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Published on April 10th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Hey Nonny Nonny!

Some reaction to a great episode of Doctor Who, beginnning with “what did the general viewing public think of it on a scorching hot Easter weekend?”

According to DWAS, overnight ratings of 6.8 million were recorded for The Shakespeare Code, over 35% of the viewing audience and the most-watched programme on Saturday night – and a good thing too as the Doctor and new companion Martha met William Shakespeare in a script that covered unusual content for Doctor Who – magic!

SFX reviewed the adventure a few hours before broadcast, drawing attention to the adventure being the most expensive yet and how it follows on from Smith and Jones in both pace and tone.

While season opener Smith and Jones felt like a big, bold relaunch of the entire show (maybe it was the fact that we’ve finally cut the moorings to the Eccleston/Piper era), The Shakespeare Code runs with that huge new confidence and cranks it up to eleven.

This recreation of Shakespeare’s England is sumptuous, from the witch-filled skies to the Globe itself, every frame dripping with a big screen sensibility.

You cant argue with that – best aerial shot of London since The Empty Child in my opinion.

The Daily Record meanwhile describes the adventure thus:

In perhaps the most visually spectacular episode of Doctor Who yet, the special effects team recreated a stunning replica of 16th-century London, including a model of the famous Globe Theatre.

Finally, the BAFTA Cymru nominations for Doctor Who and Torchwood are reported on at icwales.co.uk:

The BBC Wales dramas, both written by Swansea writer Russell T Davies, have a total of 21 nominations between them – 13 for Doctor Who and eight for Torchwood.

Tennant will be up against John Barrowman, Torchwood’s Captain Jack, for the Best Actor gong while former Doctor Who star Billie Piper and Torchwood’s Eve Myles are both in the running for Best Actress.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony at Cardiff International Arena later this month.

I wonder how likely it will be that neither wins?

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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