The Abominable Snowmen
 

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Editions:  UK UK (1st paperback) | Turkey Turkey (paperback) | UK UK (2nd paperback) | UK UK (3rd paperback) | Portugal Portugal (paperback) | UK UK (hardback) | France France (paperback) | UK UK (4th paperback)

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Edition: UK UK (1st paperback)
When:  November 1974
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-10583-4
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A single blow from the giant, hairy paw smashes the explorer to the ground. Terrified, he flees from the monster's glowing eyes and savage fangs...

Why are the peaceful Yeti now spreading death and destruction? And what is the secret behind the glowing cave on the mountain?

When DOCTOR WHO discovers that a long-dead friend is still alive, he knows why his visit to the lonely Himalayan monastery has led to a struggle to save the Earth!

'DOCTOR WHO, the children's own programme which adults adore...'
Gerard Garrett, The Daily Sketch

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Edition: Turkey Turkey (paperback)
When:  April 1975
Publisher:  Remzi Kitabevi
ISBN:None
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Note:  Titled Doktor Kim Ve Korkunç Karadamları, which roughly translates as The Ghastly Snowmonsters. One of 6 Turkish novelisations, all published in 1975 — the others were: The Daleks, The Cybermen, The Auton Invasion, The Doomsday Weapon and The Day of the Daleks.

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Bir zamanların barışsever KARADAMLARI, Yeti'ler neden ölüm saçıyor? Yetileri yöneten büyük zekanın amacı nedir?

Uzay-zaman makinesiyle 22'nci yüzyılda Himalayalara ulaşan DOKTOR KİM, dünyayı tehdit eden büyük tehlikeyi önlemeye çalışıyor.

İngiltere'nin BBC televizyonunda yayınlanan bu bilim-kurgu dizisi, çocukların ve gençlerin hatta daha çok, büyüklerin ilgisini çekmiştir.

English translation:
(Note that for some reason, the story is described as being set in the 22nd century!)

Why are the once peaceful Yeti SNOWMONSTERS now spreading death? What is the aim of the Yeti-controlling Intelligence?

In the Himalayan maountains of the 22nd century, DOCTOR WHO tries to prevent the great danger that threatens the world.

Book adaptation of the English BBC television science fiction series for children and young people, that even intrigues adults.

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Edition: UK UK (2nd paperback)
When:  March 1978
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-11455-8
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A single blow from the giant, hairy paw smashes the explorer to the ground. Terrified, he flees from the monster's glowing eyes and savage fangs...

Why are the peaceful Yeti now spreading death and destruction? And what is the secret behind the glowing cave on the mountain?

When DOCTOR WHO discovers that a long-dead friend is still alive, he knows why his visit to the lonely Himalayan monastery has led to a struggle to save the Earth!

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Edition: UK UK (3rd paperback)
When:  January 1983
Publisher:  Target
ISBN:0-426-10583-4
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Note:  Same ISBN as original UK paperback edition.

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The Tibetan monks at the monastery of Det-sen are worried, frightened men. Many of their companions have been killed — and it seeems the Yeti are the cause of all their troubles.

But normally the Yeti, giant man-like creatures living in the remotest peaks of the Himalayas, are seen only very rarely and are notoriously timid.

What is the explanation for their apparent transformation into ferocious brutes, monsters with glowing eyes and savage fangs who are spreading death and destruction in the isolated valley of peace?

When the Doctor arrives at the monastery, his first visit for three hundred years, he expects to be welcomed with open arms. But because of the mysterious killings the reception that awaits him is anything but friendly...

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Edition: Portugal Portugal (paperback)
When:  January 1983
Publisher:  Editorial Presença
ISBN:None
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Note:  Titled Doutor Who e os Abominaveis Homens Das Neves. One of 10 Portugese novelisations, all published in 1983 — the others were: The Auton Invasion, The Cave-Monsters, The Daemons, The Doomsday Weapon, The Sea-Devils, The Day of the Daleks, The Daleks, The Crusaders, and The Zarbi.

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As extraordinárias aventuras de Doutor Who, Senhor do Tempo, viajando no seu veículo espácio-temporal, o TARDIS, através de toda a galáxia, da imensa variedade dos seus mundos. Histórias plenas de imaginação, suspense e acção. Um grande êxito mundial.

Porque é que os Yeti, outrora pacificos, espalham agora à sua volta a morte e a destruição? Qual é o mistério que envolve a caverna luminosa da montanha? Quando Dr. Who descobre que um velho amigo seu, há muito já falecido, anda vive, apercebe-se de que a sua visita a um solitário mosteiro dos Himalaia se transformou afinal numa luta renhida para salver a Terra.

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Edition: UK UK (hardback)
When:  January 1985
Publisher:  WH Allen
ISBN:0-491-03660-4
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Edition: France France (paperback)
When:  August 1987
Publisher:  Éditions Garancière
ISBN:2-7340-0226-4
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Note:  Titled Docteur Who: L'Abominable Homme des Neiges which translates as "The Abominable Snowman" (singular). One of 8 French novelisations, all published in 1987 — the others were: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Crusaders, The Masque of Mandragora, The Brain of Morbius and Meglos.

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Un milliard d'admirateurs à travers le monde!

Seigneur du Temps, héros de l'Éternité, le Docteur Who connaît aujourd'hui une fantastique popularité. Le succès inégalé de la série télévisée qui lui a donné naissance, la fascination qu'il exerce sur un immense public à travers plus de cent pays contribuent à faire de ce personnage un véritable mythe pour la premiere fois révélé en France.

Au cœur de l'Himalaya, le Docteur Who parviendra-t-il à élucider le mystère du monastère de Det-sen, et à découvrir le secret maléfique du vénérable Maître Padmasambvha?

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Edition: UK UK (4th paperback)
When:  July 2011
Publisher:  BBC
ISBN:978-1-84990-192-5
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Note:  One of a batch of six reprints by Random House/BBC Books as part of a new "Doctor Who Classics" range, released in both paperback and e-book form. The other reprints in this batch were: The Auton Invasion, The Cave-Monsters, The Crusaders, The Cybermen and The Daleks.

Cover blurb:
'Light flooded into the tunnel, silhouetting the enormous shaggy figure in the cave mouth. With a blood-curdling roar, claws outstretched, it bore down on Jamie.'

The Doctor has been to Det-Sen Monastery before, and expects the welcome of a lifetime. But the monastery is a very different place from when the Doctor last came. Fearing an attack at any moment by the legendary Yeti, the monks are prepared to defend themselves, and see the Doctor as a threat.

The Doctor and his friends join forces with Travers, an English explorer out to prove the existence of the elusive abominable snowmen. But they soon discover that these Yeti are not the timid animals that Travers seeks. They are the unstoppable servants of an alien Intelligence.

THIS NOVEL IS BASED ON A DOCTOR WHO STORY WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY BROADCAST FROM 30 SEPTEMBER — 4 NOVEMBER 1967.

Featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton, and his companions Jamie and Victoria



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