Sunday 9 August 2020

Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones on BBC America

Classic Doctor Who serial The Faceless Ones, starring Patrick Troughton as the titular character and sees the departure of TARDIS companions Ben (Michael Craze) and Polly (Anneke Wills), will be shown on BBC America this October.

BBC Studios builds on its previous success with Troughton's The Power of the Daleks and The Macra Terror to restore another lost serial, from the BBC's infamous purge of master tapes, using animation. This technique is used in the upcoming Fury from the Deep (affiliate link) on Blu-ray and DVD this September.

I read the Target novelisation, written by the late, great, Terrance Dicks, in middle school and have yet to see The Faceless Ones (read Andrew Lewin's review here). The release coincided with the coronavirus lockdown, War of the Worlds and Normal People.

The Faceless Ones premieres Wednesday, 7th October on BBC America. Classic Doctor Who is streaming on BritBox and every season since 2005 is streaming exclusively on HBO Max.

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