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Zen - Master onboard flight computer which controlled the vital functions and took voice commands from whomever was in charge of the huge alien spacecraft Liberator on the British science fiction series BLAKE'S 7/BBC/1978-81.

Zen the Computer

Found abandoned in space, the Liberator was commandeered by  escaping prisoners sentenced to exile on the planet Cygnus Alpha by the tyrannical futuristic government known as "The Federation". Lead by resistance fighter Roj Blake (Garreth Thomas), the new crew included:

  • Kerr Avon, a cold-hearted computer expert;
  • Jenna Stannis (Sally Knyvette), a smuggler and loyal supporter of Roj Blake;
  • Vila Restal (Michael Keating), a mousy, often complaining safecracker;
  • Gan Olag (David Jackson), a burly man with an electronic device called a "Limitor" implanted in his head to prevent him from killing;
  • Cally, a telepathic alien trained on the planet Auron in Guerilla warfare who joined the crew soon after it was formed.
  • The seventh member of "Blake's 7" was Zen (voice of Zen supplied by Peter Tuddenham).

ORAC, a superior computer system

Later in the series, another super computer called ORAC was brought on board the craft. It was taken from a dying scientist/computer expert. Its voice also was supplied by (Peter Tuddenham).

Zen, who made his first appearance on the episode "Cygnus Alpha",  was destroyed along with the Liberator in the last season by Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce), the Federation's ruthless female Supreme Commander.

SLAVE - the Scorpio's onboard computer

During season four on episode "Rescue", Blake transports to the spaceship Scorpio and discovers an onboard computer named SLAVE (voice of Peter Tuddenham) whose opinions are not appreciated by ORAC who considered itself to be a superior system.

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