The Doctor - Patrick Troughton
Jamie McCrimmon - Frazer Hines
Victoria Waterfield - Deborah Watling
Travers - Jack Watling
Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart - Nicholas Courtney
Anne Travers - Tina Packer
Julius Silverstein - Frederick Schrecker
Corporal Lane - Rod Beacham
Corporal Blake - Richardson Morgan
Captain Knight - Ralph Watson
Harold Chorley - Jon Rollason
Staff Sgt. Arnold - Jack Woolgar
Craftsman Weams - Stephen Whittaker
Soldier - Bernard G. High
Yeti - John Levene, John Lord,
Gordon Stothard, Colin Warman,
Jeremy King, Roger Jacombs
Soldier - Joseph O'Connell
Driver Evans - Derek Pollitt
Manager - Roselyn Parker
Costumes - Martin Baugh
Designer - David Myerscough-Jones
Fight Arranger - Derek Ware
Film Cameramen - Alan Jonas, Jimmy
Film Editors - Philip Barnikel, Colin
Make-Up - Sylvia James
Producer - Peter Bryant
Production Assistant - Gareth Gwenlan
Script Editor - Derrick Sherwin
Special Sounds - Brian Hodgson
Studio Lighting - Clive Leighton
Studio Sound - Ray Angel
Theme Arrangement - Delia Derbyshire
Title Music - Ron Grainer
Visual Effects - Ron Oates
After being caught
up in a web-like substance on its journey through space, the
TARDIS arrives in the tunnels of the London Underground railway
system, only to find the web also in the tunnels - as is the
Great Intelligence's Yeti.
How has this happened? The team learn that the impending
disaster was triggered nearly forty years before, after their
previous encounter with the Intelligence. Professor Travers
accidentally reactivated a Yeti, thus giving the Intelligence
the ammunition it needed to plan another invasion attempt.
The aim is simple: the Intelligence wants to drain the Doctor's
mind. Army forces, led by Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart, help the
Doctor and his team race against time to stop them in their
mission. Can they make it?
The TARDIS continues in flight with the doors open, while the
evil Salamander has been ejected into space and time. Jamie
flings himself onto the console and activates the door control,
nearly being sucked out himself.
Anne Travers meets with her agitated father, Professor Travers,
who pleads with Silverstein to let him take (or buy) back the
Yeti he sold to him thirty years ago. The Professor claims to
have reactivated a control sphere, but it has disappeared. Anne
suspects his senility is playing tricks on him. She takes her
father away at Silverstein's urging. As Silverstein closes his
museum for the night, the sphere breaks through a window and
reconnects with the Yeti. As it metamorphoses into a
glowing-eyed monster, Silverstein is attacked; he cowers in
Jamie tries to convince the Doctor that a light on the console
is flashing; the Doctor dismisses it. Victoria notices the light
too and when the Doctor finally sees it for himself, the machine
emits landing sounds. Strangely, the scanner reveals they are
suspended in space and as they watch, the scanner picture (and
the TARDIS itself) is enveloped by a web-like substance.
In an underground fortress, Captain Knight is being interviewed
about an apparently fallen comrade, Colonel Pemberton, by Harold
Chorley of London Television. As the interview concludes,
Professor Travers is ushered in. Knight is badgered by the
Professor. He explains that Anne asked for him to be brought in.
When Knight leaves, the Professor begins badgering Chorley and
when Chorley attempts to interview him about the "scientific
section" and finding "a solution to the problem," Travers opines
that the whole of London might be completely wiped out.
The Doctor has rigged up a device. He plugs it into the console.
As the web lessens, he throws the switch on the device, the
TARDIS lurches and the Doctor announces he has landed the ship
near where they were expected, eluding their captors for the
moment. The TARDIS has landed, they soon discover, at the
entrance to the London Underground station at Covent Garden.
The crew arrive in Covent Garden The gate at the top of the
stairs is closed. When Jamie attempts to rouse a sleeping man
just outside, the man slumps dead, covered with web. The
newsstand outside reads, "Londoners Flee! Menace Spreads!"
Returning to the platform, Jamie hastily jumps onto the tracks.
The Doctor quickly and thankfully ascertains that the current
that would have electrocuted Jamie is off.
The three walk along the tracks into the tunnel, noticing that
trains have not been running for some time. They discover a
power cable and are forced to hide as three soldiers, Staff
Sergeant Arnold, Corporal Blake and Craftsman Weams, appear,
letting out more cable from a large spool. The Doctor asks his
friends to follow the soldiers at a distance while he finds
where the cables lead. As they do so, Victoria cannot stifle a
scream as she walks right into some cobweb. The soldiers capture
The Doctor reaches the Charing Cross platform, on which several
crates of explosives are connected to the cables. As he
investigates, he hears a too-familiar bleeping sound. He ducks
onto the tracks and hides under the platform, as a Yeti emerges.
Corporal Lane cannot raise communications with a truck at
Holborn. Anne enters with a repaired blast recorder and Knight
is only too pleased to give her a hand. Chorley enters,
complaining of Professor Travers' obstructiveness, but is
ushered out by Knight. Meanwhile, the Doctor must sit tight as a
second Yeti arrives on the platform. Both Yeti cover the
explosives in web, using a strange kind of gun.
As Knight continues to set his cap at Anne Travers, Arnold
returns with the cables ready to connect for the demolition job.
Arnold reports the two captured youngsters and Anne pushes to
make sure there's no one else in the tunnel before it's blown
up. Arnold questions them and Jamie makes a snap decision to
deny they were with anyone else. With the Yeti gone, the Doctor
closely examines the web-covered crates. The bombs are
detonated: the web glows and flashes underneath as the Doctor is
thrown from the platform.
Jamie and Victoria wait in their makeshift prison (the common
room at the fortress) while Arnold reports to Knight about the
Doctor. Arnold is dispatched to investigate as Weams reports
that the blast recorder that Anne repaired isn't working: it
hasn't recorded a blast. Weams suggests sabotage by the Doctor,
and Knight goes to interrogate the youngsters further.
As Knight, Anne, and Chorley question Jamie and Victoria, Jamie
in turn tries to get someone to tell them where they are and
what's going on. Weams interrupts to report contact is
reestablished with Holborn, but it sounds like they're in
trouble. When Knight asks if it's Yeti and he leaves with Weams,
Jamie and Victoria wonder if they heard him right. Lane reports
firing heard at Holborn, they overhear what sounds like a Yeti
attack and the line goes dead. Knight collects some soldiers and
goes out to investigate; Chorley elects to stay behind.
Arnold and Corporal Blake discover at Charing Cross the
explosives' shattered crates covered in web.
With no sign of the Doctor, they note the distinct lack of any
blast damage. Back at the fortress, Travers is working on a
control sphere when Anne tells him of the new arrivals who know
so much about the Yeti. Jamie and Victoria suspect it must have
been the Great Intelligence that attempted to capture them in
space. Travers bursts in and questions them, but Victoria
recognises their 31-years-older friend they met in Tibet in
1935. Travers takes Jamie to find out any news about the Doctor,
while Victoria is left to explain to Anne how all this is
Arnold tells Jamie and Travers what he knows and his suspicions
about the Doctor. Jamie goads Arnold into taking him out in
search of the Doctor. As Victoria continues to explain, Chorley
enters and sits at his typewriter to work on a story about the
Doctor. Anne regards him with contempt, calling him a
"sensation-monger" working for the "gutter press." Chorley
presses Victoria for more information, and tells her that Jamie
has gone back into the tunnels.
On the way back from Holborn, Knight and Private Thompson
construct a barricade across the tunnel from explosives
recovered from the dead ammo detail. Lane and Privates O'Brien
and Cocksey perform a rear-guard action but are attacked by
Yeti. As they gradually retreat towards the barricade Cocksey
loses his footing and is beaten to death by a Yeti.
O'Brien's rifle jamsO'Brien's rifle jams and he is smothered in
web, which kills him. Arnold and Jamie meet Thompson, Knight and
Lane. As Knight shoots the barricade to blow up the tunnel, the
blast is contained because the Yeti cocoon it in web. They are
trapped by Yeti from the other end of the tunnel and are held
Anne discusses with her father the curious fact that every time
he's met the Yeti, he's met the Doctor. Before he can refute
this assertion, Victoria returns (having overheard) with tea.
She quickly excuses herself, after which Anne is convinced the
Doctor is not behind this menace. Out in the tunnels, Jamie,
Knight, Arnold, Lane, and Thompson are under guard by motionless
Yeti. Suddenly their guards are called away by a bleeping
signal, leaving the humans puzzled, but free.
Blake and Weams, via an illuminated map in the Ops Room, see
that the web-fungus is advancing through the tunnels for the
first time in three weeks. They bring Travers, Anne, and Chorley
to see, and Chorley suspects Jamie and Victoria are spies for
the Doctor. Blake notices that there's no sign of Victoria in
the fortress. She is out searching for her friends in the
As Jamie, Arnold, Knight, and company return through the
tunnels, they hear someone approaching; oddly, the man is
singing in Welsh. He is Evans, the driver of the ammunition
truck to Holborn. He reports seeing the web advancing, and a
Yeti carrying a glass-like pyramid at King's Cross station.
Jamie excitedly tells the men that if they destroyed that, it
would knock out the Intelligence, and he insists on going there
and continuing the search for the Doctor. Evans volunteers to go
with him as the rest of the men return to the fortress, but as
Jamie thanks Evans thanks, Evans assures him that he'll escape
the first chance he gets. The web continues to advance along the
Circle Line, as Evans and Jamie arrive at Cannon Street, heading
on the Circle Line towards the Monument.
Knight and his party arrive at the fortress and are brought up
to date. Chorley is pressing for escape but Knight shuts him
down. Victoria is still searching the tunnels as a figure ducks
into the shadows as she passes. The Circle Line is completely
inundated except for the Monument. Arriving there, Jamie and
Evans see the web advancing from both directions; they are
Out of the web advances a Yeti carrying a pyramid. Jamie gets
Evans to shoot the pyramid, causing the Yeti to become immobile,
but the web continues to advance. They make a dash for an
archway, and escape.
Meanwhile, Victoria finds the Doctor in the tunnels, accompanied
by a Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart. She tells the Colonel about the
fortress at Goodge Street, and at his prompting, tells the
Doctor about the presence of Travers, and his apparent
suspicions about the Doctor. The Colonel escorts them to the
With the Circle Line completely cut off and the fortress hemmed
in, Knight is informed of the return of the Doctor and Victoria,
and the arrival of the Colonel. In the common room, the Colonel
presents his papers of authorisation and tells Knight that he is
Colonel Pemberton's replacement. The Colonel was part of the
attacked ammunition party at Holborn, and Knight mentions to him
that driver Evans survived also, still not quite certain if his
new C.O. is the real thing. Travers bursts in and, after a happy
reunion, takes the Doctor and Victoria to the lab, where the
Doctor ensures suspicions are not focused on him. As they muse
about the Great Intelligence and its reasons for trapping the
TARDIS, Victoria worries about Jamie.
Jamie and Evans arrive at St. Paul's station. Meanwhile, Chorley
is arguing with Arnold about trying to escape, saying his
reports to the outside world are important. Arnold dismisses any
thought of getting through the web. In the lab, Travers tells
the Doctor about reactivating a control sphere. Knight collects
them all for a briefing to be given in the common room for the
Evans plans to escape at Chancery Lane, hoping to find his lorry
and get out of town. Jamie argues with him as they walk through
the tunnels, but Evans separates from him.
The TARDIS crew find out about the mistAt the briefing, they
discuss the arrival of the web-mist in London, how anyone going
inside this mist never comes out again, and its complete
interference with radio and other communications. The Doctor and
Travers note the new appearance of the Yeti. Anne reports that
she and her father believe they could jam transmissions from the
Intelligence, but need more equipment. Chorley bursts in,
clearly agitated that he was not told about this briefing, and
argues that an exit to the surface, mentioned by Arnold, could
allow a helicopter to airlift them out. The Colonel dismisses
him and his attempts to pull rank as a member of the press.
Chorley leaves to question Weams in the Ops Room about tall
buildings in this area, which include the Post Office Tower.
Weams in turn leaves to tell the Colonel about another advance
of the web-fungus.
Jamie surprises Evans in the tunnels, and learns that Evans'
plan to escape has failed, so they make their way back to the
fortress. The Colonel decides to give Chorley a liaison job,
coordinating things (and tucked out of the way in the common
room), while the rest get to some real work. The Doctor suggests
buying some time by blowing up the tunnel at Goodge Street,
sealing themselves in, using explosives on a baggage trolley as
it rolls down the tracks, so avoiding any Yeti attempts to
cocoon it. The Doctor and Travers set to work on a detonator.
Meanwhile, someone in the fortress unlocks the main door,
leaving the base open and vulnerable.
In the lab, Victoria recognises the model Yeti that Anne shows
her (as she saw in Tibet), but as the Doctor comes in, Anne
realises that one of them is missing. It is in the hands of the
traitor, who places the homing device at the doorway of the
explosives store; in response, a Yeti in the tunnels moves
towards the fortress. Victoria points out that Jamie will be
trapped outside the fortress if their plan succeeds, but it soon
becomes moot: the Yeti does its job, and soon the base crew
discover the explosives shrouded in web.
The Colonel decides to take a group of men to Holborn to see if
any explosives are still usable; both the Doctor and the Colonel
suspect this is a waste of time but they must check. The Doctor
announces that someone inside the base is in league with the
Yeti, citing the evidence of this latest precision attack.
Victoria foolishly tells Chorley about the TARDIS and the plans
to blow up the tunnel, and as the Doctor arrives, Chorley leaves
surreptitiously. The Doctor soon discovers her gaffe, and also
discovers they are locked in the common room. Chorley meets
Jamie and Evans, safely arrived at the fortress, and they tell
him the Colonel's party has gone to Holborn; he leaves the base.
Jamie releases the Doctor and Victoria, and they leave in
pursuit of Chorley.
As Travers and Anne work in the lab, a scream is heard. Travers
soon finds Weams dead in the Ops Room. He is covered in web, a
model Yeti lying beside him, and as Travers picks it up, a Yeti
roars behind him and attacks.
Anne appears, and just as she sees her father on the ground, she
too is struck down. The Yeti drag away the Professor. The
Doctor, Jamie, Victoria, and Evans are en route to Convent
Garden, trying to intercept Chorley, who the Doctor suspects
will attempt to use the TARDIS to escape from the Underground.
The Colonel and Arnold meet up with Knight, who reports running
into web-fungus a mere 100 yards from Holborn. Arnold notes that
it was as if the Intelligence knew what they were up to. Knight
suggests attempting another route, via Piccadilly, and the
Colonel leads the party there.
The Doctor and his party run into more web-fungus before
reaching Covent Garden, but he cannot be sure if Chorley made it
to the TARDIS. He collects a sample of the web in Evans' tobacco
tin (casually discarding the tobacco inside, to Evans'
irritation), even as the web reacts violently. Arnold and Blake
are investigating a tunnel, and just after Blake's return to the
main party, the Doctor and party find Arnold. Arnold then
reports back to the Colonel as the rest return to the fortress.
The Doctor and company discover the main door hanging off its
hinges, and soon discover web-covered furniture, equipment—and
bodies. They discover Anne in the lab and rouse her from
unconsciousness. She is soon hysterical as she tells of her
father's fate, and Jamie and Victoria help her to the common
room. The Doctor tells the Colonel and Knight upon their return
about what has happened, including Chorley's activities. Evans
is drafted by Arnold to help with the bodies, and on his exit
greets the Colonel, whose memory is refreshed about the lorry
driver to Holborn.
The Doctor and the Colonel are summoned by Blake to the Ops
Room, where more stations are being overtaken by web-fungus as
it advances towards Goodge Street.
The Doctor explains about the Great Intelligence and the
TARDISThe Colonel muses about the Doctor's suggestion of a
traitor in their midst, and the Doctor tries to explain what
exactly the Great Intelligence is, that he and his friends are
time-travellers, and that their police-box-shaped craft is at
Covent Garden. Jamie enters to take the Doctor to Anne, who is
asking for him. Despite Knight's strong doubts, the Colonel
decides to try to rescue the Doctor's craft.
Anne tells the Doctor that Travers was about to connect a
controlling unit to the Sphere, and the Doctor now understands
the reason why Travers was taken by the Intelligence. Anne shows
the Doctor their work, saying that it won't override the
Intelligence's commands, but the Doctor says they can fix that.
Evans enters, giving the Doctor the model Yeti found by Weams'
body, as per Arnold's instructions. The Doctor is horrified to
be given it, and Evans denies any wrongdoing, as Anne realises
all the other models are gone. Evans indignantly hands over his
tobacco tin filled with web, as the Doctor and Anne deactivate
the homing device inside the model.
The Colonel's plan gets underway: he and his party will attempt
to reach Covent Garden station on the ground, while Arnold,
Lane, and Evans will attempt to meet them underground via a
trolley, using it to carry the TARDIS back to the fortress;
Knight is ordered to remain on duty at the fortress. Meanwhile,
the Doctor attempts to observe the web-fungus in the tin, but
the tin is empty; the Doctor's suspicion of Evans grows. He,
with Anne's help, persuades Knight to accompany them to the
surface to obtain vital equipment needed to upgrade the
controlling unit that is to be attached to the control sphere.
Arnold's party comes up against a web-fungus barrier near Covent
Garden, and Arnold drafts Lane to attempt to get through the web
on the trolley with him, the two wearing gas-masks. Evans pays
out a rope attached as they go, but the two men scream as they
enter, the web pulsating with light. Evans fearfully pulls at
the rope, and the trolley emerges, with Lane's web-covered body
sprawled out on it. Arnold is gone; Evans legs it.
On street-level, the Colonel and his men arrive at Covent
Garden, but find Yeti waiting for them. After ducking into a
builder's yard the Yeti find another way in, and the men open
fire to no effect. The Yeti also smash down the main gate and
force the men across the yard, killing some soldiers as they
advance. Three men trapped behind a trader's cart are pinned
down and killed by web guns. The bazooka is useless and another
soldier is killed before the remaining troops retreat into a
Knight sees the Doctor to a nearby electrical shop, but as they
collect their supplies, two Yeti appear in the doorway, felling
Knight. The Doctor finds a model Yeti in Knight's pocket. In the
warehouse, Corporal Blake is killed. The Colonel, the only
survivor, runs back to the fortress.
The Doctor dismantles the model Yeti as he and Anne start work
with their new equipment. Victoria and Jamie are discussing who
the traitor might be (Jamie suspects Chorley), when the Colonel
staggers in and tells them of the fate of his men. Suddenly the
Doctor shushes the room when he registers a faint bleeping
sound. He realises someone in the room has the last model Yeti
planted on them. They find it, but it's too late: two Yeti
arrive, accompanied by a possessed Professor Travers.
The Great Intelligence speaks through the possessed Travers,
saying the trap laid for the Doctor was so that it could possess
him and his unsurpassed mind. It has created a machine that will
drain all past knowledge from the Doctor's mind, leaving his
body unharmed and his mind wiped clean, but he must submit
willingly. To ensure his submission, Travers takes Victoria
hostage and leaves, giving the Doctor twenty minutes to decide.
A Yeti remains outside the lab door, so Jamie cannot go after
Victoria, but the Doctor persuades everyone that the
Intelligence cannot harm her or Travers if it is to obtain the
Doctor's cooperation. Evans asks the Colonel why they don't just
give the Doctor over to the Intelligence, so they can all go
home. Travers and the Yeti take Victoria through the tunnels. As
the Doctor, the Colonel, Jamie and Anne discuss their options,
Evans discovers that a Yeti is no longer guarding them. The
Colonel takes Evans and Jamie to search the base, while Anne and
the Doctor work again on the control sphere and box, soon having
a breakthrough. Jamie convinces the Colonel to go with him after
the Yeti, while Evans gratefully stays behind on guard. They
find web-fungus completely surrounding them through the door to
the surface, and as it creeps in and forces the door open, the
two retreat behind a fire door. Meanwhile, the Doctor has
reactivated a control sphere as Jamie returns to them, telling
them of their situation. The Colonel and Jamie are dubious about
the merits of the Doctor and Anne's work, but are persuaded to
leave them alone as they return to work on the control box.
Evans confronts the two men, claiming they must be working for
the Intelligence: it did say it had another pair of hands
working for it. Jamie dismisses his accusation, claiming it must
have been Chorley. The Colonel and Jamie try their luck in the
tunnels. At Piccadilly Circus Station, the Intelligence speaks
through the air, orders Travers to release Victoria, and then
releases him from possession. As Travers recovers his wits, they
try to escape from the Yeti on the platform, only to run into
The Doctor and Anne successfully use the box to control the
sphere, but only at short range; they set to work on
reprogramming the sphere itself.
The Colonel and Jamie, now suspicious of each other, discover
Victoria's handkerchief on the tracks in the tunnel and continue
after her. At Piccadilly, now guarded by two Yeti, Staff Sgt.
Arnold appears and, avoiding sight of the Yeti, tells Travers
and Victoria he will try to get back to base. Evans is startled
by the appearance of a control sphere at his feet, but the
Doctor stops him before he tries to shoot it; it is now under
the Doctor's control. The Doctor and Anne leave for the tunnels,
heading towards Warren Street to try to find a Yeti to put their
control sphere in. The Colonel and Jamie meet up with a shaken
Arnold and take him back to the base. At a signal, the Yeti
shepherd their prisoners along the platform.
Evans is hiding behind a board, after hearing something
approaching, when the Colonel, Jamie, and Arnold enter. Evans is
shocked and speechless at seeing Arnold again. When Evans
explains where the Doctor and Anne have gone, Arnold sees the
tracking signal of the fungus is heading towards Warren Street;
the Colonel and Jamie go out after the scientists. The Doctor
and Anne encounter a wall of fungus, and as they examine it they
discover a Yeti is behind them! The Doctor hastily gets out the
control box and — at dangerously close range — the Yeti freezes.
They quickly replace its control sphere with theirs, and soon
the Yeti is obeying the Doctor's commands.
Evans has dressed Arnold's head-wound, but as Evans returns the
medical gear to the lab, he yells out in fear to Arnold: the
wall of the laboratory is bulging, and it soon gives way as
web-fungus spills into the room.
HQ is engulfed by the fungusArnold and Evans abandon the base as
it is engulfed by web-fungus. Arnold wants to warn the others,
but Evans deserts him and Arnold angrily shouts after him. The
Doctor and Anne, in the tunnels with their controlled Yeti,
decide not to tell anyone else about their success. The Doctor
orders the Yeti to wait for them to leave, then resume acting
for the Intelligence until he says otherwise. The Yeti obeys,
and they leave. Jamie and the Colonel meet up with the Doctor
and Anne, who are surprised to hear that Travers and Victoria
are at Piccadilly, and that Arnold (who is still alive) told
them so. The Doctor's Yeti reactivates after ninety seconds, and
is soon joined by two more Yeti who move off together into the
tunnels. Arnold is soon found by the party, and he tells his
C.O. that the H.Q. has been swamped by web. No sooner are they
all together than they are surrounded by the three Yeti. In
another tunnel, two more Yeti find and capture Evans.
Arnold asks the Colonel to create a distraction, and he escapes
from the Yeti. Travers and Victoria are led into the Booking
Hall at Piccadilly Station, where they discover a strange
apparatus with a throne-like seat linked to a pyramid. Victoria
spots a figure lurking in the shadows, but it runs off before
they can see who it is. As they discuss the Doctor's future, the
Intelligence speaks to them through the air, insisting on their
cooperation and non-interference. Travers wrings his hands at
having brought this onto the world thanks to his curiosity.
As the main party is guarded on the Piccadilly platform, the
Doctor explains to Jamie about the controlled Yeti. He gives
Jamie a microphone to use to call the controlled Yeti to
him—hopefully it will be the right one—and Jamie sneaks away. A
frightened Harold Chorley finds Arnold and tells him his stories
of the surface, the Yeti, fear... and the strange machine at
Piccadilly station, including the Yeti and their two prisoners.
Arnold wonders how he could possibly have survived all this
time, and tells Chorley to come with him.
The Doctor tells Anne there's no point in trying to escape now;
he must meet the Intelligence face to face. The Colonel asks the
Doctor if he's going to give himself up, for the good of
everyone, including his friends. Before he answers, Evans is
brought in. Two Yeti start to move the Doctor away towards the
Booking Hall, and he insists that they don't struggle or resist.
In a passageway between, a Yeti approaches the Doctor carrying
some kind of headset, and as it begins to lower it onto his
head, he switches on his control box and the two Yeti become
motionless. He takes the headset from the Yeti, makes some rapid
adjustments to the circuits, and replaces it in the Yeti's
grasp. He deactivates the control box, the Yeti return to
normal, and they place the device on the Doctor's head.
Anne is reunited with her father, and Victoria asks about her
friends. On the platform, Jamie is speaking into the microphone,
attempting to bring the controlled Yeti to him. A Yeti appears,
but though Jamie is unable to make it follow further commands,
it does not harm him, but moves off back into the tunnels. As
Jamie turns to leave, a Yeti is behind him.
Most of the group are now gathered in the Booking Hall, as the
Doctor is ushered in, wearing the headset. As the Doctor again
warns his friends away from interference, the Intelligence is
heard thanking him for his cooperation. The Colonel yells out at
the Intelligence to show itself, but it says that will happen
soon enough. Chorley emerges, and as the entire assembly gasps
at this, he desperately protests his innocence, exclaiming the
identity of the real "traitor," Staff Sergeant Arnold.
The possessed Arnold appears, stating that it, the Great
Intelligence, has manifested itself in his lifeless body. Jamie
is brought in by a Yeti, and all the survivors are present.
Arnold orders Jamie to stand by the Doctor where, suddenly, a
Yeti's arms are around Jamie's neck. The Doctor protests and
refuses further cooperation until Jamie is released, and it is
ordered. The Doctor is then ordered to sit in the throne, as
Arnold adjusts some circuits in the pyramid. A metal circlet is
lowered onto the Doctor's head, attaching to his headset. As
Arnold announces the beginning of the transfer, Jamie yells out
for the controlled Yeti to attack. First it attacks its
comrades, then Arnold, who is knocked out. As the transfer
continues, the Doctor resists Jamie's attempts to rescue him.
The Colonel assists Jamie as the Doctor's yelling and pleading
to leave him alone are ignored, and soon the Doctor is free.
Jamie hurls the headset into the heart of the pyramid, which
explodes, causing the Yeti to collapse.
As the smoke clears and congratulations are exchanged, the
Doctor is angry and despondent at Jamie and the others. He had
altered the circuits so that instead of the Intelligence
draining his mind, he would have drained the Intelligence.
Instead of putting an end to its evil, it has simply been cut
off from contact in space. They find Arnold's blackened husk of
a body. Despite this, the Colonel and Anne are calling the
Doctor a hero, and Chorley wants to make him a household name on
his television program. That's all he needs to hear: he gathers
Jamie and Victoria and, after hasty goodbyes, heads to Covent
Garden and the TARDIS—hopefully before they start running the
[Source: TARDIS Wiki]
Things to look out for:
■ This story marks the first appearance of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart,
played by Nicholas Courtney.
■ Episode 1 Exists. Episodes 2,3,4,5 & 6 are all missing. Can you
help find the missing episodes?
■ When Jamie and the others are looking at the scanner in the
first episode, Frazer Hines rests his hand on the console but
withdraws it quickly as if he's burnt it.
The Web of Fear
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The Abominable Snowmen & The Web of Fear
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The Original BBC Television Soundtrack. Narrated by
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The Original BBC Television Soundtrack. Narrated by Frazer
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