The Abominable Snowmen


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BOOK DETAILS

Pages 142
ISBN 0-426-11455-8
Publication Date 21 November 1974

SYNOPSIS

‘Light flooded into the tunnel, silhouetting the enormous shaggy figure in the cave mouth. With a blood-curdling roar, claws outstretched, it bore down on Jamie.’

The Doctor has been to Det-Sen Monastery before, and expects the welcome of a lifetime. But the monastery is a very different place from when The Doctor last came. Fearing an attack at any moment by the legendary Yeti, the monks are prepared to defend themselves, and see The Doctor as a threat.

The Doctor and his friends join forces with Travers, an English explorer out to prove the existence of the elusive abominable snowmen. But they soon discover that these Yeti are not the timid animals that Travers seeks.

they are the unstoppable servants of an alien Intelligence.

THIS NOVEL IS BASED ON A DOCTOR WHO STORY WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY BROADCAST FROM 30 SEPTEMBER — 4 NOVEMBER 1967.

Featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton, and his companions Jamie and Victoria

NOTES

CHAPTER TITLES

  1. The Secret of the Snows
  2. The Creature in the Cave
  3. Live Bait to Catch a Monster
  4. Jamie Traps a Yeti
  5. The Secret of the Inner Sanctum
  6. A Yeti Comes to Life!
  7. A Plan to Conquer Earth
  8. Revolt in the Monastery
  9. Attack of the Yeti
  10. Peril on the Mountain
  11. The Final Battle
  12. The Abominable Snowman

    DEVIATIONS FROM THE TELEVISED STORY

  • Although screened in black and white, the Yeti have beady green eyes on the cover and throughout the novelisation.
  • When Terrance Dicks novelised the story in 1974, he made slight changes to the names of these characters – Padmasambhava became Padmasambvha, Songsten became Songtsen, Thonmi became Thomni and so on – apparently on the advice of Doctor Who’s then producer Barry Letts who, as a follower of Buddhism, considered what Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln (the writers of the story) had done was unnecessary and risked offence (the names were real historical figures).
  • Edward Travers‘ unsuccessful life is expanded upon, and his old rival is named as Professor Walters.
  • The Great Intelligence comes from another universe and wants to swallow the Earth.
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