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31 Classic Doctor Who Monsters #12: The Yeti

October 12th, 2012

In the old days, it didn’t take much to vault one into the topmost pantheon of Doctor Who monsters. All you needed do was to show up for a return bout. How else to explain that such heavy-hitters as the Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans were mentioned in the same breath as the animatronic plushies masquerading as…

The Yeti!

The Abominable Snowmen/The Web of Fear (1967/1968)

Unlike fellow two-timers the Autons and the Mara, the Yeti didn’t even wait a full season before darkening the TARDIS door again. A mere two stories separated their initial appearance in the 2nd Doctor’s adventure with The Abominable Snowmen before they engulfed modern-day London in The Web of Fear.

In 1930s Tibet, an astral presence calling itself the Great Intelligence possessed the local monastery’s high lama, instructing him to construct fur-covered robots based on the “real” Yeti. In best Scooby-Doo tradition, they were intended to scare off visitors to the monastery. Silver “control spheres” concealed within their chests allowed the Intelligence to direct them.

While the Doctor drove the non-corporeal evil from Tibet, it manifested a second time in 1970s London. The reactivated Yeti enveloped the tunnels of the Underground in a web…as Yetis are known to do? Perhaps confused by the unsuitability of their Tibetan disguise in a London subway, they were routed again.

A Yeti robot made another non-sequitur appearance in the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors, inexplicably drawn into the Game of Rassilon being played in Gallifrey’s Death Zone.

Tomorrow: the 5th Doctor underestimates the gravity of his situation!

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