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March 16th, 2020 151 comments

Doctor Who The Faceless Ones Steelbook – update

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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

Categorised under: Blu-ray, DVD


  • Phillip C Niethe

    June 8th, 2020 - 2:46am

    Just purchased off Amazon…hope it’s region free.

    • Prowl 1701

      June 8th, 2020 - 6:59am

      It is. I live in the states and have watched mine.

    • Phillip C Niethe

      June 21st, 2020 - 5:28pm

      This is the best looking animation in the series yet! Love these releases, can’t wait to complete my Troughton collection

  • Mark C.

    April 18th, 2020 - 11:24am

    Unfortunately mine despatched from Zavvi on 12th March and has still not arrived here in Australia. Thankfully Zavvi has refunded. Fingers crossed it may still turn up.

  • Bobby Fackrell

    March 30th, 2020 - 10:34pm

    That was brilliant

    What a great job they did with this one

    • Lee D

      April 21st, 2020 - 8:29pm

      Lovely Animations. One slight complaint, It’s a shame that the reconstruction on the bonus disc, blu ray versions and DVD ,are quite blocky, due to the compression, not because of the tele snaps, particularly, but when they go to an actual paused part of an existing episode then back to a snap the picture is too noisy. If it was just the tele snaps and clean photos, you wouldnt get the square blocks. I know its a bonus disc and i loved both the blu ray limited edition and the DVD, which i purchased to support the range . Here’s to a lot more Animations to come.

  • Bobby Fackrell

    March 30th, 2020 - 8:05pm

    Mine came today, watching now

    Anyone else notice in the production notes it says Anne Marie Walsh directed the previous year’s Wheel in Space, that suggests they have done the whole thing rather than just an extract

    • Speculation Naysayer

      April 11th, 2020 - 4:13pm

      no it suggests she directed the 10 minute version and was offered FACELESS ONES based on that

  • Nick r

    March 23rd, 2020 - 11:56pm

    Got mine today

  • Sons of Skaro

    March 22nd, 2020 - 7:00pm

    My steelbook has arrived!

  • Things that go bump in the night

    March 21st, 2020 - 5:59pm

    Well that’s a good day courtesy of Amazon.

    The steel book popped through the letter box – all in good fettle, no dents or nicks.

    A little light relief for our family whilst in the 14 day quarantine period.

    Hope those other collectors who got theirs today also enjoy the title.

    • ChrisP

      March 22nd, 2020 - 2:23am

      If you’d said 5 years ago these missing stories would be animated I wouldn’t have believed you.

      Having said that, from Power to Macra to this the animation keeps improving.
      But the original source material feels weaker each time. I’ve watched Power several times and it is still fantastic despite the much more basic animation. This has its moments but (unlike Power) I can’t imagine wanting to stick it on again as soon as I get to the end.

      Ultimately though, it is just great that we have this way to enjoy these missing stories.
      Thank you and roll on Fury (and please do Evil)

  • Graham

    March 21st, 2020 - 5:31pm

    Yay my steelbook just delivered by Amazon that’s my evening sorted

    • The Contessa

      March 21st, 2020 - 5:51pm

      Yes. My steelbook arrived from Amazon today. A thing of beauty!

    • Graham

      March 22nd, 2020 - 4:40pm

      Lovely really enjoyed watching this

  • MJS

    March 20th, 2020 - 8:56pm

    Got fed up waiting for Amazon, so I ordered from zoom and it was delivered today. Cancelled Amazon. Hope the season 12 steelbook delivery goes smoother. …………..

    • John Barrett

      March 21st, 2020 - 3:17pm

      Season 12 steelbook? Didnt know there was such a thing ……

    • MJS

      March 21st, 2020 - 5:00pm

      ……spoilers…….??? 😉

  • Joe 90

    March 20th, 2020 - 5:55pm

    I’ve just had an email from Amazon to confirm that my steel-book has been dispatched today which I had pre-ordered back in June.

    It’s due to be delivered tomorrow.

    • John Barrett

      March 21st, 2020 - 3:16pm

      I had the same? Mines just arrived through the door – looks stunning

  • Anonymous

    March 20th, 2020 - 5:54pm

    If anyone is interested, Amazon appears to have the steelbook back in stock for £32.99

    • Anonymous

      March 20th, 2020 - 6:36pm

      Mines still hasn’t be dispatched. I got it at 25.99 back in December.

  • Tardis7K

    March 19th, 2020 - 2:56pm

    Got a reply back from bbc in regards to the steelbook

    Thank you for taking the time to contact the team.

    The Faceless Ones stock has been shipped to Amazon but it had been held up due to a system issue. We recommend contacting Amazon for an update regarding delivery as we have no held stock.

    Kind regards,
    BBC DVD Support

    • Rob W

      March 19th, 2020 - 3:05pm

      Because of COVID-19 and until at least the 5th of April, Amazon is electing to “temporarily ban shipment creation” for goods that don’t fall under baby, health and household, beauty and personal care, groceries, industrial and scientific, and pet supplies categories.

    • booboo

      March 19th, 2020 - 3:17pm

      this it gets confusing because it was said it was only fulfilment centres which is for 3rd part sellers

  • Neill Stringer

    March 19th, 2020 - 11:42am

    Is the standard version available as I had steelbook pre-ordered and told I have to wait for a new release date for it, is there any further information people can give me about what is happening

    • RPG74

      March 19th, 2020 - 1:47pm

      The standard and dvd versions are still available from Amazon. A third party Amazon seller currently has two steelbooks left, but they are charging £36 approx and they would not arrive for customers until next week. Zoom is out of steelbook and standard versions, and only have dvd versions available, though one would imagine they would have standard versions available again soon. Zavvi has standard and dvd versions available. HMV have standard and dvd versions online, but are out of stock for steelbooks (of course)-though it is possible they may have all versions in store, depending on location.

  • Blake Jamieson

    March 19th, 2020 - 5:08am

    I ordered mine a couple days after announcement on Amazon. Also needing it shipped to New Zealand, are there any other places you guys know that are still in stock, Amazon seems to not have any clear indication of when its coming and do have problems delivering to Australia and NZ after recent GST laws over here

  • Things that go bump in the night

    March 18th, 2020 - 12:56pm

    From what I’ve read in the body of a BBC news item and a quote from an Amazon document on a 4k UHD Blu Ray site that I follow, that Amazon are suspending receipt of ‘non-essential’ product from suppliers and market place sellers to allow more stocking space in their warehouses for essential goods for households in this difficult period.

    Seems like an interesting community spirit move.

    Anyone else seen the same information?

    But do we class our Doctor Who Blu Ray/DVD/The Collection products non-essential? *grin*

    Btw, I can’t go to HMV to pick up this steelbook (and cancel the indefinitely postponed Amazon order) as our family is currently self isolation for 14 days since one of our family members has high temperature and a cough… Probably all gone when I can visit our local HMV… lol.

    • booboo

      March 18th, 2020 - 1:03pm

      its confusing, i read in one place it means only 3rd party seller stock not their own?

    • Things that go bump in the night

      March 18th, 2020 - 1:17pm

      Hi booboo, yes you could be right, it’s hard to tell with all the fast changing, hour by hour, news updates. What’s accurate and what’s not keeps changing too..

      But the term ‘suspending delivery from ‘suppliers’ of non-essential products…’ was definitely used from what I read. Let’s hope that really means only 3rd party market place seller stock.

      Anyway, let’s all stay safe and enjoy our Doctor Who viewing.


    • RPG74

      March 18th, 2020 - 2:11pm

      Mmm, I don’t think you can call HMV and reserve the steelbook, can you? Pity.
      I hope you and your family feel better.

    • Things that go bump in the night

      March 18th, 2020 - 2:43pm

      PRG74: Thank you for your suggestion and well wishes – family coping at the moment.

      I did call the local HMV – now sold out. I tried HMV on line – now sold out. Oh well, missed the boat with HMV. Will just keep my fingers crossed that Amazon eventually fulfills my order!

    • Rob W

      March 18th, 2020 - 3:44pm

      The Gaurdian says “Online retail giant Amazon is stopping sellers from sending non-essential items to its UK and US warehouses until 5 April, to make space for vital items needed by its customers during the coronavirus outbreak.”

      Third party sellers.

      You’ll get your order mate. It’s a great release. Kepp smiling.

    • Nick r

      March 20th, 2020 - 2:14am

      Hope they get well soon they have gone goone from e bay now to the still book one mine’s on its way for Saturday.

  • Tardis7k

    March 18th, 2020 - 10:26am

    HMV has stock back in online

    • Joe 90

      March 18th, 2020 - 5:44pm

      Sold out on HMV website and in my local Store.

      3rd Party Amazon sellers want £50 +

      Also sold out at Zaavi and Zoom

      Order my original copy from Amazon back in June

  • Tim M

    March 17th, 2020 - 8:51pm

    Having watched both the full colour animated version, plus the original episodes 1 and 3 with black and white animation. I must say I much prefer the black and white animated version alongside the surviving episodes.

  • Tardis7K

    March 17th, 2020 - 8:46pm

    It’s sold out on zoom

  • Tardis7K

    March 17th, 2020 - 8:38pm

    Amazon have told me it’s gonna be sent out January 2030 I mean that’s a long wait

  • CyberLewis

    March 17th, 2020 - 8:36pm

    Any clues for the disc Easter Eggs?

    • Anonymous

      March 17th, 2020 - 10:27pm

      Photo gallery, 5 images

    • 57305 Northern Princess

      March 18th, 2020 - 2:27am

      Disc 3 click left from surviving footage and its production photos

  • 57305 Northern Princess

    March 17th, 2020 - 4:02pm

    Got mine today from Amazon delivered by Hermes and thankfully the case was ok but the parcel was open

  • MickeySmith07

    March 17th, 2020 - 12:35pm

    Managed to get mine in store at HMV today so cancelled my Amazon order

  • Tardis7k

    March 17th, 2020 - 1:42am

    Zavvi hasn’t got the steelbook in stock anymore or listed

    • Thetruth

      March 17th, 2020 - 8:42am

      Hmv have all three versions on the shelves now

    • Rob W

      March 17th, 2020 - 9:13am

      Argos only have the Standard and DVD versions. HMV have the Steelbook gor £25.99.

    • Anonymous

      March 17th, 2020 - 12:33pm

      Hmv may have them on the shelves but they still haven’t fulfilled my six month old preorder yet!

  • MIKSK89

    March 16th, 2020 - 11:42pm

    I just looked, at the moment amazon is having problems with its prime and next day services due to Cornavirus, I just ordered the 3 Titan Comics volumes of Torchwood… delivery isnt expected till next monday and that was ordering it on Next Day Delivery

    • Anonymous

      March 17th, 2020 - 12:34pm

      That’s something we have to accept

    • Dalek Eye Stalk

      March 17th, 2020 - 8:42pm

      Yeah. I’ve ordered from Amazon Prime yesterday, and the earliest delivery was next monday. Understandable though in the current world climate.

  • Sons of Skaro

    March 16th, 2020 - 8:48pm

    My amazon order has an estimate of the 23rd.

    • Nick r

      March 17th, 2020 - 3:41am

      Amazon said they don’t know when this will be in stock so.unravelled my order and got one from e bay paidv£5 more but it come Friday Amazon’s have done this to me before

    • John Barrett

      March 21st, 2020 - 3:18pm

      Mine said the same, and its just arrived through the door

  • TheBrigadier@2013

    March 16th, 2020 - 7:59pm

    Got an email today from Amazon to say that the copy I pre-ordered 8 MONTHS AGO can’t be delivered at the moment! Order cancelled, and bought from Zoom instead, who DID have it in stock!

    • Rob W

      March 16th, 2020 - 8:13pm

      Got my Steelbook at HMV Meadowhall for £25.99. Hope you get your copy from Zoom soon Briigadier.

    • TheBrigadier@2013

      March 16th, 2020 - 10:07pm

      Glad you got a copy Rob W! Thanks!

    • Alan Silvester

      March 17th, 2020 - 1:00pm

      Same here. Pre-ordered 9 months ago, and couldn’t be delivered. Cancelled Amazon order yesterday lunchtime, ordered steel book from Zoom and it’s just been delivered. Excellent service from Zoom – will be using them more in the future.

    • Nick r

      March 18th, 2020 - 3:30am

      That’s what happend to me Alan so inhibit from e bay.

  • Cymon

    March 16th, 2020 - 7:28pm

    Looks like this is sold out at the moment

  • 6sek

    March 16th, 2020 - 5:34pm

    Got my steelbook 2 days early

  • Dav McKenzie

    March 16th, 2020 - 3:27pm

    I managed to get a copy of the Steelbook from HMV on Argyle St, Glasgow for £25.99 so I’ve cancelled my Amazon Order.

  • Darren

    March 16th, 2020 - 2:35pm

    Check your email and Amazon account if you have it on order, my steelbook has just been dispatched from Amazon

    • philip shaw

      March 16th, 2020 - 2:48pm

      Mines still not dispatched even…from Amazon.

    • MIKSK89

      March 16th, 2020 - 11:42pm

      I just looked, at the moment amazon is having problems with its prime and next day services due to Cornavirus, I just ordered the 3 Titan Comics volumes of Torchwood… delivery isnt expected till next monday and that was ordering it on Next Day Delivery

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