Say Something Nice – Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen

In an effort to find something quick that can be written as part of Daily Doctor Who, we are continuing with Say Something Nice, where I look back at each of the Doctor Who stories and pull out one or two cool things about it.

(Daily Doctor Who #322)

Read the previous entry here. Today, we continue with the first story of the show’s fifth season…

The Abominable Snowmen

The story stars the same cast as the last one…Patrick Troughton as the Doctor and Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon and Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield. Jack Watling (Deborah’s father) is a prominent guest star, playing Professor Travers, a role he will repeat later in the season.

The serial is written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln, and directed by Gerald Blake.

Say Something Nice…

(Named for Missy–aka the Master–and her catchphrase from her first full appearance in Dark Water).

The Abominable Snowmen has an interesting and unusual setting (a Tibetan monastery and its surrounds) and brings into the series one of its more unique threats: the Great Intelligence. It also introduced the Yeti, which are interesting simply because they are (or appear to be) mammals–something that is actually a bit rare on Doctor Who. Victoria, sometimes dismissed as a helpless screamer, has actually got a lot to do in this story.

But because we’re equal-opportunity fans here, we’re not going to only be sycophantically complimentary.

You craven-hearted spineless poltroon!

(Another cry from the Master, but not exactly a catch-phrase, this time from The Deadly Assassin)

The story involves at least one Tibetan monks who has an unnaturally long life span–something which is commented upon but nobody who knows him seems all that confused by it. Professor Travers seems like a bit of a jerk for much of the story (not exactly a negative, I know, but it seemed out of place). The serial feels an episode and a half too long to sustain the plot, with the somewhat tiresome (but not unusual) back and forth in the middle.

Catch you next time!


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