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Captain Knight: What's a girl like you doing in a job like this?
Anne Travers: Well, when I was a little girl I thought I'd like to be a scientist, so I became a scientist.
More Yeti, this time in modern-day London...
Travers, who we last saw in Tibet in 1935, has brought one of the Yeti back to England to study and accidentally reactivated it. This gives the Great Intelligence a foothold, and he takes over the London Underground using a web-like substance and attacks by Yeti. (As for where it got the idea...
) The military are sent in to try and deal with the problem, along with Professor Travers and his daughter Anne.
The Doctor is drawn into the situation when the Intelligence reaches out into space and traps the TARDIS in the web. When it finally lets go, the Doctor is able to land somewhere other than where the Intelligence intended. By the time the Doctor works out what is going on, he's cut off from the TARDIS and very definitely caught in the trap set by the Intelligence.
The Intelligence plans to drain the Doctor's mind, but the Doctor sabotages his machine, so instead of the Intelligence draining the Doctor, the Doctor would drain the Great Intelligence's mind and put it out of business for good. Unfortunately his plan was a last minute improvisation that no one else knew about, and Jamie uses a yeti reprogrammed by the Doctor and Traver's daughter Anne earlier, to rescue him before he can defeat the Intelligence. The Great Intelligence is flung off into space, the Doctor deeply distressed that it's still out there, biding its time
Leaving the army under Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart to do the clearing up, the travellers depart for new adventures...
For over 40 years, this story was considered by many to be one of the holy grails of lost episodes. In October 2013, it was announced that film copies of all but part 3 were found at a TV relay station in Jos, Nigeria. Unfortunately, since he first turns up in episode 3, the first appearance of Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart is still
lost. The story was released on iTunes with a telesnap reconstruction of part 3. A DVD is planned for February 2014.
A reconstruction can be seen here.
- The Brigadier: Averted - This is the first story for Lethbridge-Stewart, and he's a Colonel Badass, not a Brigadier.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Robot Yeti that carry web-guns, admittedly, but still Yeti.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: The Doctor is not happy that he's been rescued from the Intelligence since he's convinced that he could have completely defeated it.
- Dirty Coward: Evans
- Disconnected By Death: The reporter records the scream of a dying soldier over the telephone.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Great Intelligence strikes again, upgrading its robot yeti and arming them as well.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: Staff Sgt. Arnold
- Genre Blind: Julius Silverstein, the museum curator
- The London Underground: A classic "Tube" work, although entirely done in studio. The sets are so convincing that London Transport thought their property had been used without permission.
- Irony: This serial was the Great Intelligence's only appearance before returning in the latter half of Series 7. Series 7 had just finished airing the previous Spring when this serial was recovered later in October.
- Interquel: From the Great Intelligence's perspective, this falls between Doctor Who 2012 CS The Snowmen and Doctor Who S33 E13 'The Name of the Doctor' AND/OR: Doctor Who S 33 E 06 The Bells Of Saint John (It's not clear where those last two episodes fall into place on the Great Intelligence's personal timeline.)
- The Mole: Again, Arnold
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: We never see the historic moment when the Doctor meets Lethbridge-Stewart for the first time.
- Red Herring: Chorley and Evans are both set up to potentially be the person under the control of the Intelligence, which of course neither man actually is.
- Reverse the Polarity: The Doctor reverses the wiring in the helmet that the Intelligence intends to use to drain his mind of knowledge. This would have allowed the Doctor to drain the Intelligence instead of the other way around. Sadly, since Jamie didn't know, he followed the original plan and used the controlled Yeti to attack the Intelligence, ruining the Doctor's new plan.
- Scooby Stack
- Shown Their Work: The production crew was forbidden from filming on location in the London Underground, citing safety concerns. The sets that were constructed were so authentic, the BBC received complaints claiming that they had disregarded the Underground's warnings and filmed down there anyway.
- What's an X Like You Doing in a Y Like This?
- The X of Y