Blake's 7 is a British science fiction television series produced by the BBC. Four 13- episode series were broadcast on BBC1 between 2 January 1978 and 21 December 1981. It was created by Terry Nation, who also created the Daleks for the television series Doctor Who. The main character initially, was Roj Blake, played by Gareth Thomas. The series was inspired by various fictional media, including Robin Hood, Star Trek, Passage to Marseille, The Dirty Dozen, Brave New World and classic Western stories, as well as real-world political conflicts in South America and Israel.