Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Notebooks reunites two legendary figures – the Timelord and the Bard

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The Shakespeare Notebooks
sees Doctor Who follow the likes of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars in forging a science fiction-flavoured partnership with the Bard.

Published by BBC Books, it offers a uniquely Doctor Who-skewed perspective on the ever-elusive life of William Shakespeare.

Expanding upon the plot of the episode The Shakespeare Code that aired in 2007, Doctor Who: The Shakespeare NoteBooks claims to give “a unique insight into the mind of one of history’s most respected and admired figures. And also, of course, William Shakespeare.”

Presented as newly discovered notes written by the Bard himself, the book contains new scenes, characters and early versions of famous speeches. Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy appears in draft form as “To reverse or not to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.”

The book is on sale now in the UK for £9.99, and will be released in the US on 15 July priced at $12.22.

Go here for UK orders and here for US pre-orders.