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The Liberator Chronicles, vol 1

The Turing Test, by Simon Guerrier
Solitary, by Nigel Fairs
Counterfeit, by Peter Anghelides

Big Finish had a special offer on last month for the first three sets of Blake's 7 audios, which after a little reflection I decided to go for. I didn't quite know what to expect; what I got was three Companion Chronicles-style narrated stories, the first with Paul Darrow being Avon with a little Michael Keating as Vila, the second with Michael Keating as Vila and an Anthony Howell as a new chaacter, and the third with Gareth Thomas as the man himself, plus a bit of Paul Darrow as Avon.

All three are set in early Season One, with Cygnus Alpha still a recent memory. I liked the first best - Darrow doing a brilliant Avon, undergoing something of a moral and ethical quandary in the course of the story. The other two were good solid stories which would have made decent enough TV episodes, both with twists that work better on audio than would have been possible on video. Gareth Thomas's voice has noticeably changed since the 1980s; Michael Keating's voice notably hasn't, Paul Darrow in between. Look forward to the other two sets of plays now.

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