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3.2 - The Shakespeare Code

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Reviewed By: XxDachshundxX Review Date: 1/26/19 6:12 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I probably need to explain my really low rating, so here goes...

I never thought this story was any good. The highest I'd give it would be a 5/10. The plot is mad, the effects are a bit cheap, the writing is a bit loose, the acting isn't the best, the villains are extremely melodramatic and camp. And the bedroom scene. Bleeeugh!

So when your favorite English teacher asks you to bring this story in for your year group to watch as an introduction to Shakespeare, you know you'll never enjoy a scrap of this story again.

Picture this in your head: a dark English classroom full of uncomfortable chairs and desks covered in rude graffiti. Teenage boys are reclining on their chairs, moaning about the forthcoming program while bitchy girls tap on their phones gossiping. The program starts.
People begin laughing. And laughing. Rude jokes are passed about. Lewd comments are made about the purpose of the TARDIS and the relationship between the Doctor and Martha. The Carrionites become the worst thing ever seen to most of these unforgiving, critical teenagers.
"Ohhh, this is gayyy!"
"Doctor Who is a crap kiddies show!"
"Errrrr!"
Luckily, the bell goes just after the climax, so we don't get the really cringy end scene. Thank god. On your way out of the class, the English teacher smiles at you sadly. A few girls say that they thought it was okay. And then the rest of your year group laughs about it for the rest of the day, and then the abuse is directed towards you.

And this episode is ruined forever.
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 1/24/19 2:03 pm
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This story features the Doctor taking new friend Martha to 1599 where they visit the Globe theatre and meet William Shakespeare. The Doctor realises something strange is going on and it turns out there appear to be witches carrying out evil witchcraft involving the Globe and Shakespeare's forthcoming play Love's Labours Won which the Doctor knows was a lost play. The witches are actually alien Carrionites and the Doctor must stop their plans.

This story is extremely fun with sufficient scary, dark elements balancing the witty humour and entertaining adventure. William Shakespeare is very well acted and integrated into the story and the plot itself is strong. Freema Agyeman is excellent as new companion Martha who establishes a good character with vulnerabilities but also strength and intelligence. The script is funny and the thrills work really well.

Overall an excellent 9.5/10 episode.