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  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849901929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849901925
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Second Doctor meets the legendary Yeti in the Himalayas, in a new edition of a Doctor Who classic

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'Light flooded into the tunnel, silhouetting the enormous

shaggy figure in the cave mouth. With a blood-curdling roar,

claws outstretched, it bore down on Jamie.'

The Doctor has been to Det-Sen Monastery before, and expects the

welcome of a lifetime. But the monastery is a very different place from

when the Doctor last came. Fearing an attack at any moment by the

legendary Yeti, the monks are prepared to defend themselves, and see

the Doctor as a threat.

The Doctor and his friends join forces with Travers, an English explorer out

to prove the existence of the elusive abominable snowmen. But they soon

discover that these Yeti are not the timid animals that Travers seeks. They

are the unstoppable servants of an alien Intelligence.

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was

originally broadcast from 30 September-4 November 1967.

Featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton, and his

companions Jamie and Victoria


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Finn on 7 July 2011
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The word for today is 'sphere'. This book introduced that word to my vocabulary over 35 years ago. Terrance Dicks got the novelisation job for this one even though it's a story from before his involvement with the show. For the most part he sticks with the Mervyn Haisman/Henry Lincoln script. He lets the dialogue drive the action with the bare minimum of descriptive narrative. We certainly don't spend much time in anybody's head. There's very little of Dicks' attempting to expand on the story. Travers gets a bit about him being mocked by the Royal Geographical Society and he gets a few little amendments to scenes like tricking the gate guard. To me the book is more notable for what was left out. Only the second episode and audio of the broadcast episodes remain but if you ever get a chance to listen to them you'll realise at once how much more sparkier Patrick Troughton's dialogue is. The scene with the Doctor sounding out Thonmi in the cell is a really strong dramatic scene but in the book it is insipid by comparison. Some of the other dialogue that didn't make it into the book was probably added quite late in the production so probably was never included in the script prints. You could argue that Dicks may have just been editing out some of the humour such as the very funny routine the Doctor has with Jamie when he comes up with a plan to trap a Yeti, or the classic 'They came to get their ball back' line. I didn't know any of this when I first read this book though in the early 1970s. All I knew as a 8 or 9 year old was I was getting to read a past Doctor Who story that I had almost no chance of ever seeing. I was enthralled with the Yeti. Not seeing them waddling down a hillside like a cuddly friendly CBeebies monster has its advantages I suppose.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Sept. 2014
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In 1974 there was no way to for home viewers to revisit old TV programmes - and it wouldn't have helped the Second Doctor much if there had been, because someone at the BBC had wiped many of Patrick Troughton's best adventures. So if, like me, you were too young to have seen the original broadcasts, what was there? Nothing but a memory of his sparkling comic double act with Jon Pertwee in `The Three Doctors' - until the Target Books appeared.

Terrance Dicks' novelisation of `The Abominable Snowmen' was the first full adventure I enjoyed with the Second Doctor, and it's a terrific expedition into the past of `Doctor Who' as we land high in the Himalayas and find the anthropologist Edward Travers on the trail of Yeti.

Set in and around the wonderfully described Det-Sen monastery, the story allows us to encounter an unfamiliar culture right here on Earth, the gentle, meditating Buddhist monks of Tibet who have been driven to take up arms by attacks from the previously shy and secretive Yeti. It doesn't take the Doctor long to discover he's dealing with robots, not the `real' animals - but robots controlled by whom - or what?

Through an adventure filled with action, scientific detective work, mistrust and treachery, the Doctor and his companions Jamie and Victoria gradually discover the truth - the monastery's Inner Sanctum has become the base for an evil, unearthly presence with no body and no name, a great intelligence from another dimension encountered by the Tibetan master Padmasambhva during his spiritual journeys on the `astral plane'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Garner on 21 July 2012
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For as long as I can remember, I've been a passionate 'Doctor Who' fan and had a lively interest in cryptozoology. But which came first? Was my interest in hidden and unknown animals sparked by reading 'Doctor Who' novelisations like this one? Or did this become one of my favourite 'Doctor Who' novelisations (as it did) because I was already fascinated by tales of hairy creatures lurking amidst the rocks and crags of the windswept Himalayas? I have no idea. Perhaps the two interests fed off one another. Whatever, this is a gloriously moody and atmospheric story, best read after dark by the light of a torch under the bed covers. You know, that image of Patrick Troughton staring sternly down at you still sends a shiver down my spine.
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A wonderful story..A great shame the full story does not exist anymore..But the stories I have seen of Patrick Troughton were excellent. I loved the gentlness and toughness of his Doctor..In this story also Jamie was brilliant..like The Doctor..comforting Victoria in her hours of need. From begining to end..The book was amazing..and it was lovely that Travers in the end found the real Yeti. All in all a book that hard core Doctor Who fans will very much enjoy just as I did.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean on 15 Jun. 2012
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I bought all the 'Target' Doctor Who novelizations when I was a kid. This was before the VCR so the only way to re-live Doctor Who was to read it in novel form. I can honestly say that it was the desire to read these stories that was my prime motivation to learn to read when I was in junior school.

I'm so glad these literary treasures are being released on the Kindle. I've bought all of them so far and will probably buy all the subsequent releases. My young son loves to have them read to him for his bedtime stories.

In this 2nd Doctor (Pat Troughton) story, the Yeti near a Himalayan monastery have suddenly become violent and deadly. Why have these shy creatures done so ? What is the secret in the cave ? This is one of the lost stories so this is the only medium you'll have to enjoy it.
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