by Ben Steed
After Liberator crew witness Servalan’s spaceship landing on the planet Sardos they are intrigued, and so Tarrant and Vila teleport down to investigate what she is doing there. Tarrant’s continual bullying leads Vila to desert him and fall in with Doran, one of a group of convicts that Servalan has brought with her to the planet. Meanwhile, Section Leader Grose, who is stationed on Sardos, informs Servalan that he has brought her to the planet under false pretences, and demands her vessel. Grose has secured a number of Sardoan machines which are capable of duplicating anything, and he plans to duplicate Servalan’s cruiser in order to manufacture an unstoppable fleet of his own. The minds of Servalan’s pilots will also be fed into the machines, and then used to programme the convicts’ minds so that they can fly the new ships. Tarrant is captured, and his mind is also to be put into the machine. Orac pinpoints a room on the base that appears to be the centre of power on the planet; Avon and Dayna teleport down, and find a duplicating machine, and the body of Grose’s former commanding officer, Colonel Astrid, held in a sensory deprivation tank. Avon and Dayna are captured by Grose and interrogated, but they are rescued when Tarrant, Vila, and Doran kill him and his men. The duplicating machine then opens, revealing a tiny wizened creature called Moloch; this being is in fact a future-projection of a human duplicated from Astrid. Moloch deliberately led everyone to Sardos, as he ultimately wants Liberator for himself. He impersonates Tarrant’s voice and tricks Cally into teleporting him aboard the ship, but then dies as soon as he leaves his life-support system. Avon and the others leave in Liberator.
Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally), Josette Simon (Dayna Mellanby), Steven Pacey (Del Tarrant), Peter Tuddenham (Zen / Orac), Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan), John Hartley (Grose), Mark Sheridan (Lector), Davyd Harries (Doran), Sabina Franklin (Chesil), Debbi Blythe (Poola), Deep Roy (Moloch)
Directed by Vere Lorrimer
Produced by David Maloney
17th March 1980 @ 7.15 pm - 8.10 pm
*Featuring Kerr Avon, Vila Restal, Cally, Dayna Mellanby, Del Tarrant, Zen and Orac