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March 14th, 2020 186 comments

Doctor Who The Faceless Ones DVD

All formats are available to order from www.amazon.co.uk

Also available to order from www.zoom.co.uk and www.zavvi.com

Doctor Who’s missing serial The Faceless Ones will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and SteelBook on 16th March 2020.

BBC Studios is pleased to announce that The Faceless Ones will be the next animated Doctor Who release, filling a gap in missing content. Following the success of The Power of the Daleks, Shada and The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and as an exclusive steelbook next year.

The Faceless Ones is the mostly missing eighth serial of the fourth season of 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 sinister 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. Fortunately, 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 and will include the following exclusive special features:

  • Photographic reconstruction of the story, including surviving footage of episodes 1 & 3
  • Audio commentary on episodes 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  • ‘Making of the animated series’
  • Camera script PDF’s
  • Surviving film fragments from the story
  • x5 ‘Easter Egg’ surprises
  • Coming Soon Fury from the Deep trailer


The double sided cover…


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186 comments

  • Anonymous

    March 27th, 2020 - 11:07pm

    The Wheel in Space would be a great story, to see in animation. The Daleks Master Plan or Evil of the Daleks or the moonbase

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    • Anonymous

      March 28th, 2020 - 1:20am

      I completely agree with the first three. The Moonbase has been animated though.

    • Prowl 1701

      March 28th, 2020 - 7:47am

      The Moonbase animation is still my favorite. Liked that style of animation.

    • Anonymous

      March 28th, 2020 - 1:00pm

      Watched moonbase in January and the animation is excellent.

    • Anonymous

      March 28th, 2020 - 1:43pm

      That is an excellent animation. I also like the Invasion. Reign of Terror is by far my least favorite. I’d like to see that one re-reanimated after all the missing ones are animated.

    • Anonymous

      March 30th, 2020 - 5:20pm

      I wonder if they’ll wait on the Wheel in Space since there is a telesnap version on BritBox.

  • Lee D

    March 22nd, 2020 - 2:50pm

    Does anyone know where the Bad Wolf reference is on the DVD ?

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    • Gordon

      March 22nd, 2020 - 3:10pm

      The eye chart on episode 2 about 7 mins in. It’s spelled backwards. Just under big ron egg which is also spelled backwards

    • Lee D

      March 22nd, 2020 - 3:47pm

      Thank you so much Gordon and for all your knowledge of the show, thanks again !

  • Joe 90

    March 22nd, 2020 - 8:26am

    I was nicely surprised to see the “Wanted” posters of both Delgado and the new Master on the notice board in the Police station in Ep 1 before the motorcycle cops go and investigate the TARDIS.

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    • Lee D

      March 22nd, 2020 - 2:01pm

      Very good Animation ,but was hoping they would leave the black and white version, free of the wanted sign Easter Eggs !

    • Anonymous

      March 22nd, 2020 - 2:51pm

      To be honest I think I’ll only ever watch the original episodes with the black and white animation and occasionally the full colour version.

    • Anonymous

      April 3rd, 2020 - 8:28pm

      I liked several of the little nods. Magpie electrics, Hibbert’s plastics, the newspaper in air traffic control and the Delgado wanted poster. I liked that the sacha master was there and I liked when it was replaced by the monk later on.

  • Anonymous

    March 19th, 2020 - 8:05pm

    Anyone else spotted troughton’s floating arm in eps 1 animation? It’s in both versions. Just after polly is kidnapped, Jamie and the doctor walk away and just before they turn the sleeve of the coat appears between them.

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    • Anonymous

      March 21st, 2020 - 11:32pm

      As you should be aware of by now. “The team don’t have time to work in these animations in small detail and you should be grateful that you even got the story in the first place I mean how rare is that?. Maybe in a couple of years they could finally fix it in the super special edition, which you will have to pay another 12.99 for instead of just making it right first time”. Oxygen was such a great story wasn’t it.

    • Anonymous

      March 22nd, 2020 - 9:39am

      Er, it’s not a complaint just an observation. It’s a very minor error and makes no difference. I just wondered if anyone else had spotted it. Due to time and money it’s inevitable that some errors will creep in and not be fixed. Besides it’s on Episode one an episode that exists!

  • Anonymous

    March 19th, 2020 - 6:18pm

    good dvd nice distraction from the world for a couple of hours

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    • Anonymous

      March 19th, 2020 - 7:04pm

      Just got mine today, watched the original episodes with the b&w animation, about to watch 1 and 3 in b&W now. Have to say I think that did one is the one I’ll probably watch most. Great fun to watch this story. Not the greatest story but troughton and Hines are just so watchable. Also have to admit I thought this was a vast improvement on macra. I wasn’t keen on the alterations made to macra so I’m very happy with faceless as they seem to have tried to get the animation to match more to how it should have been. Colour version tomorrow then reconstruction and extras Saturday. The one silver lining of isolation!

    • Anonymous

      March 20th, 2020 - 10:13pm

      Watched it all now. Enjoyed the colour version but I’ll probably make the original episodes black and white animation my go to watch. The reconstruction is decent but you do need to put the narration on. The extras are sparse, but the making of is interesting.

  • Anonymous

    March 19th, 2020 - 2:56pm

    Can anyone put the locations of the Easter eggs on please!

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    • Rob W

      March 19th, 2020 - 4:01pm

      Disc Three, there’s only one Easter Egg. Try Soecial Feature, use the right arrow key on each feature. I don’t want to spoil your enjoyment of finding it!

    • Anonymous

      March 19th, 2020 - 4:52pm

      The easiest way is put in audio navigation and the Easter eggs show up in the list,

  • Anonymous

    March 19th, 2020 - 12:11pm

    Still waiting for this to arrive…

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  • DPHill

    March 19th, 2020 - 12:08am

    Has anyone else noticed a sticking on episode one? I’ve only done episode one on disc two in colour and it has been rubbish to watch ; the episode is very intriguing and thankfully uplifted, but the issue is really taking away from it all…

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    • DPHill

      March 19th, 2020 - 12:55am

      Now I’ve looked at disc one and that is perfect, disc three plays, but – now this one I have never seen in all the hundreds of dr who dvds – the cursor will sometimes get stuck and then disappear rendering the disc unplayable until you restart

      Also, only found one out of five Easter eggs…
      I’m thinking there must be some on disc one and two as they say “bonus contents” yet haven’t any bonus

    • Anonymous

      March 19th, 2020 - 9:34am

      Bluray or DVD? And try it in a different machine as well

    • Rob W

      March 19th, 2020 - 4:06pm

      There’s only one Easter Egg I’ve found (five B/W Production Stills).

    • RPG74

      March 19th, 2020 - 6:00pm

      I’ve just watched Episode 1 in colour and there was no sticking for me. I have the blu ray though-I assume you’re talking about the DVD?

    • Anonymous

      March 19th, 2020 - 8:01pm

      I’ve got the DVD, episode 1 in colour played just fine for me. Could you tell us what scenes you are experiencing problems with? (Or the time stamp)

    • Anonymous

      March 19th, 2020 - 8:03pm

      It could be your machine

    • Anonymous

      March 19th, 2020 - 8:06pm

      Oh you mean on the menu screen screen! That tends to happen on an old player of mine. Not so much on the newer player

  • d

    March 19th, 2020 - 12:07am

    Anyone having a problem with the episode sticking? Only watched one episode and it has been less than enjoyable due to this – which is a real shame but thankfully I know the first episode anyway- what can I do?

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  • me

    March 18th, 2020 - 6:04pm

    does anybody know what is the x5 ‘Easter Egg’ surprises ?

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    • Anonymous

      March 19th, 2020 - 1:14pm

      It’s a photo gallery featuring 5 photos

    • Rob W

      March 19th, 2020 - 4:09pm

      Try disc 3 Special Features and use the left or right arrow keys on each feature.

  • DPHill

    March 18th, 2020 - 8:38am

    Something that bothers me with releases since for six consecutive years across nine releases is the “years” banner at the bottom where the doctors era appears and their photo – why since jan 2014 have they all been blue? Surely this has been noticed and is getting old – why aren’t there other colours?
    2014 – web and moonbase- blue
    2015 – underwater menace – blue
    2016 – power and TV movie – blue
    2017,18,19 – Shada, enemy SE, Macra – all blue
    2020 has now got faceless in the typical template and yet again it’s blue!
    Please can we have some more originality for fury – I’m hoping for green to spice it up because Troughton banners seem very blue – thoughts…

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    • anonymous

      March 18th, 2020 - 11:34am

      Since 2017 they are actually purple

    • Anonymous

      March 18th, 2020 - 12:35pm

      Can’t really say I’m bothered

    • Anonymous

      March 18th, 2020 - 4:58pm

      I see what they mean. It is a bit strange having a blue banner on a cover like Macra Terror. At least they have the roundel template

    • DPHill

      March 18th, 2020 - 10:09pm

      Has anyone spotted it mentioned last years who animation as the wheel in space?

  • RPG74

    March 17th, 2020 - 6:07pm

    Well, just bought mine from the local, completely deserted, HMV. I did consider the steelbook but decided against it. Since there’s no extra content over the standard release, a la Macra Terror, I don’t see the point of paying an extra £8 for an attractive piece of tin. Each to their own though, and to those who wanted it and got it, congrats. I’ll be watching this on days off the rest of this week. Can’t wait!

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  • Anonymous

    March 17th, 2020 - 9:42am

    Still nothing from hmv

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    • TheQuestion

      March 17th, 2020 - 11:41am

      They have them in store all three versions
      Can they send from there?

    • Anonymous

      March 17th, 2020 - 2:24pm

      No, only from warehouse. Had them in warehouse 48hrs now and still nothing. No point in emailing as it takes them 3 days To respond. I order online because I suffer from depression and can’t always leave the house, so you fan imagine how I felt when told to just cancel the preorder and “just go and by it, it’s here, what’s the problem?” From a member of staff on the phone when I phoned to see if the release had been put back.

    • Anonymous

      March 17th, 2020 - 6:07pm

      Its finally been sent which is a relief. Especially in these increasingly scary times. I need something to occupy myself with to keep myself on an even keel. Sounds daft I know but that’s the way it is. Faceless will keep me going for awhile!

  • Anonymous

    March 17th, 2020 - 9:00am

    I’m really loving these animated releases. They fill in the gaps, that are lost to time (no pun intended). I would like to see some from the Hartnell era done in animation, there are gaps there too. Let’s hope this animated era continues, so WHO fans can fill in the gaps

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  • Chance W

    March 16th, 2020 - 2:41pm

    Are there any news on a region 1 release because I know that we’re gonna have to wait so many months for it to release in my country because in December 2017 Shada released in region 2 then November 2018 Shada released in region then in March 2019 the Macra terror region 2 then November 2019 The Macra Terror released in region 1. Can somebody explain why they can’t pick a date for it to release it worldwide than releasing it in one region then wait a couple months to release it in a another region?

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    • Gordon

      March 16th, 2020 - 7:49pm

      It’s because bbc America majority fund it. They want it for broadcast and they want to wait till it’s close to the tv broadcast on bbc America before releasing it.

    • Anonymous

      March 17th, 2020 - 8:16am

      Whilst not an American, I do feel sorry for the R1 fans who have to wait for it

  • Jimbob

    March 16th, 2020 - 11:04am

    Not arrived from Amazon. No payment taken yet. Changed from delivery today to we shall let u know date when released. Are they just short of stock or has it been postponed

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    • booboo

      March 16th, 2020 - 11:06am

      their delivery is late they have not had any stock i don’t think

    • booboo

      March 16th, 2020 - 11:28am

      sorry was referring to the steelbook , DVD’s have been sent out unless they did not get their full allocation

    • Jimbob

      March 16th, 2020 - 11:18am

      Wish is fine if that is the case. Just would be nice if they emailed to tell people that.

    • mick

      March 16th, 2020 - 11:20am

      Mines on it way today from amazon

    • Jimbob

      March 16th, 2020 - 11:24am

      I just find it funny that I’ve had it on pre order since June last year, this morning it was marked for delivery today but payment hasn’t been taken and now it showing we shall let you know a date for delivery.

    • Jimbob

      March 16th, 2020 - 11:35am

      And I am talking about the steel book by the way.

    • Alan Silvester

      March 16th, 2020 - 12:23pm

      I agree, Jimbob. Had my steelbook on pre-order since June. Up until yesterday it was showing as “arriving tomorrow”, now received e-mail saying no idea when (if) it will be delivered. Amazon are becoming a joke. I’ve cancelled it and ordered from Zoom. Think I will use zoom going forward, as they always seem to deliver their releases on time or ahead of time. Amazon just don’t care.

    • Anonymous

      March 16th, 2020 - 12:27pm

      Unfortunately it may just be a case of future times. We might have to accept that things we want may be delayed.

    • Anonymous

      March 16th, 2020 - 4:40pm

      My Blu Ray has been dispatched (16:26 UK time).

    • prototype dalek

      March 16th, 2020 - 9:01pm

      I got mine today from Amazon this afternoon

  • Anonymous

    March 16th, 2020 - 10:21am

    Absolutely nothing from hmv! No emails and no payment taken! Can’t reorder elsewhere until they bother to reply.

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    • Prof Horner

      March 16th, 2020 - 12:13pm

      Just got my faceless ones Blu Ray from hmv in Leeds with gift card. Looking for to watching it on my day off tomorrow.

    • Anonymous

      March 16th, 2020 - 4:36pm

      Hmv warehouse received the DVD today but still no dispatch

  • Neil

    March 15th, 2020 - 5:57pm

    My copy came today, had pre-ordered from Amazon. Wasn’t actually expecting it to come until tomorrow. Very good, looking forward to Fury now. But the cover artwork for the last 2 animated Troughton stories has been AWFUL, surely they could have come up with something better, given all the effort that has been put into bringing this story back to us!

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    • Anonymous

      March 15th, 2020 - 6:14pm

      I’ve got some custom covers that match the main releases so I’m just going to keep using those.

  • Anonymous

    March 15th, 2020 - 2:14pm

    Definitely not getting it tomorrow or anytime soon. Nothing from hmv. No emails no explanation.

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  • mick

    March 15th, 2020 - 10:50am

    Mine hasn’t even gone into the packing stage from Amazon yet

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    • Duncan Parsons

      March 15th, 2020 - 11:41am

      Neither has mine. But given the current situation there’s probably less people working in the warehouse.

  • Gary Masters

    March 14th, 2020 - 11:59pm

    I received mine today (SATURDAY 14th) from Zoom. .Three disk, Blue Ray format. Great animation. I just finished watching the sixth episode in colour. The vast amount of extras will be a treat for later.

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  • Tim M

    March 14th, 2020 - 8:35pm

    The reverse cover looks good. Mine has been dispatched from Amazon, so it might turn up tomorrow, but likely Monday.

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    • Tim M

      March 15th, 2020 - 6:25pm

      Surprisingly got it delivered today. Only watched the first three animated episodes so far. Great animation though, when you consider it being only a small team of animators. Good to see the surviving episodes 1 and 3 can be viewed alongside photographic reconstructions of the missing episodes as an alternative.

  • Anonymous

    March 14th, 2020 - 12:11pm

    The telesnap recon has production subtitles!

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    • Anonymous

      March 14th, 2020 - 4:52pm

      Closer to the classic releases of old. I really hope they do info text on all the telesnap recons. I think they’d perfectly compliment them.

    • Anonymous

      March 14th, 2020 - 5:56pm

      False alarm. Just “descriptive” subtitles.

  • booboo

    March 14th, 2020 - 10:54am

    zoom ordered item has arrived double sided cover posted

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    • Anonymous

      March 14th, 2020 - 11:24am

      Doesn’t look like my copy from hmv is going to arrive by Monday. No payment taken and no dispatch email.

    • Stewart

      March 14th, 2020 - 12:12pm

      Got mine too – was a bit surprised it turned up today – but woohoo!!!

    • Anonymous

      March 14th, 2020 - 12:32pm

      Just been informed by hmv to “just cancel the preorder and go and get it instore” never using hmv again.

    • Rob W

      March 14th, 2020 - 12:41pm

      Argos are stocking this, check instore or online Monday. Hope you get a copy Anonymous.

    • Anonymous

      March 14th, 2020 - 1:10pm

      I’ve put a cancellation request in but it takes days for hmv to do anything. Once all my preorders are confirmed cancelled I think I’ll use zoom. Just means I won’t get faceless for at least a week. So much for supporting shops!

    • Anonymous

      March 14th, 2020 - 4:22pm

      I would always use Amazon or Zoom. Nearly always cheaper too.

    • Lee D

      March 14th, 2020 - 4:43pm

      I really like the double sided cover with the roundels on ! Hope the Easter eggs on the disc are subtle ! Can’t wait to get mine on Monday from HMV.

  • me

    March 5th, 2020 - 12:50am

    does this and the 12th series come out on the same day ?

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    • Gordon

      March 5th, 2020 - 1:04am

      By the looks of things yes

  • Doctor…Who?

    March 1st, 2020 - 9:38am

    Saw the whole thing at the BFI South bank yesterday and, I have to say it was one of the best animations so far! In 2 weeks will also be going to see The Talons of Weng-Chiang for the season 14 Blu-ray release!

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    • Steve

      March 14th, 2020 - 4:38pm

      Delayed until May

  • Anonymous

    February 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am

    Isn’t it amazing that the almost 20 year old roundel template is still in use?

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    • TIMELORDTC .

      March 14th, 2020 - 3:32pm

      If it aint broke

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