Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 2

The Shakespeare Code (7 Apr. 2007)

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The Doctor takes Martha to 1599, to meet none other than William Shakespeare in the Globe Theatre...but can he stop the curse of the three witches?


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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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The Doctor finds Shakespeare backstage, rubbing the top of his head where he had hit it when he fell on stage. The Doctor tells him to stop rubbing it or he'll go bald. Most images portraying Shakespeare show him to be a man who is balding on the top of his head.' See more »


Because of poor lighting, among other things, in Shakespeare's day plays were performed during the day. That was why theaters like The Globe had no roofs, so that the sun could light up the stage. It wasn't until much later that performances became a night-time affair. See more »


The Doctor: Rage, rage, against the dying of the light...
William Shakespeare: I might use that.
The Doctor: You can't, it's someone else's.
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References Doctor Who: Silver Nemesis: Part 2 (1988) 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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a great episode!!!
17 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Shakespeare code is a great episode for the third series! it shows Martha's first trip in the Tardis.they go back to 1599 to find Shakespeare being possessed by witches to try and open some kind of portal by using one of his plays that he's just written. This episode is good , it had some goofs like when they were relating to 'back to the future' , but they also had some bits where it also had some seriousness like when the doctor was wondering if rose could figure out the mystery if she was with him.(also when the witch crept up on the doctor in the prison cell it kinda made me jump!!! David Tennant you rock as the doc!!!!!!!

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