The Faceless Ones

First Transmitted

1 – 08/04/1967 17:50

2 – 15/04/1967 17:50

3 – 22/04/1967 17:50

4 – 29/04/1967 17:50

5 – 06/05/1967 17:50

6 – 13/05/1967 17:50


The TARDIS arrives on Earth in 1966 – on a runway at Gatwick airport. Polly witnesses a murder in a nearby hangar and is then kidnapped by the perpetrator, Spencer of Chameleon Tours. Subsequently Ben also vanishes. The Doctor and Jamie are left to try to convince the sceptical airport Commandant that there has been foul play.

It transpires that a great many other young people have also vanished, all of them while on Chameleon Tours holidays. With the help of Samantha Briggs, the sister of one of the missing youths, the Doctor and Jamie uncover a plot by the alien Chameleons to kidnap human youngsters in order to take their identities – for the Chameleons have lost their own in an accident on their home planet.

The Doctor offers to help the Chameleons find another solution to their problem and the kidnapped humans are released.

Cast & Crew


The Doctor – Patrick Troughton

Ben Jackson – Michael Craze

Jamie – Frazer Hines

Polly – Anneke Wills

Ann Davidson – Gilly Fraser

Announcer – Brigit Paul

Blade – Donald Pickering

Commandant – Colin Gordon

Crossland – Bernard Kay

Heslington – Barry Wilsher

Inspector Gascoigne – Peter Whitaker

Jean Rock – Wanda Ventham

Jenkins – Christopher Tranchell

Meadows – George Selway

Nurse Pinto – Madalena Nicol

Policeman – James Appleby

R.A.F. Pilot – Michael Ladkin

Samantha Briggs – Pauline Collins

Spencer – Victor Windind

Supt. Reynolds – Leonard Trolley


Director – Gerry Mill

Assistant Floor Manager – Sue Marlborough

Associate Producer – Peter Bryant for the first three episodes only

Costumes – Daphne Dare

Costumes – Sandra Reid

Designer – Geoffrey Kirkland

Film Cameraman – Tony Imi

Film Editor – Chris Hayden

Incidental Music – stock

Make-Up – Gillian James

Producer – Innes Lloyd

Production Assistant – Richard Brooks

Special Sounds – Brian Hodgson

Story Editor – Gerry Davis

Studio Lighting – Howard King

Studio Sound – Gordon Mackie

Title Music – Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, arranged by Delia Derbyshire

Writer – David Ellis

Writer – Malcolm Hulke

Episodes 2, 4, 5 & 6 are missing from the BBC Archives.

© Anneke Wills 2017