WIL­LIAM AND THE DOC­TOR

No SF hero is more in­ti­mate with his­tory’s great­est play­wright than the Doc­tor…

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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.

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