by Terry Nation
Blake is concerned about Orac’s prediction of the destruction of Liberator; he replays the footage again and again, but is unable to learn anything further from it, until Avon remarks that by noting the formation of the stars seen in the background, they can ensure that they never journey to that region of space, thereby preventing the prophecy from ever occurring. Liberator is then attacked by an unknown spacecraft, and suffers damage. But when Blake and his crew attempt to make repairs to the ship, Zen’s systems resist them; they realise that only one race could possibly override Liberator’s controls: the people that originally built the vessel. Blake instructs Orac to disrupt the overriding signal, but the attempt is unsuccessful, and their attackers board Liberator and take them prisoner. These beings, known as the Atlas, are computer-controlled representatives of the System, and they immediately pilot Liberator back to their space-station. After Blake and his crew are imprisoned, Avon realises that the star-system visible through the prison window is exactly the same as that in Orac’s prediction - the future they have tried to prevent is about to come true. They break out of their cell and manage to board the Liberator, but their escape is seen, and the System despatches a sister ship to pursue them. Just as it seems that Blake and his crew are to be destroyed as forecast, the sister ship inexplicably explodes. Orac then confesses that he overrode the ship’s weapons systems, causing it to be destroyed, and thereby fulfilling his prediction.
Gareth Thomas (Roj Blake), Sally Knyvette (Jenna Stannis), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), David Jackson (OLag Gan), Jan Chappell (Cally), Peter Tuddenham (Zen / Orac), Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan), Brian Croucher (Travis), Sheila Ruskin (Alta One), Harriet Philpin (Alta Two), Roy Evans (Norm One)
Directed by Vere Lorrimer
Produced by David Maloney
9th January, 1979 @ 7.15 pm - 8.10 pm
*Featuring Roj Blake, Kerr Avon, Jenna Stannis, Vila Restal, Olag Gan, Cally, Zen and Orac