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Tate Talks out of her Bottom

Doctor Who co-star Catherine Tate has had a varied career, from becoming a queen of British Comedy to having also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

As a result of her impact on comedy – as well no doubt spurred on by her success in season 30 of Doctor Who, the actress was invited to Powys literary festival to discuss Shakespeare, and in particular his comedies – where she revealed that she struggled to enjoy the Bard’s comedies at times.

"It’s got to strike a chord with us. We can’t write Shakespeare off but wearing bells on knees isn’t going to work."


She definitely has a point – for me the best Shakespeare is the modern-day adaptation, such as Ian McKellen’s Richard III. There’s no reasons why the comedies shouldn’t be given the same treatment.

It’s interesting how different productions interpret Shakespeare – and indeed other classical stories – in a modern context; it would be fascinating to see in 500 years time how the adventures of Doctor Who are replayed for a new audience.



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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