BBC Films has managed to re-create a lost Doctor Who season by using its audio files to make an animated miniseries called “The Faceless Ones,” which airs in the United States on Wednesday, October 7 and Thursday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America.
If you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch Doctor Who‘s “The Faceless Ones” streaming online for free:
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You can watch a live stream of BBC America and 60 other TV channels on Philo TV, which comes with a seven-day free trial:
Once signed up for Philo, you can watch Doctor Who‘s “The Faceless Ones” live on the Philo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast (compatible on Android mobile), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. You can also watch on your computer on the Philo website.
If you can’t watch live, Philo allows you to DVR programs and watch them up to 30 days later. And even if you forget to DVR something, Philo also comes with a 72-hour rewind feature, which lets you to watch most shows on-demand if they have aired in the last three days.
You can watch a live stream of BBC America and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch Doctor Who‘s “The Faceless Ones” live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. You can also watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch most shows on-demand within three days (and sometimes longer) of their conclusion, even if you don’t record them.
You can watch a live stream of BBC America and 30-plus other TV channels via Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” or “Sling Orange” bundle. It comes with a free three-day trial, but if you bypass that, you can get $10 off your first month, and get Showtime, Starz, and Epix included for free:
Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch Doctor Who‘s “The Faceless Ones” live on the Sling TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Android TV, airTV Mini, Oculus, Portal, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Sling TV website.
If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 10 hours of cloud DVR.
‘Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones’ Preview
This new animated miniseries from the BBC is the missing eighth serial of the fourth season of Doctor Who, which aired from April to May of 1967. Back then, Patrick Troughton was the Doctor, and only two of the six episodes are in the BBC film archives, with just snippets of footage and still images from the other four episodes. But off-air recordings of the soundtrack still exist, which is how the BBC was able to make an animated version of the complete serial possible.
The description is as follows from the BBC America press release:
The Faceless Ones sees the TARDIS arrive on Earth at a runway at Gatwick Airport in England, where the Doctor and his companions encounter sinister identity-stealing aliens known as the Chameleons.
Episodes 1-3, Wednesday, October 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT: The TARDIS arrives at Gatwick airport in 1966 where Polly witnesses a murder. When the Doctor alerts the authorities, they find the body has vanished and Polly has been kidnapped. In episode two, the missing Polly appears but claims not to know the Doctor or Jamie, then Ben disappears. All clues point to Chameleon Tours, but nobody believes the Doctor’s story. Episode 3 sees the Doctor pursuing his investigations with the support of Inspector Crossland. But the Chameleons have already taken steps to prevent the Doctor from uncovering the truth.
Episodes 4-6, Thursday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT: To stop Samantha from boarding the Chameleon Tours flight, Jamie takes her place. An RAF fighter
follows the Chameleon plane, but it is shot down whilst the plane heads into space! In episode five, the Doctor fears for the safety of Jamie who is a prisoner of the Chameleons in their space station. The Doctor smuggles himself aboard the next Chameleon Tours flight. On the Chameleon space station, the Doctor faces the Chameleon’s Director who announces his plans to abduct 50,000 humans.
Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones stars original cast members Patrick Troughton, Anneke Wills, Frazer Hines, Pauline Collins, Michael Craze, Colin Gordon, Wanda Ventham, Bernard Kay, Donald Pickering, Christopher Tranchell, and Victor Winding.
Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones premieres Wednesday, October 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America with episodes one through three. Episodes two through four air Thursday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.