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Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones (Doctor Who Library (Target) #116)

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A novelization of a favorite episode from the long-running BBC television series.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 21st 1987 by Target Books, Carol Pub Group (first published 1986)
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Travis
Fun adventure set in an airport.
Aliens are snatching travelers as part of their plot to take over.
The Tardis accidently lands on a runway, there's lots of running around the airport as they try and solve the mystery while saving all the missing people.

Only gripes, is that this is the story that writes out Ben and Polly and they get a bit of a raw deal, spending a lot of time off stage and then a very quit leaving scene. Shame as I liked them as companions and there are so few shows with them s
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stormhawk
Every Doctor Who story contains unlikely elements.

Many Doctor Who stories stretch the boundaries of imagination.

A good many Doctor Who stories grab your credulity, twist it about a bit, and then snap it like an over-stretched rubber band.

The Faceless Ones is one of those stories, that even amongst the alien hordes that are bipedal humanoids and speak Royal Shakespeare Company English, stands out in it's absurdity.

But that doesn't make it any less fun ... particularly when half of the broadcas
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Sarah Sammis
Doctor Who and the Faceless Ones is a novelization based on a mostly lost (taped over) second doctor episode, "The Faceless Ones." The Second Doctor, Jamie, Polly and Ben end up landing on the runway at Gatwick Airport. If that isn't enough, people are known to go missing from here. Somehow the disappearances are tied up with Chameleon Tours. Can the Doctor sort everything out, get his TARDIS back and save his companions?

As someone who has traveled without my family as a teen, I connected with t
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/1028417.html#cutid5[return][return]Another valiant effort here - Dicks actually makes a decent fist of a confusing and incoherent story, featuring the quiet removal of Ben and Polly, and also one of the greatest companions-who-never-was, Samantha Briggs. Dicks has Jamie somewhat intimidated by Samantha's sexuality, which contrasts with what I remember from the original version. He also introduces the sonic screwdriver several stories early, and yet again finishes by pr ...more
Leah
I think the Chameleons are one of the better enenmies of the Second Doctor, so far.
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
One interesting script of a lost episode. Sincererly it was a mistake to cut two characters short so soon. Polly was an good character even if Ben was a weak one. For what I heard/read Polly left Doctor Who after the directors choose to let go of Ben.

I really enjoy Jamie the scottish boy. A charming and interesting character from the past. In my opinion that's a point in his favor since somethings are unknown to him.


The story is simple but leaves a big question in the end. A bit rush scene...
Leela42
Second Doctor, Polly, Jamie, Ben. Novelisation of a season 4 story of which only part has been recovered. A wholly unremarkable novelisation. Much of it seems to have been written in a hurry--for example the first two chapters. Cameos by the sonic screwdriver a year before it first appeared.
Steven
A great novelization of a classic Doctor Who episode, not all that surprising considering the author. The Doctor and his companions scramble to find the alien menace between a string of disappearances at a London airport in 1966.
Jef With One F
It's not a bad story at all, but I felt it was a lackluster goodbye to Ben and Polly after going through so much with them.
Andy
NO. 116 IN THE DOCTOR WHO LIBRARY.
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Terrance Dicks is an English writer, best known for his work in television and for writing a large number of popular children's books during the 1970s and 80s.

His break in television came when his friend Malcolm Hulke asked for his help with the writing of an episode of the popular ABC (ITV) action-adventure series The Avengers, on which Dicks received a co-writer's credit on the broadcast. He als
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