BBC Studios has announced that The Faceless Ones
will be the next animated Doctor Who release.
The release follows the success of The Power of the Daleks
and The Macra Terror
. The Faceless Ones will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and as an exclusive steelbook next year.
The Faceless Ones is the mostly missing eighth serial of the fourth season in Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in six weekly parts from April to May 1967. Starring Patrick Troughton
as the Doctor, the story concerns a race of identity-stealing aliens known as the Chameleons.
The story is the last to feature Michael Craze
as Ben and Anneke Wills
Only two of the six episodes are held in the BBC film archives with snippets of footage and still images existing from the other four. Off-air recordings of the soundtrack also still exist, making the animation of a complete serial possible once again.
The six new animated episodes are being made in full colour and high definition and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2020. The DVD/Blu-ray release will also include surviving archive material from the original 1967 production.
The Faceless Ones is available for preorder as Blu-Ray