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The Abominable Snowmen: Episode Two 

Jamie and Victoria make their way to the monastery shortly before it is attacked by the Yeti.

Director:

Gerald Blake

Writers:

Mervyn Haisman (by), Henry Lincoln (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
Frazer Hines ... Jamie
Deborah Watling ... Victoria
David Spenser David Spenser ... Thonmi
Norman Jones ... Khrisong
David Grey David Grey ... Rinchen
Raymond Llewellyn Raymond Llewellyn ... Sapan
Jack Watling ... Travers
Charles Morgan Charles Morgan ... Songsten
Wolfe Morris ... Padmasambhava
David Baron David Baron ... Ralpachan
Reg Whitehead Reg Whitehead ... Yeti
Tony Harwood Tony Harwood ... Yeti
Richard Kerley Richard Kerley ... Yeti
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Storyline

Jamie and Victoria make their way to the monastery shortly before it is attacked by the Yeti.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1967 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales, UK

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The weather in the Welsh locations proved problematic. A lack of snow - compounded by several days of rain, making the ground muddy and slippery - meant that the footage failed to convey the wintry setting suggested in the script. The rain also caused trouble for the actors, particularly those in the Yeti costumes, who found themselves falling frequently. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jamie: Keep back, Victoria! I can't stop it!
Victoria: Jamie, the roof! What are you doing?
Jamie: We've got to stop that thing somehow!
Victoria: You'll bury us alive!
Jamie: It's our only chance! Now, get back!
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Featured in Second Time Around: The Troughton Years (2012) See more »

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Great Intelligence, great story!
30 August 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review for all 6 episodes:

A story set in 1935 Tibet with Yeti, a strange alien menace and a Buddhist monastery. The Doctor and his companions are all on top form with Troughton and Hines great as usual and Deborah Watling finding her feet. The story is brilliantly written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln and it entertains from start to finish.

This adventure has great characterisation with particularly Travers (Jack Watling) and the interesting villain the Great Intelligence. The switching between the kindly voice of the Great Intelligence's possessed host and the evil true voice of the villain works well and the character - which was to return later in the series and again in the new Doctor Who in recent years - is a really good one. Travers who would also return in The Web of Fear is another interesting and fully three dimensional character.

The Yeti, robots controlled by The Great Intelligence, are effective and cleverly devised monsters although they look a bit too cuddly. The versions in the later story The Web of Fear were slightly more sinister looking.

The first episode is a brilliant set up episode with an effective and atmospheric build up, thereafter the story continues as magnificently high quality entertainment. Overall the story is a classic and sets up the even better Web of Fear later in the series.

All 6 Episodes - 10/10


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