Trivia: Blake's 7

The TV series

  • Bad Export for You: It's currently not available on DVD in the US, though you might be able to scrounge up some VHS tapes.
  • Depending on the Writer: After Terry Nation left the show this got so bad for the character of Avon that Paul Darrow gave up and started playing him as slowly losing his mind to compensate for it.
  • Hey, It's That Guy! - The Sixth Doctor as Bayban the Butcher, and Harriet Makepeace as Soolin, Alfred/Councilor Hedin/The Toymaker as Hower, Hunter as a Federation officer.
  • The Klutz: Paul Darrow, to a level that has probably not been matched until Matt Smith and a reputation that is legendary (and still growing). He broke every single gun he was handed, and the props department got so frustrated they made him one with an aluminum core so he couldn't break it... not to mention the sets and various buttons and levers.
    • One bts blooper runs like this:
    Josette Simon in character as Dayna: "Avon, what are you doing?"
    Darrow, the knob he was fiddling with breaking off in his hand, sending him into an adorkably abashed smile and fit of giggles: "Pulling the set apart."
  • Mean Character Nice Actor:
    • Jacqueline Pearce. Servalan is an utterly cold, calculating (and scene-stealing) bitch. Pearce herself is a rather charming and good-humored sort.
    • Paul Darrow, as well, who (while having wit the speed of Avon's) is charming, self-deprecating, and disarming; a delightful and considerate man to his fans (who consider meeting him or hearing him speak an honor).
  • The Other Darrin: Travis was played by Stephen Greif in the first season and Brian Croucher in the second. Less visibly, Orac's voice was provided in "Orac" by Derek Farr, who had played his creator Ensor, but in later episodes by Peter Tuddenham. The Federation official Ven Glynd was played in "The Way Back" by Robert James and in "Voice From the Past" by Richard Bebb.
  • Real-Life Relative: Paul Darrow's wife was asked to guest star on the show. She agreed on the condition that her character be killed by Avon because she found the idea amusing.
  • Talking to Himself: Peter Tuddenham, in scenes where Orac was talking with Zen or Slave. Tuddenham could reportedly do this with no need for ADR.
  • What Could Have Been: Terry Nation wanted the invading aliens in the series 2 finale to be the Daleks, and both Gareth Thomas and Tom Baker pushed for a 'Blake's 7/Doctor Who'' crossover where the Doctor and the crew meet up, but the BBC vetoed both ideas.
    • During a writer's strike Paul Darrow wrote an episode script for series D in which the crew desert Avon, marooning him, concentrated on Vila being more heroic than he had been for that series and also be the one who saves Avon by convincing the others to go back for him. Chris Boucher said no.
  • You Look Familiar - Glynis Barber also had a tiny role as a Mutoid in the first-season episode "Project Avalon", before getting the regular role of Soolin in the fourth season.

The audio dramas