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Covers and Release Date Revealed for Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones

The covers for the DVD, Blu-ray, and steelbook releases for the upcoming animation of the missing Doctor Who serial, The Faceless Ones, have been revealed… and they’re pretty gorgeous. We especially like the steelbook, which puts the TARDIS in the path of an incoming airplane – exactly how the story starts.

This Second Doctor adventure is mostly missing from the BBC archives, though we do at least have its soundtrack; this is accompanied by new animation for the release, which was announced in June 2019 and is expected to come out on 16th March 2020. Here are those covers…

Nice, eh? The DVD and Blu-ray ones are suitably creepy while the steelbook evokes travel from that period and a neat inversion of expectations on the back.

Here’s the synopsis:

The Faceless Ones is the mostly missing eighth serial of the fourth season in Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from April to May 1967. Starring Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, the story concerns a race of identity-stealing aliens known as the Chameleons.

Only two of the six episodes are held in the BBC film archives with snippets of footage and still images existing from the other four. Off-air recordings of the soundtrack also still exist, making the animation of a complete serial possible once again.

The six new animated episodes are being made in full colour and high definition. The DVD/Blu-ray release will also include surviving archive material from the original 1967 production.

Episodes One and Three are in the archive, and will be included on the DVD and Blu-ray; however, for the sake of consistency, all six episodes will be animated. The black-and-white only episodes can be enjoyed in colour too.

The Faceless Ones will be out on DVD, Blu-ray, and limited edition steelbook next month and can be pre-ordered right now!

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Covers and Release Date Revealed for Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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