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AS DR WHO RETURNS TO TV SCREENS, WE FIND THE WOMAN BEHIND THE MONSTERS WHO TERRORISED THE TIME LORD 50 YEARS AGO IN N.WALES


EXCITEMENT is building ahead of the launch of the new Doctor Who series starring Peter Capaldi.

Wales has a long association with the world's most famous Time Lord, with locations across the country regularly used to stage e Doctor's adventures.

e most famous was the six-part The Abominable Snowmen, who Patrick Troughton, the second incarnation of the Doctor, battled almost 50 years ago and which was set in Nant Ffrancon Pass, Snowdonia.

Millions are expected to tune in on their TV screens as Scottish actor Capaldi makes his debut as the 12th Doctor.

To mark the occasion a special screening of the feature-length episode is being held at the Odeon Cinema in Wrexham on Saturday.

Cinema chiefs there managed to track down Sylvia James, who helped create the Yetis that terrorised the hills of Snowdonia Five decades ago.

The mother of two and grandmother of four from Sunburyonames, Middlesex, worked as a supervisor on The Abominable Snowmen and told how she ensured that actors dressed as Yetis could roam the Welsh countryside in padded fur covered costumes. "They were huge costumes. In Wales we were constantly looking out for the rain, and if it started we would have to rush indoors because the Yeti costumes were really hard to dry out," she said.

photo gallery of Who monsters at www.dailypost.co.uk "I absolutely loved it in North Wales because the scenery was beautiful. "We had long days filming. We filmed for 17 hours straight on one day because we wanted to get it made while the weather was good. So we just got on with it."

"It was a great show to work on because" She added: "It was a great show to work on because it was a lot of fun and it felt like we were one big family. We all got on really well.

"I worked a lot with the people in costume and the people doing the special effects. We made moulds of people's faces and would use them to make masks. They were usually very reptilian."

Kenny Kempster, assistant manager at Odeon at Eagles Meadow, is delighted to have found Sylvia.

"She has got quite the CV, and she's a part of TV history, not just with Dr Who but with other programmes as well. I think it's fantastic that we've managed to find her," he said. Other notable locations Dr Who was filmed at include Powis Castle in 1981 when another Time Lord favourite, Tom Baker, was in the Warrior's Gate adventure.

Other notable locations Dr Who was filmed at include Many of the latest Dr Who exploits are filmed around Cardiand South Wales where the series is based.

Cinema tickets are selling well for Saturday's screening at Wrexham's Odeon at 7.35pm, but there are still some left.

GRAPHIC: Journey back in time: Patrick in Nant Ffrancon and (below) new Doctor Peter Capaldi with sidekick Jenna Coleman

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