Join members of the Liberator crew across the stars once more, in their latest brand new box set and audiobook from The Worlds of Blake’s 7

 

Released today from Big Finish, The Clone Masters revisits original TV script editor Chris Boucher’s enigmatic race from the 1979 episode, Weapon. It features Sally Knyvette as Jenna Stannis, Jan Chappell as Cally and Stephen Greif and Brian Croucher both as Travis. This trio of full cast audio adventures encompasses mystery, deceit and the potential destruction of the Clone Masters’ world…

Abigail Thaw (Endeavour, Doctor Who: The Monthly Adventures), Richenda Carey (Monarch of the Glen, The Diary of River Song), Lucy Sheen (Torchwood, Nighty Night), Tilly Vosburgh (Holby City, Far From the Madding Crowd) and Becky Wright (UNIT, The Avengers) and Big Finish newcomer Jade Gordon complete the cast.

Writer of The Clone Masters Tim Foley said: “With this box set, we had a good hook – a power struggle on the world of the Clone Masters – and it was very enjoyable tracing out the ripples across the cosmos. I feel really lucky that David and Peter gave me such free rein to explore this little corner of the Blake’s 7 universe over an entire box set. It’s allowed for all sorts of world building and fun concepts, and it’s really given the characters room to breathe. I hope it’s something that fans both new and old will find rewarding.”

 

Jan Chappell at the recording of The Clone Masters (c) Big Finish Productions Blake's 7
Jan Chappell at the recording of The Clone Masters (c) Big Finish Productions

The Rule of Death audiobook features a further tale of the mysterious Clone Masters

The Clone Masters is released alongside The Rule of Death, a full-length audiobook written by Trevor Baxendale and narrated by Glynis Barber, which focuses on the Liberator crew as they encounter a lone Clone Master – with a secret that could transform all of their lives forever.

Writer Trevor Baxendale said: “I’ve always wondered what happened to Rashel and the clone Blake after Series B’s brilliant episode Weapon– we last saw them ready to explore their planet and an unknown future… but did they really live happily ever after?

“Well, it’s hard to believe that the clone of the galaxy’s most wanted criminal, created on the orders of Supreme Commander Servalan herself, would have an easy time of it. But what can Rashel, a former bond-slave, do to help her man? And how will the plans of the disgraced psychostrategist Carnell and a renegade Clone Master affect them? Of course it all means a huge challenge for the real Blake and the crew of the Liberator as they’re forced to confront life and death as never before…

“I’ve had an absolute blast telling the story of all these fascinating characters, so brilliantly created by Terry Nation and Chris Boucher. Having it read for audiobook by Glynis Barber is the icing on a wonderfully exciting cake!”

 

Blake's 7: The Clone Masters. Cover by Anthony Lamb (c) Big Finish Productions
Blake’s 7: The Clone Masters. Cover by Anthony Lamb (c) Big Finish Productions

Blake’s 7: The Clone Masters

The dark history of the Clone Masters holds many mysteries. Cally and Jenna discover some are lost in time, long before the Federation. Meanwhile other secrets were buried by the Clone Masters themselves before they retreated to their home world.

Gatekeepers or conspirators, pragmatists or prophets, defenders or destroyers… At the height of their powers, how will the Clone Masters respond when Travis plans to weaponise them?

 

Blake's 7: The Rule of Death (c) Big Finish Productions Clone Masters
Blake’s 7: The Rule of Death (c) Big Finish Productions

Blake’s 7: The Rule of Death

When Orac picks up information about a Clone Master living in secret on an outlying planet, Blake is intrigued.

Then, a message from the freed bond-slave, Rashel, makes visiting the outpost a priority: the Blake Clone is dying. But things are never as straightforward as they seem. And with psycho-strategist Carnell lurking in the shadows, this visit soon becomes a life or death battle for all the Liberator crew…

 

The Worlds of Blake’s 7 – The Clone Masters is now available as a collector’s edition CD box set (at £19.99) or digital download (at £16.99), while The Rule of Death is available as a digital download (at £9.99), both exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Big Finish listeners can save more by ordering three of The Worlds of Blake’s 7 box sets – The Clone Masters, Bayban the Butcher & The Terra Nostra – for £80 on collector’s edition CD and £70 on download. Plus, previous releases in the range The Worlds of Blake’s 7 – Avalon 1 & 2 are available together in a bundle for £38 on CD or £33 on download.

 

Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. Factors beyond Big Finish’s control may delay the mail-out of collector’s edition CDs. But all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy listeners can immediately download or play on the Big Finish app from the release date.

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Peter is a regular contributor to Blogtor Who and has also written for Doctor Who Magazine's Cosplay feature. His art was published in BBC Books' Doctor Who: 100 Illustrated Adventures, while a number of his essays appear in the You and Who series of books. He lives in Ireland with a wife who's remarkably understanding of being dragged across to the UK to take photos of him outside police boxes and a son who was plonked down in front of "Rose" at eight months old and hasn't looked back since.

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