Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Browsing around, I came upon this post on characterisation by Tom Tyler. He is describing a character from Blake's 7—which I have never seen—called Kerr Avon; and I think that I have just discovered my new TV hero.
You're always so aloof, Avon, you're never 'involved'—don't you care about anyone?"

Avon responds, "I have never seen the need to become irrational in order to prove that I care...nor to prove it at all".

As someone who has often been accused of being cold and detached when dealing with people (as opposed to issues), I can relate to Avon entirely.


Anonymous said...

Trouble with that is, as I recall, that Avon was the one who betrayed Blake to Servilan..... (I watched it first time round)

Gavin said...

Cheers for the reference, DK. (Thinks: God, your current 'bloggers apathy syndrome' must be really bad when you start referencing ME!! I'm only too aware of how rubbish and irrelevant my blog has been in the last few months). I started off blogging in Nov.05 and I got it all off my chest I feel like I am struggling to find anything worth saying, or worth reading by anyone. New blogs appear and they're saying it all with a passion that I wish I could summon up these days. Know how you feel.
If you've got the spare cash, buy the "Blakes 7" DVD boxset, you might like it, if 'sci-fi with a political edge' is your thing.

Martin said...


I cried when 'Blake's 7' went off the air (I was 11).

And the sight of Glynnis Barber and Josette Simon in one-piece jumpsuits probably did more to advance heterosexuality than any government initiative ever could.

Good grief, 26 years later and O'm still perving over the keyboard...

Martin said...

BTW, DK, you are NOT Avon.

In the original series, Avon, played brilliantly by the brilliant Paul Darrow, is not one of life's volunteers. The original Avon would never dream of blogging.

A sociopathic computer geek who starts out being out for himself at all time and under all circumstances, Avon is forced to confront the reality that in order to achieve his goal, winning his liberty, he must rely upon and work with others.

When Blakes7 escape from Federation custody, they name their ship, 'The Liberator'.

As the series developed, Avon became a leader, the leader of a guerilla band. He changed from being a self-interested bastard only out for himself into someone who allowed himself a wry smile at howpower always wins when...well, that owuld be giving the game away.

I recently sat through the first series of 'Sapphire & Steel', and compared to Blakes7, making young offenders sit through S & S should be considered an alternative to custody

Anonymous said...

Be careful with imbibing too much of the Blake's 7 meme, DK, or you may find yourself spending much of your time in a brightly painted shipping container parked in a gravel pit somewhere in Kent....

PS If this word verification nonsense wants me to resubmit one more time I might just take a hatchet to the monitor.

JonnyB said...

Might I suggest if you buy the box set you immediately junk series 4? Usual 1980's BBC trick of turning a perfectly good show into Light Entertainment.

Anyway it was Blake who betrayed Avon to Servalan.

Isn't the blog wars thing more interesting...?

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes, I enjoyed it at the time and Avon was by far the best character. I empathise; I too, am perceived as being cold and aloof.

Sacerdoteuk said...

Funnily enough, I have Avon to thank for my choice of career. He was deeply cool, as the second best programmer in the federation (the best programmer was the one who stole billions of credits from the federation's mainframe without getting caught).

As a teenager I always thought that was what computer programming would be like. I was of course sadly disillusioned by my first week as a junior programmer with a sheaf of Fortran printouts.

Anonymous said...

If it wasn't for Avon, the series would have have died an ignominious death after one season. Still, Paul Darrow was responsible for the *single worst perfomance* in Dr Who, ever.

Oh, Blake - Lib Dem, Gan - Labour, Vila - New Labour, Servalan - Tory, Avon - could he be UKIP?

Martin said...


Avon - Thatcherite to the core!

Blake - not Lib Dem; but I would give you SDP. He was too muscular to be a '70's era Liberal.

Gan? Labour? As the voice of the old working classes, perhaps - maybe what Terry Nation imagined what an ordinary guy on the shop floor at Longbridge might look like at some point in the far future.

Vila, New Labour in that not only was he self-interested but also cowardly? Sure.

Servalan? Nazi...

BTW, if you want to talk about Darrow's poor performances, at least talk about the good ones as well. When BBC One still produced quality drama on early Sunday evenings, he gave a quite brilliant performance as Carker in 'Dombey and Son'. When it comes to portraying cold villainy, Darrow is right up there with Christopher Lee, Ian Richardson, God rest his soul, Jonathan Hyde and Timothy Dalton.

Pity he's not on the box as often as he used to be.

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