Oh joy! I've finally got around to watching this story. And it only took a year and a bit
. Well, it's not like I haven't been busy, y'know. ;)
I will give them credit, it is an intriguing storyline and certainly had a good deal of mystery. However, it could have been told in four episodes and would have been a lot better and more suspenseful. Then again, I think that can be said for a lot of the longer stories. Perhaps it's just easier to wish it were shorter when one is watching a recon. And not a great recon at that. (Really, the version that hubby has isn't the greatest. I think Loose Canon needs to redo it.)
It's also a point in its favor that it centers around airplanes and airports. For 1966, when international flying was still something of a rarity, it is a very timely story. (And then there's Time Flight, which is timely in the fact that Concorde was relatively new.) However, as I said to Kirk last evening, why have none of the stories ever taken place on a train? What could be more romantic? And as much as the seventh Doctor isn't my favorite, I think a story with him and Ace on a train would have been fantastic.
Anyway, The Faceless Ones wasn't really all that. The Airport Commandant was a thickie and I just wanted to kick him. If someone tells you that they've found a dead body, why wag around for three episodes telling them they're wrong without even going to look
? And isn't it just possible that the murderer would have moved the body by now? Oh, I know there always has to be the token idiot, the token bureaucrat, the token stumbling-block to our heroes, but sometimes that token idiot is just too dumb to be believed.
Alas, Ben and Polly were given only a slightly better exit than Dodo was. They were barely in the story at all and I found that to be very frustrating. Nothing wrong with Samantha Briggs, I wish she would have stayed on. (And I realize that would have meant no Victoria, but I think I prefer Samantha.) But for a final story, Ben and Polly were gypped. At least they got to say good-bye to the Doctor in person, which is more than Dodo got, but their last story doesn't add anything to their characters. And a lot of the time, final stories add a lot to a character (see Dalek Invasion of Earth, Hand of Fear, and Planet of Fire).
So, while the sci-fi-ness of it was cool, the fact that Ben and Polly were barely in it, frustrated me, and the Commandant just drove me insane. Not a great story, but I think I would have enjoyed it more had it not been a recon. (It was terribly boring.) Alas, we'll never know.Now on to season five