Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 9

The Abominable Snowmen: Episode 5 (28 Oct. 1967)

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Victoria falls under the mental influence of Padmasambhva as the Yeti attack in order to drive the monks from the area.


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Victoria falls under the mental influence of Padmasambhva as the Yeti attack in order to drive the monks from the area.

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This episode takes place in Tibet in 1935. See more »


[first lines]
Padmasambhava: [to Victoria] Come in, my child, Come in... You have no alternative. Do not be afraid.
Victoria: Are... Are you?
Padmasambhava: I am Padmasambhava.
Victoria: I'm sorry to intrude. I know this room is meant to be private, but...
Padmasambhava: You need my help. Is that not so?
Victoria: Oh yes. Please, the Doctor...
Padmasambhava: [holding up one hand] One moment child.
Victoria: But...
Padmasambhava: Shh!
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Great Intelligence, great story!
30 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review for all 6 episodes:

A story set in 1935 Tibet with Yeti, a strange alien menace and a Tibetan monastery. The Doctor and his companions are all on top form and the story entertains from start to finish.

This adventure has great characterisation with particularly Travers 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 bit of a set up episode and does not move the story on very far. I am far from against a slow build up, it can be the best way sometimes but I would say the first part of the story is not quite as strong as the rest of the story due to its relative lack of incident. Overall the story is a classic and sets up the even better Web of Fear later in the series.

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