The BBC has announced that an animated version of the 1967 story The Abominable Snowmen will be released next year.
The story stars Patrick Troughton, Jack Watling, Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling. Originally shown between 30th September 1967 - Saturday 4th November 1967. it was the second story of Season 5 and features the Doctor's first encounter with the Yeti and the Great Intelligence.
Most of the six-part story is missing from the BBC Archives, with only episode two still existing.
The release gives fans the opportunity to enjoy the six new fully animated presentations of this lost story, which will be released alongside the one surviving segment episode two.
Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen follows the Doctor as he returns to the Himalayas 300 years after his first visit to the Holy Ganta, an ancient relic he was given many centuries ago by the grateful monks at Det-Sen Monastery. On arriving, the Doctor is blamed for a series of brutal murders in the area, however companions Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield discover the true culprits – the previously peaceful Yeti that live in seclusion on the mountainside have apparently turned violent.
The Doctor must convince the monks that not only is he not their enemy, but the real foe is living amongst them. Their ancient Master, Padmasambhava, is being controlled by an alien entity known only as the Great Intelligence.
Russell Minton, Executive Producer of The Abominable Snowmen, said:
Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen is available to order from Amazon,