Avon and Vila visit the planet Malodar to strike a deal with the megalomaniac scientist Egrorian for a new weapon he has devised that could ensure total power over the Federation. But only a slip of the tongue by Egrorian’s grotesque lab assistant warns Avon of impending danger: Servalan is behind Egrorian in an attempt to kill Avon. And he’s ready to sacrifice Vila to save himself.
written by Robert Holmes
directed by Brian Lighthill
music by Dudley Simpson
Cast: Paul Darrow (Avon), Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan), Michael Keating (Vila), Steven Pacey (Tarrant), Josette Simon (Dayna), Glynis Barber (Soolin), Peter Tuddenham (Orac, Slave), John Savident (Egrorian), Larry Noble (Pinder)
Notes: Michael Keating, as Vila, shed tears as Avon was searching for him to kill him, but higher powers at the BBC prevented the scenes from making it to the final episode, making it appear is if Vila is sweating in hiding – apparently the tears were far more disturbing than the idea that Avon was ready to throw Vila off the ship!
LogBook entry by Earl Green