The Abominable Snowmen

Written by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln

Directed by Gerald Blake

When David Attenborough says something, there’s a good chance its right, even if it sounds crazy. Crazy would account for just about half the stuff that animals do after all. Just look up the mating cycle of the anglerfish if you don’t believe me. Just not before dinner. So when he said that yeti could possibly exist, I for one was quite interested. I don’t think that robots that look like overweight teddybears were really what he has in mind though, but then again, scientists are supposed to keep an open mind until conclusive evidence is found.

The Abominable Snowmen is a story that I’ve often found it hard to get through. I don’t think it’s bad, per se, I just find it a bit dull. I think that the main problem is that it just goes on too damn long. Its taken me almost a week to get round to writing this because I really can’t think of much to say about it. The yeti themselves are some of the least threatening monsters in Who cannon, looking like they just need a hug.

Jumping forward forty-odd years to the present, a hopeful viewer might be thinking that the great intelligence has made a return in the form of, rather oddly, a previous Doctor actor, though knowing the way that Moffat writes, introducing an evil intelligence who has a thing for snowmen and regards the London underground as a site of strategic importance may well just be a bit too obvious.
One Second Doctor villain who definitely has made a very recent return though is the Ice Warriors. Their most recent appearance was pretty chilling, what with it being written by Mark Gatiss, a man who’s terrifying even when he’s just brushing his teeth. But were they always scary? Find out next time in their debut, The Ice Warriors. I’ll give you a clue: their leader is played by Bernard Bresslaw.


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