Series 4 Overview
Rescue: That was disappointing. – 3/10
Power: I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. – 7/10
Traitor: Well that was shit. – 2/10
Stardrive: A rollercoaster ride of non-stop excitement. – 8/10
Animals: MAKE IT STOP! – 1/10
Headhunter: That was probably Avon’s best story in ages. – 7/10
Assassin: The direction, the acting and the script let it down. – 5/10
Games: I enjoyed that one a lot. – 8/10
Sand: If only they’d gone on location. – 8/10
Gold: That was brilliant. – 9/10
Orbit: Well, it doesn’t get any better than that. – 10/10
Warlord: I didn’t like that episode very much. – 5/10
Blake: No! – 10/10
A couple of days after we finished the blog, Paul Smith from Wonderful Books sent me this:
Click the image to see a bigger and even more detailed graphic. Thank you so much, Paul. It’s bloody fantastic. And your books are ****ing amazing, too.
We were going to record the final Q&A as a podcast, but we had some technical problems with our first attempt, then I wasn’t feeling well, then Sue was busy, then one of the cats was sick, then it was a Tuesday, blah, blah blah. Anyway, we did it the old-fashioned way in the end. So, without any further ado, here are the best 7 questions posed by you, our readers. Thanks to everyone who took part.
Quite a few of you asked a variation on the first question, including Drew Simchik, Pete Handforth, Arthur Jackson and Julie:
Tony B: Did they all die? Could there have been a 5th series, and what would have happened in it?
Sue: They could have brought it back if they really wanted to. Like I’ve said before, those shots we heard could have been the guards firing at the ceiling.
Me: And why would they do that?
Sue: To put the shits up Avon.
Me: I’m guessing that Avon shot a few guards while they were pranking him. Yes?
Sue: A couple. Yes. Look, does it matter? They could have been stun guns. We didn’t see any blood.
Me: OK, so they could have brought the programme back. Should they have brought it back?
Sue: Probably not. I just don’t like the idea of Servalan winning. It isn’t fair. If they’d brought it back and Avon had got his shit together and they actually brought the Federation down, that would have been a much nicer ending. But then you’d completely ruin the ending we’ve got now. I really wanted a happy ending, but they were right to end it there.
Ruth Deller: Of the 12 members of the Seven (the nine human(oids) and three computers), who would Sue’s definitive Seven be?
Sue: Give me a pen.
Me: You’ve put Vila on this list.
Sue: You can’t have Blake’s 7 without Vila. That would be silly.
Me: This list is basically the original cast without Gan.
Sue: Yes, I know. It’s classic.
Annie W: Is once enough or are there episodes of Blake’s 7 you would voluntarily watch again?
Sue: I’m never going to say, “Hey! Let’s watch some Blake’s 7, Neil!” but there are a few episodes I’d watch again if he put them on television one night. As long as something better wasn’t on the other side, obviously. I don’t know what they’re called but I’d like to see the one with Tarrant’s brother again (Death-Watch) – that was excellent; the one where Servalan was chained to the wall was a good one (Rumours of Death); and I’d like the see the last episode again, too. But not for a while. It still feels raw.
Catherine: What (if anything) do you think you will remember from the show in thirty years time, and what will you prefer to have forgotten?
Sue: If I’m still alive in thirty years time (which I won’t be), knowing my luck, the Alzheimer’s would have kicked in and the only thing I’ll remember clearly is us watching Blake’s 7 together. I won’t be able to remember Nicol’s name but I’ll remember Travis. Both of them. But seriously, I don’t think I’ll ever forget the ending. Or Avon. He’s one of the best characters I’ve ever seen on TV. And the thing I’d prefer to forget? That’s easy: the alien catheter cock monster.
John Williams: When are you watching Star Maidens?
Sue: I don’t even know what that is.
Me: The answer, John, is never.
Chris Allen: If Sue was a member of the Seven, based on their track records, who would she prefer as her leader, Blake or Avon?
Sue: I’d be the one in charge, thank you very much. But if I had to be under one of them –
Me: For ****’s sake, Sue.
Sue: I’d choose Blake.
Me: Do you want me to repeat the question?
Sue: Blake’s heart was in the right place. He meant well, which would have made him easier to follow. And Avon went mad at the end; I wouldn’t want to follow someone who was insane and had nothing to lose. Oh, and Avon would murder you if you pissed him off, so you’d be constantly worried about that as well. And thanks to him, they all got killed at the end, so definitely not the best boss in the world. Yeah, I’d choose Blake.
Taylor Edwards: OK, Sue, so what’s best, Blake’s 7 or Doctor Who?
Sue: You can’t really compare them. Well you can, but it would be a bit pointless. I enjoyed Blake’s 7 because it was smaller and easier to digest, but it didn’t have the same variety you get with Doctor Who. Even if Doctor Who was going through a bad patch, you knew something better was coming up. With Blake’s 7, the episodes counted more a lot more, because there were less of them, so it was more disappointing when they messed them up.
Me: But you enjoyed it?
Sue: Oh yes. When it was good, it was very good. You can see how it’s left its mark – it’s influenced lots of things. I’m really glad I saw it. I miss it, actually.
Sue decided that the best question was asked by Ruth. A signed copy of Adventures with the Wife in Space: Living with Doctor Who paperback will be with you soon. Incidentally, our book is going ridiculously cheap as a Kindle download at the moment, so if you haven’t read it (and you aren’t allergic to Amazon), now’s your chance. You don’t need a Kindle to read it, either. Actually, I don’t even know why I’m telling you this. It’s so cheap, we won’t make a bloody penny.
The day after Blake (was it really a month ago?), I took Sue on a little day trip. Well, she took me (I still can’t drive) but I was the one in charge of the sat nav. We went to Thruscross Reservoir, which you’ll no doubt recognise from Children of Auron, and we also paid a visit to the planet Obsidian, which featured in the episode Volcano. We made it to Stean Gorge, too, but the heavens opened and we had to abandon our plans to reenact scenes from Powerplay (I was going to be Lom).
Anyway, as you can see from these photos, Sue was thrilled to bits.
More photos of Sue looking wet and miserable in North Yorkshire are available to view on our Facebook page.
And, of course, Nicol baked a cake to celebrate the end of another blog. Requested by Kickstarter backer Matthew Kopelke, I think she did a terrific job of this edible Scorpio. It tasted great, too.
Step-by-step photos are available on The Wife and Blake Facebook page.
If you backed this project on Kickstarter, the first Wife and Blake ebook (‘The Blake Years’, with a foreword by Gareth Roberts) will be released this weekend (almost certainly Saturday). Keep an eye on your inbox for an email that will include directions on how to obtain your copy.
Volume Two (‘The Avon Years’, with a foreword by Una McCormack) will be released in the first week of November. The exclusive extras ebook, The Wife in Space Versus Everything Else, will be released in early January.
If you missed the Kickstarter campaign and you’d like to get your hands on these ebooks, please return to the blog on Monday October 6th, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter and I’ll reveal everything then.
Speaking of Kickstarter, one of the rewards we offered (which seemed like a good idea at the time) was a special YouTube video where Sue would personally thank the backers. I thought she’d have to read out a handful of names at best. I thought wrong.
And that’s it. Our very last blog. It seemed to go on for ever, didn’t it?
We don’t have any plans to blog another regular series – I think we’ve taken this concept as far as it can go – but we may publish the odd spontaneous update in the near future, so keep your eye on the Wife in Space blog, just in case. You never know, we may get the urge to blog Moonbase 3 or Star Cops.
Until then, I would like to thank everyone who has read and contributed to this blog over the last nine months, especially those of you who backed the project on Kickstarter. I’d also especially like to thank Glen Allen, Will Joy and Paul Darrow for their brilliant trailers, John Williams for convincing me that Blake’s 7 was inevitable, Kevin Jon Davies for his documentaries, Horizon for their protests, Gareth Roberts for his retweets, and Mr Andy Miller for his extensive knowledge of the band XTC.
This blog began in January with a medley of songs from the insanely talented John Callaghan, and it feels right to end it exactly the same way. Take it away, John…
We are down and safe.