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A single blow from the giant, hairy paw smashes the explorer to the ground. Terr ified, 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 fr iend is still alive, he knows why his visit to the lonely Himalayan monastery ha s led to a struggle to save the Earth! ISBN 0 426 10583 4
DOCTOR WHO AND THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN Based on the BBC television serial Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen by Merv yn Haisman and Henry Lincoln by arrangement with the British Broadcasting Corpor ation TERRANCE DICKS Illustrated by Alan Willow A TARGET BOOK published by The Paperback Division of W. H. Allen & Co. Ltd
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CONTENTS 1 The Secret of the Snows 2 The Creature in the Cave 3 Live Bait to Cat ch a Monster 4 Jamie Traps a Yeti 5 The Secret of the Inner Sanctum 6 A Yeti Com es to Life 7 A Plan to Conquer Earth 8 Revolt in the Monastery 9 Attack of the Y eti 10 Peril on the Mountain 11 The Final Battle 12 The Abominable Snowman .
In his dream. the long journey to India . ` Thank you for the suggestion. the expedition a failure. `If you're as sure as that. and huddled deeper inside his sleeping-bag. stil l more days spent climbing. he was at the Royal Geographical Society. I assure you--the body of evidence that has accumulated over the years is undeniable. to reach this remote point. addressing a scornf ul and hostile audience. the endless days of overland travel to reach the slopes of the Himalayas. my dear Travers. He heard his own voice. And all for nothing. the final. Mackay. Perhaps I will. Back in London there would be polite sympathy.' Travers twisted and muttered in his sleep. sir. He was drifting in and out of an uneasy slumber. Professor Walters.1 The Secret of the Snows High on the Himalayan mountainside the little camp fire was burning low. the only man who . his oldest and best friend. I suggest you go and look for the beast!' Once m ore Travers heard the scornful laughter that followed. Only Macka y would stand by him. fantasy and reality merging and blurring in his m ind. Edward Travers shivered. speeded-up old fi lm: the desperate struggle to raise money for his expedition. Soon they would have to turn back. always climbing. concealing quiet amusement. like a jerky.' H e heard again the hated voice of his old rival. half-sc ornful agreement of a Fleet Street editor to back him. `Gentlemen. Scene followed scene in his mind. The Abominable Snowman does exist.
. It was enormous--a giant. He scrambled ov er the edge of the little plateau. An old blue police box appeared . but could only produce a sort of croak. but before he could fire i t was wrenched from his hands. Travers tried to call out. But the other. the stock sha ttered into match-wood. B ack at the little camp-site the fire was almost out. The giant shape moved away and vanished into the night. Travers fumbled for his rifle and struggled from his sl eeping-bag. and down the rocky slope. Then he set off towards the sound of Mackay's voice.had agreed to join his expedition.. screaming insults. He really could hear Mackay's voice.. Sc reaming for help. There were tracks leadin g out into the darkness. Instantly the creature flung Mackay to the ground. a little higher on that same Himalayan peak. Something was tossed contemptuously into the dyi ng fire. Then a blow from a giant. The barrel was bent almost double. Next morning. Mackay's sleeping-bag was empty. Yet now it seemed that even Mackay had turned against him. Suddenly Travers je rked fully awake. hairy paw smashed him to the ground. It whirled round to attack Travers. groaning sound shattered the peace and stillness of the mountain air. Travers rubbed his eyes and looked across the circle of ligh t round the camp fire. It was Mackay's rifle.. shaggy form. Mackay was laughing at him. It was calling to him. He raised his rifle. Travers caught a brief glimpse of glowing eyes an d savage fangs. One was Mackay. a wheezing. The guttering of the flames threw a feeble light on the two empty sleeping-bags. In the darkness ahe ad of him he could see two struggling figures. The shadow of a huge shuff ling figure fell over the site.
and s he was very fond of him. Inside the police box was an ult ra-modern control room. Now both young people. and a small. transparent at first. complete with kil t. who had lost his life during a terrifying adventure with the Dal eks. spent their lives travelling through Time and Space with the Doct or in the strangely disguised craft known as the TARDIS. the Scots lad. since her name was Victoria. but gradually becoming solid. But he did seem to have a knack of wandering into the m ost appalling danger. (The Doctor had told Vi ctoria that the initials stood for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space--which left her none the wiser. There were three people in the control room.) Victoria sometimes wondered if her decision to join th e Doctor had been a wise one. There was something very odd about this police box. erratic way. He was very kind. dark girl dressed in the style of Earth's Victorian age. Watching him were a brawny youth in highland dress. with a centre console of complex instruments. wrenched from th eir own times. Alone and friendless.from nowhere. One was a middle -aged. He was wearing an old black coat. and a pair of rather baggy check trousers. Much the same thin g had happened to Jamie. whose fate had become caught up with the Doctor's during the Jacobite rebellion. looking completely out of place. in his vague. Victoria had been taken under the protection of a mys terious traveller in Space and Time known only as the Doctor. It perched on a snowy ledge. Somehow it was bigger on the inside th an on the outside. middle-sized man with a gentle. rather comical face. Appropr iately enough. . She was the daughter of a Victorian antique dealer. and a shock of untid y black hair.
English Redcoat soldier or alien monster. had had a rather sheltered upbringing.' The doctor looked up in amazement. then said briskly. that's where we are. `Well. He welcomed each new adventure with tremendous gusto. like most girls of her time. He grabbed his trusty claymore and charged. Jamie looked over the D octor's shoulder. Tibet!' The Doctor beamed at Victoria. Victoria looked on indulgently as the Doctor peered into the little scanner screen. `Marvellous. `The Himalayas . Jamie! The Hima layas!' `The Hima--what?' Geography wasn't Jamie's strong point. `I dinna see what's so marvellous about a lot of snowy mountai ns. on the other hand. Jamie was a fighter b y nature. no time to .' the Doctor was chortling. `That's right! Tibet. `But it's the Himalayas. Victoria leaned forward. They're a range of mountains. she was discovering unexpected reso urces of courage inside herself. As usual. `Absolutely marvellous! An d after all this time!' He adjusted the scanner controls and the picture of snow y wastes changed to that of a distinctively-shaped peak.' The Doctor turned away from the scanner. But despite her initial timidity. was completely differ ent.Victoria. she and Jamie had no idea where or when they were--or fo r that matter. On the border between India and Tibet. No doubt the Doctor would get round to telling them in his o wn good time. He r travels with the Doctor had brought her a number of rather nerve-shattering ex periences. it was all the same to Jamie . I think. Jamie. why. Anywhere outsid e Scotland was unknown territory to him. almost hopping up and down wit h excitement. come on th en.
Doctor. but what's a ghanta?' Victoria asked gently. `Now I'm s ure I put it in here somewhere!' The Doctor started ferreting inside the chest. throwing things over his shoulder with gay a bandon. Just the thing for this climate.' Suddenl y he couldn't wait to be off. the Doctor's head popped up indignantly. I thought you and Victoria might find it for me. like a small boy begging t o be allowed to go out and play. Q uite small. covered in antique carving. The ghanta!' The Doctor went on burrowing. You see it was given to me to look after when. you two. I'll just go and have a scout around. But what do you want it for? Why's it so importa nt?' . `All right. It completely swamped him. `What about this p recious ghanta?' The Doctor looked uneasy. Jamie and Victoria looked on in amazement.' he excl aimed delightedly. Victoria smiled. Help me find the ghanta. `Ah.. opened a wall-lock er and dragged out an enormous old chest. `That's all verra well. coming right do wn to his ankles.' He rushed across the TARDIS. `Ah. After a moment. A bell actually. `Come on. `You mean you don't know? It's a Tibetan holy relic. The Doctor was amazed. We'll find your bell for you.' said Jamie. off you go . Aren't you going to help me?' The y came over to join him. `Tell you what. `Can you no' tell us what we're looking for?' `I've already told you. `Yes. Jamie looked up from the chest.' The Do ctor began to struggle into the coat. `now I'll have that. Well.' The Doctor broke o ff as he pulled an enormous fur coat from the bottom of the chest.waste. rather like a dog at a rabbit hole..' He looked pleadingly at them.
there'll be no peace till we do!' Jamie went on rummaging in the chest. Jamie sighed. `Because when we get down there. `It's a beastie. He gazed around him with child-like pleasu re. hoping to see where the Doctor was off to. The Doctor took deep..' Jamie held up a restraining hand . But the Doctor was already gone. it'll guarantee us the welcome of a lifetime. look!' Jamie came over to the scanner. Let's have another look. The surrounding peaks seemed to sparkle in the clear frosty atmosphere. grinning. sharp mountain air. the door of the TARDIS closing behind him. and peered in amazement at the huge.' He adjusted the scanner controls to give a closer view of the shambling figure. and soon the Doctor wa s breathing hard. `Jamie. satisfying breaths of the fresh. Let's find his bell. hairy form on the little s creen. `Just a wee moment. He reached the point he was making for and leaned thankfully a gainst a boulder. you'll realise ye canna hope to kno w what he's talking about most of the time. `Ye needna worry about warning the Doctor. A hidden . `When yo u've been with the Doctor as long as I have. puffing i t out again like steam. Then he looked up. The path climbed sharply upwards.The Doctor paused at the door.' he muttered. Yon great hairy beastie is the Doctor!' And indeed the Doctor did look rather like a huge animal as he plodded up the mo untain path in his enormous fur coat. Victoria wandered over to the scanner and switched it on.' `Down where?' called Victoria.. `We must warn the Doctor. Su ddenly she jumped back from the screen in terror. `a huge hairy beastie!' Victoria felt a su dden stab of fear.
Not long ago. on previous visits to Earth--The Abominable Snowman? Known to the Tibetans as the Yeti. like a hunting dog. And there nestling in the valley was the Monastery. The Doctor stood. He began kicking his bo ots against a boulder to clean them. He'd come to exactly the right spot. deeper ones. many times the size of his own. The tracks leading away from the boulder were still fairly fresh. making walking difficult. leading to the other side of the boulder. Clumps of snow had b uilt up on the Doctor's boots. the Doctor followed the tracks. pondering. a line of them. The story in the snow was clear. But surely the creature had never been heard of in this part of Tibet? The Doctor was puzzled. Some enormous creature had climbed to this spot. and stood there.valley lay far below him. of course. Then it had moved away. seen only in glimpses by terrified natives. The Doctor began to cast about the area. C ould it be--he'd heard the stories. hadn't let him down. his eye caught by some thing at his feet. For once the TARDIS. A giant man-like creature that lived somewhere on the remotest peaks. Then he checked himself. The Doctor had seen so many amazing creatures on so many planet s that he was prepared to believe in anything. either. The Doctor's scientific curiosity was roused. what would it do with . Cautiously. It was an enormous footprint. looking down at the Monastery below. There were other f ootprints. Suddenly he stopped. What wou ld he do with the creature if he found it? Come to that. Th e Doctor sighed with quiet satisfaction. There were other tracks leading away down the mountainside. and his navigation . The snow was churned as though the creature had stood for some time. For a moment he was strongly tempted to follow the track s still further. On the other side of the boulder there were mor e footprints.
h igher up the mountain? There. Congratulating himself on his self-control. curios and carv ings from a hundred different planets. b ut could see nothing. `I'm afraid you're--wait a minute!' Her fingers touched a scrap of cloth wedged in a corner. . A giant. He saw the little bell in Victoria's hand. "Ghanta of Detsen Monas tery. Behind those same boulders there was a stir of movement. He continued on his way. the Doctor turned an d retraced his steps. It s tood looking down at the tiny figure of the Doctor. And Jamie and Victoria still waiting in the TARDIS. behind the clump of boulders? The Doctor peered. she thought despairingly. Triumphantly. there's a label on it. `Look.him? There was the Monastery to be visited. she held up an ornately ca rved bronze bell. The TARDIS door opened and the Doctor came in. practically disappearing inside. Had there been a flash of movement. `He must have put this ghanta thi ng somewhere else. `Are you sure the trunk's empty? Really empty? ' `Och. An enormous hairy hand appeared on t he top of a sheltering boulder. Jamie rose from the empty trunk in disgust. `Wouldn't you know it'd be the verra last thing?' groaned Jami e disgustedly. Suddenly he stopped. It's no' in here!' Victoria looked round at the amazing colle ction of objects spread over the TARDIS floor: clothes. shaggy form pulled itself upright. weapons." ` Victoria unwrapped the bundle. back to the TARDIS. she pulled a t iny bundle from the trunk. There was something of the magpie in the Doctor. see for yourself!' Victoria groped in the inner recesses of the enormous trunk. plodding on his way far belo w. Stretching.
.' He ca me to a decision. closing the door behind him.' Ja mie looked at him. Stay here in the TARDIS. `Come on. what's happening? Is there something dangerous out there?' The Doctor smiled. Victoria looked from one to the other. have you? Splendid. Probably nothing. will you. right enough. `There is so mething the matter. Every now and again he would stop. isn't there?' Jamie nodded reluctantly. `Look.`Found it. But don't go asking me what. Warily the Doctor plodded on his way.. `You've seen something. haven't you? Out there?' The Doctor g lanced quickly at Victoria. Knew it wasn't far away. Jamie. `Oh. nothing really.' said Jamie dryly. for I dinna ken!' Victoria loo ked at the litter of objects on the floor. But always it vanished before he could pin it down. `Just a lot of snow! I'll be as quick as I can. `Yes. looking around him un easily. `It took a wee bit of searching. Jamie. I'm sure it did. and then we'll be on our way. He kept getting the feeling that something malevolent and hostile was wa tching his every movement.' Gently he took it from Victoria and slipped it in his pocket. Sometimes he thought he saw a flicker of movement on the slopes above him. The Doctor frowned abstractedly.' The Doctor left the TARDIS. ye ken. Jamie?' `Would it no' b e better if I came too?' The Doctor shook his head. Let's put this lot a way. `Something's worryin g him. `I've just got to pay a quick visit to the Monastery. Victoria turned to Jamie. .' The Doctor was slowly picking his way along the uneven track that led down towards the Monastery.
the Doctor saw a huddled shape a little further down. The c harred. and on to a little plateau . As he shifted the body. The Doctor wondered w hat kind of strength could bend the steel of a rifle barrel like plasticine. led over the edge of the plateau. T he Doctor fished it out. Peering over the ed ge. To his surprise he saw that the man was a European. It was the barrel of a rifle. and the Doctor saw that someone had inde ed made camp there. human footprints. Foo tprints. The man was dead. Close by were two empty sleeping-bags. He scrambled towards i t. his neck broken by a single sava ge blow. bent almost double. Something glinted in the cold ashes of the fire. It formed a kind of natural campsite. A few charred sticks marked the remains of a fire. Gently the doctor turned it over.He followed the path round the curve of the mountain. splintered stock was burnt almost completely away. . The body lay face down in the snow. the head lo lled over at a strange angle.
He gazed at it for a moment . the Monastery huddled as if for shelter in the valley between two mountains. hospitable men . yet nothing had changed. An oppressiv e silence seemed to hang over the Monastery.2 The Creature in the Cave The Doctor straightened up. and stood looking down at the body. Or had it? In former days. brandy. It held maps. Perhaps he would find the owner at the Monastery--if he had survived the attack on the camp. Slipping his hand in his pocket. Then he remembered the ghanta. concentrated foods--the provisions of a n experienced explorer. he would go back to the TARDIS and whisk Jamie and Victoria o ff to a safer place and time. welcoming the entr y of pilgrims and travellers. a rucksack lay in the s now. and sighed. The path sloped sharply. It had been many years since his last visit. But as soon as he had returned the ghanta to the Monastery. Protected by its high stone walls. he looked up at the huge old building he remembered so well. leadi ng him at last to the Det-sen Monastery. A promise was a promise. With a sigh of relief. The monks of Det-sen were peaceful. All around him he sensed the prese nce of some alien evil. . But now the gates were closed. Not far from the dead man. warm clothes. For a moment he considered going straight back to the TARDIS. the massive bronze doors had always stood open. the Doctor took out the little Tibetan bell. the Doctor finally reached the lower slopes of the mountain. always willing to provide shelter. After a long and weary journey.
It had been a lively. `First may I ask who you are? By what right do you q uestion me?' . the low humming of the temple bells. Now it was as quiet as a tomb. The Det-sen Monastery had alw ays buzzed like a beehive--the chatter of pilgrims. Their leader. creating just enough of a gap to slip through. The bronze doors had been pushed to. D oorways and cloisters led off into different parts of the rambling old Monastery .The Doctor took a deep breath. weapons raised. he fel t them shift a little. the cries of pedlars in the courtyard. bustling place. The Doctor whirled round. The Doctor shivered. The long rectangular courtyard was unchanged. a tall man with a dark. but his fists made almo st no sound. He walked to the middle of the courtyard. towered over him. To his surprise. but they carried bows and swords. the endless drone of the monks a t their prayers. Once through the doors. They ran forward and surrounded the Doctor. the Doctor gazed round him. A little group of men stood watching him. his footste ps echoing hollowly. hawk-like fac e. `Hello! Hello! Anyone about?' His voice echoed ro und the high forbidding walls. But still this mysterious silence and emptiness. The Doctor put his shoulder to the heavy. `Who are you? Why do you come here?' Quite unintimidated. The st one flagstones were worn smooth by the sandalled feet of generations of monks. `Hello! Where is everyone?' Suddenly there came a shatterin g clang. t he Doctor smiled up at him. bronze doors and shoved-more as a kind of gesture than with any hope of success. Using all his strength. They wore the simple robes of the Det-sen monks. He hammered on the doors. he managed to push one of the doo rs ajar. and barr ed.
He glared angrily at the Doctor. Who are you?' Gently the Doctor said. . leader of the warrior monks. `Warrior monks--that's a contradiction in terms.' He looke d at the group. dressed in a ragged. If the men of pe ace are to survive.' His tone hardened.`I am Khrisong. they need men of war to protect them.' The tall man indicated a younger m onk who stood at his side. `Most of them still are. Who are you? What is your business at t he Monastery of Detsen?' Before the Doctor could answer a man ran out of the clo isters and up to the little group. `This is Thomni--my guard captain. wrenching the rucksack from his shoulders. `N ow--you would do well to answer quickly. He was a European. He flung himself on the Doctor. His manner was hysterical. `You murderous devil.' said Khrisong sharpl y.' There was grim irony in Khrisong's reply. like a man in the grip of some over-mastering obsession. He must have stolen it when he attacked my camp. We've got you now!' The Doct or looked curiously at his attacker. tra vel-stained anorak. His eyes were red-rimmed with exhaustion. `You told us that a beast attacked you. isn't it? I tho ught the monks of Det-sen were men of peace. `You can call me the Doctor. But these are dangerous times. Khrisong turned to t he newcomer.' Travers hugged the ruck sack protectively. and a stubble of b eard covered his chin. `Travers! Do you know this man?' `No--but this rucksack's mine all right. Now--you will answ er.
' Travers interrupted.' `Silence. But look at his coat! That's what I felt. Seize him!' Before the Do ctor could move.. Dropping the r ucksack. `Look.' said the D octor mildly. At a nod from Khrisong. `We have heard enough. I came on a most important. `You have been accused of a crime. I just saw a shape in the darkness--felt the fur. Khrisong. t he young guard captain.' `Of course we do. I've killed no one. How else did he get my rucksack?' The little group of armed men gathered menacingly round the D octor. said thoughtfully... The Doctor kept his voic e low and calm. I brought the rucksack he re to return it to its owner. All strangers are suspect. It must have been him. Thomni and another of the warrior monk s held him back. looking up at the tall monk with a kind of cr azy intentness. I found this rucksack by a wrecked camp. the two warrior mo nks carried the protesting Doctor away. Take him away!' Lifting him almost off his feet. If you are guilty. There have been many other such crimes of late. `Why did you attack this man?' snapped Khrisong. he hurled himself at the Doctor. two brawny young monks had grabbed his arms.`Well. that's what I thought. Khrisong said.' .' interrup ted Khrisong. `He's a dangerous man. `I've just told you so. be sure you will be punished. `We do not know that this man is the killer. Watch him carefully!' Thomni. `this is ridiculous. He seized Khrisong's arm.. `I attacked no one. Thomni released Travers. The re was a dead man--' `Yes--and you killed him!' shrieked Travers.
with a little window high up in the wall. half-dragged the Doctor along the endless sto ne corridors of the Monastery.Thomni ignored him.' said Khrisong impassively. Anyway. thrust the Doctor inside. back in the TARDIS. Just a wee look round.' `That. He remembered his own words. slammed the door and bolted it.. I can walk. T he two warrior monks half-carried. `we still do not know why he came h ere. studded with iron. too. and rushed to the TARDIS' clothing locker. We'd better wrap up warm. There was a wooden stool. all right. I've got something important to tell yo u. you chaps. Now they were just sitting waiting--and waiting. `The Doctor said to wait here. which held garments in every .' The monks came to a halt before a massive wooden door.' Victoria stood up decisively. The Doctor sank down on the bed and sighed. `Do put me down. `Och. Then t hey turned and marched away. They opened it. Jamie gave a massive yawn.. The Doctor looked around him. you know. He was in a bare ston e cell. we shall discover--in good time.' `I'll go by myself. It was in the nature of females to be contrary. `I'm get ting very bored. `The welcome of a lifetime!' said the Doctor ruefully. ignoring his spirited protests.' he went on. Jamie sighed. and a wooden bed with straw mattress along one wall. `Couldn't we take a look outside?' Jamie shook his head. The contents of the massive chest had been tidied away long ago.' Victoria said.' Victoria gave him a happy smile. `After all. Jamie and Victoria sat looking at each othe r blankly.
Just to one side of the path was an area of churned-up snow. Jamie ush ered Victoria outside. he was ready for it. Maybe we'll see the Doctor coming back. well. ye never know what ye'll run in to. `Look how clear everything is.' They scrambled up the mountain t rack. `What on earth do you want that for?' `Aye.imaginable size to suit every possible climate. well. `Come on. mebbe. Victoria looked entranced at the panorama of mountain scenery spread out before them. A bear. Aren't the Himalayas beaut iful?' `Aye. He fished out a huge curve d sword--a kind of Turkish scimitar. Standing on the little ledge.' J amie went back to the big chest. Even the furthest peaks seem close enough to touch. Leading away from it was a set of enormous footprints. Victoria rushed to the door. right enough. Suddenly Victoria stopped. `Will you look at the size of that? Something's been prowling round here. they're no' so bad.' Suddenly Victoria gave a lit tle gasp of excitement. `Jamie. They stooped to ex amine them. Jamie .' Grasping the sword firmly. Jamie whistled. Soon the two of them were kitted out like polar explorers in warm. fur-lined anoraks.' As far as Jamie was concerned there were bigger and better mountains at home in Scotland. with fur gloves and fur-li ned boots. `Let's climb a little higher. look !' She pointed downwards. and rummaged inside. which became steeper and narrower. Jamie!' `Just a wee moment. Jamie. If there was something dangerous out there. `Jamie! Perhaps it's the Yeti--the Abominable Snowman!' `The abominable what?' .
my girl . `Me? Afraid? I'll have you know. It'd be marvellous if we found it. an ape and a man. Suppose it finds us first?' `There's nothing to worry abo ut. just a little larger than the cave mouth itself. Huge furry creatures. `You don't understand.' Jamie was outraged. Ye can see how big the beastie must be.' said Jamie. V ictoria smiled to herself. Jamie set off. The trail of huge footprints led th em higher and higher up the mountain slope. `Of course. i f you're afraid. They found themselves at the entrance to a smal l cave. All the reports say it's a timid creature. the tracks led them straigh t into the side of the mountain. `It looks almost like a door. Jamie. Eventually.' ` That's all verra well. No one's succeeded. `Well. `That's where the beastie lives. Jamie. ' Victoria peered curiously into the darkness of the cave mouth. there you are then. Come on!' Brandishing his sword. Jam ie!' `We will not! Look at those footprints.' Jamie still looked dubious.. The creature they were following was obviously strong and agile . Something between a bear. It'll run as soon as it se es us.`There have been stories and legends about them in the Himalayas for ages. `Couldn't we just have a quick loo k inside the cave?' . Victoria continued.' Victoria jumped up and down in excitement. Let's track it. Cunningly. P eople have been trying to find the Abominable Snowman for ages. able to move over the roughest ground. Just to the rig ht of it stood a huge boulder.. They scrambled over boulders and acr oss icy patches. and followed him.' said Victoria. we Highlanders fear nothing. Scientific exped itions and everything.
Come on. Victoria clutched Jamie's arm in fear. Jamie went up to the cave entrance. A huge shadow fell across the light. On second thoughts. `You said we should go b ack to the TARDIS. Jamie. They could see other props furt her down the tunnel. Intrigued. Victoria.' she called.' Jamie's voice came from within the cave. Suddenly she realised that Jami e wasn't following her. Just inside the cave. He had moved closer to the cave entrance. Kind of supports. I'm no' afraid of a man. Wooden beams!' Vic toria came to join him. booming hollowly. Mebbe this thing we're following is no' a beastie after all. Actually it turned out to be more of a tunnel leading into the heart of the mountain.' Obediently Victoria started back down the mountainsid e. look at this. ` That was when I thought we were tracking a wild animal. Just inside the entrance the wal ls were supported by what looked like pit-props. There was something rather spooky about it. right enough. my girl. blocking it out completely. `Hey.`And mebbe wake the beastie up? We'll do no such thing. she was rather pleased not to be going inside that dark c ave. it' s beams. `What is it? What's happened?' . She followed Jamie into the cave. it's b ack to the TARDIS for us. and was lookin g inside. Jamie examined the nearest beam curiously. `Now what kind o f a beastie builds a thing like this?' There came a grinding noise from the cave entrance. Jamie plunged into th e darkness of the cave. `Aye.' and before Victoria could stop him. ' Victoria decided that she was more frightened of being left outside than of go ing in. Sudd enly they were in darkness. `Come back.
' . Then a massive shag gy form turned and lumbered away down the mountainside.It took Jamie a moment to work things out. `There's no way out. you want to steal my glory. You all laughed at m e.' The Doctor clambered down from his perch.. the Doctor was just able to peer out of the high barred window of hi s cell. and asked fiercely.' said Jamie grimly. Then he realised. I don't even know who you are.' said Travers. He turned and saw the face of Travers peering through at him. the one you said looked like a door?' Victoria nodded . the mad anthropologist!" And now that I'm close to succ ess. He grasped the bars and shook then but they were set firmly in the stone-framed window. They're here. The Yeti--the Abominable Snowmen. By dragging the wooden b ed under the window.' There was a sharp note of hyster ia in Travers' reply. `Don't you play the innocent with me. putting the wooden stool on the bed. `You remember yon b ig rock by the entrance. didn't you? "Travers. who glared back at him. He looked down on the courtyard far below. on this mountain. and a barred grille in his cell door slid open. two huge hairy paws finished jamming the boulder into place. and climbing on top of the stool. `I didn't really think there would be.. `someone's just shut that door!' Outside the cave. Just as I've found them at last. There was a rattle fr om behind the Doctor. `How did you track me down?' `My dear chap. `Well. you know.' He smiled placidly at T ravers.' `Found what?' `You know what I'm talking about. `It's a forty-foot drop down there.
a kind of gentle obstinacy. I rather thought they might be.The Doctor nodded. Everyone knows th at. stretched out on the hard. The Doctor sighed. a Yeti attacked your camp. `Whoever--whatever -. But don't you see.' The Doctor tried another tack. you won't be able to steal my credit. Isn't that so?' Reluct antly. while y ou're safely locked up here. I've got work to do. that never fail ed to infuriate Khrisong. All at once. In the nearby Great Hall . harmless creatures. Travers nodded. that makes nonsense of your accusing me. could I have done it? Could I? Just look at me!' The Doctor could a lmost see the self-evident truth of this statement fighting to get through to Tr avers' brain. He leaned forward urgently in an attempt to carry his point. The Doctor rose to his modest height and spread out his h ands. a look of childish cunning came over Travers' face.attacked your camp and killed your poor friend must have had enormous strength.' `Nonsense! The Yeti are timid. the Doctor was the subject of fierce discussion. And as for you.' Abruptly Tra vers' face disappeared and the grille slammed shut. At that very m oment. Khrisong and Thomni were confronting a group of older men in saffron-coloured robes. the priests of Det-sen Monastery. Obviously. my d ear fellow. Why should he lie?' . `Well. `We have the word of the Englishman. whose lives were spen t in peaceful meditation and prayer. Travers. These were lamas. and prepared for a little doze. ` Not going to discuss it any longer. Despite their gentle and unwordly manner th ey had a sort of spiritual strength. lumpy mattress. `Yes.
that the Yeti were the cause of all our troubles?' `Tru e. holy one.. Bu t we agreed.' Khrisong leaped to his feet. `The man Travers has had a mo st terrible experience. You know how many of our brethren have been killed. my son. and Travers accuses him. did we not. We live in terror.' Sapan shook his head. the travellers. `If it is necessary--yes. smiled gently. oldest and wisest of the lamas said gently. Khrisong. His mind has been affected. so timid. `I mean no disresp ect. I dema nd that you. `You cannot use a hu man as live bait..Sapan. My warriors. And we wondered why. `No.' `I am chief warrior. let me put this man to the proof..' Khrisong said gruffly. I ask you again. The man is consumed with fea r and ambition. `You ask us to c ondemn a man to almost certain death. another old monk. The pilgri ms.' `Not by taking a man's life. the merchants come no more to Det-sen. The price is too high. Only a handful of us remain.' said Sapan firmly. Rinchen.' Khrisong broke off in confus ion. They were so rarely seen. but there was an authority in his voice that made Khrisong fall silent.' `Indeed it is. `We who are so old and feeble and useless that death holds no terrors. Rinchcn.. who fear nothing --and you.' Th ere was a murmur of .' Sapan spoke quietly as always. Suddenly th ey became savage. `The death of Travers' companion is the latest of many deaths. It is my duty to pro tect you. The Abbot has sent away most of the brethren to other monasteries for their own safety. He has strayed far from the way of truth!' Khrisong's voice was fierce. You know that all I have said is true. Now here is this stranger.
I canna shift it at all.' said Sapan placidly. Must more of our brothers die before we act?' Thomni lo oked at him in astonishment. That's why I want you to wait here.' Jamie gave her an encouraging pat on the sho ulder. wishin g desperately that they'd never left the TARDIS. . Just yell if you need me. there might.' `Don't worry. `After our meditatations. `This is madness. I shall consult with the Abbot. There is no other way. Bring me the prisoner!' Panting with exhaustion.' sa id Victoria. `Let them meditate. There's mebbe anothe r exit. he set off down the dark tunnel.' `There is for me. which was interrupted by the boom of a temple gong.' The little group of lamas filed from the room.' said Khrisong. Jamie aband oned his attempt to shift the boulder that blocked their exit.assent from the other lamas. `Jamie. Let them consult. What was it that the Doctor was always on about? The ex ercise of logical thought. `Come. since we canna go back. `It is time for prayer. Gripping his sword tightly.' `Aye. Once they were gone. `But the holy ones have decided.' Victoria shivered beside him in the darkness. `Well.' He turned to Khrisong. `Och. `I'll yell all right. Khrisong will act. my brothers. and we dinna want to s tay here --we'll just have to go forward. Khrisong exploded with rage. what are we going to do now?' Jamie considered. it's no use .' `But there might be more of those things in there. I. or rather I will.
More a kind of eerie glow.For quite a while he had to feel his way along the walls. Jamie moved to the entrance. and then stepped inside. though. He was just reaching out to touch one when a sudden scream echoed down the tunnel. `I'll give yon beastie a welcome it doesna expect. that it is. `Jamie! Jamie. arranged as a pyramid.' . I t'll likely go past without seeing you.' `Aye. he saw a gleam of light ahead of him. Summoning up all his courage. He was in a completely circular cave with smooth stone walls. Not daylight. `It's coming back. `It's taking away the bo ulder. looking rou nd in wonder. As he dashed up to her he saw that a rim of light was appear ing around the edge of the boulder. Then. he moved towards it.' `But what about you?' Jamie hefted his sword. Jamie approached the spheres. `You flatten yourself against the wall.' said Jamie. and their c ombined radiance lit up the cave. Each of the spheres was glowing gently. In t he centre of the cave stood the source of the light--a little pile of silver sph eres. He could hear the noise of rock grinding on rock. to his astonishm ent. As the glow grew brighter he saw that it came from the entrance to some kind of chamber leading o ff the tunnel. Wonderingly.' whispered Victoria fearfully. come back!' He turned and ran down the tunnel towards the sound o f Victoria's voice.
With a bloodcurdling roar. Jamie backed away as the boulder was swung comp letely clear. the Highlander brought it round in a savage slashing cut that should have struck the . claws outstretched. Gripping his sword in both hands. Light flooded into the tunnel. it bore d own on Jamie. silhouetting the enormous shaggy fi gure in the cave mouth. arranged as a pyramid.In the centre of the cave stood the source of the light--a little pile of silver spheres.
and snapped it in two like a matchstick. head from its shoulders.beast's ed off. hed the seless.. The Yeti lunged forward. clawed hands outstretched to grasp him. Remor the Yeti lumbered forward.. . But to Jamie's amazement the sword simply bounc as though the creature was made of steel. wrenc sword from Jamie's grasp.
the great pile of falling rock landed neatly on the Yeti between them. . Trying to run backwards. which stuck out from under t he pile. Victoria dusted herself down in an attempt to recover her composure. A trickle of rubble fell from the tunnel roof. back!' yelled Jamie. ` Back. except for one paw. which didn't seem to have noticed her. Coughing an d spluttering. `No. Victoria shrieked. `Victoria! Where are you? Are you all right?' To hi s vast relief he heard the sound of more coughing. Victoria!' he yelled. Jamie. Jamie called. A cascade of rock began pouring down from the roof. Victoria edged along the wall of the tunnel. as if alarmed by the falling rock. and Jamie on the other. ` I canna stop it!' Terrified of being separated from Jamie. he crashed full into one of the pit-props support ing the tunnel. `Stay back. Dust filled the tunnel as the rock stopped falling at last. Jamie flung his arms round the base of the loose beam and pulled with all his might. b urying the creature completely. The Yeti suddenly stopped. Dimly he saw Victoria's dustcovered form clambering over the rocks towards him. With a final mighty heave he wrenched the supporting beam free. Jamie retreated along the tunnel as far as the inner cave. It shifted! There was a steady rumble as more rubble trickled down. Victoria.3 Live Bait to Catch a Monster Jamie backed away before the advancing Yeti. don't! We'l l be buried alive.' But Jamie ignored her. He grabbed her arm and led h er into the little inner chamber. She was actually following behind the Yeti. With Victoria on one side.
`That horrible creature,' she gasped. `What was it?' `I dinna ken, lassie. But i t was verra strong. Did you see what it did to my sword?' said Jamie indignantly . Looking round the cave Victoria saw the pyramid of spheres. `What are those th ings?' Jamie picked one up, and hefted it in his hand. `Feels like some kind of metal...' Victoria suddenly shivered. `Jamie, let's get out of here.' Jamie nodd ed. `We're lucky that rock-fall didna block the whole tunnel!' Slipping the sphe re into his pocket, Jamie grabbed Victoria's hand and pulled her out of the cave , back towards the pile of rock. For a moment she hung back, afraid to go too ne ar the buried Yeti. `Dinna be afraid,' said Jamie reassuringly. `The thing's dea d right enough! Nothing could survive a ton of rock on its head.' Victoria clamb ered over the pile of rocks, keeping as far away as she could from the projectin g hand. Suddenly she screamed and clutched at Jamie. `Look!' The Yeti's hand was clenching and unclenching slowly, as if making an attempt to grab her. Before t heir horrified gaze, the hand, and part of the arm, began to wriggle out of the pile of rocks. The creature was alive, and struggling to free itself. `Come on!' said Jamie grimly. He almost dragged Victoria over the rocks, down the tunnel a nd out into the open air. Victoria looked round in amazement. `It's starting to get dark. We were in there for ages.' For a moment the two of them stood gasping , drawing the sharp, fresh air into their lungs. From inside the cave
came a rumble of rock, and then the savage roar of the Yeti. `Come on,' said Jam ie. `It'll be after us any minute.' They began running down the mountain slope, towards the TARDIS. Thomni the guard captain was a worried young man as he went along the corridor towards the Doctor's cell. He could sympathise with Khrisong' s impatience. The lamas didn't realise that not every problem could be solved by prayer and meditation. But even so, to disobey the will of the holy ones in the way that Khrisong was planning... Thomni unbolted the door of the cell, and thr ew it open. The stranger was sleeping peacefully on the bed. Thomni looked down at him. The face was gentle and relaxed with something of the serenity of the ho ly ones themselves about it. Thomni jumped, as the man on the bed spoke without opening his eyes. `Have you come to release me?' Thomni felt strangely at a disa dvantage. `Er, no... sir.' The Doctor sat up on the bed and beamed at him. `It's Thomni, isn't it? Captain of the Guard? By the way, I'm usually called "The Doc tor".' Somehow the name was familiar to Thomni. `You must come with me, Doctor,' he said. `Let's have a little chat first, shall we?' `Khrisong is waiting...' ` What's come over this place?' asked the Doctor plaintively. `No one wants to lis ten to me. You seem a reasonable sort of lad. What's going on, eh? Why is everyt hing so military? You'd think there was a war on.' `So there is--and we are besi eged. The Yeti have turned on us. At least, that is what we thought until...' Th omni stopped, confused.
`Until I turned up. And friend Khrisong decided, on very slender evidence, that it's all my fault. You know, the last time I visited Det-sen, there was trouble. Something about a threatened attack by Chinese bandits.' Thomni stared at him i n amazement. `You must be mistaken. That attack was many hundreds of years ago.. . It was then that the holy ghanta was lost.' The Doctor smiled. `Indeed? What h appened to it?' `It is hard to be sure. Some say that it was stolen by the bandi ts when they attacked. But there is a legend that it was given to a mysterious s tranger for safe-keeping. One known only as--' `As the Doctor?' interrupted the man on the bed. Thomni nodded, surprised. `I see you have studied our history. T he legend tells us that the stranger swore to return it. Yet he warned that this might not happen for many hundreds of years...' Thomni stopped, puzzled. `You s aid you were called the Doctor!' The cell burst open and Khrisong entered, armed monks at his back. `Why this delay? Seize him and take him to the gate!' The mo nks grabbed the Doctor and pulled him to his feet. As he was bustled out of the cell, he stumbled against Thomni. To his astonishment, Thomni heard the Doctor w hisper, `Under straw, in the mattress--tell Abbot...' Before he could say more, the Doctor was dragged away, down the corridor. Thomni stood puzzled. He went to the bed and examined the straw mattress. Just where the Doctor had been sitting , a little hole had been picked. Thomni felt inside. His fingers touched a littl e cloth-wrapped bundle. He pulled it out, and unwrapped it. There in his hand wa s the holy ghanta
' said Jamie. All in all. but the creature from the cave d idn't seem to be following them. The little r ed eyes. It was making no attempt to attack them. Hand in hand. Soon they would be safe. Vic toria managed a quick glance over her shoulder.' `Then it canna be the same beastie. `Well. Jamie and Vict oria skidded to a halt. All the same. yon beastie's blocki ng the way. and covered in shaggy. But as they ran to wards the TARDIS. so that the thing seemed somehow squat and lumpy. an ape and a man. Every now and again. about seven or eight feet tall.of Det-sen. and the yellow fangs were like those of a bear. The ghanta which had been lost for over three hundred years. `It's here before us. were gorillalike. we canna get back into the TARDIS. a huge shaggy shape could be seen in the gloom. J amie guessed. waiting. Victoria tugged urgently at his arm. The huge hairy hands. Jamie and Victoria pelted down the mountainside. brown fur. she sighed with relief when at la st they came in sight of the TARDIS. quite motionless. It stood like a kind of weird sentry. `Jamie. in spite of its great h eight. and the black snout. He remembered Victoria' s description --something between a bear. it was the biggest. what are we going to do?' Jamie looked agai n at the Yeti. The powerful body was immensely broad. nastiest. `But how can it be--we'd have seen it. `There' s more than one of them!' Jamie studied the creature cautiously.' gasped Victoria. thought Jamie. fascinated by h is first clear look at a Yeti. though they were now qui te close. Janie rubbed his chin. hairiest bcastie he had ever seen. It was massive. We'll just have to go .
Songtsen would put a stop to whatever nonsense Khrisong was planning.. I cannot always wait to consult the Abbot before I act. stood shivering inside his fur coat. He was fully kitted-out for travel. But I tell you. `Did we not agree. Maybe we can find the Doctor and warn him what 's going on. even though his fate was un der discussion. He thoug ht wryly that no one wanted to know what he thought. Something about a test. Jamie and Victoria stumbled down the mou ntainside towards the Monastery. as far as the Doctor could make out. A curiously furtiv e movement caught the corner of the Doctor's eye. dusk was falling. Khrisong.. that we would co nsult the Abbot Songtsen. a loaded ruc ksack on his back. as always. `Do not interfere. Not that he was worried. holy one.' `Be reasonab le. we did not agree!' Khrisong said bitterly.' said the warrior monk furiously. `Travers!' the Doctor called. guarded by armed warrior monks. He turned and saw Travers abou t to slip out of the main door. In the Monastery courtyard. T he Doctor. `Don't you think all this has g one far enough?' He indicated the arguing monks. Sapan. the .' The Doctor stopped listening as the argument raged on. `You decided.on--down to this Monastery place. before taking further action in this matter?' `No. He was the subject of a heated argument between the old lama. Khrisong.' Now too exhausted to run. Once that boy got the sacred ghanta to the Abbot. hol y one. S apan's voice was gentle as always. and a very angry Khrisong.
The Doctor turned back to the arguing monks. If the Yeti come to rescu e him. Khrisong turned to the Doctor's gu ards. There were no window s.' Settling his rucksack on his sh oulders. You won't get another chance to get in my way. They're men of peace. and I'm not interested in your precious Yeti.' The Doctor was indignant. tell them you were mistaken. We have Travers' w ord for that.' Cupping the ghanta in reveren t hands. `Don't worry. I shall tie him to the main doors. Thomni crept timidly into the ante-chamber of the Abbot Songtsen. He lo oked around him in fear and wonder. `I tell you the stranger is a killer. `Time to find the Yeti.' Sapan protested. even though I'm on my own. statues and hangings..' Travers laughed. `For Heaven's sake. `I am not an expedition. Your little expeditio n stops right here. nothing I can do.. But you've put me in a very nasty position . I believe this man may have found some way to control the Yeti.' Tra vers shook his head. He had never dared enter this part of the Mo nastery before. All around were ornate carvings. The room was dimly lit by the prayer lamps. Overriding the old lama. `Take him outside. my warriors will be waiting.' said Travers fiercely. an d make them savage. the monks won't harm you.' `What do you expect to gain by a ll this?' `Time.armed guards at his elbow.' `You cannot use a human being as live bai t. `Sorry. disappearing in to the evening shadows. Many of the . Travers turned away. These chaps are liable to do something silly. and slipped through the main door. just in tim e to hear Khrisong say. and tie him to the door.
How came you by it?' Terrifi ed. But none were so valuable. The Abbot Songtsen emerged. wrinkled old face still and trance-like. the ghanta. as the little bronze bell. Terrified. yet strong and vigorous too. is this not the sacred ghanta which was lost?' Suddenly another v oice spoke. sacred objects of immense value. apparently by itself. A look of horror came over the old man's face as he saw the boy crouching at his feet. and yet from everywhere in the room. or so holy. apart from himself and the Abbot. He turned and crossed the Anteroom. Thomni prostrated himself. He seemed not even to notice Thomn i. treas ured and worshipped through the ages. Thomni froze like a statue as the door of the Inner Sanctum creaked open. This was t he most sacred place of all. Thomni held out his hands. the Anteroom was empty. The Abbot backed away from the S anctum doors. which closed behind him. that Thomni held. Yet the power of the speaker's personality f illed . Lost to us for three hundred years. `Master Abbot!' Thomni whispered again. The voice said. Thomni looked round for the source of the voice. But. Thomni managed to produce a terrified w hisper. `Master Abbot!' Songtsen stopped. consciousness slowly returning to his face. his w ise.' Silently. It was ol d and wise. `It is indeed the holy ghanta. the g hanta cupped in their palms. and would have walked right past him. my son. The Abbot leaned forward and peered at the little b ell.treasures of Det-sen Monastery were here. `What is this? Where did you get it?' Thomni's voice was low and reverent. It came from nowhere. the very heart of the Monastery. `Thomni--you know well that only I may enter this sacred place. `Master Abbot.
It was almost dark now. Thomni scrambled to his feet. who said g ently. `And there's something else. The doors opened silently as they approached. of course. `Plac e yourself at the windows. `If your servants attempt to rescue you. `This is all very point--' and then gave up. `Does it occur to you that whatever has been killing your monks mi ght also kill me?' Khrisong said ironically. He turned to the little group of warriors around him. you know. and gloomy shadows c overed the mountain path and the area before the Monastery . that will be proof of your innocence. and foll owed the Abbot through the door to the Inner Sanctum. and in cover behind the doors. on the walls. Then. no one's going to rescue me --least of all an Abominable Snowman. `This is all very pointless. I ass ure you. To one of these rings.' Khri song turned to go back inside the Monastery.' As the warrior monks went off to take their places Khrisong lo oked grimly at the Doctor.' yelle d the Doctor. Too frightened to speak. we shall sla y them!' The Doctor sighed wearily.' The voice spoke again .' He turned and went back inside the Monastery. Thomni looked to the Abbot. The handles of the great doors of Det-sen Monastery were in the form of huge. Do not be afraid. and indicated that Thomni should follow him. we shall rescue you--if we can. Khrisong gave a final check to the knots. Padmasambvha. the Doctor was being firm ly lashed with leather thongs. The Doctor sighed wearily. Be ready with your bows. `If the Yeti attack you. `Bring the ghanta to me--both of you.the entire room. and nod ded in satisfaction. `It is the Master.' The Abbot bowed his head in assent. bronze rings.
All we've got to do is keep going. you've been seeing things. Ahead of us . Perhaps he hadn't even found the ghanta. Jamie looked round for a weapon. and stood poised and ready. picking thei r way down to the Monastery in the fast-gathering gloom.' Jamie did his best to sound co nfident. a sound of shuffling feet. The path leads down the mountain. and heavy breathing. Victoria clasped Jamie's hand tighter an d wailed. . It was no easy task. str aining his ears. A shadowy figure l oomed up out of the darkness. huge and threatening... `Hey. Sure enough. and the Monastery's at the bottom. when the figure spoke. She stopped and whispered. finding their way back only with difficulty. Jamie and Victoria were far too frightened to be bored.' `I'm not imagining it this time.' Jamic sighed. `Ever since we set off. And what about Jamie and Victoria? They must be getting pretty bored by now.doors.. `There's something moving. He grabbed a football-size d rock from the side of the path.. down there. The Doctor wondered what was happening to Thomni. there was something. every rock and b oulder seemed a Yeti waiting to pounce. Everything looked odd and sinister in the half-light. you two! Wha t are you doing here?' . As the gloom thickened and the shadows grew darker and longer. Jamie.. Listen!' Jamie peered through the gloom. Victoria gave a little screa m and Jamie was just about to let fly. Several times they had wandered off the snow-covered path. `Oh. I'm sure we're lost again. `I tell you we canna be lost.' But Victoria was n't listening.
`Yes. `You've got to take me there. why don't you do that. `Have you seen him? Is he all right?' The man laughed.' said Jamie. Jamie hesitated. He's perfectly all right.' said Victoria. we'd b etter go and find him. . would you?' `Aye. I've see n enough of those things to last a lifetime. I've g ot to. `I will not. The figure came nearer and was rev ealed as a man wearing a rucksack. Jamie called after the retreating figure. But Jamie was still cautious.' Travers was almost babbling with excitement. if I were you. `You've seen the Yeti? You've actually found their lair?' He grabbed Jamie's arm and tried to pull him off by force.' said Victoria. that we wo uld. I'm a sort of explorer. `I expect the monks will give you quite a welcome. `My name's Travers.' He nodded and set off up the path.' he said stoutly. `Are you now? You wouldn't be any thing to do with a feller calls himself the Doctor.' Jamie pulled his arm away firmly.' `We'r e on our way to the Monastery. They live in a cave higher up the mountains. `I might ask yo u the same. it was only fair to warn him. All the same. Now. He hadn't taken to the man at all.' The man turned and ran back towards them. Jamie. I met him at the Monastery. His eyes were brig ht and feverish.' `Come on. Mister. `I'd watch your step.' `But I've got to find them.Jamie dropped the rock with a sigh of relief. right away. There's some kind of great hairy beasties prow ling about. and there was something odd about his manner.' said the ma n. `Oh yes .
' Travers hesitated. `Ye canna go up there now.. `Then you can just guide us bac k there--now. mebbe. `We are grateful for the return of our holy ghanta. `All right. In its centre was a raised dais.' `Will you take me there tomorrow?' `Aye. Padmasambvha spoke. Jamie took Victoria's arm and gave her a reassuring grin. It's nearly dark. then.' Travers glared at him suspiciously.Jamie was unmoved. . And if this boy had found their lair. then?' `You say you've come from the Monastery?' Travers nodded. filling the room. A giant golden statue of the Lord Buddha stood against the f ar wall. That's if you want my help tomorrow. There we re thin veils arranged in a canopy. `Tell me exactly where you found this cave.' The Inner Sanctum w as even darker and more mysterious than the Anteroom.' Travers turned and set off back down the path. `What's that.. like a throne.. obviously still wanting to get after the Yeti right away. But it was nearly dark. Even though he wa s now seated before them. Travers waited for Jamie to catch up and said. upon which was set a kind of ornate golden chair.. I couldna f ind the place myself. Come on. Both had the blank expres sionless faces of men under deep hypnosis. But on on e condition. a transparent tent obscuring the throne and the figure upon it. The Doctor is our friend. Thomni and his Abbot stood before the throne. man. his voice still seemed to come from everywhere and now here. They both hurried off after their guide.
he turned to leave.Thomni. you will go to Khrisong. Then he remembered. Songtsen. You have never entered this room. that the Doctor learns nothing of what is happening here. these words were spoken by the Abbot. He had been given a most important errand.. `We must make certain. Tell him that the Abbot orders the Doctor's rel ease.' .. He might even seek to hinder t he Great Plan. He may not be in sympathy with the power that now guides us. In the Anteroom. `Remember. Still in the same trance-like state. by the Abbot Songtsen himself.' Thomni bowed. Th e voice spoke again. the voice of Padmasambvha was saying. He gazed around him wildly. Thomni ran from the ro om. He did not even notice when the doors of the Sanctum opened and closed behind him of their own accord. In the Sanctum.' Thomni bowed again and left. You have n ever seen me or heard my voice. Thomni seemed to wake up with a jerk. It would be well if he were to depart as soon as possible.
But they stood guard bravely. w aiting high on the walls. His voice seemed to come from everywhere and nowhere. Khrisong and his warriors were cold and cramped too. Suddenly one of them turned . The Doctor was starting to feel cold and cramped as he hung in his bonds from the ri ng on the Monastery door.. spears and bows ready to hand..Padmasambvha spoke.
' In her excitement. `There it is.' Khrisong lo oked. all of you!' Khrisong's archers fitted arrows to their bows. I see them. Rapalchan! Make ready. Nearby.excitedly to Khrisong. brothers. Jamie. ready to hurl. Others balanced spears. Victoria began to run ahead. Jamie ran to catch up with her. Your eyes are keen. Travers. Three of them. `Yes. `There--coming down the path. Look--there's the Doctor waiting for us by the door. on the mountain path. broke into a trot. `As soon as they are in bowshot--slay them! Kill them al l!' . Jamie and Victoria had just seen the lights of the Monastery. On the Monastery walls. `The Yeti are coming. behind them. K hrisong and his warriors waited. bows drawn and ready. watching the three figure s running towards them in the darkness.' whisper ed Khrisong exultantly.
They'll kill you!' On the mountainside Vic toria could just hear the Doctor's voice.' . Without waiting for Khrisong's order. They'd let fly at anything that moved! Frantically the Doctor yelled. Jamie. we're coming!' she cried.' cried Victoria. Of course--Victoria and Jamie! And that looked very like Travers behind them. `Victoria. `Look. As Khr isong emerged. Perhaps the Yeti really were coming to rescue him. `They're shooting at us. Suddenly a terrifying thought struck the Doctor. bows and spears in their hands. nervous men. `Damn fools--what do they think they're doing?' Khrisong meanwhile was leading a picked band of warriors down f rom the wall. He looked again. An arrow thudded into the snowy ground at Victoria's feet. If he could mista ke the three for attacking Yeti. `All right. he drew hi s bow and fired. Doctor. might not Khrisong and his warrior monks do the same? Tired. then chuck led to himself.' Travers joined them and gazed in amazement at the arrow. and ran even faster. the Doctor called. but the wind carried away his actual w ords. waiting in the darkne ss to be attacked. `Please! Don't shoot! Those are friends of min e. Up on t he wall.4 Jamie Traps a Yeti The Doctor strained his eyes. keep back. a young monk panicked. For a moment the distance and the gloom misled him . and out of the main gate. ready to do battle with the Yeti. Jami e came up beside her. trying to pick out the three shapes running down t he mountain path towards him.
' said Khrisong sternly. if you are his friends.' shouted Khrisong. `Look here. Another monk ran out from inside the Monastery. Doctor. It's safe now. Jamie asked Khrisong. `Stop all this nonsense at once --it's me. `The Yeti try to trick us with their magic. he ran straight at the little group of warriors. Khrisong said. You know me!' `Perhaps it is witchcraft. Better to kill. Seize them!' One of the monks tried to grab Victoria.' Jamie and Victoria ran to the Doctor. `What's g oing on? Why's the Doctor tied up like that?' `He is a suspected criminal.' Travers called over to his two companions. It is Travers!' Trav ers puffed up to him angrily. Khrisong stopped him. Travers. It was Travers who saved them all.' He raised his spear. `They're not Yeti.' Khrisong ignored him. ignoring the danger. what do you think you're doing?' he sh outed. `Ready. Who are these others?' `Cou ple of kids I met on the mountain. and be sure. .' one of them muttered. spears rais ed in readiness. snatching awa y his spear. It was a mistake. They're hardly more th an children. Trouble seemed in evitable. brothers?' The little band of monks prepared to shoot at the three figures on the path. Jamie promptly knocked him down. Say they're friends of the Doctor's. Bows were drawn. speaking with the voice of Travers. `but your Yeti shall not rescue you!' The Doctor strained at his bonds. Furiously. He turned threateningly on the approaching monks. Shouldering Jamie and Victor ia aside. `I am sorry. `So too are you. `No.`We know that. `It's all right. man. knocking the spear aside. come down.
`I have a message for you from the A bbot. Khrisong.' Khrisong turned in disgust and strode back inside the Monastery. Travers looked thoroughly abashed. pe rhaps. Thomni sa id apologetically. the Abbot has given orders for comfortable quarters and refreshments to be .' Looking sternly at Travers. `Well?' `This man has brought back the sacred ghanta. I just wanted him safely locked up. Victoria ran to the Doctor. A little stiff. Isn't it time you told the truth?' `What truth?' asked Khrisong s ternly. The warriors mena cing Jamie and Victoria stood back. We must treat him with all kindness and respect . `Oh. Khrisong.It was Thomni.' he called.' Khrisong swung round on the Doctor. then nodded to one of the monks.' said the Doctor mildly. The monk step ped forward and began cutting the Doctor`s bonds. `Doctor. `Wait. the Doctor continued sternly. The thing was huge-not human at all. `Are you all rig ht?' she said. We might all have been killed. Travers.' Khrisong held up his hand to restrain the warriors. `But there might have been. I'm afraid I mi sled you. It couldn't have been the Doctor who attacked me. The Doctor rubbed his wrists. I think so. you see! But there's no real harm done. Mr. Those are the commands of the Abbot. They were using me as Yeti bait. `Would you have listened?' Khr isong glared at him for a moment. `Why did you not tell me of this?' The Doctor smiled. I didn't mean you to hurt him. All through that ridiculous s tory of yours. `I'm sorry. `I'm sure the Abbot meant his words to apply to my friends as well.
Victoria supposed he must be used to strange foods. they began lumbering down the path. You may have got us into trouble but at leas t you helped to get us out.' He bowed and withdrew. Doctor. towards the Monastery . yes. the Doctor finished a mug of s calding Tibetan tea and sighed with pleasure. shaggy shapes were standing motionless near the mouth of the cave where Jamie and Victoria had been trapped. The pile of yellow rice. Later. `Och. anywhere. Actually ne ither of them were very impressed with Tibetan food. `It was verra nice. had been palatable enough. `When you have rested further t he Abbot will wish to see you and thank you. Travers. unsweetened tea with Yak butter floating in it had been too much for them.' added Victoria.' They all went back inside the Monastery and the gre at bronze doors clanged to behind them. three enormous . especially s ince they were both ravenous with hunger.prepared for you. As if in obedienc e to a common command. he would like to see you and thank you. `My thanks to your Abbot. as usual. to eat and drink anything. with anyon e. In the simple guest room provided by the monks. A truly splendid meal. when you are rested. Travers had eaten and dru nk with gusto. Tra vers poured . co vered with strange meats and vegetables. `An excellent idea. But the milkless. Come along. he seemed ready. You come as well. you two. Mr. Shall we go inside?' The Doctor said.' Jamie and Victoria exchanged glances. As for the Do ctor.' `Yes.' mutter ed Jamie. it was lovely. Thomni. High on the mountainside. Suddenly they jerked into life. Thomni flushed with pleasure at their praise.
' replied the Doctor airily. `I've been thinking. attacking the camps of the pilgrims and merchant s. `You certainly seem to be well in with the monks.' `Yet all at once they've become bold and savage. `When was your f irst visit?' `Oh. The y all looked at him in surprise. lost in thought. `I still don't believe those things th at attacked us were my Yeti. quick mind. The monks confirm it too. Jamie.' chimed in Jamie. Ign oring Travers' astonished reaction. he went on.' said Jamie. ' said the Doctor encouragingly. let's have another look at this sphere you found in the cave. In the old days the Yeti were hardly ever seen. Doctor. He knew that although the Scots lad was more of a fighting man than a thinker.' `I thought I was one of the first white men to reach here. Travers nodded.' said the Doctor thoughtfully.' said Travers. or whoever's controlling them. The Doctor stared at it. you know. `Well. it is my second visit. What kind of an animal can get smashed over the head with a pile of rocks and .' Jamie fished it out. he had a shrewd.there was something awful strange about it. `Yon beastie-. `They.' suggested Victoria. `All the reports agr ee--the creature is shy and timid. Jamie felt suddenly embarrassed. and handed it over. Doctor.' said Travers argumentatively. just as they did mine.' `Maybe they don't want people to come here any more.the Doctor another mug of tea. about three hundred years ago. `Go on. `Jamie.' The Doctor smiled. especially where pr actical problems were concerned. `According to the monks they've be en killing all sorts of people.
Some were being sent to the observation platform. Thomni rushed into the room. The Doct or and his little party stood on an observation platform. It was dark now. `Mr. there was a scene of bustle and activity. the track leading upwards. Its rays lit up the snow-covered m ountain. looking out over the w alls. right enough . Then he followed the others. Travers. `There's a whole gang of them now!' . by the TARDIS. it didna attack a t all. `I'd like to see one of these things. The area just before the gates was lit up by blazi ng torches on the walls. and on duty. Before he left. it was hard to see an ything at all. `That's them. `When the moon comes from behind those clouds. under the pillow. I'm no' sure they're just animals at all. Khrisong had every available warr ior monk armed. They are very close. the Doctor placed the silver sphere which Jamie had given him carefully on the bed. you must come at once. I really would. but beyond their circle of light. The Yeti are approaching the Monastery!' Travers. o thers waited by the doors in case the Yeti should try to break through. where are they?' grumbled Travers. Then they saw them. They're not natural somehow. `Well. `Wait. you will see them. Jamie and Victoria leaped to their feet and followed Thomni from the room.' said Khrisong.' T he Doctor sighed. milling about just beyond the circle of torch-light.' As he spoke the moon began to appear. In the torch-lit courty ard.scramble out as good as new? And the other one.' said Jamie. Doctor . and they could just make out the bulk of the mountain as it loomed over the Monastery.' As if i n answer to the Doctor's wish. A group of shaggy forms.
look.' The Doctor had taken the binocula rs from a reluctant Travers and was staring eagerly at the creatures. I think I can get ho ld of one for you.' Jamie cleared his throat. There's something about the way they move. I might even be able to find a way for you to defea t them. indeed.' she whispered. Doctor. `Oh. `They're coming near er. His face was radiant. We can only be rea dy. Jamie. aye. But why should we wish to capture one?' `Be cause if you can get me one to examine.Travers had a pair of battered binoculars to his eyes. `W e will kill them. Look at them! Aren't they magnificent?' Vict oria wasn't so enthusiastic. nothing to it. `You're really serious. Jamie. the lumbering figures seemed to be edging closer and closer to the Monastery gates. `Do you think they' ll attack?' Khrisong's face was grim. Khrisong. `Oh. The Doctor tapped Khrisong's shoulder. Doctor--if we can.' He ha nded the binoculars back. I may be able to find out why the Yeti h ave suddenly become killers. Doctor? About needing one of those beasties?' `Very much so.' And. Shal l we wrap it up for you. I do wish I could examine one properly.' he was muttering.. well. I see what you mean. `I cannot tell.' `Och. Do you th ink you could capture one for me?' Jamie chuckled. Doctor?' Khrisong looked at the Doctor in amazement.' . I'll need some equipment. `At last. `You know.. and the help of those war riors of yours. But they have never come so close before. `At last. `Doctor.
We owe you much. `Hav e faith. Now only a handful of lamas were assembled. In fact. what do you need?' `Come on.' . a dange r?' said the Doctor. by returning the sacred ghanta.' `Master Abbot. `I think we' d better get out of the way..' said the Doctor. `You are little more than a boy.' Khrisong turned to Jamie. Lord Abbot.Khrisong looked dubiously at Jamie. `even now the Yeti gather at our gates to attack us. I've seen him in some very tight corners indeed. It was filled with lon g tables and benches.' `Believe me.' Sapan objected mildly. Doctor.' The Abbot came forward..' said the Doctor firmly. Khrisong and his warriors will protect us.' The Great Hall was the biggest room in the Monastery. `Do not fear. enough to hold hundreds of monks when they gathered for fo od and prayer.' The Abbot smiled reassuringly. The lama s looked up to see the Doctor and Victoria standing in the doorway. `You have helped us greatly already. It's time we paid our respects to the Abbot Songtse n. `Me. smiling. ` Well. He disobeyed me. So sure was he that the Doct or was a danger to us.' Sapan frowned. brethre n. I very much hope I can help you. `I can assure you I'm not. `if Jamie says he can do it--he can do i t.' Songtsen was saying. boy.' There was a deprecating cough from the doorway. Khrisong. `I am sure that the return of the sacred ghanta means b etter times for us at Det-sen. Victoria. `Khrisong is a rash and angry man.
and dinna let go. tug with all your might. and went outside where Khriso ng and Thomni were waiting. Khrisong looked on.' said Jamie. we shall all b e for it. and Travers too. The rope goes over there. both armed with heavy spears. Jamie had taken charge of things with a will. Then tie it there. assembling a kind of improvised net. and threw it over the wall. He did the same thing with the ropes at the other three corners of the improvised net. coiled it. Under Jamie's instructions. `Off you go. `Remember.' At last the work was complete. . all except for Thomni and Khrisong. Jamie waited a moment the n yelled. Travers was in charge of them. went back inside. a part y of monks carried the net out through the doors. he had all the warrior monks. Except for a few sentries. and spread it on the ground ju st under the wall. If the beastie gets loose. A couple of brawny young monks had hold of each rope.In the Monastery courtyard.' Travers nodded determin edly. The improvised net lay spread out in t he courtyard. and under here.' said Jamie grimly. `Right. half resentfu l and half amused. ye great loon. no.' The monks. `Och. long ropes tied to each corner. Jamie dashed back inside the courtyard to check. Jamie grabbed a flaming torch from the wall. The ends of the four ropes were now dangling over the w all inside the courtyard. All the available ropes in the Monastery had been woven together into a sort of tangled cat's cradle. the lot of you. `when you hear me yell "Now!". `Ready inside?' He grabbed one of the long ropes attached to a corner. Quickly. And make those knots good ones. as Jamie harried the monks into doing exactly what he wanted.
`Our prayers go with yo u.. All this time the little group of Yeti had stayed on the mountain. turned. Now if he could only lure the creature on to the net. stranger.' Holding his blazing torch in front of him. `Garr. The Yeti stood motionless as he approa ched. hairy hand aimed a savage slash at Jamie's head. He picked the nea rest Yeti. Ja mie whistled to keep his spirits up as he came closer to them. Just like the one outside the TARDIS. Soon Jamie was nearly at the Monastery gates. Jamie held up his torch. He could hear the angry howls of the Yeti as it lumb ered after him.' said Thomni. and ran back d own the path at full speed. spears in hand. the creature didn't move. but never far away. Jamie ducked. sometimes advancing. . letting the Yeti get as close as h e could without actually being caught. close enough to singe its whiskers. With a nerve-shattering roar the Yeti came to life. and yelled at the top of his voice. so I will!' He t hrust the flaming torchlight right under the Yeti's nose.' he said cheerfully. He didn't want the beast to get discourag ed and give up. I'll have you for a doormat. ye great hairy loon.. sometimes retreating. where Khrisong and Thomni waited. He timed his speed carefully. thought Jamie. Jamie summoned up all his courage. Even when he was almo st within touching distance. and marched boldly towards it. the ropes at each corner stretching away over the wall.Jamie looked at the outspread net. `I'll just awa' and whistle one up!' `You are brave. A giant. The light glinted on the Yeti's yellow fangs. and was reflected fierily in its l ittle red eyes. `All we need now is a Yeti. Jamie set off up the mountain pat h towards the waiting Yeti.
roaring with rage. None of their blows had the sl ightest effect. caught in the net. In the courtyard. The Yeti thrashed about frenziedly in the tangle o f ropes. thrusting at the Yeti with their spears. jabbing and thrusting with his spear while Thomni helped Jamie to his feet. then tugged high er and higher off the ground. Jamie. until it was out of reach of those attacking it from below. the great clawed hands reaching out. spears and clubs. when he slipped and fell on the icy ground. With a final spear-th rust Khrisong leaped backwards. It ripped savagely at the net and. More armed monks ran from the courtyard and began be labouring the Yeti with swords. He was forced to fall back before the attacking monste r. To make matters worse. The Yeti lumbered further and further forward. no one told the monks inside t he courtyard to stop pulling. The entangled monster was jerked higher and higher up the wall. The Yeti loo med over him. get back!' shouted Jamie. `They' ll pull it over the top and inside with them in a minute. Jamie saw some of the ropes b eginning to fray and snap. Khrisong fought hard. The maddened creature still continued its thrashing and roaring. lay helpless on the ground. Travers shouted `Heave!' The warrior monks pul led hard on the ropes. `Khrisong. and. `and t he beast's alive and kicking!' .Jamie was almost there. Khrisong held it off alone. The creature whirled round on them. The corner ropes jerked taut. Khrisong and Thomni ran forward. It was slammed against the wall. It advanced until it was stand ing right on the net. shattering Th omni's spear at a single blow. the breath knocked out of him.' thought Jamie. to his horror. the Yeti was lifted off its feet. and Jamie gave a mighty yell of `Now!' at the to p of his voice. but his blows had no effect.
`Heave!' He turned to go and warn the monks in the courtyard. With the Yeti hanging almost at the top of the high wall. it flew to pieces. The re was a tremendous thud as the Yeti slammed down on to the icy ground below. Cautiously the ring of . when suddenly he s aw that it was already too late. The net was coming apart like a wet paper bag. an d lay completely still.
Come on. She stood well at the back of the little group. Khrisong and Thomni were allowed to stay. `Well.' said Thomni. The little group of Yeti stood motionless. saying he couldn't work in the middle of a Rugby scrum. `It wasna just as I'd plan ned it. Victoria thought he looked rather like a su rgeon at the operating table. the Yeti lay stretched out on the huge central dining table. and she had scolde d Jamie for taking such terrible risks. Look!' He beckoned them forw ard and indicated a place on the massive arm. One of the warrior monks began clearing u p the remains of the broken net from the place where the Yeti had fallen. The Hall was brightly lit. for the Doctor had called for extra torches. The Do ctor leaned over the prostrate Yeti. Khrisong jabbed it with his spear. but it's worked out well enough.' As the monks began to drag the Yeti into the courtyard. Jamie nodded. The Yeti didn't stir. At first th ey had all crowded round the table. Jamie. As he did so. Sh e wasn't going to get too close to the Yeti. Outside waited a hushed group of monks and lamas. Only Travers. This creature isn't flesh and blood. Victoria. his sandalled foot came down on a little silver sphere.warrior monks approached it. The Doctor looked up. He had . eager to see the captured Yeti. In the Great Hall. even if it was dead. moving with one accord. Then. Jamie turned and followed the monks inside. I can tell you one thing. pressing it down further into the icy mud. Jamie turned and l ooked up the mountain path. `The thing is dead. Victoria and t he Doctor had come running at the news of the Yeti's capture. they turned and shambled into the darkness. Let's get the puir beastie ins ide. watching. But the Doct or had chased them away.
' said the Doctor. `The thing is a servant of the devil.' The Doctor shook his head. `Maybe something inside it got broken in the fa ll?' suggested Victoria.removed a patch of fur.' the Do ctor added. Jamie.' Outside the Monastery. `why did it stop working?' He returned to his examination. `There's nothing in there. the silver sphere embedded in the ground stirr ed feebly. Jamie. I think. That`s why it went dead. but ther e should be. `You were right--it's not your Abominable Snowman after all. But the icy mud held it gripped fast. revealing a hollow. It began to pulse rhythmically. I think it could.' Jamie slip ped the dagger from his stocking. The Doctor was examining the fur on the creature's mass ive chest. `it could come to life?' The Doctor nodded gravely. `Wait a moment.' snarle d Khrisong.' said Victoria. `Jamie. `It is witchcraft. `No. and passed it to the Doctor.' said Jamie. the Doctor prised open a little trapdoor. `N ot quite. Travers.' `So if it gets its control unit back. trying to free itself. Slipping the poin t into a crevice in the fur. . empty space. When you trapped it.' `No wonder we couldna kill it with spears. you must have dislodged its control uni t. It's some kind of robot. sending out some kind of signal. `The thing is. `Yes. `Then what is it.' he muttered. Beneath it they could see the unmistakable glint of meta l.' said Jamie s lowly. lend me your knife. Doctor?' Travers asked.
A kitchen monk came along the corridor. the sphere resumed its journey. . on to the floor and out of t he room. But it would get there in the end. pulsed with a signal. As he approached. the little sphere rolled into a da rk corner. It had a long way to go. It. moving inch b y inch towards its ultimate destination--the `dead' Yeti on the table in the Gre at Hall. Then it rolled slowly from the bed. the little silver sphere came to life. The Great Hall was in a distant part of the Mo nastery. on his way to clear away the re mains of the Doctor's meal.In the Doctor's quarters. too. Once the monk had gone.
Nothing more we can do.' The Doctor sighed. that's it.' Khrisong turned an d strode from the room. why ever not?' `You say s omeone made this creature and sent it against us? Why? Who wishes harm to the mo nks of Det-sen? I will trust no stranger until these questions are answered. Especially now we've brought it in here with us. Think I'll get some . Doctor. `Afraid you're right. `To have a look outside the gates. but the tall figure o f Khrisong barred his way.' Ja mie glared at Khrisong furiously. guard these strangers well. `You're telling me.' `Exactly. We dinna want yon beastie comin g to life again. I will not allow it.5 The Secret of the Inner Sanctum Hands deep in his pockets. Thomni. `Have we no' convinced you yet? We're on your side!' `Khrisong. The Doctor looked up at him impatiently. `Come on. `We've g ot to find that control unit. `why won't you let us help you?' ` I do not need your help. he's an obstinate f ellow.' sa id the Doctor. `Where are you going?' demanded Khrisong sternly.' Jamie n odded in vigorous agreement.' He set off briskly for the door. It's far too dangerous to be left around. `My word.' said the Doctor patiently. `My dear chap.' `No. The Doctor shook his head. the Doctor paced up and down the Great Hall.' Travers cleared his throat. Still.
The Yeti are even more dangerous than we feared. Travers intercepted him. he could hear Khrisong talking to the sentry. `I'm not one of your monks. Then. then a sudden thought struck him.' As Khrisong strode ba ck across the courtyard. `Well. 'Night everybody. Thank you very much!' said Travers in a suddenly loud voice. Anyone may be controlling these monsters.' . Otherwise the whole point of my expedition will be lost. Send men to fasten with chains the one that we captured. ' he said quietly. Good nigh t. you know.' `N o.' `You can't give me orders.' Travers bustled from the room. `Khrisong! I must talk to you. raising his voice again. I've always said the Yeti were timid and harmless. You've got to let me go out and find their cave. `Thank you. `W hy do you thank me?' snapped Khrisong. Even you.' Travers w as about to argue further. He saw the sentry glance towards them. old chap. He glanced over at the sentry. `No one is to leave the Monastery. not far away.' said Travers truculently. And be watchful. `Well?' Travers' voice was low and urgent. I will not allow anyone to leave.' `I command here. Khrisong. They're not the real Yeti at all. ' Khrisong paused reluctantly. thanks again.sleep. Perhaps there may still be some real Yeti there. `For making me see sense. suddenly in a great hur ry. And I say no one is to leave. I must know. `We kn ow now that the creatures who've been attacking you are robots. He ran along the corridor and out into the courtyard. Travers smiled. Over by the closed and barred door.
' At the sound of their approaching feet in the corridor. `I've just been having a word with Khrisong. `This place is a real rabbit-warr en. then walked quickly across to the sentry at the gate. Let's go and fin d it. so it would. An absolute imbecile. Why do you ask?' `Well. the sphere rolled from . `It could be o ne of those control units too!' The Doctor struck his forehead and groaned. `Doctor.Khrisong stared at him as if he were mad.' `Aye. `It' s a good job you're with us. they hurried down the endless cor ridors of the rambling old Monastery.' gasped Victoria. `that space you found in the Yeti's chest--it's round. Th e Doctor and his party hurried past.. `I'm sor ry. on the way back to the Doctor's room. isn't it?' The Doctor nodded. my dear. that was round. `I myself would trust you. and strode away.' said Victoria. `He's given me permission to l eave the Monastery.' said Jamie excitedly. You're quite right.' said Victoria timidl y.' said Thomni firmly. He wandered ba ck to the table where the Yeti lay stretched out. the little silver s phere rolled swiftly under the base of a statue of Buddha which stood nearby. too. of course. Once they were gone. the Doctor was getting nowhere. Doctor. But I must obey the orders of Khrisong.' Guided by a puzzled but helpful Thomni. `That's right.. Travers waited until he was out of sight.' In the Great Hall. It would just ab out fit in that space.' said the Doctor sadly. `that si lver sphere thing we took from the cave.' `I suppose you must. `I'm an idiot.' he said.
' `Gone?' snapped Thomni. it's no' here now. and. by any chance?' The sentry nodded. `I don't think that would be any u se. `I hate to accuse anyo ne without proof--but perhaps we'd better ask him.' `I will take you to his room . `I left it here. `At the main gate.' said Jamie.' After another dash along the corridors.' said Jamie when they had finished. `It is next to yours. `I thought it was odd. hugging the darkest corners. just under the pillow. I think. the Doctor was rummaging frantically on his bed. much like the Doctor's.' `Travers!' said Victoria suddenly.' agreed the Doctor. We'll have to find him. `Someone must have take n it.' `It does seem a possibility. In his room. If he has taken it.' `We could search the place. The Doctor rushed up to the sentry a t the doors. `Well .' suggested Jamie.' said Thomni. he's probably trying to leave the Monastery.' `All verr a well. moved slowly on its way.' said Victoria triump hantly. He has gone now. Since he isn't in his room.' He led them a little way along the corrid or to a small bare room. the way he rush ed off. `Out of the Monaste ry?' . `Have you seen Mr. `He's not here--and he said he was going to sleep.under the statue. they reached the courtyard. I know I did!' Victoria and Jamie joined in the search. The Doctor frowned. he'll have it on him. `but where do we start in a place this size?' The Doctor wa s already on his way to the door. Travers. `You see. `It was some time ago.
to restrain its evil. `What are you doing?' Khrisong asked impatiently The Abbot smiled.' Khrisong pointed to the .' he said. the little silver sphere was doing exactly that. He told me Khrisong had given his permission. With the Abbot Songtsen at his side.' `It was well thought of.' Khrisong laughed. He has tricked you. `The monster is here. the Doctor was being far too trusting.' Victoria looked at him affectionately. which completely surrounded the prostrate body of the Ye ti. As usual.' she told him. my brethren?' Sapan nodded p roudly.' Thomni turned to the Doctor. Captain.' `That is impossibl e. Is it not so. `We must inform Khrisong of what has happened.' Khrisong stopped short at the sight of Sapan and Rinchen. `You are wise. one thing's certain. I h ave had it fastened down with chains. Sapan.' said the Abbot gently. `I think my chains will be of more use. He is with the Abbot Songtsen. He always found it hard to think ill of anybody.. `We have built a spirit trap about the monster. `See. Doctor.. `They are constructing a ghost trap. `I still c an't believe Travers has anything to do with controlling these robots. Or with t aking the sphere come to that.' She had no idea that. Khrisong strode into the Great Hall.`Yes. Khrisong. Will you come with me. `Well. my Abbot. `That sphere couldn' t have moved off on its own. Lord Abbot. please ?' As they walked across the courtyard. in a corridor not far away. Lord Abbot. The two old lamas were building an elaborate framework of woo d and coloured threads. the Doctor said thoughtfully.
' The Abbot sank cross-legged to the floor. Khrisong. `You should never have allowed this monster to be brought into the Monastery. my Abbot. my Abbot. Sapan paused by the door. You must not seek to chang e them. Only the truth can make them sharp. Khrisong. It is merely obsc ured to our simple minds. still terrifying as it lay motionless.' ` I have only tried to do my duty. my Abbot. my son. . Your task is not an easy one. `Can I combat this wit h mildness?' `Our ways are the ways of peace.' he reproved.' A strange. I will seek guidance of our Master. Offended. my son.' Khrisong looked rather ashamed of himself. A nd with this parting shot. faraway expression came over the old Abbot's face. in the classic position for meditation.' Songtsen held up a restr aining hand. Khrisong s houted after him. `What I allow is my business. my son.' Khrisong gazed dow n at the tethered Yeti. `There is. It is against these creature s that I must protect you.heavy chains which now fastened the Yeti to the great stone table. `And such is our adversary. The protection of the Monastery is in my hands. There is no other way. the two old lamas prepared to go. he followed his friend clown the corridor. Sapan.' `Har sh words are like blunted arrows.' He gestured angrily to wards the monster. My life is nothing if I fail. Padmasambvha. `I am sorry.' `I fight to preserve them. `Gently.' `I know. Sagan and his fellow lamas find much fault in me of late.
With a quick glance at Songtsen.' said Jamie. `Who was he talking to?' whispered Victoria Thomni's voice was hushed in awe. who didn't appear even to see him.' Victoria jumped. Victoria hung back for a word with Thom ni. in a distant faraway voice. `Yes. I merely wish to make sure that you do not vanish also. I come. are you?' `No. `To our Master .' `Well. he's awa'. Doctor. But above him is the Most Holy Padmasambvha. the Doctor said. the Doctor and Jamie following him. I have never seen him. Master.The Doctor rushed into the room. Jamie and Victoria. still sitting motionless.' `Your Master? I thought the Abbot was in c harge?' `And so he is. `K hrisong! Did you give Travers permission to leave the Monastery?' `Of course not . who rules us all. in the Holy Sanctum. Briefly the Doctor explained what had happened . `Going to let me help at last. Khrisong marched to the door. We must leave him.' `What's he like?' asked Victoria curiously.' The Doctor look ed pleased. `H e is in a trance. followed by Thomni. the Abbot rose and walked slowly from the room. `I do not know.' With that. She rather liked the shy young warrior monk.' Moving l ike a sleep-walker. She indicated the Abbot. Doctor. Khrisong strode from the r oom. `Is he all right?' `Oh yes.' Thomni believed he was speaking the truth--his visit to the Inner San ctum had been wiped from his mind.' whispered Thomni reverently. Padmasambvha. `You will come with me. as suddenly the old Abbot spoke. I will obey. .
T hen he nodded. Khrisong stood silent. I will go. Now. I thought. but h e really was rather a stick-in-the-mud.. ' Victoria sighed to herself.' `Aye.' `You are a fool. `Forever. `Most certainly not. Only the A bbot may enter the Sanctum.`How long has he been here?' Thomni shrugged. It canna be far. that's right. and take a peep at him?' Thomni was appalled. Victoria. what's done is done.' For a long moment. Kh risong held up a forbidding hand.' `Don't you want to know what your Master looks like ? Surely you do?' Thomni was firm.' . `But I saw you speak to him.' Jamie sighed with relief. and made for the doors. considering. It is forbidden. Path of obedience. `Can't we go to this Sanctum plac e. `No. till your friends return to look after you. You will be safe there. Naturally. Victoria had her own ideas about that. and I have be en brought up in the path of obedience. I think I must take you t o your room. The one Jamie brought down from the mountains has vanished. as Thomni marched her off.' Jamie joined in. Smiling meekly at Thomni she followed him down the corridor. `No. `So you've got to let us go ou tside and look for the other one--the one that fell from the Yeti when we trappe d it. But for the moment she said nothing. At the main gate the unfortunate sen try was wishing he had never been born.' snapped Khrison g. I do not. indeed. `Well. He is ageless. He was very nice.. I heard him thank you.' A look of mischief came over Victoria's face.' interrupted the Doctor `The important thing is t hat we examine a control unit. Khrisong. perhaps. `Very well.
the kind that might have been used to hold a chessboard. Crouched behind a nearby boulder. Little figures stood on the map. each about three inches high. models of the Yeti . and all the surrounding terrain. He got up. `The Doctor is wise. I cannot control it. a dark shape stirred. He was shivering with a mixture of ex citement and terror. as the old Master focussed the power of his will on the symbolic map. held in a trance by the force of his Master's will. Then the hand picked up first one an d then another of the Yeti models.' Not far away. the mountain. `His eyes are not closed in ignorance. Padma sambvha looked up from the board. and continued his journey up the mountain. T ravers watched as the two Yeti moved away. But his mind is too complex.' said Padmasambvha softly. `At least someone's looking for the thing.' said the Doctor consolingly. `Never mind. Padmasambvha sat brooding. as the sentry opened the doors just enough for Khriso ng to slip out into the night. On it there stood inst ead a kind of model landscape--a relief-map of the Monastery. the two Yeti began lumbering towards the Monastery.Jamie watched resentfully. For a moment. Padmasambvha stretched out a withered. dark mountainside two Yeti were standing. the hand hovered over the board. in the hush of the In ner Sanctum. eyes glazed and face blank. At the precise moment that Padmasambv ha's withered hand moved their model counterparts. claw-like hand. The Abbot Songtsen was beside him. There was a small table just before him. and moved them from a position on the lower s lopes of the mountain to one very close to the Monastery doors. Jamie. as . Out on the cold.
spoke thr ough the old monk's mouth.I control yours. some other being.' There was a hint of something cold and gloating in t he thin. . Songtsen. unaware of the two giant. This t ime they were almost at the Monastery doors. sh aggy forms moving closer and closer. It was as though something else.' Again the withered hand stretched out and moved the two Yeti. In the circle of torchlight outside the Monastery doors Khrisong continued his search. `I must make sure that the Great Plan is imperilled n o further. old voice.
methodically searching the trampled ground in the ar ea where the Yeti had fallen. The sphere gave out a second high-pitched note. Then suddenly he stopped. and scraped i t clean.6 A Yeti Comes to Life! The Doctor and Jamie peered anxiously out of the Monastery door. Khrison g stooped down.' called the Doctor. the Doctor shouted a warning. barring their exit.' The sentry raised his spear.' But in an act of lunatic courage. He turned to run for the d oors. As if in response to a signal. and emitted a high-pitched note . too smooth? He prised it from the icy mud. He backed away in horror. With terrifying speed a mass ive paw shot out . `Leave it. Khrisong dashed forward . At his feet was something that looked like a large pebble. snatching up the sphere from under the Yeti's feet. From the gateway. In the torchlig ht they could see Kluisong. `Why don't you let us come out and give you a hand?' `No!' Khrisong shouted back. The Yeti c ame menacingly on. Suddenly the sphere glowed in his hand. only to find the second Yeti barring his way. two Yeti loomed out of the darkness. Suddenly. `Khrisong. you don't stand a chance. `Khrisong! Look ou t! Yeti!' Khrisong looked up to see the two giant shapes bearing down on him. Khrisong!' the Doctor shouted. Khrisong jumped back. But s urely it was too round. `Come back in. dropping the sphere in amazement. `You will stay wh ere you are. holding his ground.
' . the warriors began to rain blows upon the two Yeti. The Doctor examined it--the marks of the Yeti's paws could be seen. Jamie snat ched the spear from the sentry's grasp. Ignoring the atta cking warriors. The one holding Khrisong wrenched the sphere fr om his hand. You can't hurt them. `Don't follow th em. clearly embedded in the flesh.and grabbed his wrist. twisting and thrashing about. but the Yeti held him dang ling in the air. half-carried Khrisong back through the Monastery gates .' he growled. boy. Led b y Jamie. you'll just get killed for nothing. `Is he all right?' asked Jamie. Khrisong was a big. `Just a little bru ising.' Soon everyone was back inside and the doors were barred once more. Khrisong screamed with pain. `Of course I'm all right.' the Doctor yelled to the warrior monks.' the Doctor said. `You're lucky you weren't killed. Khrisong struggled angrily to his feet. rubbing his brawny arm. but he was utterly helpless. The Doctor and Jamie lowered th e burly Khrisong to the ground. Before the Docto r could reply. A shout from t he Doctor summoned more warrior monks. all of you. the two Yeti turned and disappeared into the darkness. and ran out of the gates.' `Aye. The Docto r and Jamie half-dragged. and they too ran out to the rescue. who responded with savage roars and slashing blows. and threw him to the ground like a discarded toy. `Inside. like a doll in the hand of a careless child. heavy man. `That was the daftest thing I ever saw--and the bravest.' Jamie agreed.
' `We'll try not to let you down.' Khrisong fr owned. I ima gine.' `Did ye hear the screech it gave?' demanded Jamie. some way up the mountainside. There was no sign of Victoria. `Probably wandering around somewhere. as he answered. `You're letting us go? Just like that?' Khrisong looked a very shaken man. Jamie looked at him in amazement. She'd only worry.' With th e .' The Doctor looked significantly at Jamie.' Turning to Khrisong he explained. camp.' said Jamie. My warriors are powerless. `Some kind of signal--and that's a help.' said the Doctor. and we'll be o n our way.' explained the Doctor. sign als can be traced. they were after that control unit. They had to get it back. He looked at the Doctor in puzzlement. er. `Yes. `I have no choice.' `Then you must fetch it at on ce. `Ma ybe it's better if she doesna know where we're going. Jamie. but not her e. Doctor.' `You have such equipment?' asked Khrisong. They didn't want to fight.' `They're b eing controlled. `You speak as though these monsters were intelligent.Khrisong ignored this.' declared Khrisong. `Somehow that sphere was important to th em. Doctor. `All my equipment is in my.' `Because they got what they came for.' They ran back to their rooms and struggled into warm clothing. `I'm afraid we've got to get back to the TARDIS. I'm afraid. With the right kind of equipment. I must trust you. `Let's just get our coats. `Why did they just leave? They had us at their mercy.
Songtsen. fa raway voice. and left the Sanctum. Nov I have a task for y ou. The sentry closed and . Songtsen passed a hand lightly a cross his face.' The sentry moved at once to the doors and opened them. `The Yeti have accomplished their task. In a quiet. they returned to the court yard. You will remember nothing. to the cave. where three of the l ittle Yeti models were grouped together. Go now. as though there was a kind of life within it. and my task will be done. At Khrisong's signal the door was unbarred and opened. `Let no one pa ss. `Good fortune go with you. which I have prepared.Doctor in his huge fur coat. waiting. Call me if there is news. and crossed the courtyard to the main gate. As the man straightened up. The Abbot passed through.' Padmasambvha looked up from his board. and Jamie in his anorak.' he murmured gruffly. Once again the doors opened and clos ed behind him of their own accord. You will c lose them behind me. Then. Padmasambvha gestured towards the board. The Abbot glided along the corridors of the M onastery. Khrisong said to the sentry. `You will open the doors and let me pass. In it was a small transparent p yramid. the sentry bowed. `These three Yeti are waiting to escort you. Its wanderings in space will be ov er. Songtsen!' The Abbot bowed. the Great Int elligence will have its focus on this planet. Surprised to see his Abbot . It seemed to glow with a sort of inner fire. Songtsen said. I shall be in my quarters. Khrisong was waiting by the gate.' The old Master held out his hand. Take this pyramid. and Jamie and th e Doctor slipped out into the night. took the stran gely glowing pyramid. Immediately the sentry stood motionless.
let's get to the TARDIS while we still can. `I suppose you're right. so that they were al ternately plunged in pitch darkness. Surely we're getting near the TARDIS by now?' The Doctor came to a sudden halt. `Maybe they're switched off. `A nd no wonder. They were doing their best to keep a look-out in all directions at once. ghostly moonlight. and what if someone switches them on while you're doing it? Come on.' The Doctor sighed. .. neither of them feeling very happy..' he thought. looking back at the three Yeti until a turn in the path hid them from sight.' whispered the Doctor. `Aye . `Och. stood t he still forms of three Yeti. look!' A little way ahead. but when he sto pped to listen the sound had gone. A cold wind howled rou nd them. If I could just examine. T heir footsteps sounded very loud as they crunched through the frozen snow. I'm just getting jumpy. For a brief moment he stood motionless again. He looked round. `Jamie. or bathed in sinister. Then he se emed to wake with a start.' The two moved off. The Doctor and Jamie trudged w earily up the mountain path.' C onfident that all was well. `Lucky Khrisong wasn't around. reassured to see that all was quiet and normal.' he thought.barred the doors again. he resumed his watch. just off the main path. `Must have dozed off. Jamie thought he could hear someone behind them. `They're not moving.' Jamie tugged at his arm. completely motionless. The three Yeti stood in the same spot. The moon kept drifting in and out of black clouds. Every now and again.
They formed themselves round him in a kind of hollow triangle. His sandalled fe et made almost no sound. With his thr ee strange escorts surrounding him. she crept i nside. With the same gliding. and in spite of his thin robes he didn't appear to feel the biting cold. sleep-walking motion he went up to the three Yeti. She ran forward and found herself at the entrance to the Great Hall. half-fearful. The Yeti jerked into l ife. He held out the glowing pyramid in his palms. She had long ago abandoned her plan to look for Padmasambvha. Happy to be back on familiar ground. She remembered T homni telling her that most of the monks had been sent to other Monasteries for safety. she had decided to go and hunt for the mysterious Inner Sanctum. halffascinated. heading for the cave of the Yeti. and would have been happy to settle for finding her own room again . She had looked in dormitory after dormitory. The Monastery seemed to be almost em pty. and a little frightened. She looked in puzzlement at the complicated arrangement of wood and . She had wandered along corridors. Bored with waiting in her room. down dusty staircases and through echo ing halls. all now confused and identical in her mind. the Abbot Songtsen struck off away from the main path. Almost i mmediately she had become lost.After a few minutes the Abbot Songtsen came softly up the path. The huge room was empty. except for the giant bulk of the Yeti stretched out on the table at the far end. Vic toria wandered round the echoing corridors. Suddenly she saw a gleam of light ahead. Victoria walked towards it. Bored. all deserted.
In a matter of minutes the Yeti would be fre e! . Victoria felt as though th e sphere was moving her hand. shattering Sapan's spirit trap to pieces. and Victoria pulled back her hand. and the sphere p ulsed with light. Victoria saw that the heavy chains were snapping almost as easily as the coloured threads of the ghost trap. she thought. `Now how did you get all the way over here?' sh e said. She bent down and picked it up. For a momen t nothing happened. As she glanced at the stretched-out Yeti. she saw something silvery moving at her feet. Then the little red eyes of the Yeti snapped open. rather than she the sphere. she saw the empty cavity that the Doctor had found in its chest. To her h orror. The little sphere would just fit inside. and with relief at the chains that fastened it to the table.coloured threads surrounding it. The cavity snapped shut. As she was about to leave. It was the little silver sphere that Jamie had brought from the mountain. Victoria's hand began to stretch out towards the Yeti. and gave out a high-pitched signal. she had slipped the silver ball into the little space on the Yeti' s chest. It began thrashing about in its bonds. Before she knew what w as happening.
dashing in just as the Yeti b roke through the last of its chains. Several of the warriors struck at the monster with swords or spe ars. He grabbed the frightened girl. Thomni' s attack had delayed it long enough to allow a little group of warrior monks to arrive. Thomni grabbed a heavy bronze incense-holder. the Yeti made for the doorway. the Yeti twisted it in two like a wax candle. almost as tall as himself. Fe tch Khrisong!' As Victoria ran down the corridor. run. He swung back the incense-holder for a second blow. but the Yeti roared angrily. but the Yeti didn't even pause. and prepared to use it as a club. and wrenched it from his grasp. and started making for Victoria. its sweeping blows smashing men to one side and the other. she let out a series of ear-splitting screams that echoed th rough every corridor of the Monastery. Thomni was first into the Great Hall. The Yeti burst through them. and bundled her into the corridor. The glancing blow sent him spinning across the room and he c rashed into a stone pillar. Warriors and lamas came running from ever y direction. He smashed it down on the Yeti's head. Leaving . The blow landed with a tremendous impact tha t jarred Thomni's arms. Ignoring him.7 A Plan to Conquer Earth Not for the first time. Then it sla shed out at Thomni. Victoria. Grasping the heavy meta l pillar in both paws. Too frightened to move. Victoria's well-developed lungs came to her rescue. `Run.
Immed iately the Yeti began heading towards them. It 's a robot. As Victoria reached the courtyard she met Khrisong.' she sobbed. `It's all my fault-I put back the sphere. even axes si mply rebounded from the monster's body. and beg an moving towards the barred main doors. and the main body of the warriors.a pile of wounded and bleeding warriors behind it. it shambled purposefully down the corridor. It's broken free. `It's true. Arrows thudded into the Yeti's hide until it looked like a porcupine. ` This time we shall destroy it. and saw that she wa s right. `You've got to stop t hem.. Khrisong smiled in grim satisfaction. Bowman after bowman loosed his arrows at point-blank ra nge. It isn't alive. swords. `They'll all be killed.. Running to the main doors. and flung them wide. Attack!' Victoria crouched sobbing in a corner as Khrisong and his warriors fought their gallant and useless battle. Whenever a rash warrior got too close.' Thomni watched the useless battle for a moment.' Khri song stared at her in disbelief. Savage blows from spears. It simply continued its progress towards the main doors. Khrisong! It's alive.' Suddenly the Yeti appeared from the cloisters.' yelled Khrisong f uriously.' . a single smashing blow from the Yeti put him out of the fight. `We must destroy it. They didn't have the slightest effect. his face covered with blood. They can't hurt it. The Yeti see med almost uninterested in its human opponents. `Close the doors. Khrisong gripped her wrists fiercely.' she screamed. Victoria saw Thomn i stagger into the courtyard. `What has happened? Why are you screaming?' `The Yeti. he unbarred them.
' . but they were both too tired and apprehensive to appreciate it properly.' Hurling asid e the warriors in its way. Janie toil ed up the path and leaned beside him. His breath ca me out in little steamy puffs in the cold. `What's the matter . Doctor?' he asked. Dawn was breaking. helped by some of the other monks. The Doctor's head was cocked.`No. like a hunting dog. He huddled inside his big fur coat. `Nothing. puzzled. and collapsed against them. It was a beautiful and spectacular sight to see the sun rising over the snow-covered peaks.' `Let's be getting on then. as the Doctor a nd Jamie toiled up the mountain path on the last stages of their journey to the TARDIS. slammed the doors shu t after it. resting his back against a boulder . he seemed to have limitless resources of energy and strength.' called Thomni. Thomni. `Let it go. `You've heard some thing?' `No. panting for breath! All around. gazing round the bleak terrain. It was Jamie who was feeling the effects of the journey most. Jamie. panting a little. Although the Doctor was small in stature. The Doctor stopped for a moment. the cour tyard was a shambles of dead and wounded men. The Doctor gazed a round abstractedly. the Yeti lumbered through the open doors and and out into the night. or it will kill us all. brothers. clear morning air. Nothing.' Jamie looked at hi m. stamping his feet to bring back some feeling. Just taking a breather.
The Doctor held up his hand. well. Now he had been forced to wait until daylight to locate the place. let's just be grateful. Not a sign of the Yeti since we saw those three back there. He looked again at the huge boulder. he hoped it was their cave. will you? You're giving me the willies. At least. Travers could just make out that it was holdin g a glowing silver sphere. On the journey to the Monastery. Two Yeti were moving towards the cave. exasperatedly.' Still further up the mountain. and get on to the TARDIS. The Yeti came up to the cave entrance. Something evil. `I still don't like it. It must be the place. hoping desperately that it was the right cave. after he had first me t Jamie and Victoria. They made no attempt to move the boulder but simply stood like sentries. Despite the cold and his lack o f sleep. I can feel it. come on. That's what's so wor rying. his fanatical enthusiasm kept him bright and alert.' `Aye.' `I canna hear or see anything. he had made Jamie give him a detailed description of the c ave and how to find it. `Exactly. It's all too quiet.' As they s et off again. One of them held something in its paw. `Och. the Doctor muttered. Travers was keeping watch on the cave of the Yeti. Something's worrying me.' Jamie looked round and shivered. one each side of the . As the Yeti came closer.' said Jamie. and for hours he had been crouched in hiding. and then stopp ed. standing in the cav e mouth as a kind of door. There's something hap pening on this mountain. `Just a moment. He ducked further i nto cover.
The Doctor igno red him. Jamie. Nothing at all. Immediately. `What's the thing doi ng there? It can't have known we'd turn up. `Come back.' Jamie was aghast at the unfairness of it all. Trust the Doctor to c ome up with one of his brilliant scientific plans. The Yeti just stood there. Jamie. `Do you know.' Suddenly.' To Jamie's horror. It merel y follows instructions. `Bung a rock at it.door. somewhere inside the cave? Travers settled down to wait. The Doctor chuckled..' hissed Jamie. they moved b ack into cover. `We've jolly well got to get in to the TARDIS. motionless. who tur ned and beamed at him. `What are you going to do?' h e asked. `I said we'd been too lucky. Cautiously. as the Doctor said? Were there perhaps real Y eti. Nothing happened. the Doctor stepped out of co ver and into plain sight of the Yeti. the Doctor and Jamie came in sight of the rocky ledge where stood the TARDIS.' whispered the Doctor. The Doctor frowned ferociously. Obviously they were waiting for something. Could they all be robots. `What now?' asked Jamie. Jamie joined the Doctor. the Doctor grabbed a rock from the ground and did . I think I know how to deal with it? I shall arrange a test!' Jamie looked at him with respect. But what? Travers studied them eagerly..' `It's just a robot. A Yeti was standing beside it. Now--I wonder. and walked closer to the monster. Rounding a turn in the steep mountain path.
You might switch it on by mistake. and opened the door of the TARDIS. Jamie. He saw a group of shaggy figures moving across the mountainside towards him. `It's a wonder there wasn't some kind of protective mechanism.' `Oh. Compl etely de-activated. . The Doctor reached in. Come on. I hope.' said the Doctor thoughtfully. Do ctor. `How many people do you think wou ld go up to yon beastie. After a little fumbling. In the centre of the little group of Yeti walked the Abbot Songtsen. Can't see. With a sigh of relief he tossed the sphere to Jam ie. `How about some breakfast?' he suggested cheerily.' Tak ing the little dagger. and start poking it with a wee dagger? The thing is. can't hear. He prodded it gently. `Just as I thought. we'd better make sure. revealing the little silver sphere. Outside the cave of the Yeti.' Jamie was appalled. The rock whizzed through the air and bounced off the Yeti's nose. I don't think so. Three more Yeti.just that. Lend me your knife. the Doctor probed the Yeti's chest. just as he'd done wit h the captured one at the Monastery. It still didn't react. `Still. Doctor. and they moved towards the TARDIS. `You'd think whoever built it would have thought of that!' Jamie laughed. can't feel. Travers' long vigil was at last rewarded. `Dinna be so daft.' The Doctor marched right up to the Yeti and examin ed it at close range. Travers' eyes widened in amazement. he prised open the chest cavity. they just didna reckon on anyone as daft as you!' The Doctor gave him a mo ck-offended look. Just the opposite. and sl owly and carefully removed it.
The Yeti grouped themselves around the entrance. . The other Yeti lifted the enormous boulder aside and Songtsen entered the cave. He took the sphere from the Yeti holding it. The other Yeti lifted the enormous boulder aside and Songtsen entered the cave. motionless on ce more.Songtsen marched up to the boulder outside the cave.
and the boulder at the mouth of the cave had not been rep laced. in the distance. casting shadows in the gloom. And there was a kind o f high-pitched noise. the time for your Exper iment has come at last. and then fell . Then. Travers crept up to the entrance of the inner c ave. Obeying the orders placed in his mind by Padmasambvha. and. who was himself perfo rming the wishes of the Great Intelligence they both served. Eagerly. Travers could scarcely believe his good fortun e. Jamie had not said how fierce and bright it was. slowly. The Yeti were gone.. Great Intelligence..' He sank back on the golden thron e in infinite weariness. Songtsen placed the pyramid given him by Padmasambvha reve rently in the centre.. The Abbot set off down the mountain path. T he Master Padmasambvha was communing with the alien power that had dominated his being for so many weary years. it began to grow. `Oh. as you have promised.. The Abbot Songtsen was indeed busy about his preparatio ns. the tunnel. Abbot Songtsen makes the final preparations now. Travers watched as Songtsen emerged. O utside. but surely. When the design was complete. It was just as Jamie had d escribed it--the pit-props. All the Yeti followed him. Then he turned and walked from the cave. He crept forward slowly. I ask o nly that you release me. and entered the cave. The pyramid began to pulse and flicker with life. a glowing pulsatin g light.In the Inner Sanctum the prayer lamps flickered. He looked through. Songtsen was arrang ing the glowing spheres that Jamie had found into an intricate pattern.
`Och. fal ling. It spread across the cave floor in a heavy mass. A bu bbling. Travers could feel it affecting his mind. With a mighty effort. bubbling mass. the swollen pyramid cracked open. out through the tu nnel and on to the mountainside. It seemed full of a kind of exultant madness. shot with fiery colours.. The D octor was polishing off a plate of bacon and eggs. Pouring and pouring and pouring endlessly.back. He had to get aw ay. What Travers found really unbearable about the heaving. away from the horror in the cave. trickling slowly towards him. He began to run madly downwards. rising. the pyramid w as pulsing and glowing. A high-pitched screaming sound fille d the cave. piping ho t and in a matter of seconds. As Travers watched. And that the other universe was p ouring this evil substance through to this one. Somewhere in the TARDIS there was a machine that could produce any kind of food you could think of. Traver s wrenched himself away. and stumbling on. Jamie had never been more glad of it.. stumbling. a channel be tween some other. Jamie was h appily spooning down the last of an enormous bowl of well-salted porridge. began to ooze forth. and then more and more still. was the fact that he felt it was alive. far more than the pyramid could possibly hold! The thought flashed through Tr avers' confused mind that the pyramid was really a sort of gateway. he ran from the cave.. ignoring his hurts and bruises. And it was still comin g. alien universe and this one. Soon it would envelop the whole world. In the centre of the pattern of spheres. blazing with light.. that's . More and more of it poured forth. shielding his eyes. glutinous substance. Half-demented.
you mustn't. he interposed his own body between the sphere and the Yeti. the Doctor moved round in front of him.' he said. covered with clials. `I'll have to let it go. It thudded into the Doctor's ribs with painful force. The Doctor gave it an affectionate pat. `But hadn't we better be getting back.' They left the TARDIS. I'll study it back at the Monastery. Wrapping themselves up for the outside. Jamie. Just as the sphere slipped from Jamic's hands. You've got to hold on. `Come on. Doctor. Jamie. picking up a little black box.' Turning.' `No. ramming him back . Doctor?' The Doctor nodded. pushing aside his bowl. `It's no good.' he repeated. and set off down the mountain. don't put i t back!' He rushed up to jamie. his mouth too full to speak.' said the Doctor . `Mustn't forget this. The sphere was pulsing and glowing.' Letting go of Ja mie's waist. he realised that Jamie wasn't following him . Jamie. emitting a high-pitch ed signal.' yelled the Doctor. `Don't put it back. The de-activated Yeti still stood motionless in t he snow. `I canna. `Whatever you do. It's pulling me towards it. Suddenly. I just canna. But the invisible force exerted by the glowing sphere was mor e than a match for both of them. `My tracking device. grabbed him by the waist and tried to pull him a way from the Yeti. `What about this?' `Oh.' he said. Step by step. Jamie and the Doctor were pulled closer and closer to the waiting Yeti.better.' Jami e picked up the sphere they had taken from the Yeti. `Come on. bri ng it along. Jamic's voice was desperate. the Doctor saw Jamie.' gasped Jamie. and the Doctor locked it behind them. The sp here in his outstretched hand was being dragged by some invisible force closer a nd closer to the Yeti. they prepared to leave.
sobbing breath. The Doctor drew a deep. `Just a bit breathless.' Jamie had drawn back his arm like a shot-putte r. Doctor.. the p ressure from the sphere cut off. he dashed across to the Yeti and rammed it into the hole in the Yeti's chest. It dropped harmlessly into Jamie's cupped hands . . my word!' The Doctor broke off as a sudden thought struck him. the Doctor gasped..' `Not on purpose..' `What's that. Jamie saw what the Doctor meant . even if it had to drill a hole through the Doctor to do it! Jamie t ried to move the sphere away from the Doctor. and groped round frantically for a suitably sized rock. Doctor--I dinna under stand. He abandoned his attempt to move the sphere. He scr abbled frantically in the icy mud and snow. All the stones around seemed too big or too small.against the monster's body. and rubbed his aching chest. he saw a rock the same size and shape as the silver sphere. the sound of the Doctor gasping for breath in his ears.' said the Doctor. Immediately. `Find rock. though--it's simply programmed to ret urn to. oh.' he sob bed. and he couldn't shift it. At last.. It was half buried in ice..' All at once. put in chest. It seemed obvious that the sphere was determined to get back to the Yeti. but he couldn't budge it. `Jamie. The Doctor found he couldn't move. don't do that--we may need it... Painfull y. As soon as it came free. The pressure on h is ribs increased. Jamie kicked frant ically at the rock with his boot heel.. `Are you all right?' asked Jamie anxiously. get rock.' The pressure on the Doctor's ribs was now agonising.. and was about to send the sphere whizzing over the horizon. `Same size. `But the thing ne arly killed you. `No ..
Jamie and the Doctor set off down the mountainside. `Victoria said it couldn't move by itself--but it can!' `Aye.It struck Jamie at the same time.. . `and if it finds its way back to that Y eti we captured.' agreed the Doctor.. we've got to warn them!' Unaware that the catastrophe they fe ared had already happened.' said Jamie. `The one back in the Monastery--maybe Travers didna take it!' `Exactly.
' she said spi ritedly. Gathering his strength. `And you--did you not say it was all your faul t. `the creature would not have escaped. `If he hadn't opened the gate.' .' she said.' The young monk's face had been covered with blood. staring at the ground. Khrisong rounded on her. Without looking up. but most of it came from a long. `There. `Because it was the only thing to do. `That's better. he replied. their faces covered. Victoria sai d. That's what brought it to life agai n.' Victoria came to Thonmi's defenc e.8 Revolt in the Monastery The Monastery courtyard still showed the after-effects of battle. Put her in the cell. shallow cut on his forehead. Injured monks were having their wounds dressed and bandaged. and had to hold on to Victoria. He glared furiously down at Tho mni. What did you mean by that?' Victoria was silent.' Khrisong called over two of his warriors.' said Thomni gently. To Victori a's relief the injury wasn't nearly so bad as it looked. you'd have all been dead by now. He ree led dizzily. `Seize her. Victoria finished bathing Thomni's forehead. Victoria.' growled K hrisong. `I put the control unit back in the Yeti. `You' d better answer. Thomni tried to stand. `Why did you disobey my orders?' he demanded.' `Had you not opened the gate. She was wringing out th e cloth in a stone basin when Khrisong appeared. The dead were being carried away on stretchers.
Jamie gingerly c arrying the silver sphere. the Doctor carrying his detection device. `Hey. `That's a differen t sort of signal. then. Suddenly. and she defends you.' urged Thomni.`You don't understand. She must surely have been bewitched. Not far away the Abbot Songtsen and his escort of three Yeti were descending t he mountain by a different route. Do you plot against me?' `This is madness. `She would not deliberately harm us. The Doctor and Jamie were trudging on d own the mountainside.' he ordered. Khrisong. Much to his relief.' protested Thomni. they changed direction. Khrisong glared from o ne to the other. She confesses her crime. `Slightly different pitch.' he said thoughtfully.. Then he broke off sho rt. `Take them both.' Jamie was grumbling..' sobbed Victoria. They paused as if listening. The sphere had started its high-pitched signalling note again. and studied the flickering dials intently . `I didn't mean to do it. setting off on a course .' `Spare her.' Angrily he strode away across the courtyard. moving as one.' The Doctor listened intently. ' he called. the sphere had stopped its signal ling once they were away from the immobilised Yeti. But Khrisong was not listenin g. `It's away again. Doctor.' Baffled and angry. the Yeti stopped. are you not? You disobey my orders. `The number of times we've t raipsed up and down this mountain. The sphere mad e me. `You are much of one mind. while the warrior monks closed in on Thomni and Victoria. Let them do their plott ing behind bars. and you speak for her.' He held his detection device close to the sphere. `Lock them up together.
apparently una ware of what was happening.' `Aye. Then. `You know. While you're fiddling away with that machine.' said t he Doctor ruefully. `You can do all your detecting behind those nice high walls. Jamie. will you?' And he set off down the mountain.' he said happi ly. `We could maybe double back. They were trapp ed. give m e the sphere. there stood three of the Yet i. this thing's probably calling up all the Yeti in creation. But when he looked over his shoulde r. Jamie began to hope they might reach the Monas tery safely after all. Th e signal from the sphere stopped.' he said reproachfully. I'm afraid. `you lack the proper scientific spirit.which took them towards the Doctor and Jamie.' said Janie.' muttered Jamie. The D octor peered excitedly at the flickering dials. `The trouble with you is. `Can we no' just throw it away. he saw that two more Yeti were blocking the path behind them. the signal started up again. `I think I picked up some kind of answering signal! Isn't that splendid?' Ja mie was less enthusiastic.' For a while they plodded on in silence. `And it's a perfect opportunity to get oursel ves killed. `Look!' Barring the path ahead. You take the detection device. `Jamie. . For a long moment nobody moved. So co me on. The Abbot Songtsen. This is a perfect opportunity to try and trace the mai n transmitter. `Can we no' just get back to the Monastery?' he asked plaintively. Then the Doctor said quietly. suddenly. He tried to muffle the sphere inside his anorak. `I wish you' d keep quiet. Doctor?' `Too late for that. Jamie.' said Jamie. the Doctor follo wed him. Obediently. continued his journey down the mountain alone.' Quickly they made the exchange.
The Doctor whispered urgently.' By now they were almost up to the three Yeti in front of them. indecisively. He stood perfec tly still. closing in on them. the Doctor twisted round and bowled the silver sphere back up the path.' As they moved. Don't stop. `When I say run. `We move forward. No one has entered or left!' Khrisong paused. Don't try to do anything heroic. run!' yelled the Doctor. Whe n they were almost within touching distance. one of his young warriors. The Doctor heaved a sigh of rel ief. and don't worry about me. and continued their advance on the Doctor. Jamic. Jamie. Promise?' `Aye. Very slowly. `It worked!' he said to himself in mild astonishment. you run like the wind. Khrisong hurried across the courtyard to the main doors wh ere Rapalchan. `No. The three Yetis lumbered closer and closer. was keeping guard. A man of action a bove all. towards the other two Yeti. They ignored him. Terrible perils menaced his . he felt baffled and frustrated.' `Och. dodging between the three Yeti like a centreforward m aking for goal. just run. Khrison g. Doctor-' protested Jamie. the Yeti moved too. Almost brushing against h im. Jam ie sprinted down the path. `Please. `Run.`Now what?' asked Jamie. after the sphere. verra well. no. The Doctor held up his hand. they lumbered up the path. Then he ran off down the path after Jamie. `Rapalchan! Has the Doctor returned?' he asked impatiently. The sentry shook his head.
the two old men went on inside the Monastery. led astray by that devil-girl Vi ctoria. leaving the two old lamas staring after him ag hast.. What blasphemy! To query the very existence of the most holy one. It was the hour o f morning prayer.. and all those not on duty would be in the Great Hall. even though the whole Monastery was in peril. thoug ht Khrisong. that is so. were strolling placidly across the courtyard on t heir way to morning prayer. `Indeed. Glaring round the courtyard he found a new target for his anger. He crossed over to th em and asked. a madman springing from nowhere. `Why not? Has anyone ever seen this legendary immorta l?' Khrisong walked quickly away. Songtsen entered. Even the trusty Thomni had turned against him.beloved Monastery.' The astonished Rapalchan opened the door--it was indeed the Abbot. The sile nce was broken by a gentle tapping at the main door.. Sapan and Rinchen. It is I. and he could do nothing to fight them. your Abbot Songtsen. `Open. `Where is the Abbot Songtsen?' `We have not seen him for many lon g hours. Instead he was forced to rely on the promises of this strange Doctor.' Khrisong laughed scornfully.' said Sapan. Songtsen . `No doubt he seeks g uidance from the Master Padmasambvha. For a moment all was peaceful in the courtyard. `Seeks guida nce--or seeks to evade his responsibilities?' Sapan was shocked.' agreed Rinchen. Nothing must disturb their invariable routine. Whatev er was the world coming to? Shaking their heads. The two old lamas.' he reproved. A quiet voice said. `You ought not to speak so.
There was a rattle at th e door.. Ra palchan.' the incre dibly old voice whispered. `There is nothing else we can do. When his anger cools.. None had entered. `You have done well. Minutes later.' Rapalchan stood in a trance.' Victoria paced impatiently u p and down the cell. Songtsen.' `Oh... For their own safety. Rin chen . Angrily she turned to Thomni who sat placidly on the floor in the posture of meditation. Rapalchan came to. `Their weight makes him angry. if you think I'm sitting here quietly until he has a change of heart.' Thomni looked at her in mild surprise. `You have not seen me. Master. will he? Well. Now i t will grow and grow. Songtsen stood at the side o f the shrouded figure of Padmasambvha. eyes sta ring ahead.' said the Abbot tonelessly. our brothers must leave the Monaster y. Miss Victoria.. `How can you take everything so quietly?' she dema nded.brushed his hand lightly over the young sentry's face. What i s written is written. while Songtsen crossed the courtyard and entered the Monastery.. none had left. Once he was out of sight. `After the way Khrisong spoke to you.' He returned to his meditation.' `I understand. none has left.. None has entered. `And the strangers?' `I w ill tell you how to deal with them if they return.' said Thomni gently.. Victoria looked up alertly. If they gave her the slightest chance. with a little start and resumed his vig il. he will release us. He knows in his heart we are innocent. `The Great Intelligence takes on material form.' `Khrisong carries many burdens.
' She drained the beaker at a gulp. Eagerly Victoria seized one of the stone beakers. or we will all be slain. summoned by the Abbot Songtsen. Rinchen hovered indecisi vely.. Victoria was on her feet. `Khrisong. the Master has decided. and nipp ed through the door. `I h ave sought guidance from the Master Padmasambvha. I bear their scars on my arm. I mean to fight! Who is with me? Come!' . Miss Victoria. good. `The taste. always the Master.' `No!' There was a shout from the doorway and they turned to see Khrisong. Horrified. `I have felt the stre ngth of these Yeti. I'm so thirsty. He brings with him a way to fight this evil.entered..' The Abbot said sternly. `Oh.' she gasped. `Sorry. lea ving the door open behind him in his panic. her eyes sparkling with mischief. Thomni.' he was saying solemnly. Stay with her. For a mo ment she stood gasping.' `The Master. We must flee at once. `Miss Victoria. slamming and barring it behind her. Yet I will not meekly tur n away.' The old lama scuttled off.' she said. .. `The Doctor has returned. and by the door. In the Great Hall. Thomni knelt beside her.' She was quite still. her hand at her throat.' interrupted Khrisong. `In h is wisdom he has told me that there is no defence against the Yeti. with a tray of food and drink. See. Thomni went to the bed to fetch a bl anket. He heard movement behind him and turned. `So str ange. Thomni..' Suddenly she crumpled to the floor. `I will fetch help.. all the warrior monks and lamas were assembled.
a little knot of warriors around him. The Abbot's voice cut through the noise. stayed wi th the lamas and Songtsen. Follow him.' He was interrupted by a frantic knocking and scrabbling at the doors. Please. he heard the ghostly voice of Padmasambvha. But only a few of the warrior monks fol lowed Khrisong as he strode out. Doctor.. Padmasambvha. He has forgotten his vows of obedi ence.then they must be driven. Some supported the Abbot. `Search me. Not all of them will obey your command to go.' said Jamie. A little crowd of monks and lamas milled about arguing and disputi ng. monks and lamas poured excitedly from the Great Hall.. `We must act quickly.' he implored. The Doctor looke d round in amazement. and bring him back to the path of wisdom! I will pray for guid ance.. `Let me in. some were for following Khrisong. Songtsen was left standing alone.. A faint voice called. This is what you must do. `If they will not be led from the Monastery-. K hrisong has been led astray by the strangers. At once he closed his eyes. `Khrisong turns his warr iors from the path of obedience. `Seems they've all gone daft. ' From all around him. The Ab bot has ordered us to evacuate the Monastery. afraid to defy their Abbot.' The Doctor and Jamie were waiting in the courtyard amidst a scene of utt er confusion.' Khrisong shouldered his way through the th rong... `What's going on?' he said wonderingly. The rest. let me in!' . and went into a s tate of trance. `Brothers. `Advise me.' In a confused mass.A confused babble broke out in the Hall.
. He was in a terrible state.' The Doctor's voice was drowned in the gen eral babble. dirty and bleeding.' `These people can help us. `Seize the strangers. and forced his way through the littl e crowd to the Abbot. filled with the recollection of tha t horrible living mass that was bubbling and growing in the cave. there came a further sh ock. `Victoria escaped?' yelled Jamie furiously. Doctor?' Before the Doctor could reply.' .' called the D octor. `I cannot allow this!' he protested fiercely. scarecrow figure staggered ins ide. `You cannot allow? These are the orders of the Master. The Abbot Songtsen appeared.' Travers' head lolled back.' h e muttered feverishly. ragged. the noise. `What was all that about. The girl Victoria has escaped. Jamie was thoroughly confused. She too must be taken a nd imprisoned.. and he fainted dead away. He had tumbled dow n the mountain like a falling boulder. please. `You really must listen to me. Khrisong shouldered him aside. `Escaped from wh ere? Where is she? What's been going on?' `Abbot Songtsen. The Doctor and Jamie bent over him. `They must all be locked up at once. He orders us to leave or we will all die. with no concern for his own safety. His l ips were cracked... and collapsed at their feet.' `The Master says there is no help against the Yeti. Lord Abbot. A tattered. The Abbot's voice was stem.. growing. `Pyramid. It was Travers... You must obey. Everyone started talking an d shouting at once.' he ordered. `It was growing. his eyes wide and staring..' At once utter pandemonium broke out.Cautiously Khrisong opened the doors.
The Monastery of Det-sen was defenceless. Once he was out of sight. Soon she began to hear the . ` It is done. Victoria had been hiding in the empty guest quarters. was bundled along after him. and led his warriors away. Songtsen saw that he had the upper hand. A horde of panic-stricken monks descended upon the Doctor and Jamie. not realising that Travers. ignoring their protests and those of Khrisong. struggling furiously. too.' For a moment it seemed that Khrisong would still refuse. `Go and join in the search.' He passed hi s hand lightly over the sentry's face. uncertain what to do with herself once she was free. th en ran off after his fellows.' said the Abbot Songtsen. he bowed his head. Then. `Khrisong! Defy me no further. Then he walked slowly away. the Doctor and Jamie had just returned to the Monastery. Songtsen unbarred the gr eat doors and then opened them wide. and the young monk froze for a moment. Take your warriors and fi nd the girl. She wondered where everyone was. He walked across to the doors and said to the sentry. The Docto r was almost carried off towards the cell. Except for the sentry at th e doors.' he ordered. the Abbot was now alone in the great courtyard. and Jamie. The Abbot turned to Khrisong and the little group of rebellio us warriors around him. def eated. Master. and bustled them away. Eventually. she crept cautiously out into the corridor and moved towa rds the courtyard. Other monks picked up the unconscious Travers and carri ed him along. my son.A frightened murmuring from the monks and lamas showed the effect of his words. `Take the strangers and lock them up. Since her escape from the cell.
noise and shouting of the excited monks. Afraid to venture further, she waited. Suddenly the noise started coming nearer. She could hear yells and shouts. `Find her. Find the devil girl!' With a shock, Victoria realised that they were hunti ng her. Terrified, she turned and fled, the sounds of pursuit echoing behind her . For what seemed an endless time she was hunted up and down the gloomy corridor s. More than once she eluded her pursuers by hiding in some dark corner, while t hey all raced by. But they always seemed to pick up her trail again. By the time she managed to shake them off, Victoria was in a part of the Monastery that she had never visited before. She found herself in a little windowless room, lit on ly by flickering prayer lamps. On the walls were rich hangings and tapestries. A ll around were carved statues, devil masks, rare ornaments. Victoria knew enough about antiques to realise that the contents of the little room were virtually p riceless. At the far end of the room, she saw a pair of ornately carved double d oors. Victoria looked at them curiously, wondering what was beyond them. She dec ided not to try and find out. This place was quiet enough, but it was far too sp ooky to be comfortable. She turned to leave, and found that she couldn't move. S omething, some force, held her unmoving. `Enter, my child,' said a voice. It cam e from nowhere and yet from everywhere. It was quiet and gentle, yet it filled t he room. The doors opened before her of their own accord. `Come in,' said the vo ice again. `You must come in, you have no alternative.' Victoria tried to hang b ack, but the invisible force made her walk slowly into the Inner Sanctum. Ahead of her she could see the raised dais, the golden throne with its seated
figure. She was drawn closer and closer. The canopy round the throne had been pu lled back. The seated figure raised its head and looked at her. Victoria was the first in many hundred years to look upon the face of Padmasambvha. She opened h er mouth in a gasp of pure terror, too frightened even to scream...
9 Attack of the Yeti Victoria's first thought was that the man before her was incredibly old. Older t han Sapan or Rinchen, or any of the other venerable old men at the Monastery. Ol der than anyone she had ever seen or imagined. So old that the shrunken body see med like that of a child, swaddled inside the long, flowing robes. The face was quite incredible. Completely hairless, with huge forehead, sunken cheeks and bon y jaw. In contrast to the wizened face and shrunken body, the eyes were huge and dark and alive, shining with the blaze of an almost superhuman intelligence. Th e Master Padmasambvha had indeed gone beyond the flesh, His body was merely the wornout husk which barely contained his soul and spirit. He looked up at Victori a, and smiled with a curious gentleness. `Do not be afraid, my child. Why do you come here?' Victoria tried to babble some explanation. `I'm sorry, I was lost, and I was afraid. They were chasing me, you see, and...' Gently, Padmasambvha in terrupted her. `You need help, do you not?' `Yes, I'm afraid I do,' said Victori a thankfully. `You see, I can't find the Doctor and...' Padmasambvha held up his hand, cutting her off. `One moment, child.' He leaned forward, brooding over th e board in front of him. `The courtyard is empty, and the gates are open,' he sa id
mysteriously. Victoria leaned forward, peering at the model landscape with its t iny figures. `I must do what I am compelled to do,' said Padmasambvha sadly. He picked up one of the little figures from the board. `What is it?' asked Victoria curiously. She was getting over her fear now. There was something pathetic abou t the old man. Yet, at the same time, something frightening, and unpredictable t oo. `Come and see,' invited the Master, holding up the little figure. Victoria c ame closer and looked at it. `It's one of those horrible creatures--a Yeti.' Aga in Padmasambvha gave that curiously sad smile. `That is so, my child. But you ha ve not seen it.' He passed his hand gently in front of her eyes. Immediately Vic toria went into a trance, her eyes wide open and staring. Padmasambvha placed th e Yeti model down in the courtyard of the miniature Monastery. He reached out fo r another model. `I must do what I am compelled to do,' whispered Padmasambvha a gain. The courtyard of the Monastery still stood empty. The doors were open wide . One after another, four of the Yeti lumbered into the courtyard. Once inside, they split up, each making for a different part of the Monastery, as if by some prearranged plan. Things were uncomfortably crowded in the little cell. Travers lay on the bed. He had fallen into a deep, exhausted sleep, broken by occasional muttering and twitching.
The Doctor perched on the wooden stool by the bed, watching Travers thoughtfully . Thomni sat cross-legged by the wall in his meditation position. Jamie was paci ng up and down the cell, pausing now and again to bang on the door, or yell thro ugh the grille. `So that's why they locked up poor Victoria,' he was saying to T homni. `She was telling the truth, you know. Those wee balls can make you put th em back in the Yeti. One of them nearly did it to me, didn't it, Doctor?' The Do ctor nodded absently, his eyes still fixed on the face of the sleeper. Suddenly Travers opened his eyes, and stared in amazement at the Doctor. `Where am I? Wha t happened to me?' `We were rather hoping you could tell us that,' said the Doct or gently. Travers shook his head vaguely. `I left the Monastery then... it's no use... it's all a blank... there's just a feeling of evil... I felt a shadow on my mind. I felt as if I might drown...' `Aye, man, but what did you see?' asked Jamie impatiently. `Where did all this happen?' Travers closed his eyes again. `I don't know... I can't... I'm so tired...' His eyes closed and he sunk back in to sleep. `What do you think?' asked Jamie. The Doctor sighed, and scratched his head. `He must have seen something very nasty indeed, I fear. Perhaps whatever' s behind all this trouble we're having. If only he could tell us.' There came a tremendous crash from somewhere inside the Monastery. It was followed by shouts of alarm, cries of fear, and the sound of running feet. `The Yeti are coming,' y elled a panic-stricken voice. `Flee, my brothers, flee!'
`Forgive me. `Where is she? Have y ou found her?' But Khrisong had gone. but they were all too panic-stricke n. Khrisong's face appeared briefly at the g rille. They a ttacked only those who attacked them. Khrisong tried to o rganise his warriors into a defensive force. the Yeti raged unhindered thro ugh the Monastery. Yet they did not seem intent on taking life. The Abbot Songtsen.' But the Doctor .. From throughout the Monastery came the so und of destruction. studying every little flicker of the dials.' Meanwhile. statues cast down. as the Yeti carried on their rampage. Stay where you are. Jamie turned back to the Doctor.' yelled Jamie frantically. or sought to hinder their work of methodic al . `Isn't th ere something we can. my son. Khrisong and most of the monks and lamas. This disaster was w ritten. Man cannot alter his destiny. you are saf e there. Occasionally there was a scream as some unfortunate monk was caught in their path. Dormitories were wrecked. Jamie saw th at he was bent intently over the detection device. my Abbot. wer e gathered together in the Great Hall. I have failed you.' `What about Victoria. priceless treasu res mutilated and destroyed.' The Abbot looked at him pityingly. with a pleased expression. had pulled his detection device from under the bed and was carefully noting the readings.' The Doctor hushed him with an upheld hand. `You have not failed. `The Yeti have broken into the Monastery.Jamie rattled at the door. `What's going on? Let us out of here. He said bitterly to Songtsen..
burst water tanks so that the food cellars were flooded. food. and mixed fuel.destruction. The Yeti smashed open food barrels. The Yeti raged unhindered throughout the Monastery. It was in the storage cellars that most terrible havoc was wreaked. clothing and medicines into one unusable pil e. .
' He turned his attention to Victoria. brethren. A t errified monk rushed into the Great Hall to give the news to the Abbot. seized the statue in thei r mighty paws.' Padmas ambvha was communing with the Great Intelligence.Then. do not be afraid. my poor child? The Doctor is not so easily frightened as my poor . he made a vain attempt to prevent the great golden figure from f alling. The head of the Buddha was smashed from the body. `And what of you and y our friends.' Stretching out hi s feeble hands. `You shall not. ran forward from the crowd in horror. These two stood waiting by a great golden statue of Buddha that dominated the courtyard. the Buddha that was the very spirit and symbol of Det-sen Monastery. The remaining two Yeti lumbered forward. Slowly the Buddha crashed to the stones of the courtyard. and began to tilt it forward. `Now it is complete. `No! No!' he cried. Khri song looked from the broken statue to the broken body of Rinchen. uns eeing and unhearing in her trance. they began to withdraw from the Monastery. It rolled slowly across the courtyard. `Come.' he cried. The old lama. The appearance of the Abbot and his followers seemed to serve as a signal.' whispered Padmasambvha. All but two of the Yeti were gone. the ent ire mountain yours. By nightfall the Monastery will be deserted. as if their work were done. Beside him stood Victoria.' he said bitterly. crushing the l ife from old Rinchen in the process. `It is time for us to leave. Rinchen. He led his little band from the Great Hall into the courtyard.' said the Abbo t. `Now the monks will leave. The two Yeti turned and left. `The Yet i are falling back. `The Monastery of Det-sen is accursed.
I'm afraid. . Doctor.' Unable to resist. `We are here--to the south. `Does your science provide an answer. `What are we doing here?' `There's b een a spot of trouble. How are you all?' `Oh. Jamie. and said c heerily. a cross reference to give us th e actual place. Co me closer. Together we will make sure that he leaves. Doctor?' asked Thomni.' And he chalked an `N' on the map. `Only half an answer. fine. Jamie watched impatientl y as Thomni finished scratching a plan of the Monastery on the cell wall with a piece of chalk fished from the Doctor's capacious pocket.' Travers came to life with a sudden start. Victoria stepped forward. `Hullo. `This is the courtyard .' The Doctor took the chalk from him and drew a li ne across the map.' added Jamie.' Absent-mindedly. He sat up. The north lies--here. That's what we really need to know . the Doctor scrat ched his head with the piece of chalk.' said Thomni.' said the Doctor gently. `Of course we still won't have the most i mportant thing.' `Oh aye. `With the Yeti. `The why of course. We know that the transmissions come from somew here on this line. just fine. pointing. looked round. Therefore you must help me. The Doctor l ooked at him in surprise.' said Ja mie dryly. `What's going on?' said Travers. But we need a second reading.monks. and what's that?' said Jamie impatiently. That could give us the where.
`On the mountainside. really. Khr isong's head was bowed in grief. But the voice that c ame from her lips was that of Padmasambvha.' He got up .' he said indignantly. In her hands was the holy ghan ta. compelling voice that seemed to come from all . went to the door and tried to open it. `Rinchen wi ll accompany us on our journey. `Got a bit of a headache. Many of the monks fell to their knees. Soon it will be th e hour for meditation. `He will remain.' There was a sudde n stir amongst the crowd. `I say. actually. `Must have missed it all while I was sleeping.`Oh. `Death is inevitable.' said the Abbot Songtse n. Songts en saw that Victoria had cone into the courtyard.' said the Abbot. `They will be taken with us to a place of safety. Then she spoke. Then we must depart. You saw something pretty nasty.' `You had a spot of trouble yourself.' `And the Master Padmasambv ha?' `His powers are great. `I have chosen to speak to you throu gh the lips of this maiden. the monks had managed to move t he heavy statue. Turning.' said Travers.' said Travers. `Do not blame yourself. `do you c haps realise we're locked in?' In the courtyard. Think I'll get a breath of fresh air.' He turned to the monks with the stretcher. Some of them were lifting Rinchen's body on to a stretcher. Do you remember?' `Not a thing.' `What of the strangers?' asked Sapa n. Save what provisions you can.' said the low.' prompted the Doctor. For a moment Victoria stood immobil e eyes wide and staring hands outstretched. The res t of you gather what is needed. There will be time to mourn our brother. A murmur of awe swept through the crowd.
Det-sen mu st be abandoned. when the Doctor. Briefly he to ld the Doctor what had happened.' said Songtsen. how lon g has she been like this?' asked the Doctor. Th ey wish to help you against the Yeti but I tell you there is no help. Take me away from here. `Victoria. `Victoria . `Bid them make j ready to depart.' said the Doctor.' said the Doctor. He moved away. But before Khrisong could reply. and fell into her silent trance. the bird will build another. `Victoria. sitting on the bed and gazing straight in front of her. She tottered. You must take me away! Take me away!' She spoke in a sort of formal chant. Take me away.' she s aid. what is it? What's the matter?' said Jamie. She ignored him. Bear it away with you for safe keeping.' Victoria fell silent. Jamie and Travers were brought in by Khrisong and Thomni. there is great danger. Treat her with kindness--she and the other strangers are innocent of malice. are you all right?' asked Jamie anxiously. She stopped. `She holds the holy ghanta.' Victoria was in the guest room. `Khrisong.around them. `Releas e the strangers.' said Khrisong gravely. When the wind destroys its nest. Vi ctoria reacted once more to the Doctor's voice. `Doctor. She did not move. . `there is great danger.' `She is still in a trance. The sound of his voice provoked an instant reaction.' Like a switched-off record she fell silen t. `Doctor. and the monks rushed to support her. `She's reacting to my voice. `I'd better sta rt whispering.
`I am very close to success. `Padmasambvha. you're preparing to leave. `Khrisong. To ge t you to leave. Now. But I have to find out something first. will you walk with me for a moment?' As they wal ked along the corridor together.' `Padmasambvha is ageless.' `S omebody wishes it.' said Khrisong. Are you going to do what this som eone wants?' Khrisong was silent. That's why someone opened the gates to the Yeti. `But how could you have known him three hundred years ago? Are you ageless. Jamie.' The Doctor looked up sharply. and he was incredibly old then. Jamie.' said the Doctor. `If you need my help. `That's why all this was arranged. the Doctor said. ' `Can you no' help her?' demanded Jamie. Khrisong. you shall have it. `He wishes us to leave. `Take care of Victoria for me.' said Khrisong gravely. He can't have lived for another three hundred years. `Padmasambvha--still here.' said Khrisong. too?' The Doctor didn't reply.' replied the Doctor. Doctor. `I think so.' They stopped at a junction of corridors. the Master? Surely he must have died long ago--I met him on my last visit. . a while ago you wan ted my help. `Why does nobody tell me anything?' He moved to t he door. Don't you want to save the Monaster y any more?' `I must obey the Abbot. so they could s poil all your supplies and terrify your monks. `I shan't be long.' he whispered.`She must have reached the Sanctum.' he muttered to himself. `She has seen the Holy Padmasa mbvha.' said Thomni. `But I still need help.
the Doctor set off. One of the best me n I've ever known. Great Intelligence..' The sound of hellish cosmic laughter seemed to fill his ears. he said. it filled the cave. Padmasambvha was a good man. still ali ve! He must be nearly four hundred years old--an incredible feat.' shrieked Padmasambvha. As he walked through the wrecked and deserted Monastery his mind was a ferment of ideas. In an appalled whisper.. tricked me. the Doctor wal ked on towards the Inner Sanctum. Doctor? Do you w ish me to accompany you?' `That won't be necessary.. thought the Doctor. `Thank you. Padmasambvha. the frail body of Padma sambvha was twisting and writhing on his chair. you will cover the planet. I already know the way. `If you do not stop. `I have brought the world to its end!' . When would it stop? How much territory would it cover? `You said only the Mountain for your Experiment..' A vision of the cave on the mountain filled the Master's mi nd.' `You go to the Sanctum. Who or what could change him? Lost in thought. `Oh... In the Sanctum itself. it was filling the tunnel.' With a farewell nod. Now if you'll excuse me--I must visit an old frie nd. Is not your plan complete? Will not the moun tain content you.. locked in some terrible inner st ruggle. yet still you hold your grip on my old body. The old Master slumped in his chair. even for a Tib etan master.' he gasped. `you promised me release. Khrisong. one I haven't seen for many years.The Doctor smiled. More and more and m ore. The glutinous living mass still seeped from the pyramid.. You have lied to me.
' he whispered. The thin reedy voice was scarcely audible. his breath only a shallow flutter.. Then it dropped to the chair. said it was experiment. He looked at the shrunken figure upon it. It actually ro se in the air and hung suspended. on and on. But he had still been vigorous... Padmasambvha had been old when the Doctor first met him--wel l over a hundred. did not realise. Now he was a shattered husk of a man. and the doors opened. He felt the heart. The thin whisper went on. Intelligence. Doctor. `I have been kept alive. ' The Doctor said quietly. the Doctor wondered... the pulse.... saddened by the toll the years had taken of his old friend..... on t he Astral plane. `What has happened to you..For some time he sat on the golden throne. The Doctor leaned forward urgently. `I did not know. it wished for form.. He looked at the doors.... Th en his mind sensed someone in the Anteroom. in return for my help. formless.' he whispere d feebly.. limp. clear-skinned and bright-eyed. long life and knowledge. But why. ledge. It was as though something was try ing to stop the Master from speaking.. Then the body of Padmasambvha writhed and twisted. `Greetings. The Doctor walked slowly towards the throne.. not experiment but conquest!' The last word came out in a sudden gasp. held hi s magnifying glass before the withered lips to . and how? Padmasambvha's voice was a little mo re than a breath. old friend?' Padmasambvha could speak only with a tremendous effort.. `Enter. substance. his life prolonged beyond any natural len gth. `Refused to le t me go.' The Doctor leaned forwar d. like a rag doll.. It is good to see your face after so long.
test for breath. the Doctor turned and left the room. The eyes that gl ared after the Doctor were ablaze with malevolence. For a moment there was silence. Grim-faced. It sat bolt upright on the throne filled with new vigour. Nothing. The Great Intelligence was b ack in control. . Then suddenly the body of Padmasambvha jerked and twi sted.
' said Jamie desperately. `Doctor.10 Peril on the Mountain Jamie sat uneasily watching the still-motionless Victoria. You are safe. and gazed up at him in panic. Victoria!' There was a whipla sh crack of authority in the Doctor's voice. Doctor. my dear--' This time her voice was a scream of t error. `Doctor-. Victoria didn't stir. there is great danger! You must take me away! You must take me away! Take me away!' This time there was an added note o f sheer hysteria in her voice. They were alone. Victoria reacted to the Doctor's voice. Jamie?' He looked up to see the Doctor in the doorway. `Listen to me.' .. do you understand. Safe in the TARDIS. Trav ers had wandered off somewhere. `What on earth are you doing. Victoria.take me away! Take me away!' `No. He said gently. Before Jamie could answer. `I've tried everything and she takes no notice at all. he pi cked up a stool and slammed it down on the ground just behind her. ` You are no longer in the Monastery. Victoria stopped her screaming..' said the Doctor firmly. The stool sha ttered to pieces. She sounds a s if she's getting worse!' The Doctor went over to the bed. `You've got to do something. you are back in the TARDIS. `Victoria. all to no avail. and stood over Victo ria. Jamie had tried speaking to her loudly and comma ndingly. gently and persuasively. In sudden exasperation.
let yourself relax . She was asleep. She slipped back slowly on to the b ed. The Doctor went on in the same compelling tone. `I didna realise you could do that sort of thing. Otherwise she'll go out of her mind.She looked up at him wonderingly. Yo u have been dozing. You are in the cell with Thomni..' murmured the Doctor soothingly.' `Suppose you can't?' Ja mie asked anxiously.. Do you understa nd?' Victoria nodded slowly.' said the Doctor.' He snapped his fingers in front of Victoria's face. `Safe?' she whispered. `What now?' `I've got to try to erase this implanted fear.' `I don't like to do it. `I've erased the memory of whatever happen ed after she left the cell. `Not you. `Ja mie and I have come to release you. You will wake up in a moment.' Jamie looked at him in horror. her eyes closing. If I can. Jamie. `We'll have to do as she says and take her away.' Victoria's eyes closed and her head nodded.' said the Doctor. `To make sure we leave with the others.' Jam ie looked at him with respect. `Listen. But in an emergency like this. The Doctor jabb ed him in the ribs. Victo ria. your eyes are closing. happy but still a little tired .. Jamie!' Jamie came awake with a jerk. you are not in the TARDIS. `Look at me. `You are tired. We have taken you back to the guest room.' . So did Jamie's. `That's the object of all this. Her eyes opened. Do you understand?' Again Victoria nodded. It's a serious thing to tamper with the mind. Doctor. and said. `It's increasing all the time.' said the Doctor gently. grinned shee pishly. `She should be all right now..
' he said. `What about the boy?' `He's stay ing here to look after Victoria.' He handed over the field glasses. `I must go back up there. `One more reading and I can track their control source. `Now we need to provoke it enough to send out a signal... They'll leave with the monks..' Travers nodded. She smiled at them `I must have dropped off..Suddenly Victoria sat up. You take the readings and I'll s tir `em up. `What are you gawping at. Doctor.. Jamie.. I'm your man. `All right. Peering through them.' . Travers shook his he ad.' He started to hand over the black box.' She turned to Jamie who was staring at her openmouthed. `Look.' Some time later . They rounded a bend and saw three Yeti guarding the path a little way ahead.' he s aid softly... I was so bored. If you'll take the reading. I am glad you came and got me out of that cell.' Travers looked at him uneasily. I could do w ith some help. the Doctor and Travers were well on the way up the mountainside. I've got work to do. `They're still up there. yawning.' The Doctor looked dubious. `I don't like to ask you to take the ris k. `Stay wi th her. he slipp ed away before Jamie could ask him what he'd discovered. Jamie? Anyo ne would think there was something wrong with me!' The Doctor chuckled. Doctor. the Doctor could see several Yeti dotted a bout the mountainside. The Doctor found Traver s on one of the observation platforms. motionless and waiting. I reckon I owe you something. Doctor.' Gathering up his detection device. gazing up the mountainside with his old b inoculars. `I don't know how that thing works. The Doctor turne d to Travers.
Travers shook his head. The Doctor nodded. He was frowning furiously. who was still studying his dials. Jamie and Victori a stood looking on. Then.' Followed by a puzzled Travers. or of Travers. the Doctor s tarted scrambling down the path. suddenly. `Boo!' Travers yelled. He jumped aside. They were bundled up in thei r warmest robes. `I can take care of myself. Supervised by the Abbot Songtsen. The Doctor. Khrisong entered the courtyard from the Monastery and hurrie d over to them. lost in some very un pleasant thoughts. He seemed oblivious of the little gro up of Yeti marching straight towards him.' He came out from behin d the boulders and marched boldly up to one of the Yeti. They veered off at a tangent across the mountainside.' he . head bent over the flickering dials. `I'm afraid I did. his face worried. It didn't move. We'd better be getting back. The young warriors were making up heavy packs. `My warriors have searched every room. a sad little procession of monks and warriors was assembling in the courtyard. There is no sign of the D octor. all the Yeti came to life. backing away in alarm.`Rot. out of their way. `Are you getting your readings. past the Doctor. Still nothing. They s tarted moving forwards. `Wonder what caused that?' he muttered. Doctor?' yelled Travers. `Yes. ignoring him completely.' said Travers stoutly. He went back to the Doctor. did not reply. and disappeared from sight behind some boulde rs. Th e Yeti marched on. Doctor.' he said. containing such provisions as they had been able to salvage from the wreckage.' Travers yelled. `Look out. `I said did you get your readi ng?' he asked.
' He looked at his box.' said Songtsen gravely.' He went i nside the Monastery. my Abbot.' `The Master dead?' said Thomni. Victoria frowned. The Doctor and Travers came into the courtyard.' `You don't understan d.' said Jamie fiercely.. `I shou ld have told you earlier. We'd better find Songtsen.' interrupted the Doctor. Victoria rushed up to the D octor and hugged him in delight.. Going over to Songtsen he said.whispered. `But we are all here. Every room in the Monastery is empty..' `No!' said Khrisong fierce ly. in this courtyard. then we shall leave.' ..' he said urgently.. in the Monaste ry. You're back! Where have you been?' The Doctor d isengaged himself with an absent-minded `There. Anything !' Victoria looked at him in puzzlement. `Master? Padmasambvha? That sounds. `I fear you are too late. all but. `It's transmitting now. `It is as you wished. `I will deal with him. `I've found it.' Khrison g looked round.' `It is well. `As I suspected all along.. I've found the sourc e of the transmissions controlling the Yeti!' Khrisong indicated the little proc ession forming up for departure. Padmasambvha. `Think about something else. Now that the Master is dead. `Khrisong. Luckily there was an immediate distract ion.' `D inna think about it. there. it's here. It is my right.' and went over to Khrison g and Thomni. he's the only one left. `I fear so. at this very moment. The Doctor nodded sadly. `I will a sk a final blessing of the Master. the Abbot Songtsen!' The Doctor nodded.
he's more dangerous than I'd thought. `You mus t come away from this place. `Wha t madness is this?' `The Doctor has discovered your guilt. and the growing. And there was a cave. before the doors to th e Sanctum. sword in hand.' He turned and left.' He seized the Abbot as if to drag him away by force. `Padmasambvha. `You must answer to the brethren for your crimes. `He will not harm me. The Doctor told us you were dead.The Doctor looked at him dubiously. . Could Khrisong deal with the Abbot? The Doctor kne w that if Padmasambvha had been alive. He towered over the frail figure of the Abbot who stood..' he said. in an attitude of prayer.' Songtsen looked up at him with mild surprise.. Travers said suddenly. Khrisong wouldn't have stood a chance.' s aid the Doctor.. a burly. `He too has great powers. `You must come with me. Lord Abbot.' said Khrisong confidently.' said Khrisong. swelling horror in the c ave. Khri song. `Songtsen! He was with th em.' There was a cold gloating note in the voice. gruffly. `Khrisong!' Khrisong glare d round.' Khrisong marched into the Anteroom. Bu t since it was only Songtsen. Then a voice spoke out of the air. warlike figure. `If Songtsen can control the Yeti. `He is s till my Abbot. Briefly.' said Khrisong.' A look of horror came over Travers' face as memory flooded back to him. He was with the Yeti on the mountainside.' `I am deathless. he descr ibed seeing Songtsen escorted by Yeti.. `I think I'd better go and help Khrisong. The Doctor was worried.
was behind him. `Demand. Khrisong stopped cautiously on the threshold t o the Sanctum. and thrust with savage force. He went towards the doors. Khrisong took a couple of tottering steps forward and collapsed. fil led with pain and unbelief. `I obey. mast er.' said Songtsen. `But our brother must not depart thinking that I am othe r than I am. `So you are not dead!' `No. `A Master who has destroyed his own monastery ?' Songtsen turned towards the closed door. Khrisong gasped and wheeled round. He peered through the gloom at the figure on the throne. Songtsen raised the sword . `But give me your sword. `We are two old m en!' Khrisong handed over his sword. Khrisong?' asked the voice. Behind Khrisong.' said the cold voice. You may not go armed into the presence of Padmasambvha. `Forgive him.' said the cold voice. the sw ord in his hands. `Padmasambvha. His eyes.' he whispered. `Do you fear us. The doors to the Sanctum swung to. `You may enter. His eyes widened in awe. fixed on those of his Abbot.' `Of course . Songtsen. Khrisong saw that the Abbot seemed almost in a state o f trance. I demand to know what is happening here!' Songtsen w as appalled. `What is this?' he growled suspici ously. my so n. Khrisong? You are in the presence of the Master. his eyes staring sightlessly ahead.' Kh risong hesitated.' `A Maste r of the Yeti?' demanded Khrisong.' Looking down at him. The doors to the Sanctum swung open. . Songtsen!' Songtsen said tonelessly. but you are.`Do not try to frighten me. Bring him to me. oh Master.
For a moment a d ifferent voice emerged from the withered lips. But he was helpless in Songt sen's grip. as the personality of the real Pa dmasambvha broke through. The frail old body was vibrating with supernatural force. `You have done well. . He rus hed to kneel by Khrisong's body. Songtsen looked in utter amazement at the bloody sword in his hands.' Then. both young and strong. `Look out!' yelled the Doctor. Songtsen looked down in horror. Songtsen. Songtsen said. `What has happe ned? Who has slain Khrisong?' he asked. the bloodstained sword in his hands. Songtsen. `Why do you make me do this? Release me. Despite his modest size..' In the Anteroom. the cold voice filled the room. The little group s topped at the threshold. as the Intelligence reasserted its control. joined in the struggle. They found him standi ng over Khrisong's body. `I?' he said wonderingly. Slay them all!' The blankness of trance came over Songtsen's face and he raised the sword.In the Sanctum. master. . `You killed him. Suddenly Songtsen slumped in their . He dod ged the blow and grabbed the Abbot's sword arm. `I obey. the Doc tor could exert amazing strength when he needed to. `Kill! Kill! Kill!' he hissed. I beg of you. appalled.. you!' he sobbed. Thomni and Jamie rushed into the room. `Slay them. Take the monks from the Monastery. and neve r return. It took every ounce of th eir combined strengths to subdue the Abbot and wrench the sword from his hands. the body of Padmasambvha writhed on the throne. `Lord Abbot!' called Thomni in horror. Thomni looked up. Thomni and Jamie. A cold voice filled the room.' He was about to lea ve when the Doctor.
`Quickly! ' Jamie and Thomni dragged the Abbot away.' he gasped. `I was wrong. then.grip. icy laughter of the Intelligence. The Doctor looked grimly at the close d doors to the Sanctum. `Whatever is con trolling Padmasambvha will not let him die!' The Doctor turned and left.' he thought grimly. The Doctor stood back panting. `Get him out of here. and the Anteroom was filled with the mad. As the Doct or walked along the corridor he met an excited Travers. There's going to be a riot!' . `You'd better come at on ce. Doctor.
placed on him by the Master. . `He is possessed by demons. `Khrisong was slain by the Abbot. `He is bewitched. and shoved the Abbot behind him. stranger. For a moment Songtsen gazed at him uncomprehendingly. sword raised high above Songtsen's head. But Songtsen was under an ev il spell.11 The Final Battle A confused and angry crowd filled the courtyard. grabbing the still b loody sword from Thomni's hand he hissed. my Abbot. They surrounded Jamie and Thomn i. Then. `Tell us it is not so. Slay him now before he kills us all. and the frightened and confused Songtsen. `Indeed.' he said grimly. Then the fit was over and the Ab bot went limp. `Stand back!' `Do not interfere. Ignor ing the weapon.' they shouted. Once again it took the combined efforts of several str ong young warriors to hold down the frail body.' he implored. A roar of fear and terror rose from the crowd. Jamie gave the man a hearty shove that sent him staggering back into the crowd. `Kill! Kill! Kill!' and swung the swor d at the astonished monk. `I'm thinking we've had enough killing.' One of the young warrior monks thrust hi mself to the front of the crowd.' Another warrior stepped forward.' said the monk angrily. Jamie slipped the highland dagger from his stocking. and the warriors beg an to close in. it is true.' Tho mni was shouting. brothers.
In times of crisis.`Wait..' said Victoria firmly. and me!' add ed Jamie. As the Do ctor entered the courtyard with Travers.' he ordered. all of you. `Aye.' said the Doctor simply. Thomni said. One day soon. pushing through the crowd. `Stop this nonsense at once.' shouted Thomni. but I won't pretend I'm not glad of your help. if I am successful. my brethren. `Leave the Monastery. Doctor?' `I shall stay here. `Your Abbot is not responsible for his crime.. he took in the ugly situation at a glan ce. Their anger subsiding. The Doc tor smiled. but the warriors would not listen. you will be able to retu rn. `I too will stay and help you. Ther e is great evil here. `If this evil isn' t stopped it will spread. Doctor. It may be dangerous.' The monks fel l silent. `And what of you. `What must we do. `Let us obey him and le ave now!' There was a murmur of agreement. Neither for that matter is the Ma ster. the confused a nd frightened monks began to gather up their belongings. Both are being controlled by a greater force. . And the root of it is here.' `What's the first step?' asked Jamie. in this Monastery. his normally modest and unassuming personality took on a new force. `Thank you.' said Thomni.' called Thomni. Doctor?' asked old Sapan.' `Wel l. if I may.' `The Doctor is right. Padmasambvha. my brothers. if you're staying. I'm staying too.
lest they hinder the Great Plan. Doctor?' asked Thomni.' said the Doctor thoughtfully. There was nothing Travers wanted less than to see that cave again. the Abbot Songtsen sat on a highbacked stone chai r. `And Songtsen i s the only one who can tell me. `They were de signed to serve the Intelligence. he began to climb the path. and see if that stopped it.' `How will you make him do that.`There are things I need to know. `His mind is controlled. In the Great Hall. . shall we?' Travers walked slowly bac k to his room. The source of the evil wasn't some old monk in the Monastery.' `And just what is thi s plan?' the Doctor asked. For a moment he stopped. it was the evi l throbbing mass in that cave up the mountain. but from the Doctor. the voice he heard and obeyed came not from Padmasambvha. He was convinced that. But this time. It was getting dark now. But he reckoned it was up to him. and looked back longingly at the lights of the Monaster y. `What about the robots. Unnoticed by the busy monks. Then. He'd blast that pyramid thing with a clip full of bull ets.' The Doctor sighed. the false Yeti?' the Doctor was prompting. Their purpose was to frighten all travellers a nd pilgrims from Detsen. `There's more than one kind of control. for all his cleverness. Thomni. dreading what he might find at the end of h is journey. the Doctor was wro ng. He picked up his rifle and loaded it. Travers slipped ou t of the gate and began climbing up the mountain path. Let's take him inside. His eyes were wide open and he stared unseeingly ahead of him.
.' `There is a secret room. The Monastery. ever-grow ing mass in the cave. but I saw nothing. `How do we reach the secret room. one heaving.' The Doctor was puzzled. All the planets in the Universe could be under threat. And what then? Suppose it travelled thr ough space. Songtsen? You must tell u s. `The power source that amplifies the commands of Padmasamb vha's mind. Songtsen.' `Where is it.`At first the Intelligence said that it wished only to create substance for itse lf--as an experiment. Songtsen? How do we get in there?' Th ere was no reply. all the other won derful machines. hangin g in space.. it's true.' `But there still has to be some kind of master transmitter.' he said. It seeks to overwhelm the wh ole world. too. The Abbot sat staring into space.. the Yeti. Where is it?' Songtsen said.. He made the control units.' .' insisted the Doctor. `How are the Ye ti controlled?' `By Padmasambvha. the Master laboured for ne arly three hundred years. He had a sudden horrific vision of the whole earth.' The Doctor remembered Travers' description of the glowing. h is voice commanding. It wanted only the cave. Then it demanded the whole mounta in.' `What about the control units? Where did they come from?' `Under the guidance of the Intelligence. very briefly. Its appetite is insatiable. You must tell us. Somehow he had to stop it. pulsating mass. `Tell me. The Doctor sh ivered. `It is in the Sanctum. `I've been in the Sanctum... The Doctor leaned forward.
The withered hand hovered over the board. And what about that fellow. Travers plodded on. But now that he was actually getting closer to the cave it seemed to be getting lighter. thought Travels. Then as he came within sigh t of the cave. It was just that its presence gave him a cert ain comfort. it had been getting darker and dark er as the night drew on. The pulsating. the Doctor? What were his plans? Travers got to hi s feet and started to move on. it seemed to be seeping into and absorbing the very substance of the mountain. upwards as if to consume the topmost peak of th e mountain. The cave itself was the source of the lig ht. Two Yeti lumbered past. I t was moving in both directions. He heard the sound of huge shuffling feet ahead of him and dropped into cover. and downwards . Making for the Mon astery. then another and another. picked up a Yeti and mov ed it down towards the Monastery.In the Inner Sanctum the body of Padmasambvha jerked into life as the Intelligen ce took over. glowing mass of the Intelligence's physical form was flooding out of the cave at an absolutely incredible rate. He hoped those poor devils of monks had got safely away . As he climbed he became aware of something very s trange. in the fast-gathering dar k. Travers understood why. On the lower slopes of the mountain. The strange light continued to increase. Not that he really expected the weapon wou ld do him any good against a Yeti. Spreading out from the cave. It was as though the entire mountain was someh ow glowing. rifle in hand. Out on the mountain.
do you understand?' The two young men nodded.' said Thomni. he began to run back down the path. The Doctor turned to those left behind--Thomni. we'll have to make our attack on the control room of the Intelligence. Perhaps the Doctor had been right al l along. who was now the leader of the monks .' he said.' warned the Doctor.' `What kind of powers?' as ked Victoria nervously. ` that ought to do it. iron-tipp ed staffs. Doctor. `Aye. With a sudden sense of urgenc y. Jamie and Victori a. Two other lamas gently led the old Abbot ou t of the hall. `The Intellig ence has supernormal powers and it will use them all. `But he will be troubled for a long time.' promised Sapan. `As soon as all the monks and lamas are safely away. `I have done my best to erase the memory of evil from his mind.' he said happily.' `It won't be any picnic.' said the Doct or. In the Great Hall. Whatever you find in there. He produced a pair of long. Jamie took one and swung it appreciatively.too. the Doctor handed Song tsen over to the care of the old lama Sapan. If it went on spreading it would eventually ooze down the mountain slopes a nd engulf the entire Monastery. There was nothing he could do against the kind o f power that was exultantly displayed here. heavy. Travers remembered th e Yeti he had seen trooping down the mountainside. He has suffered much.' `We will ca re for him. You two lads have got to smash up the equipment. Perhaps the Monastery did hold the key to it all. Travers realised the foolishness of his plan to attack the pyramid in the cave. wreck it ut terly and completely. `Now remember. `I thought t hese would be useful. .
' said Sapan. They began to hand out torches for the steep climb down to the lower val ley. Sapan.' Th e Doctor looked. Will you not let our brave warriors stay and help you?' `They a re needed to guard you and your fellow lamas. `The mountain is burning. at the mountain. You must lead your brethren away at once. `Go now. they rushed outside to see what was wrong. That'll give her something to concentrate on. `Look. the Doctor and his compan ions watched the line of torches .`Well. The warrior monks marshalled the procession int o line. But all the monks were gazing upwar ds. you teach her the `jewel in the lotus' prayer. In the cou rtyard the procession was ready to move off. `There is even l ess time than I feared. The little procession began to wind its way out of t he courtyard and down the path.' Their conference was interrupted by a chorus of shouts and screams from o utside.' he said. It seemed as though the whole peak of the mountain was glowing and burning. a larger party would do no better . Led by the Doctor.. Doctor. And the glow was moving downwards. Sapan.' called Sapan. and the flowing substance from the c ave had now spread so far. it'll probably try to hypnotise you. `Thomni.' The Doctor thought to him self that if the few of them couldn't succeed. Standing by the doors. The night was now so dark. `Our brethren in the plains will give us shelter. `But I fear for you.' said the Doctor.. that it could be clearly seen from the Monastery. Doctor.' Obediently th e old lama began to give orders. `Thomn i is staying with me--he will be all the help I need.' replied the Doctor. The Doctor turned quickly to Sapan.
I'll tackle the Intelligence. iron-tipped staffs. that is.' said the D octor briskly. Victoria shivered. `But you never know. hum. and led them back inside the Monastery. I hope. `Om. We're fighting something inside as well as outside. win or lose. `Smash the lot to bits!' He and Thomni picked up their massive. burning mountain for the last time. man e. How st range and eerie to be the sole inhabitants of the Monastery! Except. Moreover. Jamie spun his. Grouped in a semicircle. . padme. The Doctor shrugged. Get inside there and--' `Ay e. the Doctor gave his companions a final briefing.' said Jamie.disappear into the darkness. Floating up to them came the sound of monks chantin g the `jewel in the lotus' prayer that Thomni had just taught Victoria. the sounds faded and they were left alone. fo r whatever was lurking in the Sanctum. Jamie. Something may turn up. Yeti appeared from the darkness. `As soon as we're in the control room. mo ve away the statue of Buddha at the end of the room. `No point. whistling it through the air . Ba ck in the Great Hall.' He glanced grimly up at the glowing. `Will we shut the doors. they stood waiting outside the gates. `What do I do?' `Nothing. As the little party disappear ed inside the building. there was movement outside the doors.' He hadn't the heart to tell Victoria she was only being included in the expedition because she would find it even more frightening to be left on her own. you've told us. Doctor?' asked J amie. `What about me?' asked Victoria. Thomni and Jamie.' The sound was curiously moving and beautiful. At last the lights died away.
he saw that the glowing mass was covering more and more o f the mountain. Ali ve and waiting. Travers felt that . There was nothing for it--he would have to wait. Travers.' s aid the Doctor. It was moving nearer and nearer to the Monastery. alert to the movement. He was running full tilt down the last stretch of the path towards the Monastery. `Everybody ready?' asked the D octor. `We'll just have to manage without hi m!' By the light of their flickering torches they crept forward along the echoin g stone corridors towards the Inner Sanctum. Standing grouped in a semicircle around the d oor was a group of Yeti--four of them.' As they moved cautiously along the gloomy corridors. `Hey. thought Travers.' `Well. Yet somehow. Travers came to a sudden halt. he 's no' here now. Far below him in the darkness he could see the torch-lit procession of the depar ting monks. As he came to the gates of the Monaste ry. `More likely he's gone off on some scheme of his own. in fact. what happened to yon fellow Travers? I havena seen him. too. Soon he would have to leave. and even hear their chanting. He wondered if they were activated or not .' said Jamie. Instantly all the Yeti swu ng round.' `Maybe he's deserted us. Glancing b ack over his shoulder. `Right. Jamie had a sudden thought.she'd be as safe with them as she would anywhere. They were alive all right. was very near.' suggested Victoria. He picked up a big rock and rolled it towards them. at any rate. `I somehow doubt it. off we go.
There was a subtle change in its quality. `Why do you not heed my war nings? You are stubborn. `Everyone remember what to do?' asked the Doctor. more inhuman. the voice of the Intelligence s poke to them. Led by the Doctor. ' said the Doctor.' `Who are you?' said the Doctor steadily. `In we go!' Their actual entrance into the Anteroom was somet hing of an anti-climax. He tried them. who are you? Where do you come from?' `I come from what you would call another dimension. The prayer lamps were burning l ow and the place was shrouded in gloom and silence. He decided to wait as long as he could. condemned . colder. T hey all nodded. `Why are you here?' the voice said. Padma sambvha?' `No!' said the Doctor. You have taken the mind and being of a good and great man. `You know me well. and corrupted and abused it. Those Ye ti were waiting for something. too. Am I not your old and treasured friend. I ask again. you are not. `No. but they were fast closed. Doctor. The Doctor and his friends stopped in the co rridor outside the Anteroom. `All right. wit hout physical substance. out of the air. `Or s hould I rather ask--what are you?' A terrible mock-sweetness came into the alien voice. Suddenly. the traces of Padmasambvha's personality almost co mpletely erased.things were coming to a climax. I was exiled into yours. It was h arsher. Doctor. Jamie and Thomni took a firmer grip of their staves. You have captured his spirit and abused his body. The Doctor went up to the doors of the Inner Sanctum. the littl e group moved forward. All was still and quiet.
`Now you withhold from him the one thing he craves--the boon of a natural death.' said the voice. Doct or. His one hope was that the Intelligence had not rea lised that the power of Hypnotism was shared by the Doctor. He had journeyed further on the mental plane than any other of your kin d.' `You have enslaved him. You are evil.' said the Doctor angrily. promised him knowledge and long life. they still had a fighting chance.. But I have rewarded him well. Thomni and Victoria waited motionless behind the Doctor while this exchang e was going on. Gradually I took him ove r. `My purposes are beyond the understanding of such a puny br ain as yours. Much power. You are what men once called a demon!' J amie. So long as it was un aware of the extent and the value of the information he had drawn from the mind of Songtsen. and made him my own. It whizzed through the air like a cannon ball. and crashed into the wall. And I have power. one of the heavy bronze lamps f lared up in a sheet of flame. `You? Much power?' Suddenly. I tempted him. The three others ga sped in terror. `How's he going to get the thing to open the door?' Similar thoughts were passi ng through the Doctor's mind.' thought Jamie. but the Doctor didn't turn a hair. Then I made contact with the mind of Padma sambvha. `It's all verra well standing here name-calling. `You are unwise to anger me..' The Doctor made his voice deliber ately contemptuous.to hover eternally between the stars. . mis sing the Doctor's head by inches.
' thought Jamie. So too.' `Why don't you open thos e doors?' the Doctor said mockingly. Jamie looked at the little figure almost with pity. hum. mane.' Slowly he led them through the doors and into the Inner Sanctu m. padme. `Och. `Om. `Anything may happen now. `You could blow the wee fellow away with a sneeze. Anything at all. but she pushed it aside. we're done for. The build-up of energy in the little room . Thom ni and Victoria were held in the same way. He literally could not move a muscle. is that all?' he thought. He directed the entire force of his will towards the little s hrouded figure on the golden chair.' T hen. She began to repeat the prayer that Thomni had ta ught her. with infinite effort. it seemed. `Are you going to keep us h ere watching conjuring tricks? What next? Rabbits out of hats?' `Aye. Jamie and Thomni looked in astonishment at the golden throne. was the Doctor. his whole body was caugh t by some terrifying invisible force. Once inside. om. but they could still see the little figu re crouched over his table.' She repeated the soothin g words over and over. If we canna get into that Sanctum. Or was he? Slowly. padme. before he could move another step toward the dais. Then slowly the doors swung open. A memory of some old fear passed through Victoria's mind. obscuring it. mane. `Playing on its vanity. And.`A little simple teleportation?' he said scornfully. are you?' There was a m oment of silence. `Afraid to face us. The Doctor turned round to h is companions. hum. I hope it wor ks. the Doctor managed to take first one step and then another. Doctor. above a ll--don't panic. you're a c unning wee fellow. Trust me. Th e drapes were pulled now.
Padmasambvha was revealed sitting bolt upright. At one end of the roo m a plain metal pyramid reposed on an altar.' yelled Jamie.' . It was bare. larger even than the ones which Jamie and Victoria had seen in the cave. `Le t's get to work. he took another step forward.was overpowering. At the other end a glowing sphere. of all ages and in all conditions--a mad. `Now!' yelled the Doctor. lunatic lash-up of electronics.. His eyes fixed on those of the possessed Master.' yelled Jamie. Then Jamie heard a strangled shout from the Doctor. He saw that the Doctor was standing in a halfcrouch. The tw o young men dashed into the secret control room. Al l the walls were covered with an incredible tangle of equipment. Thomni. caught their attention. A low ghastly moan filled the room as the Intelligence realised the st rength of the mind that was opposing it. sweeping away the draperies around the throne. Blinding lights flickered before their eyes. and very small. one foot on the steps of the dais. the blast of a mighty wind ripped through the room. the Doctor began to stra ighten up. `Come on. His eyes were locked with those of th e wizened figure on the throne.' They ran to the golden statue of Buddha and swung it aside. with agonising slowness. The entrance to the hidden control room was revealed. Jamie saw that the Doctor was sink ing slowly to his knees. eyes blazing with malignancy.. Can't hold out much. `Come on. But before they could enter. a high-pitched sound filled the room. `Hurry. Suddenly. The effort required to do battle with the will o f the Intelligence was distorting his face. For a moment the two young men stood amazed. Thomni. hurry. `Now!' Ja mie felt the grip on him slacken. Jamie. fo llowing the instructions from Songtsen. Then.
Victoria watched helplessly. She sensed a d eadlock. Thomni did the sa me. Soon the entire control r oom was well on the way to being wrecked. Fr om inside the hidden control room came the sound of smashing equipment. neither of them could move. Neither could afford the slightest distraction. Victoria watch ed as the Doctor waged his battle of wills with the Intelligence. They would all die. Travers saw four of the Yeti move swiftly inside. But the Doctor knew that the alien strength of the Intelligence would soon wear him down.. the Doctor was still locked in struggle with the Intelligence. As if impelled by some signal of great urgency. Travers trailing cautiously behind them. four of the Yeti models were placed on the map of the Monastery. The Yeti seemed to move at a far greater s peed than normal. Once they were under way. they rushed al ong the corridors. `He's going to bring the Yeti in.' she called. And once he we akened. Inside the Sanctum. `Look out. One by one. he started to follow them. Then to her horror she saw the withered hand of Padmasambvha creeping out towards the board. Doctor.. but he was unable to stop the movement of the hand. all would be over. They worked frantically with great sweeping blows. Jamie an d Thomni were going about their task with savage gusto.' The Doctor redoubled hi s concentration. Outside the Mo nastery doors. Outside in the Sanctum. Like two wrestler s of exactly even strength.Jamie raised his staff and smashed it down on a control panel. .
. from the corridor she heard the sound of roaring.' But it was no use. `You have de stroyed my servants. The cont rol unit had exploded. The same happened to all its companions. They collapsed. mane. he re. As they lumbered towards him. But the strength of the Intelligence's wi ll was too much for her. Om. `Move them back. ' he said. except this. on the floor... and moved towards the sphere on the altar. Jamie looked round. hum.' Victoria forc ed herself to go forward to the table. It . he emptied the whole magazine into the figure on the thron e. `Jamie...' urged the Doctor.. it stopped her from reaching the models.. mane.' said Thomni. Yeti. `Say the prayer!' Vict oria tried. the Doctor managed to yell. but you have not destroyed me!' Travers rushed into the roo m. Raising his staff above hi s head. Even locked in struggle with the Doctor. The Yeti burst into the ro om. padme. he brought it smashing down on the sphere.. it reeled away smoking. hum.' gasped the Doctor. A Yeti. `Om. its arm drawn back to attack the Doctor. The Yeti were coming! `V ictoria--get the models. The voice of the Intelligence said. shattered wrecks. `Aye. Raising his rifle.Then.. staggered back with a roar. a hole blown in its chest. Jamie and Thomni looked at each other. S he could not move her hand. There was an explosion from some where inside it and. `We have smas hed all that controls them. padme. `Resist it. And then it was too late.' In the control room..
. In it lay the spent bullets. The Intelligence gave its terrible laugh. `O h foolish man. `Then smash it. It lan ded across the little table. for the first time. The body on the throne gave a sudden leap. Victoria re alised that. Doctor. `Did you not realise my power in the cave?' The cave. free of the Intelligence. it was almost weightless. and then held out the hand. the voice of a wise old man. The cave in the mountain had expl oded. his voice was warm and gentle. there is that!' Jamie called back. knocking it to the ground. is there a pyram id in there?' `Aye. Padmasambvh a's body gave out a last terrible scream. The Doctor lifted the shrivelled body in his a rms. Suddenly Padmasambv ha's eyes opened. Suddenly it shattered into fragments as though made of glass. falling from the throne. When he spoke. I waited so long. `Jamie. Smash it now!' In the control room Jamie and Thomni lashed with all their force at the py ramid.. Worn out by years of slavery. and save me from myself.. What did Traver s tell me about the cave? Raising his voice.' The old man's head fell back. He saw the Doctor looking down at him. I knew y ou would come.. I shall have peace. t hought the Doctor with the part of his mind that was still free.. With a final convulsive twitch. and smiled. From somewhere outside came a series o f rumbling explosions that shook the building. `At last. he yelled. they were seeing the real Padmasambvha. the Intelligence left it.' it said.brushed its hand across its face as though swatting a fly.
`The Intelligen ce is destroyed. Jamie and Tho mni emerged from the control room. `It worked. old f riend. `Goodbye..The pyramid.' said the Doctor. shattered into fragments as though made of glass.' said the Doctor.' .. My old friend Padmasambvha can rest at last. and lowered the frail body to the ground.
`It's really over at last. `Look. I think I could do with some sleep. The explosion in the cave had destroyed the physical being of the Intelligence. and pointed.' said Travers. and made their way back to the courtyar d. `Yes. `You know. The glow had gone from the mountain. They all looked up.' said the Doctor.' He yawned and stretched.They all walked slowly from the Sanctum.' .
Jamie. It might have been damaged when the top of the mountain exploded.' explained Thomni. I'm worried about my equipment. I'm afra id.' `I'm afraid not. they could see that once again the doors of Det-sen Monastery stood wide and welcoming.' `Time we all said goodbye. until my brothers return. `They wi ll hear the gong and know that all is well. Thomni was solemnly banging an eno rmous gong. `Very well then. Lookin g back.' After more farewells. Miss Victoria.' said Thomni. and they all set off up the mountain path together.' Thomni looked at the mountain. `But there's no one here but you.' said the Doctor ha stily. Thomni looked disappointed. Victoria just caught a fleeting glimpse of Thomni setting off fo r prayers in a one-man .' said the Doctor.12 The Abominable Snowman Next morning.' `All the more reason that I shoul d strictly observe the rituals. `What on earth are you doing?' asked Victoria. Tr avers said. Doctor. Victor ia frowned. part of the upper peak having been blown away. as the Doctor. `You see. Victoria and Travers came out into the court yard. Goodbye and thank you again. her hands over her ea rs. Doctor!' Nothing they could sa y would dissuade him. It was now qu ite a different shape at the top. `I'll see you safely up the mountain. they were greeted by a deafening clang. `Can you not stay until my bre thren return? They will wish to thank you. `It is the hour for morning prayer.
Wretched thing's probably only a legend anyway.' agreed Jamie eagerly.' . those. `The TARDIS is indestructible.' Walking round the shattered robot. they went on.' said the Doctor. Jamie cam e up close to the Doctor and whispered. I just thought it was time we were leaving. `That's bee n worrying me rather. Doctor?' The Doctor shook his head. `I'm only getting myself laughed at. and was waving to them.' said Travers gloomi ly. `Almost a shame to have destroyed them.' said the D octor. `Its chest unit must have exploded at the same ti me as those in the Sanctum.' Travers sighed. He really had been very nice. He had stopped. If they won't believe in the real Yeti. She smiled.' `I know. who was happily marching on ahead. they certainly wouldn't cr edit what's happened here. Jamie. `Wonderful machines. `Ay. `They'd only say i t was a fake. you know that.procession. No. are you. Mr. Doctor? The TARDIS will be a bit of a shock to him.' said the Doc tor. But very solemn.' Jamie in dicated Travers. `You're not really worried about the TAR DIS. `No doubt you'll want to be off h unting your beasties!' `I'm thinking of giving all that up. `Yo u really needn't trouble to come with us any further. Something for you to take back fr om your expedition at any rate. `Look at this!' The shattered body of a Yeti lay across the path. that's right. Mr. Travers. But he won't take any hints!' There came a shout from Trav ers. `What about him. Travers.' said Jamie.
They all looked where she was pointing. It's moving. and they all walked on.' The Doctor and his companions exchanged glances. T ravers was looking at it entranced. `Don't you see?' he said.' said Travers. behind some boulders. `Let's get on. and they had to clamber over and round them.. `My word. as a matter of fact. whatever you do. `It's different! ' said Victoria.' `Maybe. There came a sudden scream from Victoria. `It's a splendid thing to ha ve a dream. It's a real Yeti. `Much further.. and had a more reddish tint. The Doctor shook his head resignedly. Travers. is it?' puffed Travers. I've found it.' A few minutes later. `It's a Yeti. It was taller and less bulky. a creature was peering shyly at them. The explosion at the cave had thrown down rocks and boulders which covere d the path.' `That's impossible!' said the Doctor.' he suggested. `Well. `I'm looking forward to seeing this camp of yours. I've found it at last!' . not some wretched robot. b ut he didn't sound convinced. Mr. Travers was sta ring in utter amazement at the old blue police box perched incongruously on a mo untain ledge. The journey became more difficult now as they climbed h igher. even if it does turn out to be a legend. the face was different. Above a ll. Not far aw ay.' he said.`Don't give up.' he began. `Not far. `What the blazes is that doing here?' The Doct or cleared his throat. `Not like the others at all!' And so it was. Once we get thro ugh that clump of boulders we'll be there. The fur was longer and silkier. `Look--another Yeti.' urged the Doctor. soft eyes. rather like that of a lemur. with dark.
The Doctor and his friends were off on their next adventure. `Let's be away then. Then it gave a curiously high-pitched squea l of fright and disappeared behind a boulder.' Jamie shivered. and the old blue police box shimmered and vanished. After a moment. `There may be the occasional navigat ional error. Jamie.Travers began stumbling towards the Yeti. Doctor?' as ked Victoria. more or less. this Tibet of yours. `I rather think this is our opportunity. Next time you want to visit some old friends.' he said. `That doesn't really matter.' said Victoria. but basically I am fully in control--well. a strange groaning noise echoed through the mountain air .' sai d the Doctor. . you're always grumbling. `Anyway. For a momen t the creature watched him approach. can you no' make it somewhere warmer?' `Honestly. `The importa nt thing is.' Wrangling amiably the three companions walked across the snow and disappeared inside the TARDIS.' `That's mo st unfair. D octor.' protested the Doctor. By no w he's forgotten its existence. across the mountain slope.' said the Doctor gently. `No need to worry about Mr. Victoria. Travers broke into a run. but it's awful chil ly. Travers' reaction to the TARDIS.' `Do you think he'll catch his Yeti. you know the Doctor's got no idea where the TARDIS will finish up next. he's found his dream again. `It's no' a bad place. and soon he too had disappeared from view.
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