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November 23rd, 2021 58 comments

Doctor Who The Abominable Snowmen Steelbook

Available to order from, and other selected retailers.

The Abominable Snowmen will be released in 2022 on DVD, Blu-ray and as an exclusive Steelbook this year, filling another gap in missing Doctor Who episodes.

Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen is a six-part story based on audio recordings of the original episodes. Most of the six-part adventure story was lost soon after the programme’s original transmission in 1967 and only the audio recordings of the episodes survived. in missing Doctor Who episodes.

In the 17th century, an old Tibetan friend of the Doctor’s reached out and touched the mind of an alien disembodied energy, giving it a conduit to Earth. 300 years later, the Doctor returns to the Himalayas to return the Holy Ganta, an ancient relic he was given many centuries ago by the grateful monks at Det-Sen Monastery.

On arriving however, the Doctor is treated as a villain – blamed for a series of brutal murders in the area. Jamie and Victoria meanwhile discover the true culprits – the previously peaceful Yeti that live in seclusion on the mountainside have apparently turned violent.

The Doctor must convince the monks that not only is he not their enemy, but the real foe – and the power controlling the Yeti – is living amongst them. Their ancient Master, Padmasambhava, is being controlled by an alien entity known only as the Great Intelligence.

Written by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln.
Directed by Chloe Grech and Gary Russell (2022 Production).
Directed by Gerald Blake (1967 Production).
Executive Producers for Big Finish Creative Jason Haigh-Ellery, Mark B. Oliver and Gary Russell (2022 Production).
Executive Producer for BBC Studios Russell Minton (2022 Production).
Produced by Innes Lloyd (1967 Production).

Starring Patrick Troughton, Deborah Watling, Frazer Hines, Wolfe Morris, Norman Jones and Jack Watling.

Categorised under: Blu-ray, DVD, Featured


  • Prowl 1701

    December 3rd, 2021 - 9:58pm

    Zavvi is currently showing a release date for May 30th 2022. Though that could just be a placeholder date.

    • Gordon

      December 4th, 2021 - 11:09am

      It is a Monday so it could be right

  • Nick

    December 2nd, 2021 - 2:57pm

    Brilliant news. Now, how about an animated version of Scratchman with Tom, Sadie and Chris? Crying out to be done.

  • Mark

    November 28th, 2021 - 3:05pm

    Hi I understand that Season 17 limited edition has been delayed, but very confused regarding the absence of a “standard” edition on all retail adverts? Wheras with the animation steelbooks, there is always an instant option for pre ordering the standard blu ray packaging.

    I suppose my question is, was the standard blu ray packaging only intended for seasons 10, 12, 18, 19, 23? This for me is a big deal because I wanted to invest and collect the classic era specifically as slimline standard blu rays, for many different reasons.

    I had assumed they would be playing catchup on Seasons 8, 14, 26 first, but amazed at the ongoing time gap as opposed to how quickly this first batch of standards were pushed out together.

    I will try to message Amazon, otherwise if anyone knows any clues on the production roadmap I would very much appreciate this. If they’ve discontinued them then I better start again on the limited editions! Hope not haha.

    • the ergon

      November 28th, 2021 - 6:03pm

      Seems as though the standard Issues are being spaced out to keep the The limited edition releases exclusivity. They released the first four in pairs to reel people in who desired these. I should imagine season 26 will come sometime in the new year followed by the others intermittently.

    • Gordon

      November 28th, 2021 - 6:28pm

      The standard editions of the collection sets will always happen some time after the limited edition versions. The limited editions need to sell out first as those limited releases are the ones that cover the finance of the set and without the limited edition releases there won’t be a standard edition set down the line. Going be what is speculated some believe it’s a 2 year gap between the limited release and standard release so going by that the next standard edition (26) might be in January. At a guess the reason why they did a few quite quickly at the start was to catch up and to establish the standard versions. Don’t expect too much info from Amazon as they are only a retailer and probably don’t know much about what the future release schedule is.

    • Mark

      November 29th, 2021 - 1:10pm

      I would just like to start by saying a huge thank you for the very detailed responses to my message, I appreciate this. I understand that all we can do is guess, but I think what you have both highlighted on exclusivity on the Limited Editions is most likely the actual answer.

      I do believe that there must always be a standard, on the shelf accessible method for aquiring Doctor Who, especially because more than ever we have an audience that is actively curious of both the classic and new series, which is why I strongly support and buy the slimline blu rays – speaking as someone that can vividly remember the sheer costs of the individual dvds when they began about 20 years ago! I think like any film media, quite rightly we as the fans and consumers should have the choice of the standard or limited and Who is no different.

      I completely agree with many of the posts from people down below regarding the re-sellers directly affecting how we consume these products, and continue to do so sadly due to the way things simply are. I’ve always felt that the animation release have always got the marketing just right – Steelbook, standard blu ray, dvd, all on pre-order.

      I’m not sure if there is much more to say on this subject, but if we somehow see another batch slim-line release of Seaons 8,14,26 if by a miracle, wouldn’t that be great! Many thanks again for your replies.

    • Mark

      November 29th, 2021 - 2:12pm

      My line in my message seems to have vanished regarding Britbox. I wanted to point out that Britbox is a great entry into Classic who, but like New Who, I imagine, and have concern that inevitably it will one day dematerialise. (Just wanted to include this back in as it was part of my message, thank you)

  • RPG74

    November 26th, 2021 - 9:39am

    Interesting. Digital Spy are reporting this as a 4K steelbook, but since no-one else is I imagine they’re getting their facts quite wrong.

  • Yeti1

    November 25th, 2021 - 4:40pm

    Just realised that the DVD & Blu-Ray listings state that this is going to be a 2-Disc set…

    The press release also doesn’t mention a black & white version of the story, only colour, so with this in mind have the B&W versions of the animations been discontinued?

    PS, the press release does state however that the original episode two will be included, so disc 1 could be the colour animation and disc 2 the tele-snaps with surviving episode…

    • Gordon

      November 25th, 2021 - 6:02pm

      Wouldn’t pay too much attention to the disc count or the lack of mention of a black and white disc. I will be gobsmacked if there isn’t 1. I’m sure it will all become clear when the full disc content willl be announced

    • Yeti1

      November 25th, 2021 - 7:29pm

      Hopefully you are right! It would be such a shame if they canned the B&W animation, as I always watch the B&W version with any existing episodes.

    • Whorules

      November 25th, 2021 - 10:06pm

      I doubt very much that they aren’t doing a monochrome version. It’s early days yet it may be out March or April if we are lucky but even so it will be some time I presume before the listings are announced. I’m pretty sure it will be three discs. What do you think Gordon? Oh and Gordon, 53 to go!

    • Gordon

      November 25th, 2021 - 11:38pm

      I’m sure it’s going to be similar to other 6/7 part animated stories. 1 disc colour 1 disc black and white and 1 for the recon. They have never not supplied a black and white animation for a colour animated story and I doubt they will start now. yes only 53 to go. Only 1 or 2 projects left to get us over the half way line.

      38 hartnell and 15 Troughton episodes

      Season 1: 7 episodes
      Season 2: 2 episodes
      Season 3: 25 episodes
      Season 4: 10 episodes (4 hartnell 6 Troughton)
      Season 5: 4 episodes
      Season 6: 5 episodes

    • Coleman

      November 26th, 2021 - 9:31am

      If the worst comes to the worst. Just watch in Colour with the Colour control turned right down. It will be in Black and White just the same.

    • Auton

      November 26th, 2021 - 3:44pm

      I very much doubt it won’t include a black and white version of the animation as that is the main version I watch with the surviving episode and I’m sure most people do as well. These animations are suppose to be a new visual version of the missing episodes so it would be very disappointing if it only includes colour as that isn’t accurate to the original production

  • Richard

    November 25th, 2021 - 2:12pm

    I can’t afford to buy all the animations individually and then again in The Collection range so as I would rather only buy once I will wait.

  • Gordon

    November 25th, 2021 - 2:00pm

    I recommend listening to this podcast. It has Gary Russell been interviewed about the galaxy 4 animation and Peter Crocker about the restoration of the surviving footage.

    Web snowman and galaxy 4 was all commissioned at the same time and the plan was to do some of g4 then start on snowman and do both at the same time but covid happened.

    • Chris Maile

      November 25th, 2021 - 3:56pm

      Thanks for the link Gordon – a very good listen

  • PJH1971

    November 24th, 2021 - 10:51am

    The animation actually looks better here to me than the last few releases.

  • Paul L

    November 23rd, 2021 - 11:15pm

    Don’t get me wrong I’m really happy this is getting released but because it’s doctor who day I was hoping and preying that the powers that be might have announced a re release for the series 9 steelbook.
    Come on guys let’s make this happen please and wipe the smiles off the faces of the scalpers on eBay who are just being beyond greedy.
    The dr who brand caved in eventually when they realised that the 1st blu ray collection set was way under the demand and they said ok we had no idea how popular this was going to be and they eventually righted a wrong so please dr who enterprises or whoever is in charge of the steelbook range PLEASE PLEASE re release series 9 steelbook for the many fans who don’t have this set.

    • Auton

      November 24th, 2021 - 6:53am

      I totally agree, I was hopeful series 9 steelbook was going to be announced as well. But on the positive note the Abominable snowmen animation finally getting a proper announcement is amazing and I’m very much looking forward to it. I wonder what the other animation team is working on?

    • daz

      November 24th, 2021 - 10:41am

      It wouldn’t be a re-release as such. Both Series 9 and 10 (including TUAT in 10) should be released as the continuation of the Series 1 to 8 Steelbooks we’ve had. The old 9 and 10 were limited exclusives to Amazon.

      I expect 9 to be released Spring 2022 with Doctor and Clara artwork on front and monsters on the back.

    • Steve

      November 24th, 2021 - 12:39pm

      I wish I could get a copy of “Spearhead from Space” steelbook for less than $383.

    • Anthony Fisher

      November 24th, 2021 - 1:07pm

      I don’t see it happening. It’ll turn into a cycle because once series 9 is re-released or released with new art, then they’ll be demand for 10 and then 11 and then series 1 to be re-released and so on. Maybe give it a few years and they’ll re-release them on 4k steelbook

  • Crosby

    November 23rd, 2021 - 9:34pm

    Looking forward to this release I wonder if they will re-release all the other animations they have done on Blu-ray like the Tenth Planet, the invasion, Reign of Terror, The Moonbase

    • D84

      November 23rd, 2021 - 10:04pm

      I expect that will come if ever “The Collection” of those seasons is released.

      The big unknown at the moment is IF the team teams behind “The Collection” are willing to wait until all the missing parts in a particular season are animated before considering putting it out

      Personally I would prefer they did – so that each season is complete using any telesnap reconstruction as an extra rather than the main feature

      Time will tell I guess

  • Gordon

    November 23rd, 2021 - 8:36pm

    Not surprised it’s being done but I was surprised that big finish creative are tackling it. Maybe they are doing wheel or something else.

    I like the teaser we got. It’s very fury from the deep in style but it’s obviously going to benefit from the improvements they made and experience with galaxy 4. If it’s in the same ball park quality wise as galaxy 4 I will be happy with it.

    • D84

      November 23rd, 2021 - 9:38pm

      I know Big Finish Creative are one of the teams we have doing the animations now – but who is the other team again?
      Did they do Evil? (If BFC did Web and Galaxy 4)

    • Gordon

      November 23rd, 2021 - 9:57pm

      The other team is the bbc studios team and is headed up with Anne-Marie Walsh and has done evil, faceless etc

    • Anonymous

      November 23rd, 2021 - 10:52pm

      BBC Studios. Is it too late to hope for Dalek’s Masterplan for the 60th…

    • Gordon

      November 24th, 2021 - 9:10am

      If they started masterplan straight after evil (July 2021) it would give them just over 2 years bearing in mind to have it out in time for the anniversary they would need to have it done 1-2 months before release. Considering the sheer amount of characters sets and costumes I think it might be a struggle to get it done in time.

    • D84

      November 24th, 2021 - 9:18am

      Ah yes thanks Gordon & anonymous

      Would it be wild and out there to suspect and hope they are now building out their existing 10 minute version of Wheel in Space to a full 6 episodes?

      As with all these things I imagine they have recognised their own improvement over the last few years (Macra > Evil) so may just want to start again but, they have some of the character prints pre existing and its quite a self contained (base under siege) story so not exactly controversial in terms of choice (difficult backgrounds and characters etc)

      Just a thought…………….

    • Anonymous

      November 24th, 2021 - 12:14pm

      Thanks for your thoughts, Gordon.

      I’m sure, like most, I’ll be grateful for whatever they manage to recreate. I’m sure, at least commercially speaking, Wheel in Space is a fair shout. Very excited to see Abominable next year!

    • Doctor Mysterio

      November 24th, 2021 - 7:01pm

      I wonder if the DMP will come out spread over two releases to help justify costs? Either way, it can’t come soon enough!

  • Bobby Fackrell

    November 23rd, 2021 - 7:15pm

    Yes! Love this one, can’t wait.

    I’m one of the minority who prefer this one to Web of Fear

    • Doctor What

      November 23rd, 2021 - 8:15pm

      Nope, I do too. I love Web, but there’s something about The Abominable Snowmen that just gives it the edge, I dunno whether it’s because of Terrance Dick’s brilliant writing in the Target book version or whether it’s because it piques my interest for long enough with the audio version, there is something

    • Bobby Fackrell

      November 23rd, 2021 - 10:36pm

      ‘Now Victoria this is one of those moments where discretion is the better part of valour, Jamie has an idea!’


      I love the monks, it a great setting for the Yeti as well, the Intelligence is really chilling in this one, Web is a little repetitive and the scene where they hang the doctor outside the monastery is brilliant.
      ‘And as for you Travers!’

  • Prof Horner

    November 23rd, 2021 - 7:07pm

    I don’t have any problem with big finish doing Abominable Snowmen.its only web of fear episode 3 with it’s bizarre body movement which gives the impression that that they are suffering from some unpleasant medical condition, that I don’t like. hope that means we get Wheel in Space next year as Meaning season 5 gets finished sooner rather than later.

    • Lee D

      November 23rd, 2021 - 7:33pm

      I didn’t mind Web animated, but there is a bit of work to be done on the neck and continual arms waving thing, I’m sure these will be worked out.

  • Coleman

    November 23rd, 2021 - 6:53pm

    I’ll order in a couple of months time, then I might get it delivered 4 days early.

    • the ergon

      November 23rd, 2021 - 8:02pm

      Coleman you have to let these things go. Maybe youll drop on lucky next time. Anyway youll most likely get the next wave of figures early as a consolation.

    • Coleman

      November 24th, 2021 - 11:02am

      Will do mate, was still feeling abit sore from the last Steelbook.
      I’ve ordered straight away as usual, I like to support these projects so hopefully we will have a full set of old stories one day.

    • The ergon

      November 24th, 2021 - 12:29pm

      Its got to be wheel in space next dont you think? Failing that mission to the unkbown featuring excellent uclan version. Id like those underwater episodes animated. Drives me mad as it is. Maybe celestial?

    • Coleman

      November 24th, 2021 - 1:21pm

      To be fair ergon I thought “Wheel” was going to be animated years ago, ever since that original ten minutes was officially made. Not sure what happened?

    • Children of davros

      November 24th, 2021 - 2:25pm

      It was never planned Coleman, only that short edited version of episode 1 was produced. The animation team at the time said it was an example not a tease of a forthcoming release. I don’t think it will be long before it’s done unless they decide to hold onto a major monster as the final troughton release.

  • Robert Watkins

    November 23rd, 2021 - 6:40pm

    Disappointing it’s a Big Finish animation, not impressed by Fury or Galaxy Four

    • Prowl 1701

      November 23rd, 2021 - 8:56pm

      Completely agree.

    • Children of davros

      November 23rd, 2021 - 10:10pm

      Fury and galaxy were great.

    • Doug Who

      November 23rd, 2021 - 11:44pm

      Must agree with you Robert. This is the missing story I was looking forward to most so a little disappointed it’s this team. The animated ‘Evil’ was very good so was hoping this would be the same animators.

      I fully understand the budget constraints but the odd anatomical proportions are so distracting in the BF attempts. The need to ‘fill’ the widescreen ratio doesn’t help either. Having said that, from the clip, the backgrounds do look a vast improvement on those from ‘Galaxy 4’.

  • Lee D

    November 23rd, 2021 - 6:13pm

    Can’t wait for this story, I also have no complaints as thoroughly enjoyed Galaxy 4 and I’m saving Evil for a special day!!

  • D84

    November 23rd, 2021 - 4:00pm

    Woo hoo, another happy whovian, on Doctor Who day. No complaints from me. Promptly ordered

    • Prowl 1701

      November 23rd, 2021 - 4:16pm

      Same animation as Fury, so disappointing . Still getting it though, want to support the range and get them all animated!

  • anon

    November 23rd, 2021 - 3:51pm

    this looks brilliant!

    happy Doctor Who day everyone

    • Lee D

      November 23rd, 2021 - 6:14pm

      Happy Dr. Who day too!!

  • Sons of Skaro

    November 23rd, 2021 - 3:42pm

    Worst kept secret. I’m glad they finally announced it.

    • Gordon

      November 23rd, 2021 - 8:25pm

      So badly kept that even Frazer told me he did extras for it at a dvd signing last month. Then asked me to stay quiet.

  • MJS

    November 23rd, 2021 - 3:35pm

    Nice news on Dr Who Day!! Ordered!


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