Facing the marauding monsters is Patrick Troughton as the second Doctor, in adventures set in Tibet and London. Linking narration is provided by Frazer Hines, who also plays Jamie in the stories.
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Doctor Who: Yeti Attack! is a boxed set containing the audio soundtrack from two Doctor Who serials: "The Abominable Snowmen" (1967) and "The Web of Fear" (1968) - starring Patrick Troughton as the second incarnation of the venerable Time Lord. These stories no longer exist (as video) in their entirety in the BBC archives, as they were among those deleted when the BBC was purging its video archives in the early 70's.
The Abominable Snowmen sees the TARDIS arriving high on the Himalayas where a visit to the Abbot of the local Monastery quickly sees the adventurers embroiled in a plot by The Great Intelligence to invade Earth making use of a legion of robotic Yeti which quickly take to terrorizing the locals. This is a very atmospheric story, with the voice of Padmasambhava/Great Intelligence being particularly otherworldly and effective. Even in audio form this story doesn't dissapoint, drawing the listener into the unfolding mystery in Detsen Monastery.
The second story, The Web of Fear, was a quickly commissioned sequel to The Abominable Snowmen, and is highly regarded by those who remember seeing the original broadcast. The Great Intelligence and its Yeti minions attack Earth via a staging point in the London Underground and the entire production comes off as slick, confident and extremely atmospheric, the subway tunnels providing a wonderfully claustrophobic environment. Unfortunately, due to the extensive use of the setting for atmosphere, this story makes a less satisfying transition to audio, with linking narration playing a far more significant role in conveying the story.
Even with the less effective presentation of The Web of Fear, this boxed set contains two classic stories and is highly recommended for fans of the era. The BBC makes available photgraphic reconstructions of these stories on their web site (http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/classic/photonovels/index.shtml), which can be viewed alongside the audios if desired.
I love the second doctor and it is a constant sorrow that there are so few episodes left on video. However, short of watching, this is the next best thing. I enjoyed both stories very much. Very worth listening to.
I made the decision recently to get all of the missing episodes on Doctor Who in audiobook form and I'm glad I did. The actual film recordings no longer exist, but thanks to some true fans who recorded the audio of the original on air episodes we have at least an idea of what the episode was like. With the help of good narration at the points when you're not quite certain what is happening the story comes to life. I miss not being able to see the actual film footage, but this I think is the best you can get. I've tried the telesnap reconstructions and they gave me a headache. This are so entertaining I can't say i won't buy any of the episodes that do exist as film and as this cool and enjoyable audiobooks. I highly recommend these to any Doctor Who fan.
This is a pair of connected stories, most of which have been lost--the audio survived, but the video of most of these stories (5 of 6 parts from both stories) likely no longer exist.
These stories are from the fifth season of Doctor Who, in the second Doctor (Troughton)'s time. Although the video for these stories is missing, the cleaned audio and the added narrations make these both enjoyable stories. Both stories are great, although the first in its exotic location and plot seems to lend itself better to the audio medium.
For Doctor Who fans that enjoy the second Doctor, Jamie, and/or Victoria, for fans of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, and for fans of aliens on earth, this is a collection that shouldn't be missed. For fans that think the original series is too slow and difficult to follow, you might pass on this one and try some of the new series audiobooks instead.
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