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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.


Charlie Palmer (as Charles Palmer)


Gareth Roberts

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Episode complete credited cast:
David Tennant ... The Doctor
Freema Agyeman ... Martha Jones
Dean Lennox Kelly ... Shakespeare
Christina Cole ... Lilith
Sam Marks ... Wiggins
Amanda Lawrence ... Doomfinger
Linda Clark ... Bloodtide
Jalaal Hartley Jalaal Hartley ... Dick
David Westhead ... Kempe
Andrée Bernard ... Dolly Bailey
Chris Larkin ... Lynley
Stephen Marcus ... Jailer
Matt King ... Peter Streete
Robert Demeger Robert Demeger ... Preacher
Angela Pleasence ... Queen Elizabeth


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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Release Date:

7 April 2007 (UK) See more »

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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


The Doctor and Martha watch Shakespeare's 'Love's Labours Lost'. David Tennant played Berowne in the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2008 production of the same play. In addition, Shakespeare says "To be or not to be...oh! That's quite good." The Doctor tells him he should write that down, to which Shakespeare replies, "Maybe not. Bit pretentious?" Tennant was cast as "Hamlet" in the RSC's 2008 stage production and its television version, Hamlet (2009). See more »


The architecture of Bedlam is about 100 years out of date.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


Lilith: [explaining the Carrionites plan] And from this world we will lead the universe back into the old ways of blood and magic.
The Doctor: [walks up to her] Hmm, busy schedule. But first you've gotta get past me.
Lilith: Oh, that should be a pleasure.
[leans in seductively]
Lilith: Considering my enemy has such a handsome shape.
The Doctor: Now that's one form of magic that's definitely not gonna work on me.
Lilith: Oh, we'll see.
[cuts a piece of hair off of him]
The Doctor: What's that for? What did you do?
Lilith: Souvenir.
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References Duck Soup (1933) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
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 rainbow_letlooseSee 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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