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Checkmate is the fifth audio play in the Kaldor City series. Written by Alan Stevens, it deals with Uvanov and Iago's struggle to contain the threat of the killer robots.

Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]

"Cause and effect. It applies to everything."

Taren Capel's legacy is unleashed, and death stalks the streets. As Uvanov fights for his career and life, Paullus contacts a force which could be the salvation of the people of Kaldor -- or their destruction.

With Carnell gone, Iago is the only one who can save the city from its fate — but to do that, he must sacrifice everything...

Kaldor City - Checkmate uses characters and concepts from Chris Boucher's Doctor Who novel Corpse Marker to tell an apocalyptic tale of subterfuge and revelation.

Plot[edit | edit source]

to be added

Cast[edit | edit source]

(in order of appearance)

References[edit | edit source]

Indiviuals[edit | edit source]

Objects[edit | edit source]

Kaldor City[edit | edit source]

The Company Board[edit | edit source]

  • Company Central have a secret emergency location unknown to Uvanov. He is to contract then using an emergency code, contained in a file marked emergency procedures.
  • Firstmaster Derhaven supports Landerchild in calling for a vote of no confidence in Firstmaster Chairholder Uvanov.
  • The representative of the most senior family is Firstmaster Schraeder.

Robots[edit | edit source]

  • There are no robots at Uvanov's residence.
  • Prior to boarding the Storm Mine, Taren Capel used his position in the Company to ensure every Dum, Voc and Supervoc in Kaldor City would at the sound of a trigger phrase turn into a remorseless killer.
  • The instruction to "stop the killing now" is passed from V13 to V101. Iago plans to use the news link and entertainment channels to broadcast it on a frequency that only robots will be able to detect.

Tarenists[edit | edit source]

  • The Church of Taren Capel is announced to have claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on the Company Central building.
  • Uvanov describes the Tarenists as having "a twisted mix of robophobia and religious fanaticism."
  • The cover story Uvanov gives to the Company Board is that Tarenists released the trigger phrase to awake the killer robots.
  • Uvanov accuses Carnell of financing the Church of Taren Capel.

Fendahl[edit | edit source]

  • The Fendahl communicates with Paullus through the static on the tapes using Taren Capel's aspect.
  • Snake creatures appear; these are the Fendahl's servants known as Fendahleen.
  • The Emptiness is a desert wind that comes directly from the centre of the Blind Heart Desert.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Following the release of this play, and the sad death of Russell Hunter, it was generally assumed that the Kaldor City audio stories had reached a natural end. However, to date, three further audio productions have been released.
  • The play closes with a version of the theme music from The Logic of Empire, a fan produced Blake's 7 audio co-written by Alan Stevens, before leading into the series theme.
  • A specially recorded audio trailer was released to promote this story taking the form of a short monologue as read in character by Paul Darrow as Iago.[1]
  • The copyright notice printed on the CD release of this production states: "Unauthorised copying, hiring, renting, public performance and broadcasting is strictly prohibited or Cotton will insert a lemon."
  • This story was part of a recording block that also consisted of Hidden Persuaders, and Taren Capel.[2]
  • The CD cover art was designed by Andy Hopkinson.
  • The third edition of Mad Norwegian Press' reference work AHistory gives a year of 2890 for the events of this story.

Continuity[edit | edit source]

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