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The Face-Eater was the eighteenth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Simon Messingham, released 4 January 1999 and featured the Eighth Doctor and Sam Jones.

It is the first of two novels Messingham wrote for the EDAs (The Infinity Race was the second).

Publisher's summary[]

The Doctor and Sam arrive on Proxima II, one of the earliest planets colonised in humanity's first big push into space. But instead of a brave new world, they find a settlement rife with superstition and unrest.

The native Proximans are inexplicably dying out. Humans too are being killed in horrific ways, with each face being stripped bare.

Posing as investigators from Earth, the Doctor and Sam must track down the force moving through the dark catacombs beneath Proxima City. It seems that the superstitious whisperings of the colonists may be well founded — that the sinister Face-Eater from Proximan mythology has awakened from its long sleep, to drive out all those who would defile its world...


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  • Eighth Doctor
  • Sam Jones
  • Helen Percival
  • Lopez
  • Ben Fuller
  • Joan Betts
  • Jake Leary
  • The Face-Eater
  • de Winter
  • Jeffries
  • Pete
  • Sims
  • Maddy
  • Luiz Clark
  • Luiz Clark's father
  • Luiz Clark's grandmother
  • Al
  • Yoss
  • Phillipe
  • Marlowe
  • Lily
  • Ricky
  • Camilla
  • Magda Wolchenka
  • Patrice Kemall
  • Maeve Rupinder
  • Carlos d'Pul
  • Karl Herzog
  • Brendan Hart
  • Sarah Chen
  • Steve Horton
  • Sun
  • Ballard
  • Lee
  • Chung
  • Lawrence
  • Akri
  • Rav
  • Sabby
  • Beauty
  • Alfie
  • Roo
  • Cheeky Monkey
  • Price
  • Arnold Coors
  • Kishimoto
  • Barr
  • Casey Burns
  • Casey Burns' mother
  • Pederson
  • Muggy
  • Johnny
  • Tiny
  • Spanish woman
  • Nishi
  • Torres



Colony planets[]


  • Global Mining Corporation has records of the Doctor and a female associate who uses several aliases including Jo Grant, Sarah Jane Smith and Ace.
  • The female associate is listed as having graduated from Geneva Corporate University in 2124.

The Doctor[]


  • Joan Betts is a xenoanthropologist.


  • The Rutans gained their shape shifting ability through genetic tampering.
  • Mention is made of a Bug Eyed Monster (BEM). This is how UNIT supposedly classifies such things.
  • The Proximan natives are rodent creatures that can mimic others.
  • The Doctor claims that Mars has two indigenous species, one of them being the Ice Warriors.
  • Joan Betts is killed by a Face-Eater.
  • The Face-Eater is also known to native Proximans as F'Seeta; it is a shape shifter.


  • The New Horizon was the first human large-scale colony transporter and arrived on Proxima 2 in 2128.


  • Sam Jones is still a little bit paranoid about nanotech being in her body.


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