The Abominable Snowmen: Doctor Who: Season 5
The Abominable Snowmen SYNOPSIS:
By chance the Tardis has landed in the Himalayas near the Det Sen Monastary and having visited it before the Doctor is aiming to return thei 'holy ghanta' bell to them. However is greeted with hostility by the monks and a Professor Tarvers who believe the Doctor maybe responsible for the recent deaths in the area.
Jamie and Victoria narrowly escape the clutches of a Yeti in a nearby cave and arrive at the Monastary and prove the Doctor's innocence to the monks and Travers. Jamie and Khrisong manage to capture a Yeti and the Doctor discovers these Yeti are actually robots. It's revealed Songsten, the Abbott of the monastery and grandmaster Padmasambhava are slaves to an alien great intelligence.
Using pyramids of silver spheres like the one Jamie and Victoria found in the cave, the great intelligence controls his human slaves and the Yeti and is striving to achieve corporeal existence and dominate man's will across the world emerging in the form of a web.
The Doctor, Jamie and his monk allies must break the link between the intelligence and his human slaves to save the monks from destruction and prevent the continued growth of the Intelligence's web but then Victoria falls victim to the intelligences dominance and it seems they are powerless to stop the advance of the Yeti.
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The Abominable Snowmen DETAILS:
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The Abominable Snowmen CAST & CREW
Patrick Troughton(Second Doctor)
Fraser Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield)
Jack Watling — Professor Travers
Wolfe Morris — Padmasambhava
Charles Morgan — Songsten
Norman Jones — Khrisong
David Grey — Rinchen
David Spenser — Thonmi
Raymond Llewellyn — Sapan
David Baron — Ralpachan
Reg Whitehead, Tony Harwood, Richard Kerley, John Hogan — Yeti
Production Staff for Serial NN:
Writers - Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln
Director - Gerald Blake
Script editor - Peter Bryant
Producer - Innes Lloyd
Missing episodes 1,3,4,5,6.
But it's a good 'base under siege' plot, the Tardis crew of the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria have a good synegy and Debbie's father Jack Watling plays the scheming Professor Travers really well, although it would have been nice if some of the monks weren't acted with so much ham. Using the Yeti in this setting really works well and they do seem more unstoppable than cybermen. Pity we don't get to see set pieces such as a horde of Yeti breaking into the monestry killing most of the monks and leveling the place or the Doctor's mental duelling with the great intelligence. Seeing the withered, 400 year old Padmasambhava (try saying that after a few tequila shots) for the first time would have been a good cliffhanger. As would've been seeing the web break out and cover the mountainside or maybe they just used foam? Give it a 6.5/10