Doctor Who and the Web of Fear

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The Web of Fear


For 40 years Professor Travers’ Yeti had been quiet, a collector’s item in a museum. Then without warning, it awakes and savagely murders. Patches of mist begin to appear in Central London, those who linger in it found dead, their faces smothered in cobwebs.

When The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria arrive in the London Underground, they find that the web is remorselessly spreading. What’s more, hoards of Yeti are roaming the misty streets and cobwebbed tunnels, killing everyone in their path. London has been gripped tight in a web of fear.

The Doctor and his friends unite with the army, led by one Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, in defence of the Earth. But an old enemy is lurking in the shadows..



  1. Return of Evil
  2. The Web in Space
  3. The Monster in the Tunnels
  4. Danger for The Doctor
  5. Battle with the Yeti
  6. The Terror of the Web
  7. Escape from the Web
  8. Return of the Yeti
  9. Kidnapped!
  10. Danger Above Ground
  11. ‘I want your mind.’
  12. The Fall of the Fortress
  13. Captives of the Intelligence
  14. The Final Duel


  • Julius Silverstein is renamed “Emil Julius” in order to remove the offensive Jewish stereotype.
  • The cliffhanger ending which saw the TARDIS crew holding on to the ship so they wouldn’t fall into the time vortex from The Enemy of the World is not resolved. The first appearance of the TARDIS crew is when The Doctor and Jamie are arguing over the light on the console.
  • Emil is described as tall and white-haired, in the television version he is short, balding and dark-haired. It is stated that Travers sold the Yeti to him after his tales of his exploits were derided, and has tried to buy it back many times.
  • The Doctor’s first meeting with Lethbridge-Stewart is depicted. The novel makes a number of references to their future friendship (referencing Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion) and ends with Lethbridge-Stewart talking about setting up an Intelligence Taskforce.
  • Travers‘ companion from Tibet is named Angus Mackay. The television version of The Abominable Snowmen named him John, the novelisation Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen named him Mackay.
  • Travers is already installed at the fortress when Chorley tries to interview him instead of being newly arrived.
  • Some characters’ ranks are changed slightly. Staff Sergeant Arnold is usually referred to as Sergeant Arnold, except on one occasion when Knight calls him “Staff”. Craftsman Weams and Driver Evans are referred to as Privates.
  • The Doctor meets up with Lethbridge-Stewart after Knight’s death and they return to the fortress together. Lethbridge-Stewart’s moment of despair and asking The Doctor if he will give himself up are omitted.
  • The Doctor’s anger at his friends inadvertently ruining his plan to destroy the Intelligence is reduced somewhat.
  • The Doctor explains his not revealing himself to the soldiers by saying they would arrest or shoot him, giving Jamie further motivation for not revealing his existence to them.
  • The Doctor states that Arnold reverted to his original personality with no memory of his actions whenever the Intelligence had no use of him.
  • Blake is killed by a Yeti with a web gun rather than being dragged away and beaten.
  • Victoria refers to Travers as “Mister Travers” when they are first reunited, correcting a mistake in the televised version where she knows he’s a professor without being told.
  • At the end of the scene where The Doctor and Lethbridge-Stewart accuse each otherof being the Intelligence, Lethbridge-Stewart says they should trust each other at least, which the text notes as the beginning of their friendship.
  • The Yeti are said to have red glowing eyes.

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