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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 ...
Angela Pleasence ...


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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Did You Know?


Wiggins was named after Doctor Who (1963) fan and Shakespearean professor Martin Wiggins and Dolly Bailey is a reference to David Bailey, who has written various Doctor Who short stories and audios in Big Finish Productions' range of Bernice Summerfield dramas. See more »


When the Doctor witnesses Lynley die - of a psychic attack that causes him to drown on dry land, his lungs full of water - he declares that he has never seen anything like it. In fact, the Doctor has seen a death almost exactly like it in the 1971 serial "The Mind of Evil", in which the victim was, likewise, found dead in a dry room, his lungs full of water. (On a side note, this was the first time this version of the Doctor had seen anything like it.) See more »


Martha Jones: Where are we? No, sorry. Got to get used to this whole new language, *when* are we?
The Doctor: [looks up and sees a man about to dump waste out on their heads] Mind that.
[He pulls Martha back just before they get pummeled by excrement]
The Doctor: Somewhere before they invented the toilet.
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Featured in Doctor Who Confidential: Nemesis (2008) See more »


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Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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The best Dr. Who episode I have seen in the revived series so far
4 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is just amazing. Every character has been cast perfectly and acted beautifully. Reactions of Doctor and Shakespeare are priceless in their exchanges. The best of the lot is Doctor's reaction at learning about the origin of the Sonnet 18. Had to watch the episode many times, enjoyed and laughed out loud every time. Dean Lennox Kelly totally nailed portrayal of the Bard, at least in the comic sense it is supposed to be, and Christina Cole has to be the most beautiful witch ever. I got into Doctor Who for the futuristic storyline, but the episodes I loved most were when Doctor goes to past and meets historical figures - The Unquiet Dead and Tooth and Claw to name a couple. Still going through only third series, so a better episode might yet to come.

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