Duncan Lamont was cast as Ushton but died after completing the location filming, which had to be reshot with John Abineri in the role.
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Ronald Lewis was asked to play Ushton but had to pass because of illness.
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This is the only episode where a character other than Travis uses the rank of Space Commander.
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Travis' status as a Federation fugitive was established in Blake's 7: Trial (1979) the same episode where the detector shield was introduced.
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Blake, Avon and Vila wear identical white outfits when teleporting down. These are later worn by Avon and Grant in Blake's 7: Countdown (1979).
Molok's fate echoes that of Vargas in Blake's 7: Cygnus Alpha (1978).
Both Bruce Purchase and Andrew Robertson appeared in Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet: Part One (1978) as The Captain and Mr. Fibuli.