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The Shakespeare Notebooks was a collection of short stories featuring the Doctor's encounters with William Shakespeare.

Publisher's summary Edit

Many people know about William Shakespeare's famous encounter with the Doctor at the Globe Theatre in 1599. But what few people know (though many have suspected) is that it was not the first time they met.

Drawn from recently-discovered archives, The Shakespeare Notebooks is the holy grail of Bard scholars: conclusive proof that the Doctor not only appeared throughout Shakespeare's life, but had a significant impact on his writing. In these pages you'll find early drafts of scenes and notes for characters that never appeared in the plays; discarded lines of dialogue and sonnets; never-before-seen journal entries; and much more.

From the original notes for Hamlet (with a very different appearance by the ghost) and revealing early versions of the faeries of A Midsummer Night's Dream, to strange stage directions revised to remove references to a mysterious blue box, The Shakespeare Notebooks is an astonishing document that offers a unique insight into the mind of one of history's most respected and admired figures. And also, of course, William Shakespeare.

Contents Edit

Stories Edit

# Title Author Doctor Featuring
1 Notes on a Play 11th Hamlet
2 Exits and Entrances 7th
3 The True Tragedy of Macbeth 2nd Jamie, Zoe
4 Cymbeline 11th Skarasen
5 Diary Extract 5th Shakespeare
6 The Dream 1st Rutan Host
7 A Prologue War Daleks
8 The True and Most Excellent Comedie of Romeo and Juliet 11th Amy, Rory
9 The Tempest - A Work in Progress 10th Shakespeare
10 Exit, by Another Means
11 The Winter's Tale 11th
12 Antony and Cleopatra Cleopatra, Mara
13 Troilus and Cressida 1st Troilus
14 Pericles Romana I
15 Coriolanus Till, Zadek, Farrah
16 Master Faustus the Master, Christopher Marlowe, Daleks
17 The Sonnets
18 As You Like It 6th Peri
19 Double Falsehood 9th Alexander Pope, Theobald
20 Hamlet 4th Hamlet
21 Timon of Athens Axos
22 Hamlet's Soliloquy 4th Shakespeare
23 Academic Notes 6th
24 Ye Unearthly Childe 1st Ian, Barbara, Susan
25 Appendix - The Last Will 10th Donna

Notes Edit

  • This anthology is a follow-up to The Shakespeare Code in which the Tenth Doctor meets Shakespeare. The story The Tempest: A Work in Progress (set later in the Tenth Doctor's timeline) includes references to the earlier episode.
  • Shakespeare also appeared in The Chase.
  • Two stories involving the play Hamlet feature the Fourth Doctor. In City of Death, the Doctor confesses to having helped Shakespeare transcribe the play.
  • The story Troilus and Cressida features the First Doctor. The Shakespeare play touches on some of the same events as The Myth Makers in which the Doctor's companion Vicki leaves the TARDIS to become Cressida.

External links Edit

Official The Shakespeare Notebooks page at Penguin Books

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