I listened to the end of this show in 1998 or 1999. I don't know if it was a repeat. I am pretty sure it was supposed to be Tom Baker's doctor. I don't know if it was Tom Baker. It was on BBC Radio 2 or possibly Radio 4.

The scientist has helped all his people achieve immortality by transferring their consciousness into everlasting robot bodies.

He finds out at the end. The transfer failed. He murdered all his people when he burned the 'empty' flesh bodies.

I checked out the summary of the Blake's 7 radio shows broadcast in 1998 but the stories do not match.

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    I'm almost sure I heard something like this story described recently, and I just CANNOT remember it! Are you sure it wasn't Radio 4, btw? Mar 24 at 21:16
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    I think it was light in the early evening. Possibly it was Spring/ Summer it ia also possible i was 99. Mar 25 at 8:35
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    No it was only a radio in the room. Mar 25 at 8:46
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    I was living in Greater Manchester. I Mar 25 at 11:03
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    "I checked out the summary of the Blake's 7 radio shows broadcast in 1998 but the stories do not match.". Luckily, because you mentioned it might have been 1999 - I've found it Mar 25 at 15:27

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This is a Blake's 7 audio drama called The Syndeton Experiment, broadcast in April 1999.

From the linked wiki page:

When they finally locate Dr. Rossum he's an elderly man with a weak heart who has become insane, believing himself to be a saviour. He has been transferring the minds of the populace into "nanobots", three-armed, three-legged purple androids with superior mental capacity. His ultimate aim is to place himself in control of them all, in a chief nanobot. ... Avon tells Rossum that his ideas were incorrect, and the "minds" he transferred to his nanobots were only copies, the "dead" bodies he burnt still alive. Realising he has committed genocide and unwittingly murdered nearly two million people, Rossum dies, leaving the Scorpio crew to take off, pondering whether or not Servalan is still alive...

The Syndeton Experiment was ... broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of their The Saturday Play slot. It was originally scheduled for 19/12/1998, explaining why you might see this date listed as its original broadcast date in some listings out there.

Sadly, Tom Baker was not one of the cast members.

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    "Rossum". Nice nod to Karel Čapek. Mar 25 at 15:36
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    @Astrid_Redfern Awesome find considering I had misremembered Blake's 7 as Doctor Who. Thanks for all your efforts. Mar 25 at 16:44
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    @JudithJones You're welcome! Mar 25 at 18:46

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