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The Faceless Ones: Episode 6 

The Doctor and Pinto are captured by the Chameleons but the Doctor manages to use their dependence on their human originals to create dissent in their ranks.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Madalena Nicol ...
Donald Pickering ...
Gilly Fraser ...
Victor Winding ...
George Selway ...
Leonard Trolley ...
Barry Wilsher ...
Chris Tranchell ...
Jenkins (as Christopher Tranchell)


The Doctor and Pinto are captured by the Chameleons but the Doctor manages to use their dependence on their human originals to create dissent in their ranks.

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13 May 1967 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was wiped by the BBC and no copy of it is known to exist. See more »


[first lines]
Nurse Pinto: What do we do now?
Dr. Who: We slip away and see if we can find all these young people. Come on.
[the Doctor turns a corner and finds himself facing Captain Blade. He tries to get passed him cheerfully]
Dr. Who: Ah, Captain Blade, we're following your instructions, trying to find the accommodation centre.
Blade: My instructions don't apply to you. You two won't be needing living space.
Dr. Who: Captain Blade, what is this? I don't understand. We're here to stay, aren't we?
Blade: Oh yes, you're here to stay - but not in ...
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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 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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