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Doctor Who: Yeti Attack! (BBC Radio Collection) Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Jul 2003
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"The first two episodes of The Abominable Snowmen romp along very nicely indeed. Frazer (Jamie) Hines' linking narration sounds particularly sprightly... Web remains essential listening for the debut appearance of Nicholas Courtney as Colonel (later, of course, promoted to Brigadier) Lethbridge-Stewart" (Richard McGinlay http://www.sci-fi-online.com)
This handsome slipcase contains the television soundtracks of both Doctor Who stories to feature the Yeti - The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear.See all Product description
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Prepared especially for the 40th Anniversary of Doctor Who, it appears that the BBC have finally realised that this classic show does have some value, the collection comprises of the two individual stories (not as some people seem to think, a CD where both are presented in the same case) spanning about five hours and over five discs. Secondly, the collection is reasonably priced - it is cheaper to buy both in this set, than individually. Spot the BBC's real motive here...
The stories themselves are 'classics' - superbly narrated by Fraser Hines, the soundtracks capture the atmosphere of the stories and the supporting cast in each story, augment the strong storylines. Aside from clips and photographs, these are probably the closest that fans are going to get to two highly-acclaimed stories from Troughton's era.
As always, Troughton is excellent - he brings energy and excitment to the part, whilst his character, is finely sutied to audio and appeals to people of all ages. The fact that the box-set comprises both stories makes it an ideal present for anyone, regardless if they are a fan or casual listener. The audio itself is crystal clear, compliments must go to the BBC team who have cleaned up off-air recordings, whilst fans such as myself are indebted to people who made such recordings, thus allowing gems such as these to 'survive.'
Many people are dismissive of these releases - they see the banner 'The original BBC Soundtrack' and believe that is it. I would like to quash that myth - each story has its own specially written linking narration (which unlike early cassette releases does not obscure the soundtrack) and the COMPLETE soundtrack (not 'highlights.' In my opinion, all these type of CD's (not just Doctor Who!) are excellent, and comparing them to television now, one has to feel that something is missing...
The two tales are split over five CDs for no clear reason - each adventure is six episodes long.
Sound quality is fine and as Dr Who tales these are both good, with the Web of Fear being the classic London Underground / meeting Lethbridge Stewart story that any fan of older stories would want in their collection.
Really this can't be faulted as an essential piece of a fan's audio collection (if that's your bag and like me you spend a lot of time commuting and needing some quality entertainment on your MP3 player.
The Web of fear what a great classic set in the underground tunnels! Its also avalible in the reign of terror boxset well the 1 and 2 episodes anyways.
If i were you i would be looking to buy one for about 35 to fourty pounds and what a great set!!
The abonable snowman!
Well not as good as the web of fear but still great !!!!
If i were you i would only by this boxset if you can get it below 22 pounds.
Because they are also avalible seprately if you wish to buy just one of the titles ut if i were you i would get both 2 brilliant stories to blow you mind away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for reading.
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The Abominable Snowmen is the first introduction of the Yeti, and is set in their native Himalayas. The Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria attempt to visit a Tibetan monastery, and instead confront an irate English scientist, dangerous warrior-monks, a mysterious abbot, and several sinister abominable snowmen. The Web of Fear first introduces us to Brigadier (then-Colonel) Lethbridge-Stewart, and is one of the earliest stories to use the Earth-bound soldier vs. monster model that would form the basis of the Pertwee era. When the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria perform an emergency landing, they are drawn off-course into the London Underground and become entangled in the web of fear.
While the Intelligence that guides the Yeti is a dangerous foe, both stories are set on Earth, and have a lighter, less menacing tone than some of the classic monster stories (such as Tomb of the Cybermen). Morale is high, the banter is charming, every character is memorable, and the Doctor is in top form, playing the role of detective, scientist, mediator, hero, and musician with flare. And unlike some lost episodes, these stories hold up well in an audio-only rendering. The fine quality of the scripts and the supporting cast makes both soundtracks reward multiple listenings. (Jack Watling, the father of Debbie Watling [Victoria], plays Professor Travers in both stories.) I suspect that the popularity of the Yeti wasn't all due to their fuzzy, platypus-like appearance. It must have gained something from the high quality of these stories, which remain among my favorites of the Troughton era.