If there are historical figures that The Doctor has interacted with more than the famous playwright William Shakespeare, I've been unable to find them. No fewer than six different incarnations of The Doctor have either met or had adventures with the Bard, including at least two trips in the Tardis. That's starting to edge into full-on companion territory. Today we're going to look at the history between our favorite time traveler and one of the greatest writers of all time.
"The Shakespeare Code"
From Shakespeare's point of view, the first time he met The Doctor must have happened in childhood, sometime between 1564 and 1572. In "City of Death," the Fourth Doctor remarks to a man who is holding a gun on him that "I once knew a boy like you, never said a word, very taciturn, there's no point in talking if you've got nothing to say..." Later in the episode, The Doctor reveals that he helped Shakespeare write Hamlet both physically and creatively. Countess Scarlioni obtains a manuscript of the folio in The Doctor's own handwriting, which he says exists because Shakespeare sprained his wrist. The Doctor also chided the writer about mixed metaphors.
Now, it should be pointed out that it's perhaps unlikely the Fourth Doctor was the incarnation that did the actual writing with Shakespeare, though it's very likely he did visit Shakespeare as a child. The Doctor almost certainly didn't identify himself, though, because the young boy Shakespeare doesn't recognize him in their next meeting.More »