The Abominable Snowmen was the second story to be shown in season five of Doctor Who, September-November, 1967. Due to the number of stories featuring iconic, memorable adversaries, such as the Cybermen and the Ice Warriors, this season became known as "the monster" season. This story was so popular with viewers that a sequel was immediately commissioned from the same writer and was broadcast later the same season.
The Doctor and his friends Jamie and Victoria arrive in the Himalayas, where the Doctor anticipates a warm welcome, since he is going to return the holy Ghanta - a ceremonial bell which he "borrowed" from the local monastery on his previous visit. In this hope, however, he is disappointed, as he is immediately suspected of being the murderer of an English explorer by the survivor of the expedition, Professor Travers. Even the monks have to admmit that the normally placid and timid Yeti have been behaving uncharacteristically violently recently.
This is one of the earlier Doctor Who novels, written by Terrence Dicks, one-time writer and script editor of the show, the man who wrote by far the majority of the Doctor Who novelisations. He turned Brian Hayles's original script into a taut, gripping novel. The book is read by David Troughton, son of the star of this story, Patrick Troughton. He has an excellent reading style, and his impression of his father is so close to the original that it sends a shiver down the spine. The booklet contains notes on the episodes, as well as reproductions of the original illustrations found in the book.
One of the best in the BBC's on-going audio novel series, highly recommended.