We last saw him in The Shakespeare Code (2007) but an upcoming book will chart the history of the Doctor’s adventures with William Shakespeare!
We first saw the Bard in 1965’s The Chase via the Time-Space Visualiser, but of course the Doctor has had many meetings with the great man. Here’s what we can expect from The Shakespeare Notebooks:
Newly discovered entries and drawings in William Shakespeare’s journals reveal for the first time the astounding relationship between the great Bard and the Doctor.
Since his first adventure in 1963, the Doctor has enjoyed many encounters with William Shakespeare. Now, BBC Books has rediscovered notebooks, long thought lost, compiled by the Bard in which he divulges the influential role the Doctor played in his creative life.
Here are the original notes for Hamlet, including a very different appearance by the ghost; early versions of great lines (“To reverse or not to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow”); the true story of how the faeries of A Midsummer Night’s Dream were first imagined; stage directions for plays adjusted to remove references to a mysterious blue box; and much, much more.
We do wonder how many stories the book will cover: the Ninth Doctor met William in A Groatsworth of Wit; the Eighth in The Time of the Daleks; and the Fifth in The Kingmaker – and that’s just touching the surface! Nonetheless, it sounds a thoroughly entertaining tome.
Written by Justin Richards, The Shakespeare Notebooks is released on 15th July. It’s currently unavailable via Amazon. We don’t know why either.