Doctor Who Diary – Day 13

Day 13 – The Abominable Snowmen


The TARDIS lands in the Himalayas near a monastery that the Doctor has visited before years ago. It becomes another instance of taking lore and turning it on it’s head. This time it’s (cue dramatic music) the Abominable Snowman (or yeti if you like).

They remind me of Sweetums from the Muppets

These “yeti” are actually robots powered by metallic spheres and controlled by an entity known as the formless “Great Intelligence.” This was the first adventure where I realized I don’t have to worry about the stories in the past being boring. That happened more during the First Doctor’s run. I did however have trouble watching this adventure since most of the episodes were missing and the reconstructions had very poor, distorted audio. I couldn’t make out what people were saying for a good portion of it, so when it comes to any synopsis of the episode I am at a loss. Until next time…

“The Abominable Snowmen” Continuity Facts

  • The Great Intelligence, the Yeti, and Professor Travers return in The Web of Fear and the spin-off video Downtime. Travers is also referenced by name in the 1968 serial The Invasion. According to the DVD release, the latter serial was intended to include the character, yet due to the unavailability of actor Jack Watling, a new character, Professor Watkins, was created instead.[1]
  • Anne Travers also reappears in The Web of Fear and the Virgin Missing Adventures novel Millennial Rites, which also features the Great Intelligence.
  • According to the radio drama Golden Age, Torchwood India collected the Yeti spheres.
  • The Abominable Snowmen proved to be very popular with viewers, which pleased the producers enough that they brought the monsters back very quickly in The Web of Fear, and intending a third story in the next season until falling out with the production over The Dominators. This was partly an effort to provide a new ‘signature enemy’ for the series to replace the Daleks. At the time of production, Dalek creator Terry Nation was trying to create an American television show based around the Daleks, and as a result refused to grant the show permission to use the Daleks during this period. The Yeti would appear once more in The Five Doctors.

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