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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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 »


The architecture of Bedlam is about 100 years out of date.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


Shakespeare: So, tell me of Freedonia, where women can be doctors, writers, actors...?
Martha Jones: This country is ruled by a woman.
Shakespeare: Ah, she's royal, that's God's business, though you are a royal beauty.
Martha Jones: Whoa, Nelly. I know for a fact you've got a wife in the country
Shakespeare: But Martha, this is town.
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References Doctor Who: The Wheel of Fortune (1965) See more »


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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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