The Faceless Ones: Doctor Who: Season 4
The Faceless Ones SYNOPSIS:
The Tardis crew are separated fleeing security after the Tardis lands on a Gatwick airport runway on present day Earth. Polly is witness to a murder with an alien weapon and when reunited with her friends gets them to investigate the Chameleon tours hangar where it occurred. Captain Blade spies on them and captures Polly when she lags behind the Doctor and Jamie.
The Airport commandant can not be convinced by their story and the Doctor and Jamie encounter Polly working for an airline under another identity with no memory of them. In the airport hospital faceless aliens are being transformed into duplicates of captured staff by Captains Blade and Spencer. Ben is soon captured upon finding the body of the original Polly in stasis.
The creatures are Chameleons stealing human identities in order to survive on Earth. The Doctor, Jamie and Samantha Briggs, persuade investigating detective Crossland that Chameleon Tours is a front for an alien kidnapping operation. However Chameleon duplicates have now assumed key positions at the airport and the Doctor and Crossland have no way of knowing who to trust.
Jamie manages to stow away on a plane and destined for the Chameleon space station orbiting Earth. A captured Chameleon duplicate confesses that all the humans remain alive to allow them use of their forms but the Doctor and the Commandant still have to determine where the space station is and how to rescue his companions, the kidnapped staff and all the lost passengers. A possibility lies within the dissent brewing amongst the Chameleons commanders.
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The Faceless Ones DETAILS:
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The Faceless Ones CAST & CREW
Patrick Troughton(Second Doctor)
Michael Craze (Ben Jackson)
Anneke Wills (Polly)
Fraser Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Colin Gordon — Commandant
Donald Pickering — Blade
Wanda Ventham — Jean Rock
Pauline Collins — Samantha Briggs
Bernard Kay — Crossland
George Selway — Meadows
Gilly Fraser — Ann Davidson
Victor Winding — Spencer
Christopher Tranchell — Jenkins
Peter Whitaker — Inspector Gascoigne
Barry Wilsher — Heslington
Madalena Nicol — Nurse Pinto
Leonard Trolley — Supt. Reynolds
James Appleby — Policeman
Brigit Paul — Announcer
Michael Ladkin — RAF Pilot
Production Staff for Serial KK:
Writers - David Ellis & Malcolm Hulke
Director - Gerry Mill
Script editor - Gerry Davis
Producer - Innes Lloyd
Missing episodes 2,4,5,6.
Polly and Ben are taken care of by the end of part 1 and the Doctor and jamie are the only ones left to sort things out. Maybe it's eerie because the whole premise is so understated, the black and white helps a lot, the minimal use of sets, it's mainly the flight control centre and the two sets in Chameleon Tours hanger that are used, the minimal use of music and weird special sounds. The sinister underplayed roles of Donald Pickering as Captain Blade and his off sider who are reviving the chameleon race and slowly stealing peoples identities and forms throughout the airport so they can survive on Earth. So you don't really know who all the bad guys and good guys are. There's a glimpse of one being taken to a hospital in it's natural form you don't see it but it has that real Who creepiness when you see the fleshless arms and back of head. The other actors all act believably, like the detective and the airport controller and Hines and Troughton really get into forming their double act as they prowl around and investigate. Pauline Collins is also really good as a replacement Liverpudlian companion for leggy Polly and gels with the regulars well.
Was strange to see an odd set of episodes which genuinely had me wanting to see more of the story (which hopefully evolved beyond just two sets, although you did see a passenger plane interior too) in old Black & white it apparently ends up on a space station orbiting Earth. The pace was there though dragged in the last 5 minutes of part 3, but it looked far superior to the rediscovered Tomb Of the Cybermen. Threats are always best when you don't know who to trust. Not bad at all. 7/10