38) THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN

30 September - 4 November 1967

Average Viewing Figure: 6.9M

Plot

Number of Production Days: 15

Arriving in the Himalayas in 1935, The Doctor discovers robotic Yeti are being controlled by an alien intelligence

Cast

Patrick Troughton (The Doctor), Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield), Jack Watling (Professor Travers)

Wolfe Morris (Padmasambhava), David Spenser (Thonmi), Norman Jones (Khrisong), David Grey (Rinchen), Raymond Llewellyn (Sapan)

Charles Morgan (Songsten), David Baron (Ralpachan), Reg Whitehead, Tony Harwood, Richard Kerley, John Hogan (Yeti)

Uncredited Cast

Reg Whitehead (John (corpse)), Pat Gorman, Crawford Lyle, Richard King, Michael Durham, Antonio de Maggio

Barry Durpes (Warrior Monks), Richard Atherton, Bobby Beaumont, Terry Nelson, Charles Finch, Jack Rowland, Roger Bowdler (Lamas)

Crew

Mervyn Haisman, Henry Lincoln (Writers), Ron Grainer (Title Music), Peter Bryant (Story Editor), Martin Baugh (Costumes)

Sylvia James (Make-Up), Alan Edmonds (Sound), Howard King (Lighting), Peter Bartlett, Ken Westbury (Film Cameramen)

Peter Barnikel (Film Editor), Ron Oates, Ulrich Grosser (Visual Effects), Malcolm Middleton (Designer), Innes Lloyd (Producer)

Gerald Blake (Director)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Ealing Film Studios

  • Nant Ffrancon Pass, Gwynedd, Wales

  • Lime Grove: Studio D

Deaths

  • Padmasambhava [dies when The Great Intelligence is expelled from Earth]

  • Khrisong [stabbed by Songsten]

  • Rinchen [killed when a statue falls on him]

Production Days

  • 15 Days between Wednesday 23 August - Saturday 14 October 1967

Production Errors

  1. When The Tardis lands in Tibet, there is clearly snow on the Tardis scanner, but when The Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria exit the Tardis, there is not a drop of snow anywhere around them

  2. If The Abominable Snowmen is set in Tibet, why does Sapan sound Welsh? 

Working Titles

  • The Abominable Snowman

Verdict

Cannot give a review due to the story being missing from the BBC Archives​