Get ready to join the rebels in the Resistance once more in The Worlds of Blake’s 7: Avalon 2
Big Finish have release Avalon 2 this week, a second volume of full cast audio adventures for the rebel leader. And it finds Avalon up against thieves, killers, mercenaries and psychopaths, including some familiar faces, across a trio of tales. Olivia Poulet returns as the rebel leader who first appeared on TV in Project Avalon, originally played by Julia Vidler. This time Doctor Who’s Colin Baker joins her, making his first return appearance as criminal without a cause Bayban. Meanwhile, Blake’s 7 veterans Stephen Greif and Hugh Fraser also return as the scheming Travis and the Federation President respectively.
The cast is completed by Cliff Chapman (Blake’s 7: Restoration, Doctor Who: The Monthly Adventures), Graham Seed (Missy, The Archers), Charlotte Strevens (Pathfinder Legends, The Avengers), Caroline Lawrie (Doctor Who: The Monthly Adventures, Peaky Blinders), Malcolm James (Birdsong, Blake’s 7: The Classic Adventures), John Rayment (Pathfinder Legends, The Monthly Adventures), Rachel Atkins (Torchwood, Gallifrey), David Sargent (Pennyworth), Luke Barton (The Sixth Doctor Adventures: The Eleven), Nicholas Day (The Crown, Myths & Monsters) and Rosie Day (Outlander, Living the Dream).
Explore the Blake’s 7 universe beyond the Liberator
Avalon 2 has been produced by John Ainsworth, whose relished the opportunity to explore the Blake’s 7 universe once more. “Terry Nation created a dark, dystopian future,” he notes, “which presents lots of opportunities to tell new stories from different points of view. It’s been a great pleasure to explore the Blake’s 7 universe beyond the Liberator and once again work with Olivia Poulet as she reprises the role of Avalon.”
Avalon herself Olivia Poulet is quick to identify the appeal of Big Finish both for actors and listeners. “I’ve been really lucky to work on some really great and exciting projects with Big Finish,” she recalls. “The calibre, work ethic and production values are always amazing. And I always know it’s going to be an exciting process.
“I think all the Big Finish scripts have their own unique charm and style, with a good story to draw listeners in. These have been really fun to do!”
The Worlds of Blake’s 7: Avalon 2
Bayban’s Bounty by Niel Bushnell
A sacred stone might inspire revolution on a recently subjugated planet – if Avalon can only retrieve it from a high-security prison. She enlists the help of the Vankberg Vault’s only escapee, the madman at the top of the Federation’s Most Wanted list…
Mercenary by Christopher Cooper
Funding a crusade isn’t easy, and one of Avalon’s debts has just come due. She and Madison undertake a dubious mission, in the company of an even more dubious gun-for-hire, a man who has betrayed them once before…
Heart of Ice by Steve Lyons
What is the Federation President doing on a frozen backwater world? Avalon is determined to uncover the secret buried in Cryonax’s mines. By the time she realises that Travis is setting a trap, it might just be too late…
The Worlds of Blake’s 7 – Avalon 2 is now available as a collector’s edition CD (at £19.99) or digital download (at £16.99), exclusively at www.bigfinish.com. Big Finish listeners can also save money by ordering this volumes along with The Worlds of Blake’s 7 – Avalon 1. The bundle is £38 on CD or £33 on download.
Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control. But all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded. They can also be played on the Big Finish app (iOS and Android) from the release date.