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Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks Hardcover – July 15, 2014

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From the Back Cover

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.

About the Author

Justin Richards has written for stage and screen as well as novels and graphic novels. He writes extensively for children and has also co-authored several action thrillers for young adults with the acknowledged master of the genre, Jack Higgins. The first two novels in his adult science fiction Never War series, The Suicide Exhibition and The Blood Red City, were published in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Justin acts as creative consultant to BBC Books' Doctor Who titles, and he has penned quite a few himself. Married with two children (both boys), Justin lives and works in Warwick, England, within sight of one of Britain's bestpreserved castles.

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Product Details

  • Series: Doctor Who
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062344420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062344427
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is probably not best devoured in short order, but should be dipped into. You will need to know your Shakespeare - I mean, we even end up in an odd corner of Cymbeline. The Sontarans as the rude mechanicals are worth the cost alone, though how the Doctor helped out with Shakespeare's last play is suitably mind-bogglingly timey-wimey.
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This is a really neat book, though it is definitely designed for a very specific audience. Basically, the book takes parts of Shakespeare's plays, and re-writes them to include characters from Dr. Who. This includes characters from both the new and the classic Dr.Who series, and it is written in Shakespeare's style. With this in mind, it is an awesome book and makes a great gift for anyone who is a true fan of both Dr. Who and Shakespeare.

The book is hardcover, the binding is tight and clean. Shipping was fast. A good buy, but only for true fans.
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'Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks' is not so much a book as a series of fragments. Some of it works better than others.

The Doctor (of Doctor Who) fame, has visited Shakespeare during the course of the TV series, and maybe at other times not documented. This book takes some famous Shakespeare works and shows how the Doctor and his companions might have interfered. We get snippets from Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. There are parts of sonnets and unwritten plays. Throughout there is the strange Doctor interjecting strange things. The volume ends with a short story with the tenth Doctor and Donna Noble involving a bed owned by Shakespeare.

Some of the gags are more clever than others. Sometimes it's easy to tell which Doctor it is, and sometimes less so, but that's not a problem. It's more a book to dip into than to read straight through. Since I'm a Doctor Whoo fan, I enjoyed it for the most part, but I'm not sure if I'd recommend it.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Random House UK, Ebury Publishing, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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This book was alright. One thing I was not in favor of was that I never knew which Doctor it was talking about, or if it was kind enough to hint, it was about half way through whatever story it was telling. I wish they would have put at the top of the title for each chapter 9th Doctor, 4th Doctor, etc so I knew which one it was supposed to be! That really took away from the book for me. Otherwise it was an alright read. It was a bit silly in spots, some of it made no sense (as it does dive into everything Shakespeare has done and I have not read a lot of Shakespeare) but still an alright read.
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Such a disappointment, considering how well written the scripts were for the TV series! This is dull stuff and does not appeal to me either as a fan of Shakespeare or of The Doctor. Boring, trite, sophomoric, weak, and just not worth the money or the time to read it. Seems like it was written just to cash in on Dr. Who fans' willingness to buy anything related to the show. Ugh!!
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When I found out about this book I was super excited. So I went and got it within a few days (had I had my own transportation it would have been sooner, I assure you), I was quite disappointed in it.

The preface tries to play this off as if it were actually written by Shakespeare, I could forgive that had it been better written. The whole time I felt as though they just tried to cram as many Doctor Who references in everywhere they possibly could. I would have enjoyed it better had it been more believable, i.e. more subtle references. For instance, instead of having the Doctor come out of his Tardis proclaiming who he is and the name of this monster he is fighting, maybe describing a peculiar man with a bow tie/whatnot talking to himself about an impossible beast.

Overall it made me kind of sad, as I was hoping for me, but you win some and lose some.
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Very impressed by the creativity of this book. Purchased as a gift and the recipient was very happy with it. It arrived new and free of damage. Would buy again.
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I enjoyed this collection, which is well and creatively written. It's fun to explore the Doctor's experiences and history with the Bard, and each Doctor's "voice" is well captured.
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