Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 2

The Shakespeare Code (7 Apr. 2007)

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


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Episode complete credited cast:
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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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During this episode, multiple references are made to Harry Potter. David Tennant played in the adaptation of the fourth novel : Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). 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 »


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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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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