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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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Top Customer Reviews
The book is hardcover, the binding is tight and clean. Shipping was fast. A good buy, but only for true fans.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a fan of both Shakespeare and Doctor Who, I found this absolutely delightful. Well worth the money.Published 9 months ago by Karen Oberst
thou art awesome!!
my 14 year and 11 year old like it, they tune everything out and read..
This is neither Shakespeare nor pure Doctor, but it is interesting.Published 14 months ago by michael w
Gave it to my Shakespear and Dr Who fan of a cousin and she absolutly LOVES it!!!Published 16 months ago by Rebecca B