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The Shakespeare Code 

The Doctor takes Martha to London in 1599, where William Shakespeare's new play is being used by three witches in an evil plan.


(as Charles Palmer)



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dean Lennox Kelly ...
Sam Marks ...
Amanda Lawrence ...
Jalaal Hartley ...
Dolly Bailey
Peter Streete
Robert Demeger ...


As The Doctor and Martha travel for the first time together in the TARDIS, they land unexpectedly in 1599 Tudor London, where the world is under threat from the evil Carronites, and only history's most notorious playwright William Shakespeare can help to save the world Written by Anon

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7 April 2007 (UK)  »

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(Dolby 5.1)


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The Doctor and Martha watch Shakespeare's 'Love's Labours Lost'. David Tennant played Berowne in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2008 production of the same play. In addition, Shakespeare says "To be or not to be...oh! That's quite good." The Doctor tells him he should write that down, to which Shakespeare replies, "Maybe not. Bit pretentious?" Tennant was cast as "Hamlet" in the RSC's 2008 stage production and its television version, Hamlet (2009). See more »


The architecture of Bedlam is about 100 years out of date. See more »


Lynley: [walks in on Shakespeare, while Shakespeare is in conversation with the Doctor and Martha] This is abominable behavior. A new play with no warning? I demand to see a script, Mr. Shakespeare. As Master of the Revels, every new script must be registered at my office and examined by me before it can be performed.
William Shakespeare: Tomorrow morning. First thing, I'll send it around.
Lynley: I don't work to your schedule, you work to mine. The script, *now*!
William Shakespeare: I can't!
Lynley: Then tomorrow's performance is cancelled.
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References The Omen (1976) See more »


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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Better, but still...
15 April 2007 | by (Liverpool, England) – See all my reviews

This is the second (technically third) episode of Doctor Who Series 3, and by now the series should really be getting into the swing of things, but this episode still lacked certain elements that made the last series so successful. Normally, the 'back in time' episodes with a famous person in (Series 1's 'The Unquiet Dead' with Charles Dickens and Series 2's 'Tooth and Claw' with Queen Victoria' rank among the best episodes of the series, but this is a disappointment compared to them. It was action-packed, thats for sure and it featured a fairly clever recreation of Elizabethan England. However, on the whole, the episode was rather silly and just, not anything really. It was a slight improvement over the terribly rushed 'Smith and Jones', but the series still has a long way to go if it wants to top the amazing series 2.

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