It has been revealed by BBC Studios that the next entry in the range of Doctor Who animations will be The Faceless Ones.
Ever since 2006’s The Invasion, BBC Studios have been filling the gaps in the Doctor Who archive with animated reconstructions. These have steadily grown in ambition and sophistication. Following the recent success of The Power of the Daleks, Shada and The Macra Terror, the next will be one of the most ambitious yet – The Faceless Ones.
Originally broadcast in 1967, The Faceless Ones sees the Doctor (Patrick Troughton) and his companions Jamie (Frazer Hines), Polly (Anneke Wills) and Ben (Michael Craze) arrive in Gatwick Airport. From the moment the TARDIS touches down in the middle of a runway, the four friends find themselves in danger. Why do teenager holidaymakers keep disappearing without a trace? What is the secret of the mysterious Captain Blade and Chameleon Tours? And with an enemy apparently able to replace real people with sinister doppelgangers, who can they trust?
All six episodes were wiped by the BBC at a time when video tape was expensive and recycling it was an essential cost saving measure. However, over the decades copies of Episodes 1 and 3 have been returned to the archives. Yet four of the six remain lost, possibly forever.
Now, thanks to a combination of digitally remastered audio recordings of the missing episodes, and the exhaustive work of the animation team, The Faceless Ones lives again. All six episodes have been animated in full colour HD in order to create one seamless adventure. However, the existing two episodes, and other surviving archive material, will also be included to provide the best of both worlds.
The Faceless Ones is coming to multiple formats next year and can be pre-ordered now
The Faceless Ones will be released in 2020 in DVD, Blu-Ray and Steelbook editions. Blogtor Who will keep you up to date as details and images of the extras and animation becomes available. You can already pre-order The Faceless Ones from Amazon.