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The Doctor, Jamie, Ben and Polly land slap back on a runway in the
middle of Gatwick Airport, the quartet run off to elude Police capture.
Polly witnesses a man being shot by another, the weapon used is a
futuristic ray gun that could only belong to an alien being. The
travellers return to the scene of the crime and go in search of the
authorities. Ben is working solo, Polly is snatched at the command of
Captain Blade of Chameleon tours, the man at the top of the Aliens at
Chameleon Tours. The Doctor and Jamie have trouble explaining their
presence in the Airport, they insist that The Commandant accompanies
them to the Hanger, the body has disappeared. At the Chameleon tours
base Polly is 'processed.' Polly later reappears, claiming her name
isn't Polly and that she has no idea who the Doctor or Jamie are. A
faceless, featureless veiny creature is later revealed, and set to be
I'm always surprise by the amount of stick The Faceless ones gets, I know it's not the best production of all, but it's original, it's different and it flows well.
It's a good example of the four members of the TARDIS working well together, everyone has something to do, nobody is shunned.
Incredibly 60's music throughout, it's a fitting score that could only belong to that era.
Some great performances, I've always been a big fan of the velvet voiced Wanda Ventham, a great servant to Doctor Who, she would return in Image of the Fendahl and Time and the Rani (least said about the latter the better.)
Really good start to a pretty good serial. 8/10
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 adventure involves an alien race stealing humans from 1966 Gatwick Airport in order to use their bodies to replace their own damaged forms.
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, action, good intelligent alien threat, great relevance to viewers fears of alien attack on their own world with sufficient realism. The writing by Malcolm Hulke (the first of his great writing contributions) and David Ellis, acting by the whole cast and direction from Gerry Mill 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 (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) 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. The only big flaw is the revelation in episode 5 of how many people are missing which is highly unbelievable without it being very noticeable to many relatives.
My Ratings: Episodes 1, 2, 3 & 6 - 10/10, Episode 4 - 9/10, Episode 5 - 8/10
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