Doctor Who

Season 3 Episode 2

The Shakespeare Code

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



  • Trivia

    • Shakespeare: Who are you, exactly, and, more to the point, who is this gorgeous blackamoor lady?
      By the term blackamoor Shakespeare is referring to the obvious African cast of Martha's features. The term "moor", referring to the Arabs/Muslims who had controlled much of the Spanish (Iberian) Peninsula of Europe from the Fall of Rome even up to Shakespeare's time, was then generally synonymous with having an African appearance. One of the driving forces behind the Spanish Inquisition was dispelling the Islamic influences. The title character in Othello (which Shakespeare had not yet written as of the time of this episode) is described as being Moorish.