Doctor Who: Season 4, Episode 31

The Faceless Ones: Episode 1 (8 Apr. 1967)

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The TARDIS materialises on the runway of Gatwick Airport, where Polly witnesses a murder only to be kidnapped before she can report it.

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The TARDIS materialises on the runway of Gatwick Airport, where Polly witnesses a murder only to be kidnapped before she can report it.

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The working title for this story was The Chameleons. See more »

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Jamie: It's a flying beastie!
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Faceless, perhaps not faultless but certainly not fruitless - this is really good.
28 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review for all 6 episodes:

This adventure which sadly at present cannot be seen in all its glory due to BBC wiping of tapes leading to these being some of the 'lost' classics. Reconstructions available using what is left (all the sound of every Doctor Who episode survive thank goodness, added to still photographs and surviving portions of film) still provide thoroughly impressive sci-fi entertainment.

The contemporary Earth setting was still hardly used at this stage so this was a forerunner of the numerous Quatermass type, Earth under attack in the 'present day' stories which were to follow. It is a great prototype as it has good thrills, good intelligent alien threat, great relevance to viewers fears of alien attack on their own world with sufficient realism and action. The writing, acting and direction are all of high quality and the characters are good.

The lovely extra companion for this adventure, Samantha played by future film star Pauline Collins, works well. It is sad though that Polly and Ben are sidelined in their last adventure. Polly had not quite maintained her feisty early form and had been turned into more of a 'screamer' but she was still a good companion and Ben was a great, tough companion throughout his time.

This story is very strong all round with aliens which are well realised and cleverly characterised.


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