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Doctor Who: Abominable Snowmen (BBC Radio Collection) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Patrick Troughton , Frazer Hines , Deborah Watling , Jack Watling
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2 July 2001 BBC Radio Collection
The original BBC TV soundtrack starring Patrick Troughton as the second doctor in this six-episode classic adventure from 1967 which sees his first ever encounter with the deadly Yeti in Tibet, 1935. The High Lama has been taken over by the disembodied, evil Great Intelligence. Dr Who to the rescue.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (2 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056347856X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563478560
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 12.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a listen... 31 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
Another strong story from Patrick Troughton's second year as Doctor Who. In my opinion this was his best season, with other great episodes such as Tomb of the Cybermen, The Ice Warriors and the frankly mad Fury from the Deep.

This is just the soundtrack with linking narration to cover scene movements and action sequences. Episode 2 can be found on the Lost in Time DVD and may be useful in helping you visualise the settings. However, I found it works well on its own, though some action scenes can be a bit hard to follow.

This story is a little on the fuzzy side. An ethereal alien intelligence creates an army of robotic mind-controlled Yetis and uses them to take over an isolated Tibetan monastery (as a base for global conquest we assume). The Yeti's make sense in the context of the story, but little is said as how and where were they constructed, or how they arrived on earth. The Intelligence too is rather a vague character, we found out virtually nothing about it except it has the power to infiltrate people's minds. These are, of course, minor points only of interest to the most pedantic fans (like me) and the vagueness does add to the overall sense of mystery.

Once you accept the premise what you get is an effective cat and mouse thriller. There is a strong sense of foreboding created by the isolated setting and the uncertainty of who could be undergoing mind-control. The tension mounts as the monastery is besieged by the Yetis leading in the end to.........well let's not spoil it.

The performances are great. The Doctor suffers all sorts of indignities trying to convince the monks of his good intentions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling 18 July 2001
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There's this thing about really good Doctor Who stories. The Caves of Androzani has a plastic dragon. Talons of Weng-Chiang has a cuddly gerbil. Otherwise wonderful tales let down by a badly-designed monster. From the fully extant (ie on film) Episode Two, the Yeti are very slightly cute, but they're also huge and, frankly, I'd be frightened of Teletubbies if they were being controlled by Wolfe Morris' chilling Padmesambhava. Sounds rather perfect so far... It's a story of Tibetan Warrior Monks besieged from outside by the Abominable Snowmen of the title, The Robotic Yeti, and from inside by The Great Intelligence, an alien force set to consume the monastary today and the world tomorrow. The Doctor's been here before (but we've never seen that officially and the script accomodates the Doctor's familiarty without any of the quite unnecessary fuss and confusion the programme would descend into in the mid-eighties, when this sort of thing happened more often). Troughton is as usual superb, the 67-68 season once again proven his finest few hours, and Victoria (only her third story) still surprisingly stands up as a weak but sympathetic young lass. Jamie gets to have an idea and the Doctor says the immortal line "Bung A Rock At It!" The narration read by Frazer Hines, is quickfire but fluid and intelligently written, and if you've seen Episode Two, plus the stories that surround it, it's no trouble visualising such wonderful scenes as the Cliffhanger to Part Three, where the Yeti behind Victoria... or where... hey, just listen to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who 22 Sep 2013
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This Dr Who CD is not as good as the power of the daleks but still not to be missed as it does tie up with the web of fear
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in the Mountains 15 Feb 2012
By Antares
Format:Audio CD
One of the lost stories from the Troughton period of Doctor Who and one of the most atmospheric. I suppose any story set in a monastery is 'sinister' almost by definition (why is that, exactly??) but the air of looming menace in this recording is strengthened by three things. First, the unusual absence of background music (silence can be creepy!). Second, the continual sound of howling wind outside. Third, the character of the old llama, Padmasambhava. The first time you hear his voice it makes you jump as it echoes around the corridor outside his inner sanctum. More frightening is the way it keeps switching from a booming but gentle resonance to a gasping, snarling whisper (as the Great Intelligence resumes complete control of the old monk's mind). As a kid, the voice gave me nightmares. Listening to it now, I still get the odd pleasurable shiver. The concept of the old llama, once a friend of the Doctor's from his previous visit during the 17th century but now imprisoned in his chair for 300 years, is the central tragedy of the story. Padmasabhava longs for his own death and the only thing Troughton's Doctor can do for his old friend is to help him achieve it. Just brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An eerie story about mythical hairy creatures and menevolant possession. 8 May 2014
By Jero Briggs - Published on
Format:Audio CD
A bite slow at times thus minus a star, would have made a better 4-parter, but even with its six episodes, this was still a very eerie and entertaining Doctor Who. And even though it isn't as exciting as its sequel "The Web of Fear", I felt that it did have a better and more exciting conclusion. The Yeti aren't as scary as they were later on, but the real menace is their master - the very eerie Great Intelligance - a very effective villain indeed. Its unearthly whispering voice was very creepy.

The Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria arrive in the Himalayas in 1935. There they find a Tibetan monastery under siege from the Yeti creatures. They also meet English professor Travers who intends on catching a Yeti. After a distrustful meeting with the Doctor, Teavers begins to realize that the stranger intends to help, and in their efforts they manage to capture one. Upon examination of the beast, the Doctor learns that it's a highly advanced robot. But who or what is controlling these machines? Soon the Doctor and his friends find themselves engulfed in a terrifying battle against a monevelent alien force - a shapeless formless entity with the powers to possess known as the Great Intelligance.

I found this one to be highly enjoyable, and it makes a great predecessor to "The Web of Fear". Highly Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Next best thing to seeing it. 28 Jan 2014
By Lisa Tatge - Published on
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Shame these are gone, but you can get close by listening to this audio book version of the soundtrack. The narration is good and the sound is good, so you almost see the Yeti on the snowy mountains. Great fun for Doctor Who fans who want to experience this story with Patrick Troughton when the video is not available.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't find it Abominable at all. :) 2 Sep 2002
By "tman3001" - Published on
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this adventure marks the first appearance of the robotic Yeti creatures, as well as a mysterious alien force known only as the Great Intelligence. I did find this adventure most enjoyable, despite certain inaccuracies that were made in regards to the Tibetan monks.
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