Doctor Who

Season 3 Episode 2

The Shakespeare Code

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Apr 07, 2007 on BBC America

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  • Shall i compare thee to a summer's day? tho art more lovely and more temperate... Shakespeare like a rock legend, Martha's first trip and the Doctor having his usual rollicking good time in the face of Danger.

    They stop off in 1599 to see a show, Love's Labou's Lost to be more exact, and though the Doctor was going to take Martha home they decide to stay and find out the mystery of the play Loves Labour's Won. Which SHakespeare says they will show the next day, but has been lost from history.

    The Doctor: When you go home you can tell everyone you’ve seen Shakespeare.
    Martha: Then I can get sectioned. Witches which are word power aliens who love the number 14. 14 sides to the Globe, 14 lines in a sonnet, all about 14.

    Young man at the beggining, The Master of the Revel's, A Landlady and more. The witches want to call everyone they've lost to earth and recreate their world of blood and pain.

    I adored some of the continuous Shakespeare jokes, worth it for them if nothing else. The witches were a bit tacky but the effects were fantastic, the view of london at the beggining you can see a wee horse galloping on the right down the street.

    Felt really bad for Martha though and the Doctor constantly harping on about Rose, and how she'd of known what to say and do. For that alone i found the episode annoying and it downgraded it a fair bit. Well down Freema though, shaping up as a damn fine companion, let's see how she gets to stick with him!

    Overall comment:
    Worth a Watch, good historical realism, funny, better than the ghosts in Season 1 and far better than the Werewolves of Season 2.
    The Doctor doeslike to upset his Queens of England though :).