Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks
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Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 217 pages
  • 135 x 208 x 22mm | 318g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0062344420
  • 9780062344427
  • 492,018

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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 for Bard scholars: conclusive proof that the Doctor not only appeared throughout Shakespeare's life but also 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.
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About Justin Richards

JUSTIN RICHARDS is creative consultant for the BBC's "Doctor Who" books, and has written a fair few of them himself. As well as writing for stage, screen and audio, he is also the author of a series of novels for children. Justin lives in Warwick, with his wife, two children and a nice view of the castle.
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