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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




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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Technical Specs


| (50 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)


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Did You Know?


Star Trek reference. Doctor says "once more unto the breach" written by Shakespeare. This is the name of the seventh episode of season 7 Deep Space 9. See more »


The Doctor describes the Globe Theater as a "fourteen-sided tetra-decagon." The original theater actually had twenty sides, as well as the modern reconstruction that was used in filming. See more »


The Doctor: Not so different from your time. Look...
[points to a man who is shovelling dung into a bucket]
The Doctor: ... they have recycling.
[They pass men standing around a barrel of water]
The Doctor: Water cooler moments...
Street Preacher: And the Earth will be consumed by flames!
The Doctor: And global warming.
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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 »


Spoofs A Sound of Thunder (2005) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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the shakesphere code
8 April 2007 | by leighann_baxterSee all my reviews

hey, i thought the episode was really good. funny. upbeat and generally very well acted. the witches were very well costumed. visual effect were very well done. we can still see that the doctor is still in love with rose as he still thinks about her and her name keeps him going. shake-sphere is played by dean Lennox Kelly Also known as Kev from shameless. very very good indeed. David Tennant still puts a lot of energy into the work and plays hes character brilliantly . Freema is doing very well as a person shes settled in extremely well and has been welcomed into the family of doctor who!

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