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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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| (50 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


Initially, Bloodtide and Doomfinger were referred to as Lilith's sisters rather than her mothers. Their despatching of Peter Streete was at one point envisioned as being much more complex, with Streete being sucked down into his bed. See more »


The architecture of Bedlam is about 100 years out of date.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


Martha Jones: Where's Shakespeare? I wanna see Shakespeare! Author! Author...
[looks at The Doctor cautiously]
Martha Jones: Do they say that? Do they say "Author?"
Audience: Author! Author!
[the whole audience begins to chant "Author!]
The Doctor: Well... They do now.
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Alternate Versions

On Disney XD, edits for content were made: Martha Jones using the word "hell" is muted and her race concerns about being in 1599 - "I'm not going to get carted off as a slave or anything?" "Why ever would you think that?" "Well, not exactly white, in case you hadn't noticed." - are completely cut. See more »


References The Omen (1976) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Better, but still...
15 April 2007 | by drwordsmithSee 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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