The Abominable Snowmen
30 September 1967
Jack Watling (Travers), Norman Jones (Khrisong), David Spenser (Thonmi), David Grey (Rinchen) [1-5], Raymond Llewellyn (Sapan); Reg Whitehead, Tony Harwood [2-6], Richard Kerley [2-6], John Hogan [3-6] (Yeti); Charles Morgan (Songsten) [2-6], Wolfe Morris (Padmasambhava) [2-6]*, David Baron (Ralpachan) [2-6].
|Written by||Mervyn Haisman/Henry Lincoln|
|Directed by||Gerald Blake|
|Produced by||Innes Lloyd|
The TARDIS materialises in the snowy Himalayas, and The Doctor makes a return visit to the nearby Det-sen monastery, which he last visited three hundred years ago. He his astonished to find the monastery under attack, apparently from the Yeti which are said to roam the mountainside. Furthermore, The Doctor discovers that his friend the High Lama his still alive, his ancient body under the influence of an apparently unearthly force…
Meanwhile, explorer Edward Travers is determined to track down and capture one of the Yeti. When his colleague is murdered, he refuses to blame the creatures and instead accuses The Doctor. The time-travellers discover that the Yeti are all-too prominent in the area – in fact, they are out to kill anyone who threatens the plans of the disembodies Intelligence which they serve…
- The character of Professor Travers is played by Jack Watling, the father of actress Deborah Watling, who plays Victoria.
- Norman Jones later played Major Baker in Doctor Who and the Silurians and Hieronymous in The Masque of Mandragora.
- Rapalchan is played by David Baron, often said to be the playwright Harold Pinter under a stage name. Pinter has since denied this rumour. David Baron was indeed Pinter’s name for the purposes of Equity
- This would continue on with The Web of Fear and Downtime