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Doctor Who: Faceless Ones [Audiobook]

BBC Radio , Patrick Troughton
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4 Feb 2002 Doctor Who
Patricik Troughton plays the second Doctor in this classic six-part tale of bodysnatching from 1967. The Tardis makes a hazardous return at Gatwick Airport, and in evading airport security the Doctor and his companions uncover a plot to steal people's personalities.

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  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; abridged edition edition (4 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563535016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563535010
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spooky Troughton story ! 20 Feb 2002
The Tardis materialises at Gatwick airport, and Ben and Polly are kidnapped by mysterious aliens. The Doctor, ably assisted by the resourceful Jamie, begins an investigation, while being hunted by both the aliens and the airport authorities.
He discovers that thousands of young people have been kidnapped by a tour operator, Chameleon Tours, and that someone on the airport has access to technology not known on Earth.
The six episodes fly by, as the plot twists and turns in a very entertaining way. There are some marvellous character roles (the Airport Commandant, the police officer investigating the disappearance of one of the missing youngsters, and the Chameleon leader), and of course the eccentric and lovable Pat Troughton, who's on top form in this story.
Sadly, it's Ben and Polly's last appearance in Doctor Who, so there's also a "will-they survive or won't-they?" aspect to their disappearance.
The story is - for once - not about monsters, but is a mystery; and the Doctor has to win a race against time before the aliens' plans can be completed. He isn't helped when the Chameleons start replacing his friends with doubles - as he never knows who will be the next to be replaced!
Some lovely acting, too, by Wanda Ventham, Colin Gordon, Donald Pickering, and Pauline Collins in some of the guest roles.
A classic Troughton story, with a surprise ending...
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The Faceless Ones, a Patrick Troughton era story,(Ben and Polly's final story), is wonderful story to slip into, away from the real world.Landing in an airport, the Doctor and his companions quickly find themselves in an adventure as hundereds of teenagers aredissapearing and copies of them appearing. Suddenly, Polly dissapears...
This story will centainly keep you on the edge of your seat until the closing credits as it's not quite a happy ending...
The only minor downfall of this fantasticly surreal story is the fact that the addversaries are less courageous than the average Dr Who monster! But apart from that trivia thing, I strongly recommend all who enjoy a classic sci-fi story to buy it immediately and then close their eyes, and listen to the story that caused many to hide behind the sofa...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Troughton Classic 26 July 2004
I purchased the Audio CD of The Faceless Ones after seeing episodes one and three on 'The Reign of Terror' VHS box set.
The story's length is fine and allows the plot to develop properly. The linking narration by Frazer Hines is great and makes up for the lack of pictures on the action shots.
The story sees the departure of both Ben and Polly, although they have relatively minor parts in the story, which is a bit disappointing. Patrick Troughton is, as always on top form with his voice, which is always engaging and comes up with some memorable lines during the story.
If you are a fan of Patrick Troughton, The Faceless Ones is a great story to own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky Who At It's Best 10 April 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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CD Info.
2xCD of a 6 episode audio soundtrack tv story adventure, Running time 146 minutes approx.

1)Pauline Collins also starred with Tenth Doctor David Tennant in the 2006 episode Tooth & Claw as Queen Victoria.
2)Wanda Ventham starred in Fourth Doctor tv story Image Of The Fendahl as Thea Ransome/Fendahl Core & the Seventh Doctor tv story Time &The Rani as Faroon, She is also the mother of Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
3)Only episode's 1,3 currently exist in the BBC archives as parts 2,4,5,6 are still missing.
4)Originally transmitted 8th April-13th May 1967.
5)Final story to feature Ben & Polly.

The Tardis arrive on Earth in July 1966 at Gatwick Airport were the Doctor, Jamie, Ben & Polly stumble around the airport were Polly witness a murder in a hanger & she herself is kidnapped by the perpetrator Spencer of Chameleon Tours when Ben also disappears.

The Doctor & Jamie report there missing friends to the airport commander as the Doctor suspects foul play.

The Doctor meets a young lady called Samantha Briggs who explains several young people who use Chameleon Tour's have also gone missing recently as the Doctor discovers that a alien race called the Chameleons are behind these disappearances as they are kidnapping young people robbing them of there identities as they have lost there own during a terrible accident on there home planet.

The Doctor offers to help find another solution for there dilemma but will the Chameleons agree to release the body's they now have in there control?

Timelord Thoughts.
Another story that is missing 4 episodes & another great Second Doctor adventure we'll probably never get to see.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor Battles Chameleons At Gatwick 24 Jan 2012
The Faceless Ones is a 6 part serial from one of the greatest seasons of Doctor Who ever, season 4. All 7 stories that were broadcast in this season are unique and special. The Faceless Ones, airing late in the season is a 6 part story featuring new alien badies the Chameleons who have come to earth to steal the identities of 50,000 young earthicans. Thusly, the plot revolves around our 4 heros saving the day. By this time, Second Doctor Patrick Troughton has settled in to the role and here asserts his natural leadership over his companions and the staff at Gatwick.

If The Faceless Ones suffers from one weakness, its its length. The story really could have been a more thrilling 4 part affair. The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase and The Macra Terror are all classics in my eyes because they are short, to-the-point and exciting. I have always enjoyed Doctor Who's 4 parter's. The Faceless Ones does not drag as badly as some other 6 part stories I can think of, but still, it could have done with shaving a few minutes off its run time. That aside, what we have here is a classic story starring a stella cast. The highlight for me in this serial is Colin Gordon's Commandant. He bounces off Troughton's Doctor wonderfully, as does Bernard Kay's Crossland. Unusually, Ben and Polly are absent for the vast majority of the serial, only appearing right at the bitter-sweet end where they decide to stay behind in 1966 London. Their performances are emotionally moving, especially Polly's. I always liked Ben and Polly so for me its sad to see them leave.

I highly recommend that you grab a copy of The Faceless Ones, I'm certainly glad I did. A very enjoyable romp with Pat and the crew in 1966's modern day Gatwick airport.
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