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The Faceless Ones
Doctor Who, episode 35 (4.8)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:28:34
An alien menace kidnaps teenagers from Gatwick.
The TARDIS arrives on Earth in 1966 - on a runway at Gatwick airport. Polly witnesses a murder in a nearby hangar and is then kidnapped by the perpetrator, Spencer of Chameleon Tours. Subsequently Ben also vanishes. The Doctor and Jamie are left to try to convince the sceptical airport Commandant that there has been foul play.
It transpires that a great many other young people have also vanished, all of them while on Chameleon Tours holidays. With the help of Samantha Briggs, the sister of one of the missing youths, the Doctor and Jamie uncover a plot by the alien Chameleons to kidnap human youngsters in order to take their identities - for the Chameleons have lost their own in an accident on their home planet.
The Doctor offers to help the Chameleons find another solution to their problem and the kidnapped humans are released.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:48:19
The Faceless Ones sees Doctor Who approaching the end of a period of transition. It still has something of the feel of a first Doctor story about it and yet shows the series casting off just about the last of its direct links to that era with the departure of Polly and Ben. The way in which the two companions are written out is actually rather abrupt and offhand, as was noted by Chris Marton in Wheel in Space No. 9, dated May 1980:: 'It was sad that the retiring companions' appearances were so...
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