THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN
by MERVYN HAISMAN and HENRY LINCOLN
first broadcast - 7th October 1967
(JAMIE runs back into the cave.)
JAMIE: Keep back, Victoria! I can't stop it!
(He knocks one of the wooden beams which shakes and causes the roof to shake.)
VICTORIA: Jamie, the roof.
(JAMIE grabs a stone and starts to knock the beam with the stone.)
VICTORIA: What are you doing?
JAMIE: We've got to stop that thing somehow!
VICTORIA: You'll bury us alive!
JAMIE: It's our only chance! Now get back!
(The beam prop out of place to bring part of the roof down on the pursuing Yeti, burying it under rubble. Dusting themselves off, the two stand up after
JAMIE shielded VICTORIA from the rubble. They both stare at the claw that poke out of the rubble.)
JAMIE: You all right?
VICTORIA: That horrible thing. What was it?
JAMIE: I don't know. Did you see what it did to my sword though? Broke it like it was a piece of wood. No human's as strong as that.
VICTORIA: What is this place?
(She turns to the collection of spheres at the back of the cave.)
VICTORIA: And what are those?
JAMIE: Some sort of metal? They're all glowing.
VICTORIA: Oh, let's get away from here, Jamie.
(JAMIE picks up a sphere from the collection and puts it in his satchel that he has on him.)
JAMIE: Aye, if we can. I don't think that tunnel's completely blocked. Come on. Oh, don't worry about that, it's quite dead.
(They pass the rubble covering the Yeti and move towards the entrance of the cave. Behind them, the claw starts to move...)
VICTORIA: (Staring at the claw.) Eah!
JAMIE: What's the matter?
(The Yeti starts to climb out of the rubble.)
JAMIE: Come on!
(They both run off with the Yeti once again in pursuit.)
(Alone in his cell, the DOCTOR practices "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on his recorder. He jumps up when THOMNI enters the cell.)
DOCTOR: Oh, and about time too. Come to release me, have you?
THOMNI: No, sir.
DOCTOR: Oh. Oh well, first things first. What's your name?
THOMNI: Thomni. You must come with me.
DOCTOR: Oh, I see, Thomni. After we've had a little chat.
(He sits down on the straw.)
THOMNI: Khrisong will be waiting!
DOCTOR: No, no! Just wait. No one seems to want to listen to me and everyone is jumping to the wrong conclusions. Now you seem to be a reasonable sort of
chap. What's going on here?
THOMNI: We are besieged. The Yeti have turned upon us. At least that is what we thought until...
DOCTOR: Until I turned up. I see. Every time I visit Detsen the monastery seems to be in some sort of trouble or another.
THOMNI: You have been here before?
DOCTOR: That attack in 1630, what was the outcome?
THOMNI: You know something of our history?
DOCTOR: Yes, a little.
THOMNI: That was also a dark period. It was then our holy Ghana was taken from us.
DOCTOR: Oh dear. Well never mind, I'm sure it will turn up again.
THOMNI: Oh legend tells us so, but after so many...
(THOMNI turns and starts to move back to the door lost in thought. The DOCTOR starts to follow him.)
DOCTOR: This chap Travers!
(THOMNI whirls around, stick raised - ready for an attack. The DOCTOR stops but carries on talking.)
DOCTOR: This chap Travers, what of him?
THOMNI: Sir, there is no time to talk, Khrisong will be angry.
(The DOCTOR turns back to his bed.)
DOCTOR: Ah yes, he may be angry, but he's not the Abbot, is he?
DOCTOR: No. I don't think you'll find the Abbot will be angry when he sees what I have bought with me.
THOMNI: What do you mean? Show me.
(The DOCTOR moves down searching for the Ghanta in the straw.)
DOCTOR: I want you to help me to get this to the Abbot.
(He stands up when he hears someone else coming in. KHRISONG and two guards enter the cell.)
KHRISONG: Why this delay? Seize him! Take him to the gate!
(The guards grabs the DOCTOR and move him out of the cell. The DOCTOR turns to THOMNI.)
DOCTOR: Abbot! The straw!
KHRISONG: Follow me.
(The DOCTOR is dragged along the corridor by the guards with KHRISONG in the lead. THOMNI thinks for a minute and then returns, searches the straw and finds,
to his even greater amazement, the holy Tibetan bell that's been lost to Detsen since 1630 ! He puts it down on the straw and starts to pray before it.)
(VICTORIA and JAMIE stop running when VICTORIA starts to run in a different direction from where the TARDIS was. Behind them, the Yeti is bouncing up behind
JAMIE: Victoria, the TARDIS is that way!
VICTORIA: I know, but we must warn the Doctor!
JAMIE: How can we, when we don't know where he is?
(VICTORIA notices the Yeti is almost on top of them.)
4. COURTYARD, MONASTERY
(SAPAN and RINCHEN, now back from their prayers, intercept KHRISONG, arriving with the Doctor in the courtyard.)
RINCHEN: Khrisong. Khrisong.
KHRISONG: Do not interfere, Rinchen.
RINCHEN: Did we not decide we would consult the Abbot, Songsten, before taking action?
KHRISONG: We? You mean you had decided. The time for talk is past.
RINCHEN: But, Khrisong, the Abbot...
KHRISONG: The Abbot, must I always consult the Abbot before I take decisive action.
(TRAVERS walks by, with a gun, obviously ready to leave the Monastery.)
DOCTOR: Travers, don't you think this has gone far enough?
(TRAVERS stops and turns to the DOCTOR with a look of triumph on his face.)
TRAVERS: Well there's nothing I can do.
DOCTOR: What do you hope to gain?
TRAVERS: Look, you killed my companion, left me single handed, but don't worry, you won't get another chance of getting in my way. I shall find the Yeti,
with or without help.
DOCTOR: You can't possibly leave...
(The DOCTOR starts to move forward but the guards put their sticks to bar his way.)
TRAVERS: Can't I? You'll be quite safe here and I know where you are. I'm going. (He starts to sneer.) Now don't worry, the monks won't harm
you. They're men of peace.
DOCTOR: (Staring at the guard's sticks.) Men of peace?
(Still sneering at the DOCTOR, TRAVERS moves towards the main doors and RINCHEN bows to TRAVERS.)
RINCHEN: You are asking us...
(TRAVERS, sneering and laughing at the DOCTOR, leaves the Courtyard.)
RINCHEN: You are asking us to agree to murder.
KHRISONG: No, our hands will be clean.
SAPAN: After deliberately using him as bait? You cannot be so ruthless.
KHRISONG: Sapan, I believe that this man is for some reason, trying to turn the Yeti into savage creatures.
SAPAN: But what proof is there?
KHRISONG: You have heard the word of Travers. He is an Englishman. The stranger is a killer. Let me tie him to the gate. If the Yeti come to rescue him
we will know the truth. And my warriors will be waiting.
(During this speech, all three monks move towards the door and KHRISONG opens the door and we hear the wind outside.)
SAPAN: But if he is innocent?
KHRISONG: My warriors will protect him.
RINCHEN: Khrisong, there may be wisdom in what you say, all we ask is that you wait until the...
KHRISONG: (Slams the door with temper.) No! I have done with waiting. Bring him to the gate!
(The DOCTOR is dragged through the gate with KHRISONG behind them. SAPAN and RINCHEN look on disapproving.)
5. ANTEROOM, INNER SANCTUM
(THOMNI has taken the Ghanta to the door of the Inner Sanctum. He looks about in awe, and when the door to the Sanctum starts to open, he lies down on the
floor in prayer, holding the Ghanta in front of him. A middle-aged man wearing a parrot-style hat comes out of the door.)
THOMNI: Master Abbot. Abbot Songsten. Forgive me, Abbot.
THOMNI: I'm sorry, but...
SONGSTEN: You know well that only I may enter here. What is this?
(He takes the Ghanta off Thomni, wondering what it is. When he realises what it is he becomes shocked.)
SONGSTEN: Where did you get this?
THOMNI: Is it not the... Ghanta that was lost?
(A voice comes out of the air.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: It is my son.
(Both monks fall to their knees in prayer - SONGSTEN holding out the Ghanta while THOMNI hold his hands together.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: Two hundred years or more it has been lost to us. How came you by it?
SONGSTEN: It is the Master, Padmasambhava. Do not be afraid, answer him.
THOMNI: (With difficulty.) The stranger brought it, Master.
(The voice of PADMASAMBHAVA changes to some kind of strange hiss and sounds almost inhuman.)
VOICE: (OOV.) THE DOCTOR. SO HE HAS RETURNED.
(Then the voice changes back to PADMASAMBHAVA.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: Bring the Ghanta to me my son.
(THOMNI takes the Ghana from SONGSTEN. He stands up and opens the big doors to the Sanctum.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: Both of you.
(THOMNI looks a little sacred.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: Do not be afraid, Thomni
6. MAIN DOORS, MONASTERY
(The DOCTOR has been tied up by his hands to some kind of pulley which is connected to the gate. KHRISONG checks the bonds are secure and then turns to
several warrior monks.)
KHRISONG: Rapalchan, watch from the window, there. Get up. You, the other window.
(He turns, threatening, to the DOCTOR while the Warriors move off to their positions.)
KHRISONG: Any attempt to rescue you will now be highly dangerous, for you.
DOCTOR: Look, nobody is going to rescue me, least of all an abominable snowman. And hasn't it occurred to you, that innocent or guilty, whatever's been
killing your monks may very well kill me!
KHRISONG: If you are innocent, then let us hope that we will have the time to rescue you.
(With that, he moves off to go into position. The DOCTOR stands there, wondering what to do, while a monk watches for anybody coming to rescue him.)
(JAMIE and VICTORIA look behind them to see that the Yeti isn't following them anymore.)
JAMIE: I think we've shaken it off.
VICTORIA: Have we? Good.
JAMIE: Come on, it can't be much further. Listen!
VICTORIA: Now what is it?
JAMIE: Something's coming, come on!
(They hide behind a rock. TRAVERS comes about the corner and aims his gun at the companions.)
TRAVERS: Here, who the devil are you? What are you doing here?
JAMIE: We're on our way to the monastery.
TRAVERS: Are you indeed? You're a strange pair to find roaming around these mountains. You aren't anything to do with that newspaper fellow, I suppose?
JAMIE: What do you mean?
TRAVERS: Well he says he's a Doctor, but I know what he's really after...
VICTORIA: Oh, have you seen him?
TRAVERS: Yes, I've seen him.
JAMIE: Is he all right?
TRAVERS: Oh yes, he's quite all right.
(He lowers the gun.)
TRAVERS: So, you're going to the monastery, are you? Good. I think you'll find those lamas will have quite a welcome waiting for you.
VICTORIA: The Doctor said there would be.
TRAVERS: Did he now?
(He turns to go back the way that JAMIE and VICTORIA have gone.)
JAMIE: Oh, I wouldn't go that way if I was you.
TRAVERS: Wouldn't you?
VICTORIA: There's something up there.
JAMIE: Aye, a great hairy beastie.
JAMIE: In a cave.
TRAVERS: The cave! Have you found their cave?
(TRAVERS get eager and almost points his gun at the companions again...)
TRAVERS: Will you show me where it is?
VICTORIA: Oh no!
JAMIE: No, I couldn't go back there, not with Victoria.
(TRAVERS gets mean and really points the gun at the two.)
TRAVERS: Now look here young fella, do stop playing games with me. I know that you and that Doctor fellow are after the Yeti.
VICTORIA: Yeti? What's he talking about?
(They both look at each other in puzzlement. TRAVERS catches this looks and the first seeds of doubt are planted into his mind.)
TRAVERS: Are you trying to tell me you're not part of some press expedition?
VICTORIA: We're not part of anything, we're just visiting the monastery.
TRAVERS: But the cave?
JAMIE: Look if you're that keen to tangle with that beastie I'll show you where the cave is.
TRAVERS: You will?
JAMIE: After you've shown us how to get to the monastery.
TRAVERS: All right, nothing to lose I suppose. All right, come with me.
(Disappointed, TRAVERS turns back to the Monastery. VICTORIA and JAMIE follow him.)
8. INNER SANCTUM
(Here, both THOMNI and SONGSTEN are both praying and looking towards a huge pair of closed doors. PADMASAMBHAVA's voice can be heard echoing through the room
from the doors. Both of them seem to be in some kind of trance.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: Tell me, my son, is the Doctor alone?
THOMNI: Yes, Master.
PADMASAMBHAVA: We are grateful for the return of the holy Ghanta. The Doctor is our friend, he must be treated with respect and kindness. Thomni, you
will go to Khrisong. Tell him the Abbot orders the release of the Doctor. Go now.
(THOMNI stands and turns about ready to leave the room, hands still clasp together in prayer.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: Remember, these words were spoken by the Abbot, here. You will forget that you have entered this room or that you have spoken to me.
(In a trance, THOMNI moves forward out of the door and slowly closes the door behind him. In the Anteroom, he starts to come out of his trance and starts to
look about him with puzzlement and then moves off looking for KHRISONG. Meanwhile, back in the Inner Sanctum, the strange voice comes back...)
VOICE: (OOV.) CAREFUL, SONGSTEN, WE MUST MAKE CERTAIN THE DOCTOR LEARNS NOTHING OF WHAT IS HAPPENING. HE IS A MAN OF GREAT KNOWLEDGE AND
INTELLIGENCE, BUT HE MAY NOT SHOW SYMPATHY FOR THE POWERS THAT GUIDE US. HE MAY EVEN SEEK TO HINDER THE GREAT PLAN.
(The Master's voice returns to normal...)
PADMASAMBHAVA: It might be wise if he departs as soon as possible.
(Still in a trance, and also with his hands clasped, SONGSTEN bows his head.)
9. MAIN GATE
(The DOCTOR is still "hanging about", while the guard (RALPACHAN), looking through the barred windows, sees something.)
RALPACHAN: (Calling to the other monk behind him.) Gearon! In the rocks! Did you see something? Something is coming! Khrisong, the Yeti! The
(The DOCTOR tenses in horror.)
DOCTOR: Oh no!
KHRISONG: (OOV.) Be ready to kill them!
(TRAVERS, VICTORIA, and JAMIE arrive on the slope leading down to the Gate.)
DOCTOR: Jamie! Victoria! Keep back! Keep back, they'll kill you! Keep away! Get away!
(All three arrivals have spotted the DOCTOR and run up to him. But before they arrive KHRISONG and some of the warrior monks bar their way, sticks raised.)
KHRISONG: You see, I was right.
TRAVERS: Khrisong! Khrisong. It was all a mistake.
(VICTORIA and JAMIE go through the blockage and look at the DOCTOR's bonds.)
TRAVERS: I've been talking to these youngsters. I'm sorry, this is not the man that attacked me.
KHRISONG: Seize them.
(Warrior Monks grab JAMIE and VICTORIA.)
JAMIE: Hey, well what's going on?
DOCTOR: I told you to keep away. (In anger directed at TRAVERS.) He's lead you into a trap!
TRAVERS: No, Doctor...
KHRISONG: Silence! Who are these people?
TRAVERS: They're friends of his.
KHRISONG: Then they shall act as hostages also.
(THOMNI comes out of the main gate.)
KHRISONG: Where have you been?
THOMNI: With the Abbot. He has given...
KHRISONG: The Abbot! I gave you no instructions to be with the Abbot.
THOMNI: But Khrisong, we must release him! This stranger has brought back to us the holy Ghanta that was lost.
(KHRISONG turns and stares, in shock, at the DOCTOR.)
THOMNI: We must treat him with respect and kindness, these are the words of our Abbot.
(KHRISONG turns and walks up to the DOCTOR.)
KHRISONG: Is this true?
DOCTOR: Of course.
KHRISONG: Then why did you not tell me?
DOCTOR: You'd already accused me of murder. You were hardly in the right frame of mind to listen to my story of how I came by the bell, now... now were
you? (Nodding at his bonds.) Oh please, oh.
(KHRISONG nods that the Warriors Monks let go of VICTORIA and JAMIE and untie the DOCTOR's hands.)
DOCTOR: This wasn't the welcome I expected, you know?
(KHRISONG turns and walks toward us with a look of shock and defeat on his face. The DOCTOR turns to TRAVERS with a look like a schoolteacher gives to a
DOCTOR: As for you Travers!
(TRAVERS hangs his head in shame.)
10. INNER SANCTUM
(The VOICE is back...)
VOICE: IT IS WELL TO REMEMBER THAT NOTHING MUST DISTURB OUR PREPARATIONS. THERE IS LITTLE TIME LEFT NOW.
SONGSTEN: How if the Doctor will not go?
(The Abbot returns.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: His life could be in great danger. He has been a good friend in the past, it would be ill if the life of such a one became in peril.
(The DOCTOR, now wearing a scarf of honour from the Monks, examines the sphere which JAMIE retrieved from the cave.)
DOCTOR: You say you found this in the cave?
VICTORIA: There were lots of them.
JAMIE: What do you think it is, Doctor?
DOCTOR: I've no idea. Now this creature, what was it like?
JAMIE: Oh it was huge and all covered with hair, like a sort of bear.
VICTORIA: It attacked us.
DOCTOR: It does sound like your abominable snowman, Travers.
TRAVERS: Oh but they wouldn't attack anyone.
DOCTOR: No, I always thought so.
TRAVERS: They're shy allusive creatures. Why do you think it's taken me so long to track them down?
(The DOCTOR looks at the sphere again.)
DOCTOR: What made this? I wonder what it's for. Oh well.
(With that, he puts the sphere down on in front of a statue of a Buddha. )
DOCTOR: I'd like to see one of these creatures.
VICTORIA: It was horrible.
JAMIE: Aye, it was buried under tons of rock, yet it still just got up and came after us.
VICTORIA: Like a nightmare.
TRAVERS: Now, fear makes us imagine all sorts of things.
DOCTOR: Including creatures that don't seem to be flesh and blood.
(A WARRIOR MONK's voice can be heard.)
WARRIOR MONK: Khrisong! Khrisong!
(KHRISONG arrives with more Warrior Monks.)
DOCTOR: What is it?
DOCTOR: What's the matter?
JAMIE: What's he seen?
WARRIOR MONK: Khrisong, come quickly!
KHRISONG: What is it?
JAMIE: He must have seen something.
WARRIOR MONK: Look!
(Outside, through the gate three Yetis can be seen.)
TRAVERS: Well there they are, at last.
JAMIE: Hey look.
KHRISONG: We must take it in.
TRAVERS: After all these years!
KHRISONG: Ralpachan, stand watch at the walls! Platau, I want two men either side of this base! Thomni, come with me!
TRAVERS: Look, they're magnificent, just as I thought they'd be.
(While the Warriors run about obeying the orders and TRAVERS watches the Yeti through the door, the DOCTOR and JAMIE follow KHRISONG over to a different part
of the courtyard.)
DOCTOR: Do you really think they'll attack?
KHRISONG: I don't know, they've never been this close before.
TRAVERS: Of course they wouldn't attack anyone, they're timid. You'll see.
DOCTOR: Yes but if they do, do you think you could capture one? I... I would like to examine one.
JAMIE: Examine it! Aye, we'll rap it up for you.
DOCTOR: Thank you, Jamie.
KHRISONG: Thomni, come, we must see to the defences. (Turns to JAMIE.) Boy, help at the gates!
(JAMIE, eager for battle, has an idea.)
JAMIE: Hey, Doctor, if you really want to capture one of these beasties, I have an idea which I think may just work.
(The DOCTOR's face falls on this.)
DOCTOR: Oh, Victoria.
DOCTOR: I think this is one of those instances were discretion is the better part of valour. Jamie has an idea. Come along.
(The DOCTOR takes a puzzled VICTORIA by the hand and leads her off into one of the buildings.)
JAMIE: No Doc...
DOCTOR: Come along.
12. COUNCIL ROOM
(In here, SONGSTEN, RINCHEN and a number of high placed Monks are discussing the problem.)
SONGSTEN: Have no fear, now that the holy ghanta has been returned to us, all will be well.
RINCHEN: But what if the Yeti do attack?
SONGSTEN: Have faith, Rinchen, Khrisong and his warriors will protect us.
RINCHEN: Khrisong is a rash man. He was so sure that this Doctor was a threat to us.
(The DOCTOR and VICTORIA arrive at the doorway to this room and the DOCTOR overhears the last bit of what RINCHEN was saying.)
DOCTOR: I can assure you I am not.
(All the Monks turns to face the newcomers. SONGSTEN bows to the DOCTOR.)
13. MAIN GATE
JAMIE: I hope this is going to work. You ready up there? Catch!
(JAMIE throws up the tail end of a piece of rope up to a monk who catches it.)
THOMNI: There is one coming!
JAMIE: Aye, one's enough.
THOMNI: The others don't seem to be moving.
(We see one of the three Yeti start to move toward the Gate.)
JAMIE: Look, keep it back, I'm not ready for it yet.
THOMNI: Keep it back!
(All the Warrior Monks, including THOMNI, raise their sticks in readiness for the Yeti. JAMIE puts the other end of the rope on the floor.)
JAMIE: That's it. Stand by, here it comes.
(The Yeti arrives.)
(All the monks start to hit the Yeti with their sticks. The Yeti starts to shove some of the Monks back but is pushed into the rope circle.)
JAMIE: Right, haul the rope, quick! Quick with the net! Pull hard, up with it.
(The ropes are pulled and the creature is bundled into the net. The monks continue to pummel the Yeti with their staves. The Yeti at first continue to fight
back ferociously but is then, suddenly, strangely, quite still.)
JAMIE: Wait, wait.
THOMNI: It's dead.
JAMIE: Aye. Hey, why aren't the others attacking?
(The other two Yeti stare at the Monks and then turns and start to move away.)
THOMNI: They're going.
JAMIE: Good, lets get this one inside.
(They start to move the Yeti inside, but close to where the struggle occurred, another silver sphere can be seen embedded in the soft ground, making strange
alien bubbling noises. It starts to move slowly through the mud.)
(A little later, it is now night and a Monk, carrying a burning torch, moves forward through the courtyard. When he passed the Statue he bows to it with his
hands clasped together. Then he notices the sphere, left there by the DOCTOR, picks it up and looks at it. Assuming that it is an offering, the Monk puts down
the sphere back in the hands of the statue.)
15. COUNCIL ROOM
(The YETI has been put on the table and the DOCTOR, VICTORIA, JAMIE, TRAVERS, THOMNI, and KHRISONG all gather round as the DOCTOR has a look at the
DOCTOR: Victoria, this creature certainly doesn't seem to be flesh and blood.
DOCTOR: It's not your abominable snowman either, Travers. Look.
(He taps it and the creature gives off a strange metallic sound.)
TRAVERS: That's incredible.
THOMNI: What is it?
KHRISONG: A devils warrior.
DOCTOR: No, I don't think so, it's more like a robot.
TRAVERS: A robot? My dear chap don't let your imagination run away with you.
DOCTOR: Now, why has it stopped? Wait a minute. Wait a minute.
(The DOCTOR discovers a empty round "Pouch" in the middle of the "Creature".)
VICTORIA: Nothing there.
(The DOCTOR put his hands in the Pouch.)
DOCTOR: No, but there has been!
15. MAIN GATE
(The sphere at the Gate starts to beep and move again...)
(...and inside, the sphere, on the statue, hearing the beeping of its brother starts to beep too and begins, purposefully, to roll off in the direction of
the captured Yeti...)
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