October 4, 2022

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Doctor Who “The Faceless Ones Part 1”

The Second Doctor. "The Faceless Ones," Episode One.

OK, I apparently can’t get enough of these recreated Second Doctor serials.  This one came animated with the option to watch the still-existing episodes as they were.  That would be parts one and three, and I did opt for the live action for the first one because, well, I prefer it when possible even when the animation isn’t terrible or anything.

Then again, as long as there’s some motion onscreen, I am generally good.

This story begins with the TARDIS materializing in the present day (meaning when they filmed the episode, not when I wrote it up) on an airport runway.  The Doctor, Ben, Polly, and Jamie are spotted by security and scatter.  Polly hides in a hanger and sees one man in what looks like a pilot’s uniform kill another with a ray gun, and when she gets the chance, she goes off to tell the Doctor and Jamie.  Ben is…somewhere else.

The trio go back, and the body was clearly electrocuted.  The three decide to go find an authority figure, but Polly is jumped by some mystery men up to something using a method that allows them to switch faces with humans.  Otherwise, they are clearly aliens.  Oh, and they work for…Chameleon Tours!!!

Wow.  Subtle.

As it is, the Doctor’s efforts to find an authority figure are…really weird when I consider how little future incarnations of the Doctor tend to think of authority figures.  Besides, the TARDIS, before it was taken away, was on an airport runway which means they first have to get past customs, and that guy wants to see a passport.  Jamie doesn’t know what that is.  The Doctor does but doesn’t think much of the concept.  Of course, that sort of talk just gets the pair under suspicion.  And that’s before Jamie mentions the ray gun.

It doesn’t help that the body is missing when the Doctor takes security back there.

Or that Polly doesn’t recognize the Doctor or Jamie when they catch up to “her”.

Or that Ben is off getting into trouble completely on his own.

Instead, there’s just some weird aliens stealing people’s faces to do…something.  Probably nothing good.  They also know the Doctor is looking into things, but they don’t know who he is.

Most bad guys find out who he is the hard way.

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