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Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks (Dr Who) [Hardcover]

Justin Richards
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12 Jun 2014 Dr Who

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 of Bard scholars: conclusive proof that the Doctor not only appeared throughout Shakespeare's life, but 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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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (12 Jun 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1849908117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849908115
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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William Shakespeare is the world's greatest ever playwright. Born in 1564, he split his time between Stratford-Upon-Avon and London where he worked as a playwright, poet and actor. In 1582 he married Anne Hathaway. Shakespeare died in 1616 at the age of 52, leaving three children - Susanna, Hamnet, and Mary. The rest is silence.

The Doctor is from Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborus. He has been saving the universe for centuries, and is a noted Shakespeare expert and name-dropper. In addition to writing out the first draft of Hamlet (after Shakespeare strained his wrist writing sonnets), the Doctor also helped the great playwright banish the Carrionites to the Deep Darkness. The Doctor has a granddaughter (probably) and lives in his TARDIS.

James Goss has written the books Doctor Who: Dead of Winter and Summer Falls, as well as several Torchwood books and radio plays. His favourite play is Pericles, oddly.

Jonathan Morris is one of the most prolific authors of Doctor Who novels, audio plays and comic strips and a regular contributor to Doctor Who Magazine. He first read the complete works of Shakespeare as a precocious 15-year-old but 25 years later still struggles with iambic pentameter.

Julian Richards is an English and Theatre Studies student at the University of Warwick. He is a Third Dan Karate Instructor, keen amateur writer and lifelong fan of both Shakespeare and Doctor Who, making this almost his ideal book (lacking only Karate).

Justin Richards has written for stage and screen, audio, children's novels, the science fiction series The Never War, and all sorts of other things. In his spare time he acts as Creative Consultant to BBC Books for all their Doctor Who titles - including this one. He has a degree in English and Theatre Studies, and once kidnapped someone by accident.

Matthew Sweet is a writer and broadcaster with a doctorate in Wilkie Collins. He presents Free Thinking and Sound of Cinema on BBC Radio 3 and The Philosopher's Arms on BBC Radio 4. His books and TV documentaries include The West End Front, Shepperton Babylon, The Rules of Film Noir and Me, You and Doctor Who. A million years ago he played Iachimo to Eve Best's Imogen, but Hollywood never called.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 'When I the word 'run' sayeth, thou must run'! 11 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A novelty tie-in book needs to achieve a number of things to be any good: quite apart from being funny, witty and unusual, it needs to tread the fine line between not being too silly, thus risking losing sight of the appeal of the source brand, or too serious, losing the ovelty factor. The Shakespeare Notebooks manages to tread this line, just. There are segments that sail perilously close to one or the other, sometimes in the same piece!

The principal aim of this book is to try and present various brief snippets of the Doctor's life through the prism of the World's Greatest Playwright. If you are looking for details of the pair's many meetings or a coherent story/stories, then you are looking in the wrong place. What we get are a series of short segments of 'Shakespeare's' writings, all of which show the playwright had a greater knowledge of both the Doctor and his world than hitherto imagined.

The segments included are varied and alledgedly come from a variety of sources, some more coherent than others. The sonnets are witty and well written, the rough drafts and treatments entertaining and the diary segments, just plain odd. However, it is in the play fragments that we can find some of the best, and most frustrating, material. It feels a little like these go one conceit too far: are the writers trying to purport that the Doctor invegled himself into Shakespeare's plays and thus needed to be written out in rewrites, or was he present at the actual historical events Shakespeare was dramatising and he was merely being historically accurate?
However, this minor confusion aside, the writing here is absolutely fabulous, a love letter to the works of Shakespeare by those more used to writing of Dalek battles than star-crossed lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing but Brilliance 15 July 2014
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Arrived in excellent condition, and is full of entertaining snippets of information!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and 12 July 2014
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Something for everyone's taste in humour. Fun and clever
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5.0 out of 5 stars a delightful pastiche 23 Jun 2014
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On a basis with the "Frankenstein Diaries", this entertainingly-written book claims (tongue-in-cheek) to be the Bard's notebooks relating to The Doctor. Amusingly done and well-written especially for those already familiar with the plays on which some of these parodies are based. Delightful and not overlong to the point of tedium.
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