No, of course not.
Then trust my ambition.
But where Travis' ambitions truly lay, Servalan could never have
Together with the brain print, Travis takes off, his destination Star
One. Hour's later Blake
discovers that the old King has been left to rot in a dungeon, together
with his court jester.
You seek the talisman, the
brain of the healer? The man with the eye patch took it.
Travis! Old man, Lurgen
the healer, did he talk of Star One? Did he speak to you of
MAN: (MUMBLES INCOHERENTLY)
He is dead.
Did he say anything to
He said, "A fool knows
everything and nothing. A fool knows everything and nothing".
The location of Star One is
at grid reference C 17 3 2 zero in the 11th sector.
11th sector? That must be
in the middle of nowhere.
The location of Star One
is at grid reference C 17 3 2 zero in the 11th sector.
Lurgen must have planted
it in his brain.
A man with a sense of
"A fool knows everything
and nothing". Yes, that must have been the trigger phrase. A
fool to keep a secret that Lurgen never wanted in the first place.
Blake, this is Cally, do
you read me, Blake?
Yes, Cally. Bring us up
SOUND EFFECT. THEN CUT
TO A SPACESHIP ROARING PAST. THEN CUT
TO INTERIOR OF THE SPACECRAFT THAT IS TAKING TRAVIS TO STAR ONE)
Good directors. Now did
I have any good directors? I thought, um, actually I
thought the Producer, this, this sounds like brown nosing really, but,
um, I thought the Producer,
David Maloney, he directed the last episode, and I truly wish that he'd
directed the first episode
also, because I mean you are a bit at sea You've got to imagine that
this series had been
running one series, and these people were into what they were doing and
really I needed as much
help as I could get, to carry on creating the part of Travis, and David
Maloney I felt was, um,
very workmanlike director. He was very thorough. He did pay attention
to the actors and he did
know his technical stuff. Yeah, David Maloney was, good man.
In season two Terry and
Chris and I worked out a concept for the whole series,
and Chris wrote "Star One" as the end of the second season, and I was
very fortunate to direct it.
I think, uh, I don't know whether I engineered it myself, but some
director wasn't able to do it,
well had to drop out, it wasn't possible. So I always enjoyed doing
Chris' scripts, anyway, uh, I
think he is an excellent writer in that genre and I was pleased to do
"Star One", and of course
that was the end of Travis.
Was I pleased in the
demeeze of Traveeze? He died, you know. Most of the
characters I play die. They're either stabbed, mostly shot, or they go
and rot in a prison. I mean at
the present time I think I'm doing, in this hell of a business, 205
years in prison, you know, or
(SHIP PASSES INTO DISTANCE.
FADE UP LIBERATOR ATMOSPHERE)
I have been doing some
calculations. If this is Star One...
If it is?
First catch your
computer, but all right, it probably is, and that being the case, the
choice of location is fascinating.
I'm glad you're enjoying
The nearest large galaxy to
our own is Andromeda.
So this is the nearest
point to Andromeda. If anyone could cross intergalactic space in
less than a lifetime, we are now precisely on the route that they would
What are you trying to say
I directed the detectors
towards the Andromeda galaxy. There are thousands of satellite
generators out there, beyond Star One.
Even with the
Federation's resources, it must have taken them years.
That must be the biggest
anti-matter minefield ever put together.
Minefield? What minefield?
Perhaps the intergalactic
drive has been developed. Question is, by whom?
A defense zone to keep
mankind in, or something else out?
(MUSIC) Star One. A single planet orbiting a dying sun. This represents
Federation's greatest strength, and ultimately it's greatest weakness.
The technicians stationed
there have become victims of Federation paranoia. Their psycho
conditioning preventing them
from contacting anyone outside the installation, and therefore leaving
them helpless in the face
of an alien invasion, intent on manipulating Star One's systems for
their own ends. Servalan uses
the ensuing chaos to have herself declared President, unaware that she
is about to inherit a
ruined empire. Leaving Jenna and Vila on board Liberator,
Blake, Avon and Cally teleport to the
planet's surface, armed with explosives. However on entering the
installation, Blake and Cally
Vila, teleport Cally and
There's no response.
What's going on? Where are they?
Inside. It must be
VILA: Do you want to come up?
(INSIDE THE STAR ONE BASE COMPLEX)
STOT: You're here then?
I was told you'd be alone.
Obviously you were
Who is this woman?
She is my mother.
I was told you could be
You seem to have been told
rather a lot about me.
I'm not unfamiliar with
traitors, but the scale of your treachery is unusual, and your
insistence on carrying out the Final Act personally must make you
Your disapproval would
carry more conviction if you were not going to benefit from
my treachery. Now when do I get to perform the Final Act?
Which of your hands is
This one. Rather good,
don't you think?
STOT: And the eye patch? What happened to that?
Travis, fancy meeting you
TRAVIS: Put the gun down, Avon. It's too late to stop it now.
AVON: Convince me.
Be polite and I may let
Be informative, and I may
let you die. You'll want that, after I've shot off an arm and a
leg or two.
I thought you were
supposed to be the one with brains.
Brains, but no heart. Now
talk or scream Travis, the choice is yours.
On Star One the reason
he showed no fear when Avon produced the gun and
threatened him, was that Travis knew what was going on. Knew that it
was all over. Knew that
Avon, as a member of the human race, had very little time to live, and
had that feeling of power,
um, was a happy little maniac.
Most of the systems have
been modified already, the chaos and destruction should
already be sufficient to ensure that resistance is slight.
When will you be ready for
The laying out of our
terms for the restoration of order.
Policy is not our concern,
Travis. It is sufficient to serve.
Travis had betrayed all of humanity?
You will always find a
traitor, and you will never understand the reasons for the
treachery. You will never understand why he betrayed you. I still don't
think Christ understood
why Judas betrayed him. I'm not sure Judas understood why he did it
either. SO it's just find the
traitor, somebody sufficiently damaged and somebody within the series
that everybody knew and
Travis seemed a good choice.
Travis effects an escape from Avon and heads for the control centre.
systematically gunning down all opposition.
Is it nearly complete?
As you see.
Constructing the circuits
required to deactivate the defense zone was difficult, but we
were able to keep the technicians alive long enough to duplicate their
entire brain patterns, as
well as their physical shape. May I ask an impertinent question?
If you don't mind an
I have taken on the shape
of your species. I use your words and yet I cannot understand
you. Why have you betrayed your own kind? Why have you given us the
means to eradicate your
Well, maybe I just don't
like crowds (GUN BLAST) Travis...
(BLAKE FALLS TO GROUND)
I am Travis.
Then who is this?
His name is Blake. Huh.
His name was
There are in a
superficial way personal jokes, not jokes exactly, but ironies. "I am
Travis" was a deliberate line to underline the fact that poor old Brian
had spent the whole season
trying to live down Stephen and replace him, so "I am Travis" was
there. I spent quite a long
while working that into the scene, structuring the scene so he could
say, "I am Travis".
Each of these keys will
close down one section of the defense zone. When I've
connected this last one, you can begin.
My one regret is that
they'll never know who really killed them.
Why didn't Travis make
sure of Blake when he shot him on Star One? I think he
was sure of him. I think he was satisfied that he'd shot him; that he'd
killed him; that if he wasn't
dead he could go back to it afterwards as a bit of a treat and finish
him off, because I mean he'd
certainly knocked him down. In the meantime he'd got rather a large
gesture to make, a sort of
galactic two fingers to the rest of humanity, who had betrayed him in
the form of his family, the
service who had betrayed him in the first place. I suppose people who
grow up in institutions
must feel betrayed in some way. It's lonely enough being an only child;
it must be hell being an
only child without any parents. I don't know whether the destruction of
humanity had become the
substitute for killing Blake. Whether Blake and humanity were one and
the same thing and
therefore you destroyed the two. All in one wonderful fell swoop. What
a jolly day.
It is finished. Now you
can open the way for our fleet to enter.
Clad in his Federation uniform, Travis completes the symbolism by
portion of the defense zone with his artificial hand ... Then Blake
shoots him in the back.
The Final Act. (SHOT
FIRED... TRAVIS CRIES OUT)
Avon arrives and the Alien Commander and his technician are caught in
crossfire. As they die, they revert to their original forms, a
shapeless glutinous mass.
(TWO MORE SHOTS)
How bad is he?
The centre of the control room is occupied by a raised circular well,
which leads to
the heart of an atomic reactor. Using the safety rail to steady his
aim, Travis attempts to lease off
one final shot at Blake.
Is he dead, Avon? Is
(SHOT FOLLOWED BY TRAVIS'.
REVERBERATED SCREAMS ECHOING AWAY
DISTANCE AS HE FALLS INTO THE REACTOR)
He is now.
Travis was disposed of
finally in the most spectacular way that we could think of.
If I can recall trying to blast him away, I think it was probably Dr
Strangelove that influenced
me, where do you remember the sequence where the plane opens up and the
guy rides away on
the bomb? Something like that.
What exactly was it that Travis fell into?
It was a giant magi-mix.
It was a reactor of some sort, I think I just avoided saying
what it was, but it was certainly very painful, made his eyes water, no
you mean eye?
(LAUGHING) Sorry, sorry,
yes made his eye water, how very cruel (LAUGHS
AGAIN). That was the very last thing that we did on that episode, and
the poor bugger had
about, sorry David had a minute and a half to do that scene. Um, I can
still remember David
sitting in the gallery screaming "Get him down the hole, get him down
the hole", and he got poor
Brian on his wire and as I remember it got hooked up to various painful
parts, that certainly
made his eyes water. I remember buying him a drink afterward, he looked
really quite pale and
was still limping, talking rather higher in a higher register than he
normally did... Could have
been relief, of course.
(WE FALL INTO THE REACTOR. THE
SOUND OF TRAVIS' SCREAM SWIRLS
AND, FORMS PART OF THE REACTOR ATMOSPHERE. A BACKWARD ECHO COMES
BEFORE BRIAN SPEAKS)
Did I have a large pain
in my back when I was shot by Blake? No I didn't, I had a
large pain in my pelvic regions because I was hoisted 15 ft in the air,
twirled around, at two
minutes to ten on the last day of the last shoot of series two and I
had to scream and I did
scream; and I am lucky actually to be talking with my voice now,
because I could actually be
giving this interview (FALSETTO) in a voice like that.
(LAST WORDS ARE ECHOED AND
RE-ECHOED AND LOST IN THE
WE COME OUT OF THE REACTOR. THE CONTROL ROOM NOISE FADES UP AS THE
VORTEX FADES AWAY AND CHRIS' VOICE IS HEARD ECHOING. ECHO DIES AWAY)
I don't think it was a
total failure. Like most adventures, it didn't turn out quite the
way we expected when we set out upon it, and I'm sure that at the time,
Brian was pretty bloody
miserable in the part, and there was quite a lot of feeling that it
hadn't really worked. If Brian
had been desperate to continue, then he would have continued, we didn't
sort of kill him. We
didn't sort of stamp over his kicking and screaming body. He wanted out
and I could understand
that. By the same token, we weren't desperate to keep him, because it
didn't seem to be working.
In retrospect, I think a lot of things did work and I think that Brian
did a damn good job in the
circumstances. So it wasn't a total disaster and it wasn't a total
success, it was something less
than a total success.
The aliens were closing
down the defense zone. There must be a fleet out there. We
must warn the Federation. Humanity is going to need all the resources
it can get.
The dramatic irony that
I was looking for in that last episode, sounds a bit
pretentious dramatic irony. Travis was setting about destroying the
Federation, but more
importantly, that Blake and the others, having spent 26 episodes trying
to destroy the Federation
were now placed in the position of having to defend it, and again, I
sort of worked the episode
(SLOW FADE FROM CONTROL CENTRE
TO A DESOLATE A WIND)
(SLIGHT REVERB) Blake
and Travis were both, like all of us small individuals
who never get the large picture. In relation to the Federation they
fought their particular corners
for their own personal reasons. I don't think either of them knew what
the Federation was, any
more than the average citizen knows what the society he lives in is. I
think the Federation was so
huge that it didn't really matter who was in charge. I suspect that
very large is really quite
unwieldy and as a result inimitable, ah, that's a good word, to the
interests of human beings. I
think in the final analysis if you're going to love, or hate, you do it
to individuals, certainly in
terms of television drama. I don't think any individual can actually
love or hate something
abstract, it is necessary to personalize, and it would have been
necessary for Blake to focus on a
representative of the Federation, and that's what Travis was, and
Servalan was the
personification of the Federation, if you like. Travis didn't really
need to focus anything, so
Travis' personal hatred of Blake was a personal hatred of Blake,
whereas Blake's hatred of the
Federation probably did need personal expression.
Travis' Final Act; his legacy, is the start of the intergalactic war.
(A SEQUENCE FROM THE GALACTIC
WAR, EXPLOSIONS AND GUNFIRE
GRADUALLY DIE AWAY TO BE REPLACED BY THE DISTANT TAPPING OF A
TYPEWRITING WHICH COMES CLOSER AND REMAINS TAPPING UNDER...)
I am in the firm belief
that at this present time, there is someone somewhere
writing a single series for Travis to go on the BBC, so he can go and
decimate the whole of the
universe, or have a good try anyway... It's all a big illusion
(LAST WORDS FADE TO INFINITY
AND THE TAPPING TYPEWRITER SLOWLY
Travis: The Final Act written and compiled by
Production, music and direction by ALISTAIR LOCK with ALAN STEVENS
Producer: ALAN STEVENS
Artwork and insert design:
PETE WALLBANK with DAVID WARREN
Additional cast members:
Rontane PETER MILES
Computer voice ALISTAIR LOCK
All script extracts are copyright 1977-8 BBC, and are used here for illustrative purposes only