Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
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.
Stories[edit | edit source]
|1||Notes on a Play||11th||Hamlet|
|2||Exits and Entrances||7th|
|3||The True Tragedy of Macbeth||2nd||Jamie, Zoe|
|6||The Dream||1st||Rutan Host|
|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|
|15||Coriolanus||Till, Zadek, Farrah|
|16||Master Faustus||the Master, Christopher Marlowe, Daleks|
|18||As You Like It||6th||Peri|
|19||Double Falsehood||9th||Alexander Pope, Theobald|
|21||Timon of Athens||Axos|
|24||Ye Unearthly Childe||1st||Ian, Barbara, Susan|
|25||Appendix - The Last Will||10th||Donna|
Notes[edit | edit source]
- 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 TV: The Chase, AUDIO: The Kingmaker, The Time of the Daleks, PROSE: Apocrypha Bipedium, All Done with Mirrors, although some of these accounts completely contradict each other as well as The Shakespeare Notebooks.
- 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.