THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN
by MERVYN HAISMAN and HENRY LINCOLN
first broadcast - 14th October 1967
1. 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...)
3. COUNCIL ROOM
DOCTOR: Jamie, when you captured this creature, you must have dislodged it's control unit.
JAMIE: Then it must still be lying out there.
(They move towards the exit of the room but KHRISONG blocks their path.)
KHRISONG: Where are you going?
DOCTOR: To have a look outside the gates. I want that unit. Come on, Jamie.
(KHRISONG stands his ground.)
KHRISONG: No! I will not allow it.
DOCTOR: But why not?
KHRISONG: I trust no one to leave the monastery. You say this creature is not a real Yeti.
DOCTOR: It's metal. It's been made.
KHRISONG: And sent against us. Why? Why does someone wish harm to the monks of Detsen. I will trust no stranger until these questions are answered.
JAMIE: Ah, but we're on your side! Have we not convinced you yet?
KHRISONG: I am convinced of nothing.
VICTORIA: The Doctor knows all about this sort of thing. Why not let him help you?
DOCTOR: Well if you don't trust us at least send Thomni, or one of your other warriors.
KHRISONG: No! I will not allow the gates to be opened!
DOCTOR: If you want us to help...
KHRISONG: I do not need your help! Thomni, guard them!
(With that, KHRISONG storms out of the room.)
DOCTOR: Oh dear, a very obstinate man.
TRAVERS: Yes, well that's that I suppose. Nothing we can do about it now. (Moving towards the door.) Um, well I... I think I'll just go and get a
bit of shut-eye. Good night all.
(TRAVERS hurriedly leaves the hall.)
4. MAIN GATE, INSIDE
(KHRISONG arrives at the gate, which is closed, to talk with the guard, RALPACHAN. Nearby, but out of sight, TRAVERS watches and listens...)
RALPACHAN: Yes, Khrisong.
KHRISONG: Stand guard at the gate. No one is to leave the monastery. Be watchful, these Yeti are more dangerous than we thought.
(Seeing this as another blow to his chances of finding the real Yeti, TRAVERS moves forward towards the two men, who look at him with suspicion.)
KHRISONG: What is it? What do you want?
TRAVERS: Um, I want a word with you.
(They move out of earshot of the sentry but within his sight.)
TRAVERS: Look I've been thinking. Now that we've found out that these abominable snowmen are mechanical things...
TRAVERS: Don't you see it means that I am right! The real Yeti are there, hiding up there somewhere in those mountains.
KHRISONG: (Starting to turn away.) This is no concern of mine.
TRAVERS: No, but Khrisong, wait. I um... I want to go out there, after them.
KHRISONG: That would be foolishness!
TRAVERS: Look, I've always said that the real Yeti are harmless. Now I must make a... find out for sure. Otherwise the whole point of my expedition would
KHRISONG: And those devil creatures would kill you.
TRAVERS: Yes well, that's a chance I'll have to take.
KHRISONG: (Firm.) No! I will not allow it.
TRAVERS: But don't you see? The real Yeti may be killed by these robots. Look, I must go!
KHRISONG: No, I forbid it!
TRAVERS: Look I'm not one of your monks, you know? You can't give me orders.
KHRISONG: No. I've said that no one will leave. Anyone may be controlling these monsters. Even you.
TRAVERS: Oh that's ridiculous...
(But to KHRISONG the matter was closed.)
KHRISONG: (Total firmness.) I have given my orders! Obey them!
5. COUNCIL ROOM
(VICTORIA is looking at the creature again while the others are gathered in a small group.)
THOMNI: Sir, I have no choice, I must obey Khrisong.
JAMIE: Do you not realise the man's a wee bit daffy?
DOCTOR: Oh I wouldn't say that, Jamie. He's just doing his duty, as he sees it.
THOMNI: But I think he is mistaken not to trust you. There is much sense in what you say.
DOCTOR: Oh thank you, Thomni.
VICTORIA: Doctor, come here a moment.
(They all go to back to the creature.)
DOCTOR: What is it?
VICTORIA: The place you said where the control unit would go, it's round.
VICTORIA: Well I wonder if... Jamie, you remember in that cave, we found that sphere. Well don't you think it could go...
JAMIE: Hey yes! I believe you're right...
DOCTOR: Yes, but I've thought of that. But the thing was as light as a feather, there couldn't have been anything inside it. Unless...
(He looks about for a sphere.)
DOCTOR: Where is it?
JAMIE: Well I gave it to you. You were looking at it.
DOCTOR: I remember, I put it down somewhere.
VICTORIA: The Buddha! The Buddha in the courtyard!
DOCTOR: The Buddha! I put it down by the Buddha!
(The DOCTOR was all ready to rush out of the room when THOMNI bars their way - stick raised.)
DOCTOR: Oh now please, Thomni, please!
(THOMNI thinks about it and then lower his stick and follows the TARDIS crew out of the room.)
(They arrive at the statue to find the sphere gone.)
JAMIE: It's not here, Doctor.
DOCTOR: But I swear I put it down here by the Buddha.
JAMIE: Aye, well its not here now.
VICTORIA: Somebody must have picked it up.
DOCTOR: Oh dear.
VICTORIA: Maybe that guard's taken it.
JAMIE: Aye, let's ask him.
(They all move off towards the Main Gate... They in fact pass the sphere, rolling in the opposite direction, in a corridor on the way there, but the sphere
conceals itself in a dark corner as they trundle past.)
7. MAIN GATE
(The Guard, on seeing their approach, raises his stick and JAMIE tenses himself ready for a fight, but the DOCTOR touches him on the arm.)
DOCTOR: No. Tact, Jamie. I'll handle this.
(He moves forward with a disarming smile.)
DOCTOR: Hello guard, good evening. Um, I wonder if you could help us. I um... I left a... a silver sphere by the Buddha there.
VICTORIA: It's a shiny round thing.
THOMNI: It's most important. Have you taken it?
RALPACHAN: No, and if anyone had I should have seen them.
THOMNI: Ralpachan, who has passed through the courtyard?
RALPACHAN: Master Khrisong, but he touched nothing.
JAMIE: No one else?
RALPACHAN: The Englishman, Travers.
(They are all surprised at this.)
DOCTOR: Travers? Are you sure he didn't pick it up?
RALPACHAN: I am sure. He spoke only to Khrisong and now he is gone.
DOCTOR: (Shocked.) Gone?
RALPACHAN: He said Khrisong had given him permission to leave.
DOCTOR: But that's impossi...
THOMNI: (To the Guard.) He has tricked you!
JAMIE: Aye, he must have taken it!
DOCTOR: Yes, but why?
VICTORIA: Could he be the one that's doing it?
DOCTOR: (To himself.) I wonder. (To the Guard.) Are you sure he didn't take the sphere with him?
RALPACHAN: He took nothing!
JAMIE: I'll find his room and search it.
DOCTOR: Right, Jamie.
THOMNI: We must tell Khrisong what has happened.
DOCTOR: Yes, yes. Travers, I can't believe he has anything to do with these robots.
VICTORIA: One thing's for certain, it couldn't have moved on its own.
(They leave the courtyard with RALPACHAN on guard.)
(...But that was exactly what the sphere was doing - moving on its own...)
(SAPAN and RINCHEN have been at work on the Yeti where it has been fastened down with chains. They have constructed a strange framework of wood and coloured
thread around it...)
SAPAN: How if the devil should breath life into it again?
RINCHEN: My ghost trap will ward off the evil spirits.
SAPAN: Mmm, but to fetter it with chains is also wise. The strangers say that this creature is not flesh and blood.
RINCHEN: How can this be, does it not move? Strangers, do not believe them, Sapan.
SAPAN: But see.
RINCHEN: It is but armour, such as any warrior would wear. The devil in his guile wears his armour beneath the skin to protect his evil heart.
SAPAN: Such a being is against nature, it troubles me. Let us go.
(KHRISONG leads SONGSTEN into the hall. They both notice the "ghost trap".)
SONGSTEN: What have you been doing, my brothers?
SAPAN: We have built a spirit trap about the monster, my Abbot.
SONGSTEN: This is well thought, Sapan, you are wise.
RINCHEN: You should never have allowed this monster to have been brought into the Monastery, Khrisong.
KHRISONG: (Snaps.) What I allow is my affair, Rinchen.
SONGSTEN: Gently, my son, gently.
KHRISONG: I'm sorry, my Abbot. I try to guard my tongue, but Rinchen finds much fault in me of late.
SONGSTEN: Harsh words are like blunted arrows. It is the truth that makes them sharp.
KHRISONG: I have tried to do my duty. Under your guidance, the protection of the monastery lies in my hands.
SONGSTEN: I know, my son. You're task is a hard one.
KHRISONG: And such is our adversary, that against such creatures that I must protect you. The purpose of my life is nothing if I fail. You know, my
Abbot, that I willingly would lay down my life for you and my brothers. But can I combat this with mildness. You must let me fight their strength with my
SONGSTEN: Our ways are the ways of peace, Khrisong my son. You, must not seek to change them.
KHRISONG: I would fight to preserve them. You must let me. There is no other way.
SONGSTEN: There is. It is merely obscured to our simple minds. I shall seek guidance from the Master, Padmasambhava.
(He sits down on the floor cross-legged and enters into a trance. The DOCTOR's party rushes into the room.)
DOCTOR: Khrisong! Khrisong, I must speak with you.
KHRISONG: What is it?
DOCTOR: Have you given Travers permission to leave the monastery?
KHRISONG: Of course not!
DOCTOR: Well he's gone!
DOCTOR: The guard at the gate said you'd given him permission.
KHRISONG: Did he? Very well. Come with me.
DOCTOR: It's about time you let me help you.
KHRISONG: Help? I want to make sure you don't disappear as well.
(KHRISONG leaves with the DOCTOR. THOMNI and VICTORIA watch SONGSTEN in his trance.)
VICTORIA: It's the Abbot, is he all right?
THOMNI: Oh yes, he's in a trance. We must leave him now.
SONGSTEN: (Talking into thin air.) Yes, Master.
VICTORIA: Who's he talking to?
THOMNI: The Master, Padmasambhava. He's asking for spiritual guidance.
SONGSTEN: I hear you, Master. I am coming.
VICTORIA: (Puzzled.) Where's he going?
THOMNI: To the Holy Sanctum. To Padmasambhava.
VICTORIA: Let's follow him.
(She starts to follow, but THOMNI prevents her.)
THOMNI: No, no, no, it is forbidden! No one but the Abbot may enter.
(VICTORIA laughs at this. THOMNI reacts with firmness.)
THOMNI: No one!
10. MAIN GATE
(KHRISONG is questioning the guard with the DOCTOR while JAMIE is off searching TRAVER's room.)
KHRISONG: ...And this should not have happened. I hold you responsible, Ralpachan.
DOCTOR: Oh well, what's done is done.
DOCTOR: Ah, Jamie.
JAMIE: Searched his room, but it's not there.
DOCTOR: I see. You must see that it is vital that I examine one of these control units. The one that Jamie bought down from the mountains has
disappeared. Someone is trying to stop us learning the truth.
JAMIE: You must let us outside to find the other one!
(Seeing that he is not going to get anywhere by talking, he tries to open the Gate, but both sticks of the Guard and Khrisong are raised.)
JAMIE: Oh, look...
KHRISONG: Very well. I will go.
11. INNER SANCTUM
(There is a small table holding a map of the monastery and its surrounding area. We see an old and wrinkled hand (PADMASAMBHAVA's) reaches out over the map
and grab two of the small model Yeti pieces that are on the map. The hand moves the pieces closer to Detsen...)
(Out on the mountainside, two Yeti come to life and begin to move along a corresponding route, watched by TRAVERS hiding behind a rock.)
13. ANTEROOM, INNER SANCTUM
(SONGSTEN, still in his trance, opens the door to the Inner Sanctum and enters, closing the door behind him. VICTORIA arrives first at the door and is about
to pull it open when THOMNI stops her.)
THOMNI: No! No, Victoria, we mustn't.
VICTORIA: I only want to see where he's going.
THOMNI: I told you, the Sanctum. No one is allowed to go there. Please, let us go back.
VICTORIA: You mean to say you've lived here all this time and never been in there.
VICTORIA: You are funny. Aren't you the tinniest bit curious?
THOMNI: (Firm.) No.
VICTORIA: And you've never seen this... Master?
VICTORIA: Don't you want to know what he looks like? Oh, sure you do. Come on.
(She tries to open the door again but THOMNI stop her again.)
THOMNI: No! Miss Victoria, can't you understand that it is impossible?
VICTORIA: I don't see...
THOMNI: No you do not! It is forbidden. And I have been brought up on the path of obedience.
VICTORIA: Very well. (With a smile on her face.) But I'll get there somehow.
14. MAIN GATE
(The DOCTOR, JAMIE and the guard are watching KHRISONG from the main gate.)
DOCTOR: Hasn't he found it yet?
JAMIE: No. Khrisong, can I give you a hand?
KHRISONG: Stay where you are!
15. INNER SANCTUM
(Again, SONGSTEN is kneeling down, hands clasped, looking straight at the huge closed doors.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: Far better if the Yeti had not been brought into the monastery.
SONGSTEN: I'm sorry, Master, I could not prevent it.
PADMASAMBHAVA: The Doctor is wise. His eyes are not closed in ignorance.
SONGSTEN: If he is not ignorant perhaps he might assist you with your plan.
PADMASAMBHAVA: But his mind is on a complex plane. It is hard to fathom. There is a chance he will oppose what we have to do.
(His voice changes again...)
VOICE: (OOV.) NO. WE MUST CONTINUE WITH THE WORK, ALONE. I MUST NOW MAKE SURE OUR PLAN IS IMPERILLED NO MORE.
(...and the two Yeti models are moved again, this time bringing them right to the monastery gates!.)
16. MAIN GATE
(KHRISONG finds the sphere, which begins to give out a loud beeping sound.)
KHRISONG: I've found it!
(The DOCTOR spots the approaching Yeti.)
DOCTOR: Khrisong! Behind you! Yeti!
JAMIE: Come in!
(He sees retreat as an act of a coward.)
DOCTOR: Don't be a fool!
JAMIE: Don't be a fool, they're on top of you!
(One of the Yeti lifts KHRISONG up by the wrist and wrenches the sphere from his grasp. The monks and JAMIE emerge to fight them off but the Yeti ignore
them, disappearing back into the darkness.)
DOCTOR: Come on, Jamie. Quick get him inside!
(They do so.)
DOCTOR: (To KHRISONG.) They came to get their ball back.
17. INNER SANCTUM
(SONGSTEN is with PADMASAMBHAVA but he still can't see him. We can see however the map.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: It would seem that the Yeti have caused some little upset at the gates. However their work is accomplished. Now, Songsten, observe.
(The hand points out three of the Yeti pieces.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: These three Yeti are waiting for you.
(A small glowing pyramid is placed on the ground.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: Take this pyramid I have prepared. Take it to the caves. Then the Great Intelligence will focus upon this planet. Soon it will begin to
grow and at last take on physical form. At last its wanderings in space will be at an end. (Sighs.) My work will then be done. Go now, Songsten, do as I
(And the "hiss" voice has the final word.)
VOICE: (OOV.) NOTHING MUST INTERFERE.
18. MAIN GATE
(KHRISONG is unharmed and is discussing the attack with the others.)
RINCHEN: These creatures are indeed fearsome.
JAMIE: Aye, you were lucky you weren't killed.
KHRISONG: But why did they just turn and leave? They had us at their mercy, why?
DOCTOR: They didn't come to fight. They came for the sphere.
JAMIE: Are you sure?
DOCTOR: Pretty sure. They didn't want me to examine it.
KHRISONG: You talk of these creatures as if they were human, with a human's brain.
DOCTOR: That sphere is like a brain. They had to get it back.
JAMIE: Yes, and that Yeti we caught in the net. Well that could have been after the sphere we found in the cave.
DOCTOR: I'd still like to know what happened to that one.
19. CORRIDOR, NEAR HALL
(...Well, it is currently going down the corridor near to the hall where the captive Yeti is...)
20. MAIN GATE
DOCTOR: This sound that you heard.
KHRISONG: It came from the sphere, I swear it.
JAMIE: Some sort of signal, do you think?
DOCTOR: Yes, could be. Anyway, its a help.
SAPAN: How can this help?
DOCTOR: Well with the right sort of equipment, these signals can be tracked.
JAMIE: You mean you can find out where the Yeti are getting there instructions from?
DOCTOR: Yes, Jamie.
RINCHEN: Where can we find such equipment?
DOCTOR: (To JAMIE.) We've got to get back to the TARDIS.
KHRISONG: This equipment. You have it?
DOCTOR: Yes. (Pointing.) But it's outside there on the mountain
KHRISONG: Then, you must go for it.
JAMIE: You mean you'll let us go?
KHRISONG: I have no choice. I have failed. My warriors are powerless. I must trust you.
DOCTOR: (Happy and thumping JAMIE on the shoulder.) Come on, let's get my coat.
(VICTORIA is trying to have a peek inside the Inner Sanctum but is having trouble trying to get rid of THOMNI. She tries a different approach - the "I
better look for my friends" trick.)
VICTORIA: Oh. Oh, they're not back yet. I think I'll go and find them. No need for you to come.
(THOMNI wasn't falling for it.)
THOMNI: I think it would be better if I came with you.
VICTORIA: Afraid I may go somewhere that I shouldn't. Oh, come on then. I don't want to stay in here with that thing.
(She pulls a face at the Yeti. However as they leave the room they run into RINCHEN and SAPAN and it is clear that they have been listening in on the
conversation and guessing correctly on VICTORIA's destination.)
RINCHEN: Thomni, it were well that you went to Khrisong...
THOMNI: Where is he?
RINCHEN: In the courtyard.
THOMNI: I will go to him. Oh, Sapan, would you care for our guest, please?
(He rushes off. VICTORIA turns to the new arrivals.)
VICTORIA: Is Jamie and the Doctor... are they all right?
SAPAN: Rest easily my child.
RINCHEN: They are in...
(SAPAN cuts him off.)
SAPAN: They are very well. There is no need for this child to worry. Is it not so, Rinchen?
(VICTORIA sees right through this trick.)
VICTORIA: You're keeping something from me.
SAPAN: My child, I have told you nothing but truth. Your friends are busy helping our brothers.
RINCHEN: Sapan, we have duties to perform.
SAPAN: True. We must leave you. It might be wiser to join Thomni in the courtyard. Excuse us please.
(They show her the way. VICTORIA leaves but turns toward the Sanctum instead of the Courtyard.)
(THOMNI has been filled in on what has happened to KHRISONG.)
THOMNI: You are not well, Khrisong. You should be resting.
KHRISONG: There can be no rest for me while this creature is here.
THOMNI: But it is dead, what harm can it do us now?
KHRISONG: Even so, wiser to destroy it. ______ the Doctor who is right. I do not know any longer.
(RINCHEN arrives leading a fuming VICTORIA.)
RINCHEN: Khrisong you must guard this child. Sapan sent her to you in the courtyard, yet I found her near the Sanctum.
VICTORIA: (Tight-lipped.) I didn't mean any harm.
RINCHEN: For her own good, it would be safer if she were closely guarded.
(VICTORIA sighs as they all leave the courtyard.)
(JAMIE and the DOCTOR walk along the mountainside.)
24. MAIN GATE
(Soon after they depart, SONGSTEN arrives at the courtyard, manned again by just the lone sentry, RALPACHAN. SONGSTEN stares into the eyes of RALPACHAN who
opens the door for him.)
SONGSTEN: When I have passed through the gate you will awake. You have seen nothing.
(He passes through the gate and RALPACHAN closes the door behind him. He then springs back to watchfulness, unaware that anything has happened.)
25. COUNCIL ROOM
(THOMNI is looking after VICTORIA.)
VICTORIA: I suppose everyone thinks I'm a nuisance. Is that it?
THOMNI: We are concerned for your safety, as you well know.
VICTORIA: You're not really going to lock me up in this beastly room, are you?
THOMNI: No, I don't think that will be necessary. But you must promise to behave and not cause trouble.
VICTORIA: What do you mean?
THOMNI: I think perhaps you are a little too inquisitive, Miss Victoria.
VICTORIA: Me? I just don't like mysteries. Your Master, for instance, Padma...
(THOMNI cuts her off.)
THOMNI: I have told you there are some things that you should not ask!
VICTORIA: Oh all right, I'm sorry. All right. Look do we have to stay here? Can't I go and find the Doctor?
THOMNI: The Doctor? But he's gone.
VICTORIA: (Surprised and shocked.) Gone? Gone where?
THOMNI: To the mountain. I thought you knew. Did Sapan not tell you?
VICTORIA: I knew he was keeping something from me. I've a good mind to go after them.
THOMNI: (Angrily.) That would be foolish!
VICTORIA: Don't worry, I'm not really serious.
THOMNI: Oh please forgive me, I'm being a very bad host. Would you care for some food?
VICTORIA: No thank you. Um, yes. Perhaps on second thoughts I will.
(THOMNI leaves the room and after a minute so does VICTORIA.)
(JAMIE and the DOCTOR reach the three Yeti which are waiting to escort SONGSTEN. They are clearly switched off, so the DOCTOR would like to examine them, but
JAMIE cautions against this...)
DOCTOR: They're not moving.
JAMIE: They can't have seen us, Doctor.
DOCTOR: Perhaps they're switched off. I wonder...
JAMIE: Don't be a fool, Doctor. No point in taking chances. Let's get to the TARDIS while we can.
DOCTOR: Yes, perhaps you're right.
(They move off... SONGSTEN arrives with the pyramid soon after. The Yetis jerk into life and form a protective triangle around him. Together the four of them
move off up the mountain...)
27. COUNCIL ROOM
(THOMNI arrives carrying food but notices that VICTORIA is gone.)
THOMNI: Oh no! Miss Victoria!
(He rushes out of the room to be met by RALPACHAN and KHRISONG.)
THOMNI: Ralpachan, the girl, did she go out?
KHRISONG: What did you want, Thomni?
THOMNI: I went for food, now she has disappeared.
THOMNI: I think she went after the Doctor.
KHRISONG: No one has passed Ralpachan.
THOMNI: Then she must still be in the monastery.
KHRISONG: Find her.
THOMNI: Where? Where could she...? Miss Victoria!
28. INNER SANCTUM
(VICTORIA enters the room and look around her. However, there is nobody in there and VICTORIA is surprised when she hear PADMASAMBHAVA's voice.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: It were better that you were not found in here, my child.
VICTORIA: Who's that?
PADMASAMBHAVA: The monks will look upon your presence here as sacrilege.
(The voice almost changes to the "hiss" voice.)
PADMASAMBHAVA: Go quickly.
(VICTORIA leaves the room...)
(She returns to the hall where the captured Yeti lies bound...)
(VICTORIA finds, at her feet, Jamie's sphere, which has finally finished its long trek from the courtyard. Curious, she picks it up...)
32. ANOTHER CORRIDOR
THOMNI: Miss Victoria, where are you?
(...but then the sphere comes to life and forces itself into the cavity at the Yeti's chest. The flap over the cavity snaps shut and for a moment nothing
34. CORRIDOR, NEAR THE HALL
(THOMNI's cries attract the attention of SAPAN.)
THOMNI: Miss Victoria!
SAPAN: My son, what is the matter?
THOMNI: Oh, Sapan, the girl, I can't find her. I think she may have...
VICTORIA: (OOV, screams.) Aahhh!
THOMNI: Miss Victoria!
(And both Monks rush off toward the hall.)
(Then the Yeti's eyes snap open and it begins to thrash about, breaking chains and ghost trap with equal ease it starts to rise...)
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