WILLIAM AND THE DOCTOR
No SF hero is more intimate with history’s greatest playwright than the Doctor…
The Doctor’s travels originally had only the slightest on- screen brush with Shakespeare, who was briefly seen chatting with the Doctor’s future squeeze Elizabeth I on the Time- Space Visualiser in Hartnell adventure “The Chase” in 1965. But once Russell T Davies had revived the show, it was just a case of which writer would get to team their hero up with Bill first. Step forward Gareth Roberts, whose Elizabethan yarn “The Shakespeare Code” debuted in in 2007. The Tenth Doctor takes new recruit Martha Jones for an eye- opening jaunt to Tudor England which quickly escalates into a rush to save the planet from the Weird- Sister- like Carrionites (“Sycorax” having unfortunately just been used up as the name of an alien race in “The Christmas Invasion”), who have helped design the Globe Theatre as an intergalactic sound projector. Using pseudo- voodoo to trick Shakespeare ( here presented as a swaggering Russell Brand- like celebrity) into inserting coordinates into the text of lost play Love’s Labour’s Won, the hideous crones hoped to open a portal for the Carrionites to vanquish Earth, but the Doctor urges Shakespeare to cancel the process with an improvised demonstration of the power of words – and a little extra help from JK Rowling.
Dean Lennox Kelly in the role of the Bard.
Martha ( Freema Agyeman) gets a history lesson.