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Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen (Doctor Who (BBC)) Paperback – July 7, 2011
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Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln worked together on scripts for various TV series in the 1960s, including Doctor Finlay's Casebook, Emergency Ward 10, and Doctor Who. Two of their Doctor Who scripts featured the Yeti - servants of an alien intelligence - which proved very popular and memorable. Haisman, who had previously been an actor, and managed a theatre company, continued to write television during the 1970s and 1980s. Lincoln, who had also been an actor under his real name of Henry Soskin, co-authored the book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.
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Perhaps I put myself at a disadvantage since my first Doctor Who novelization was the outstanding THE POWER OF THE DALEKS by John Peel. In comparison, these shorter novelizations, which were ostensibly targeted for the pre-teen market, likely suffer in the eyes of a mature, life-long reader. Yet for what it offers, a chance to experience serials still lost to time, I did find THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN an entertaining, albeit brief, read. I shan't quibble over the obvious scripting characterizations that seemed eye-rolling, namely the obnoxiously wishy-washy, hard-headed, and infuriatingly obtuse Khrisong, but I do have to question a characterization blurb in the beginning of the book concerning Victoria, which seems at complete odds to her actions and motivations in this adventure.
Described as "forever an unwilling adventurer", this assertion is absolutely rubbish as we read, not once, not twice, but repeatedly, as Victoria acts the instigator, indeed pushy, of daring explorations and actions. Heck, we even have a spot where brave Jamie is the one holding back with Victoria taunting him on. Forever an unwilling adventurer? Uh..
Perhaps those characterization blurbs where a standard addition by someone who never read the individual books or... or who knows, but I dare say it behooves the reader to mentally toss that particular point aside. Aside from that, an overall enjoyable, quick read for catching all those unavailable serials (or simply mind-numbingly jacked up in price)
Nowadays, with the Internet around, I've gotten a chance to dig deeper in the Doc Who universe. That, and the relaunched series has made my interest even greater these days. So, I am going back and trying to watch from the beginning in order to better understand the characters, and so forth. Unfortunately many of the really old episodes are 'lost episodes' and there really is no way to watch them other than by listening to fan made audio recordings (Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen & The Web of Fear), still photographs and the like. Some of this is of such poor quality I am finding it tough to get through this series. It's rough slogging it though muddied audio while trying to figure out what that black and white blob is on the screen. I find with some of these reconstructed episodes that I actually am gaining nothing but misery trying to gets some bit of a story out of them.
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One nice recurring theme with the Second Doctor's novelizations is the sense of creeping dread. This Doctor is often maligned as being panicky. The novelizations explain that this Doctor has a sixth sense that warns him of danger, and of evil...but he rarely knows the particulars and that adds to his unease. Rather than jump into trouble, he tries first to avoid it; he wants his young friends safe. Unfortunately for him, circumstances rarely work in his favor.
A nice thing about the novelization is the expanded bits: The Doctor's egalitarian attitude to food, Jamie and Victoria's less-than-thrillsome encounter with non-British tea, the deep trust the Doctor has in Jamie, Travers' borderline madness, the creeping horror as well as sadness as Padmasambhata's unholy fate as the Great Intelligence's puppet...New Whovians would enjoy grounding themselves in its first appearances, as Troughton's Monster. This Doctor has to trick the GI to get close, and the lost episode must have been fantastic: the GI locked in a mental battle with the Cosmic Hobo as all hell literally breaks loose. Until this is re-created, we'll just read and enjoy the written version.
The TARDIS arrives in the Himalayas, and the Doctor is excited by the opportunity to return the holy ghanta, a bell he has in safe keeping for the Det-sen Monastery. Leaving Jamie and Victoria in the TARDIS, he sets off to return the bell, promising to return to bring them once their welcome is ensured. When he arrives at the monastery, he finds that the yeti have become hostile and British explorer Edward Travers convinces the monks that the Doctor is behind this.
Meanwhile, Jamie and Victoria get bored waiting in the TARDIS and head out to explore. They find a cave with a pyramid built of silver spheres before being trapped by a yeti...
The story has several twists and turns, with both the nature of the yeti and their master not being what they at first appear. It is both excellent and original, but the broadcast version is now lost (except for one episode of the original six). This novel is the best way to enjoy this great piece of Doctor Who history.
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