Loose Cannon Production 25
The Abominable Snowmen
"This thing that's here, this evil, it will spread, it has to be stopped."

     
BBC Production Details
Production Code: NN
Original Transmission (UK): Saturday 30 September 1967 -
Saturday 04 November 1967
Season: 5
Number of Episodes: 6
Writer: Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln
Producer: Peter Bryant
Director: Gerald Blake
 

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Loose Cannon Production Details
Production Release Date: Apr 2006
Episode(s) Reconstructed: Episodes 1,3,4,5,6
Source Material: John Cura's telesnaps
Story audio recorded by Graham Strong, continuity and trailers by David Butler.
  Surviving clips
Other authentic pictures
  Composite pictures
  CGI (Computer Generated Images)
Pictures from other stories / sources
Specially Created Material
Tape length required: UK / Australia: E180
USA / Canada: 2 tapes each T120
     

Bonus Material

As well as the reconstruction we are able to bring you the following goodies…

 

Celebrity Intro and Outro

Judy Marsh (production assistant on The Abominable Snowmen) provides the introduction for this reconstruction. She later shares her memories with us of working on the Mind Robber.

   

Production Featurette

Following a reconstruction of the trailer for The Abominbale Snowmen, Judy Marsh narrates a brief behind the scenes look at the making of the serial.

 

Documentary - The Legend of The Yeti

Narrated by Stuart Palmer who produced the CGI Yeti in the reconstruction, this specially constructed documentary takes a look at the origins of the "real" Yeti.

   

Outtakes

Spoof outtakes from Stuart's computer.

 



Bits and Bobs

Miscellaneous Yeti realted snippets from Whickers World in 1968, and Mervyn Haisman being interviewd for the BSkyB Doctor Who weekend in 1990.

 

Special Note:  

Please be aware that the surviving episode (2) was released on the BBC DVD video "Doctor Who: Lost in Time" (UK: BBCDVD1353, US: BBC020830D).
Please purchase this official BBC DVD video release to complement our reconstruction as the surviving episodes are not included on the recon.

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Loose Cannon Says:

Well it's been a long time in the making, but "The Abominable Snowmen" is finally available. We think you will agree that it's been worth the wait. Clear telesnaps, restored soundtrack, inserted clips, special material and, to top it all off, this production pushes the boundaries of reconstructions a little further with the addition of computer generated (CG) Yeti. Special thanks must go to Stuart Palmer for his help in many aspects of this particular production. His CG Yeti are an ambitious attempt to animate an organic creature for the first time and we are exteremely pleased with the result.

After quite literally 'years' of being promised by other members of the original cast for their help with recording an introduction we were continually let down. So a very big thank you must go to Judy Marsh for her help with the introduction and narration for this reconstruction. Judy was extremely apprehensive and nervous about being recorded but she duly kept her promise and produced a wonderful personal introduction. She relates her memories of working with Gerald Blake on "The Abominable Snowmen" and also relates memories of working on her other Doctor Who - The Mind Robber.

In addition to the actual story, this release is filled with lots of extras. "The Legend of the Yeti" is a 'factual' documentary written by the Loose Cannon team and narrated by Stuart Palmer (in his posh accent). "When Yeti Attack" is a blooper tape showing that even CGI Yeti can make mistakes. All this and factual production information, trailers, interviews and other Yeti related material. What more could you ask for?

Synopsis:

When the TARDIS lands in the Himalayan mountains, the Doctor takes the opportunity to return a holy relic that he had been looking after to a nearby Tibetan monastery.

But instead of the warm welcome he was expecting, he is accused of murder by the visiting explorer Professor Travers whose companion had been killed on the mountainside.

Why have the timid Yeti that inhabit the mountains suddenly become savage and what are the strange glowing spheres inside their cave?

Reviews:

Review by Chris Longhurst

Agreat improvement over the old Change of Identity version (which I scanned through for comparison). The sharpness of the telesnaps and other 'photos is amazing - I had forgotten how menacing the High Lama - Padmasambhava - was until I watched this new version.

The only thing that did not work for me was the CGI Yeti. The CGI Daleks in 'Masterplan' integrated well, probably because they glide rather than walk whereas the Yeti walking down the mountain side did not really look part of the original. A minor quibble though - considering how much work LC (and Stuart Palmer) must have put into it.

Watching these reconstructions reminds me of how good the Troughton period was in general - and fully justified my 'getting home in time' so I could have tea (in the 'front room') before it was shown was on the TV in the 'sitting room' - back in the 1960's there was no eating in front of the TV in our house!!.

The extras, as usual, were excellent - the documentary on the Yeti/Bigfoot was pretty comprehensive and it was great to have a chance to hear a detailed recollection from a production assistant rather than one of the actors/actresses.

 

Review by Daniel Boudreault

Wonderful sound and picture quality as well as nice to have an occassional moving picture to go with the still although created by computers. Nice work from all those at Loose Cannon. The extra of the Legend Of The Abominable Snowmen is very interesting. Well done.

 

Review by Jonny Dabinett

Very cool story, very cool recon, the picture and sound quality is to a very high standard. It's well worth getting.

 

Review by Alan Reilly

I have just finished watching it, and what a job Loose Cannon have done with this story. Having seen episode 2 I was wondering what the rest of the story would be like reconstructed, and I have to say that it was just so simply brilliant that I looked forward to seeing every episode and did not want it to end. I also hope that in the near future you can release the Web of Fear as this is also a story I would like to see.

Thank's again and keep up the good work.

 

Review by Damon Didcott

The Web of Fear is a firm favourite of mine, so I've been wanting to try The Abominable Snowmen for quite a while now. It's facinating to see what came before with the Yeti and the Great Intelligence, shedding a little light on a few things. I loved the isolation of Detsen Monastery, the wind whistling around the landscape is so evocative you don't really mind the lack of snow. This excellent sound quality is backed by sharp and well-defined pictures, with some truly clever composites. It's a crying shame that no footage of Padmasambhava exists, just with the audio and the pictures you could tell it was a strong, creepy performance. Having only previously seen a single close-up picture of his face for reference, it didn't do justice to the wizened, wild-haired old man with the unnerving voice(s).

The CG Yeti were a lot of fun! While it's bound to fit something like a Dalek more than an organic monster like the Yeti, it still helped to have these bursts of movement to pump up the action at times. The Yeti breaking through the doors was especially nice, I look forward to seeing if Loose Cannon attempts more CG like this on a future project. Another big plus point is the large amount of bonus content. I really enjoyed The Legend of The Yeti particularly, while Judy Marsh was a genial and informative host.

Thank you for another quality recon from Loose Cannon!

 

Review by wmoser2

I just have one comment after seeing this recon. It's amazing how clear the telesnaps are, almost picture quality. It makes me wonder if a morph-style recon will be possible someday.
Oh, as far as the computerized yeti go, I've seen a comment somewhere that they didn't work so well, I didn't really notice it that much. I was too busy enjoying the story. Thanks again to Loose Cannon for their efforts.

 

Review by Matt Wood

I picked up The Abominable Snowmen when it first came out in 2006 but never had time to watch it. I'd seen episode two on the BBC DVD 'Lost in Time' and not particularly enjoyed what I saw, but after finally getting around to watching the reconstruction, I was absolutely hooked. It was definitely a great story, and the quality of Loose Cannon's recon was suburb. An excellent recon well worth watching!

 
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