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The Abominable Snowmen: Episode 6 

With the Great Intelligence on the verge of becoming corporeal, the Doctor challenges Padmasambhva to a mental battle in order to defeat it.



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Episode credited cast:
Frazer Hines ...
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With the Great Intelligence on the verge of becoming corporeal, the Doctor challenges Padmasambhva to a mental battle in order to defeat it.

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4 November 1967 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
Dr. Who: It was Songsten who took this pyramid into the cave.
Travers: That's right.
Jamie: And the Yeti never harmed him?
Travers: No.
Dr. Who: Songsten. He's the link I've been looking for.
Thonmi: But Khrisong is with Songsten now.
Dr. Who: Then he is in danger!
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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 with an effective and atmospheric build up, thereafter the story continues as magnificently high quality entertainment. Overall the story is a classic and sets up the even better Web of Fear later in the series.

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