The Faceless Ones

The Faceless Ones is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from April 8 to May 13, 1967. The story concerns a race of identity-stealing aliens known as the Chameleons.

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Only Episodes one and three of this serial exist in the BBC archives.

In addition to the complete version, the archives hold an incomplete print of episode one, returned from ABC in Australia in the early 1980s. The Australian Film Censorship Board saw fit to remove the following scenes: Spencer killing Inspector Gascoigne with a Chameleon ray-gun; the alien arm emerging from the cupboard; and panning shots of the alien figure (seen only from behind) at the end of the episode.

As with all missing episodes, off-air recordings of the soundtrack exist due to contemporary fan efforts. In February 2002 these were released on CD, accompanied by linking narration from Frazer Hines.

In 2003, Episodes one and three of this serial were the final Doctor Who episodes to be released on VHS by BBC Worldwide. In November 2004, they were included in the three-disc Lost in Time DVD set.

Episode one was released on a free DVD, included with The Sun as a promotional item. It was housed in a cardboard sleeve.

Heres a clip from episode one. As ever, go to the Loose Cannon or Restoration Team websites for more details;

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A novelisation of this serial, written by Terrance Dicks, was published by Target Books in December 1986.

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