Great Dr Who & Shakespeare episode

Granted it was still set in London, and granted the no-longer-new Dr Who still has an annoying face, this episode was a blinder.

THe plotline was a bit Shakespeare in love meets Charmed. There are witches, who turn out to be evil aliens, using their witch skills to turn the the Globe Theatre into a conduit for more evil aliens. To do this, they remote control Shakespeare (who falls for the Dr’s new assistant) and hypnotise him into inserting a spell with planetary co-ordinates into the end of his new play “Love’s labours won”.

It was obviously made with at least one eye on global sales. So it was streets ahead of most British tv in looks. Beautiful lighting, beautiful sets, more beautiful people than you would ever expect to see on home-grown British tv and some quite fearsomely effective – if simple -special effects. Shakspeare, the Globe, medieval London, Elizabeth I – you can hear the English Tourist Board’s tills ringing in joyful anticipation.

In case the adults got bored, it threw in lots of Shakespeare quotations. and in-jokes. All the obvious ones but still satisfyingly erudite for mass tv. (Maybe it will make some schoolkid get interested in Shakespeare, it’s always possible.)

It even tied together the flirtation between Shakespeare and the new Dr Who assistant at the end, with Shakespeare planning to write a sonnet to his Dark Lady.

5 thoughts on “Great Dr Who & Shakespeare episode

  1. (Maybe it will make some schoolkid get interested in Shakespeare, it’s always possible.)

    I hope not…

  2. Blimey, your quick off the mark! I’ve only just got off me a**se after watching it. Like you, I thought it was great. Another episode in the great tradition of Dr Who absurdity.

    And Shakespeare is indeed great.

  3. Bah. I feel ganged up against.

    Dr Who is often great, I agree. I still have issues with the scriptwriters who jam all this into less than an hour. In the good old days, this episode would have been full of mystery and a build up to the climax. Next week would have built on that, and then (maybe) the week after would have ended the “episode.”

    In this one, I felt the last 5 minutes cram much too much in.

    On the Shakesp…yawn…ear topic. I doubt I will ever be convinced 🙂

  4. It’s a shame that the poem at the end was written for a young boy rather than a woman. Considering Davies’ bias in that department, I’m surprised at the scripting… 😉

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