In Review: Big Finish: Blake’s 7 -Ghost Ship

Vila is scared. Of course he is. Vila is always scared.

Synopsis: Vila is scared. Of course he is. Vila is always scared.

He should feel safe. He is on board the Liberator, the most powerful ship ever constructed. He is home – but he is certainly not alone.

Ghostly figures stalk the corridors of the Liberator. Spectres who know Vila’s name. Revenants. Demons.

And Vila has nowhere to run.

Review: This is a fantastic ghost story with a science fiction twist, but it is also a brilliant showcase for the talented Michael Keating who gets an opportunity to explore some of Villa’s phobias.

The sound production on this story is outstanding and very spooky and you can’t help but feel some empathy for Villa who is quite obviously scared out of his wits by the Spectres that seem to be stalking and feeding off of his fear.

The story is written by Iain McLaughlin, who must have been channeling his inner Dickens because Villa makes a similar observation than scrooge when questioning whether these spectres are real or not.

Yet again there are some fantastic and funny exchanges between Villa and the two computers on board the Liberator in the form of Orac and Zen.

We also get a nice performance from Paul Darrow as Avon, who seems to also fall under the influence of the ghosts.

The one disappointing aspect of this story for me was that the ghost were not actually ghosts.

This story does really well to work in the audio format and Michael Keating does a fantastic job of holding your interest insofar as he is the sole main character for quite long stretches of the story. The fact that you are kept engaged in this story with the limitations of audio is all down to some fabulous acting, great writing and masterful directions from Lisa Bowerman.

I can’t even begin to contemplate the production challenges that a ghost story would have when it comes to producing an audio drama of such high quality as this.

You can obtain your own copy of Blake’s 7 – Ghost Ship at:

Big Finish: Blake's 7 -Ghost Ship
  • Fantastic Story and Great acting
  • I was a little dissapointed by the scifi reveal of the ghosts not being real
  • Story
  • Voice Acting
  • Sound Production

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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