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

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In the summer of 1966, thousands of young people are taking their holidays with Chameleon Tours. And not one of them is coming back.

When the TARDIS lands at Gatwick Airport the Doctor is drawn into a web of intrigue and deception. To add to his troubles, Polly mysteriously vanishes.

Or does she? The girl at the Chameleon Tours desk looks like Polly, and even sounds like her
Mass Market Paperback, 140 pages
Published May 21st 1987 by Target Books; W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. (first published 1986)
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A Bald Mage** Steve
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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Really enjoyed this story until the end the Aliens just pack up say sorry we will leave shame.... 6/10
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok

33 works, 33 primary works

See also Virgin New Adventures and Virgin Decalog.

A series of novels from Virgin Publishing based on the British science-fiction television series Doctor Who, featuring stories set between televised episodes of the programme. The novels featured the First through Sixth Doctors (with the Seventh Doctor appeareing in one novel). Like all spin-off media, their canonicity in relation to the television series is open to interpretation.

In addition to original novels, the Miss
Sarah Sammis
Jun 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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
Adam James
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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The more Target novelizations one reads, the more difficult it is to find anything clever to say about them.
Terrance Dicks is a genius at writing efficient, children's fiction. Digestible sentences, concise descriptions, just enough difficult words to make it challenging for a 10 year-old.
Terrance Dicks is a gangster.

In terms of lost Doctor Who stories, The Faceless Ones is pretty high-up on my list of Please-God-Let-Ian-Levine-Find-This-One-in-the-Middle-of-a-Third-World-Country's-Delapidated
Nicholas Whyte[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
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...
Feb 05, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
May 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I think the Chameleons are one of the better enenmies of the Second Doctor, so far.
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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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