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The Faceless Ones Animation to Screen on BBC America in October

BBC America has announced it will screen the animated version of The Faceless Ones in early October – the first time this animation has been screened on a commercial channel, either in the USA or UK.

This Second Doctor story is largely missing from the BBC archives, but its soundtrack survives, and, paired with animation, was recently released on DVD and Blu-ray. It stars Patrick Troughton’s incarnation of the Time Lord, travelling with Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines), Ben Jackson (Michael Craze), and Polly Wright (Anneke Wills), and was written by David Ellis and Malcolm Hulke (Doctor Who and the Silurians).

Episodes One and Three exist, giving us brief glimpses of the scary Chameleon alien antagonists, but the other four parts of this six-episode story are missing, believed wiped.

The Faceless Ones will air over two days on BBC America: Wednesday 7th October at 8/ 7 Central and Thursday 8th October at 8/ 7 Central. Other Classic Doctor Who stories are available on BritBox, while 21st Century Who is on HBO Max.

This animation is, of course, also available on DVD and Blu-ray now.

Meanwhile, it’s been announced that Fury from the Deep will be animated for release in September 2020 (at least in the UK…).

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.

The Faceless Ones Animation to Screen on BBC America in October

by Philip Bates time to read: 1 min
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