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Doctor Who And The Abominable Snowmen [Mass Market Paperback]

Terrance Dicks

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July 7 2011 Doctor Who (Book 90)
The Second Doctor meets the legendary Yeti in the Himalayas, in a new edition of a Doctor Who classic

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (July 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849901929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849901925
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 41 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #364,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Terrance Dicks worked together with Malcolm Hulke on scripts for The Avengers as well as other series before becoming Assistant, and later full Script Editor of Doctor Who from 1968. Dicks worked on the entirety of the Jon Pertwee Third Doctor era of the programme, and returned as a writer - scripting Tom Baker's first story as the Fourth Doctor: Robot. His later script writing credits on Doctor Who included the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors. Terrance Dicks novelised many of the original Doctor Who stories for Target books, and has written original Doctor Who novels for BBC Books.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars My First Target Novelization on the Kindle Dec 18 2011
By CaptHowdy - Published on Amazon.com
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I was not around when the Doctor Who episode 'The Abominable Snowmen' aired in 1967. I'm one of those North American guys that accidentally caught a few episodes of the original show replaying nightly on the U.S. PBS station that was beamed to me on cable in Canada. While cheap looking, I loved the stories, characters, actors, well just about everything about the show.

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.

I had made it from the beginning (Doctor Who: The Beginning (An Unearthy Child / The Daleks / The Edge of Destruction)) to this episode when during episode three or four of this story, the quality of the video/audio reconstruction that I currently have available to me was just so bad I threw up my hands and just about gave up on trying to watch this story altogether. I mean, I would like to get through all the televised stories but man, enough is enough, I'm doing this for entertainment not a research project. That's when I realized that in 2011 they have released a handful of the Target novelizations of the series on Kindle format... and the episode I was currently watching was one of them! What a great opportunity to try one out! I didn't have to give up on my quest to go through the televised stories from beginning to end AND I could actually get a more detailed/understandable story. I wouldn't have to force myself to slog through a really rough reproduction which I really would not have any fun doing.

I am so glad I did. Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen is not a tough read. It's not even a really long book. I am a slow reader these days so I sat back and enjoyed it in an afternoon, many though could probably finish this in hours or maybe even less. What I have gotten from this book is one heckuva great Doctor Who story! The Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton is still pretty new to me. The episodes available to me up to this point have all been basically reproductions, other than one, Doctor Who: Tomb of the Cybermen (Special Edition). This story, as it is written felt so much more grandiose to me than probably what could have been passed off in the actual episodes. All the characters were well fleshed out. I really felt like I knew them all. The story goes from a small scale to a large, the whole planet, maybe the whole universe could be threatened. Overall a great read.

I've read a bunch of the New Series Adventures based on the relaunched series, some are good, some aren't. This is now one of my faves. I hope the BBC or whoever is in charge of publishing Doc Who stuff continues re-releasing the old material. It's really nice to be able to read about the other doctors. Especially for someone that is just starting out. Plus, being in Canada, fat chance I'll ever see these in a store so releasing them in my favourite format.. Kindle is fantastic! It makes them so easy to get, read, and enjoy! I will definitely be grabbing the other re-released past Doctor books that I can find in the Kindle store!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great First Introduction to the Great Intelligence Nov. 30 2013
By Marcia - Published on Amazon.com
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Dicks is one of the writers who added a new but permanent flavor to the Doctor Who mythology: the growing suspicion that the Doctor is something more than a little, charming, harmless little fellow. Dicks drops hints all over the book that makes the surviving episode trancsripts all the more enjoyable. There are lots of little chuckles for the reader--the Doctor finding Yeti footprints but deciding to go on and fulfil his 300-year old promise to the monks (he congratulates himself on his self-control).

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.
3.0 out of 5 stars SOMEONE'S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR, SOMEONE'S RINGING A BELL Dec 4 2012
By Thomas E. O'Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
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Only episode 2 of the original remains of this story: DOCTOR WHO AND THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN - fully fleshed out here in this TARGET novelization as written by Terrance Dicks.

Originally broadcast in 1967 it sees the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria landing in Tibet and finding themselves being surrounded by the Yeti and trapped by the Great Intelligence and neither are what they appear to be. The story is a very tight read and goes down quickly. Dicks takes the time expand the limited budget by actually adding snow in the story (in the series it's barely there...so barely as to not be there at all) as well as upping the cast and action and creating more suspense than perhaps was on the screen...and yet, the Yeti on paper (and in the often crude original drawings included with the book) are far less scary than the black and white, low lighted shaggy beasts that appear on the screen.

Dicks nails the Doctor as well as Jamie and Victoria on the page and you can clearly hear (and often see) the Second Doctor here. The only major disappointment is with Victoria who is saddled with the role of playing the shy, screaming heroine who does little next to nothing and needs to be protected at every turn - one moment she's aghast with fright, the next she's trying to help and only causing more problems than she solves. Dicks is bound by the story as it was written and originally broadcast so to find Victoria suddenly having depth and imagination here would not ring true...even though it does often drag and frustrate the story. Dicks does add more material to help smooth joins and does an excellent job of it. It's a quick read and rarely boring and is a great introduction to the Second Doctor and the "base under siege" storyline that would be repeated over and over again under the Second Doctor.

The introduction by Stephen Baxter is fine; these personal insights are interesting, but rarely critical of the source material - which is good, but it can tend to gush a bit, just a bit...the BETWEEN THE LINES chapter at the end covers the history of the story and does a comparison of story to page and it is a welcome inclusion to this run of reprints and as much as I enjoy reading the story, I look forward to the last chapter to cap it off.

Don't come to these novels looking for inspired fiction or stunning writing (although, some of the series does feature some very good spit and polish); come instead as if you're visiting an old friend who's past, in every way shape and form, will forever be more daring, exciting and thrilling than any future you could imagine living today.
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