It’s all getting a bit retro at MCM Birmingham Comic Con, with three of the cast of classic sci-fi series Blake’s 7 – Jan Chappell, Jacqueline Pearce and Sally Knyvette – joining the cinema stars and small screen celebs assembling at the Midlands show next month.
The brainchild of Terry Nation, creator of Doctor Who’s iconic Daleks, Blake’s 7 ran for four seasons from 1978 to 1981, following a small group of rebels in their fight against the fascistic Terran Federation. Sporting dystopian themes, moral ambiguity and a cast of anti-heroes (at best!), Blake’s 7 remains one of seminal British SF dramas of its era.
Jan Chappell appeared in three seasons of the show as fan favourite Cally, a telepathic alien from the planet Auron. Exiled by her isolationist people after helping the resistance, the compassionate Cally joins Blake after a Federation biological weapons attack leaves her the sole survivor of her guerrilla force.
Jacqueline Pearce starred as the chic-but-deadly Servalan, Blake’s 7’s principal villain and the only guest character to appear in all four seasons of the series. Utterly ruthless, insatiably power-hungry and chillingly self-centred, Servalan was the head of the Federation’s armed forces and later the Federation itself.
Sally Knyvette played cynical space smuggler Jenna Stannis on the sci-fi show’s first two seasons. A skilled pilot and navigator, Jenna was the only female member of Blake’s original crew. Following her time aboard the Liberator, Knyvette swapped space opera for soap opera, starring as Kate Sugden in Emmerdale.
MCM Birmingham Comic Con comes to the NEC on 17-18 March 2018. Tickets to the show are available here.