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Sex & Nudity

  • At the beginning of the episode, a man is seduced by a beautiful woman who turns out to be a witch. William Shakespeare is shown to be very much a player, and is implied to be bisexual, making passes at both Martha and The Doctor ("53 scholars just punched the air!")
  • A woman implies sex with Shakespeare. However, it is likely to fly over children's heads.
  • The woman says that Shakespeare has "found his new muse".

Violence & Gore

  • Some violence, nothing terribly intense. At the end of the episode, arrows are fired at the TARDIS by an enraged Queen Elizabeth.
  • One of the witches is disguised as a beautiful woman and seduces a man. She leads him into her house, where she is joined by her sisters. The witches seem to tear the man into bits but you can only see the witches grabbing at the man's body and the camera views change too quickly to see anything clearly. The man screams.
  • One of the witches dunks a voodoo doll into a bucket of water and a man suddenly starts choking. She stabs the voodoo doll and he starts coughing up water. He falls to the floor and dies. It is made clear that he drowned.
  • In a mental asylum, one of the witches touches a man where his heart is located and he suddenly dies with his eyes open.


  • Shakespeare uses many terms to refer to Martha that while poetic in his day are now seen as borderline racist, as shown by Martha's reaction.
  • Shakespeare tells the audience to shut their "big, fat mouths". However, this is intended as a joke and not an insult.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Shakespeare is drunk on at least two occasions during the episode.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Carrionite invasion at the climax of the episode is fairly intense.

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