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The Faceless Ones (novelisation)

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The Faceless Ones
Faceless Ones novel
Based on: The Faceless Ones
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Ben, Polly, Jamie
Main enemy: Chameleons
Main setting: London, 20 July 1966
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen & Co
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Release details
Release number: 116
Release date: 21 May 1987
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 15 Chapters, 144 Pages
ISBN 0-426-20294-5
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The Faceless Ones was a novelisation based on the 1967 television serial The Faceless Ones.

Publisher's summary Edit

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, but she claims she comes from Zurich.

Who is she really? Who is behind these abductions? And for what sinister purpose? Soon the Doctor and Jamie must face a desperate group of faceless aliens - the deadly Chameleons...

Chapter titles Edit

  1. Obstruction on Runway Five
  2. The Suspects
  3. Man Without a Face
  4. The Transfer
  5. The Missing
  6. The Trap
  7. The Abductors
  8. The Secret of the Chameleons
  9. Death Ray
  10. Captured
  11. Spaceship
  12. The Traitor
  13. Flight Into Peril
  14. The Bluff
  15. The Deal

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The sonic screwdriver appears quite a few times in this story, whereas on television it was not introduced until the later adventure Fury from the Deep.
  • The Commandant is referred to on several occasions as "the Manager", with "Commandant" being a nickname rather than a title.
  • The Director states that processed humans die and the transference becomes permanent in four weeks, explaining why the originals of the Chameleon Tours staff are left behind at Gatwick.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Inside back cover colour details of Fantastic Doctor Who Poster Offers.
  • The cover for the original Target Books edition featured the artwork of David McAllister.

Additional cover images Edit

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British publication history Edit

Hardback (December 1986)
  • W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK ISBN:0491036922, copies priced £7.25 (UK))
Paperback (May 1987)
  • Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. Single paperback edition, estimated print run: 32,500, priced £1.80 (UK).

External links Edit

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