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The Second Doctor battles shape-shifting aliens at Gatwick Airport! The missing 1967 story The Faceless Ones is back on our screens for the first time in more than 50 years. This is how it was done…
Polly;
the Chameleon Tours plane
Jamie McCrimmon
the Doctor, wearing a device placed on him by the Chameleons.

The TARDIS materialises on the runway at Gatwick Airport, just as a plane is taking off . Chased by the police, the Doctor and his friends - Polly, Ben and Jamie - scatter into the airport buildings, where Polly witnesses a murder and is then captured. Ben vanishes too, and Jamie and the Doctor soon discover that their friends are just the latest young people to disappear. It transpires that Chameleon Tours is off ering more than just budget package holidays. And that the Earth is on the brink of an ingenious alien invasion…

Originally broadcast in 1967, only two of the six episodes of The Faceless Ones survive. Happily, however, this makes it an ideal candidate to be animated by BBC Studios.

The new version of The Faceless Ones is directed by AnneMarie Walsh, who worked as an animator on 2016’s The Power of the Daleks, was animation director on Shada (2017) and also directed the animation segment of The Wheel in Space, included as an extra with last year’s release of The Macra Terror. “I’ve worked in animation for 15 years,” she tells Doctor Who Magazine. “While I specialise in animating, I’ve also storyboarded, designed backgrounds and characters, worked in visual eff ects and motion graphics, edited, been an animation director, and directed and produced on other projects.”

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE: JO MARTIN IS THE DOCTOR! The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive interview with Jo Martin, who guest-starred as the Doctor in Fugitive of the Judoon and The Timeless Children. Other highlights include: • Ray Holman reveals how he created the costume worn by Jo Martin’s Doctor. • A celebration of ten years of the Eleventh Doctor with new insights from former showrunner Steven Moffat. • An exclusive preview of the new, animated version of The Faceless Ones. • A disc-by-disc guide to the new Season 14 Blu-ray box set. • The second part of an interview with Timothy Combe, director of Doctor Who and the Silurians and The Mind of Evil. • Plot Devices revisits some of the real historical figures the Doctor has met over the years. • The Fact of Fiction continues its epic exploration of The Daleks’ Master Plan. • How to recreate the Fifth Doctor’s costume. • A new series of articles begins with a look back at The Fishmen of Kandalinga. • Updates on Doctor Who luminaries, past and present, with Time and Space Visualiser. • Public Image looks at how Doctor Who is doing in the TV ratings. • Share your views about the latest series of Doctor Who in the annual season survey. • Part One of The Piggybackers, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • Big Finish previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, The Blogs of Doom and much more!