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Yeti (Doctor Who)
Type of Robots
Affiliated with The Great Intelligence
Home Planet Earth
First appearance The Abominable Snowmen

The Yeti of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, although resembling the cryptozoological creatures also called the Yeti, are in actuality alien robots. Their external appearance, that of a huge hairy biped, disguises a small spherical mechanism that provides its motive power. The Yeti serve the Great Intelligence, a disembodied entity from another dimension, which tried to form a physical body in order to conquer the Earth. The Yeti are initially a ruse to scare off curiosity seekers, and later form an army serving the Great Intelligence.

The Great Intelligence and its Yeti minions were thwarted twice by the Doctor's second incarnation, played by Patrick Troughton, in the serials The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear.[1] A Yeti was also one of the creatures in the Death Zone featured in The Five Doctors.

Martin Baugh designed the Yeti costume.[2] The sound effect of a Yeti's roar is created by slowing down the sound of a flushing toilet.[3]

Other appearances

Yeti also feature in the spin-off video Downtime, which was novelised as part of Virgin's Missing Adventures range. The Yeti also appear in the Missing Adventure Millennial Rites by Craig Hinton. Rites follows the New Adventure All-Consuming Fire by Andy Lane in identifying the Great Intelligence with H. P. Lovecraft's Yog-Sothoth, a being from the universe before this one. The Great Intelligence appeared in a back-up comic strip in Doctor Who Weekly #31–#34.

The Great Intelligence, voiced by Ian McKellen, was the main villain of the Doctor Who serial "The Snowmen". As it was set in the 1800s, a century before both The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear, this story provided a look into the origins of the Intelligence's presence on Earth and provided it with a motivation for its' later actions - in The Snowmen it uses constructs based on snowmen built by children, so by the time of The Abominable Snowmen it has switched to the more durable mechanical Yeti. Similarly, in The Snowmen the Doctor uses a map of the 1960s London Underground to prove a point in front of the younger Intelligence, explaining why it was later able to navigate these tunnels in The Web of Fear.

See also


  1. Chapman, p. 67
  2. Britton and Barker, p. 136
  3. Thirty Years in the TARDIS documentary, BBC, 1993


  • Britton, Piers D. and Simon J. Barker (2003). Reading Between Designs: Visual Imagery and the Generation of Meaning in The Avengers, The Prisoner, and Doctor Who. University of Texas Press. ISBN 0292709277.
  • Chapman, James (2006). Inside the TARDIS: The Worlds of Doctor Who : A Cultural History. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 1845111621.

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