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27th Feb '18 9:00:04 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheSimpsonsGame'', Shakespeare appears [[spoiler:as an angel guarding the gates to FluffyCloudHeaven. [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption You have to beat him up to enter]].]]

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* In ''TheSimpsonsGame'', ''VideoGame/TheSimpsonsGame'', Shakespeare appears [[spoiler:as an angel guarding the gates to FluffyCloudHeaven. [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption You have to beat him up to enter]].]]
25th Feb '18 8:54:45 PM nombretomado
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* ''No Bed For Bacon'', a humorous novel that may have inspired ''ShakespeareInLove'', takes a HistoricalHilarity approach to the period. It makes reference to the authorship controversy by inverting it. Rather than Bacon writing Shakespeare's plays, Shakespeare helps write Bacon's essays in addition to his play-writing work.

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* ''No Bed For Bacon'', a humorous novel that may have inspired ''ShakespeareInLove'', ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'', takes a HistoricalHilarity approach to the period. It makes reference to the authorship controversy by inverting it. Rather than Bacon writing Shakespeare's plays, Shakespeare helps write Bacon's essays in addition to his play-writing work.
9th Feb '18 7:34:23 PM Andyroid
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* He appeared as a sentient wax figure in WesternAnimation/GravityFalls along with other wax figures based on historical and literary characters.

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* He appeared as ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': In "Headhunters", a sentient wax figure in WesternAnimation/GravityFalls along with other wax dummy of William Shakespeare is among the figures based on historical and literary characters.at the Mystery Shack's long-abandoned wax museum exhibit.
1st Feb '18 1:19:48 AM Kadmium
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* He appeared as a sentient wax figure in WesternAnimation/GravityFalls along with other wax figures based on historical and literary characters.
18th Jan '18 1:27:04 AM jormis29
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* ''Series/UpstartCrow'', a comedy series written by Creator/BenElton and starring Creator/DavidMitchell as Shakespeare, revolves around his early career before he really hits it off. Complete with numerous ItWillNeverCatchOn moments, adventures curiously similar to his later works which end up inspiring him in a completely different direction, and an inversion of the UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory that someone else wrote Shakespeare's plays.

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* ''Series/UpstartCrow'', a comedy series written by Creator/BenElton and starring Creator/DavidMitchell Creator/{{David Mitchell|Actor}} as Shakespeare, revolves around his early career before he really hits it off. Complete with numerous ItWillNeverCatchOn moments, adventures curiously similar to his later works which end up inspiring him in a completely different direction, and an inversion of the UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory that someone else wrote Shakespeare's plays.
12th Jan '18 6:28:38 PM nombretomado
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* Shakespeare's marriage was of at best questionable happiness (because he only left his wife his "second best bed" in his will, and because he spent most of his life in London while she was in Stratford-upon-Avon). His wife gave birth less than nine months after their marriage, so it's often presented as a ShotgunWedding. [[JustifyingEdit It's worth mentioning that Shakespeare scholars dispute both these factoids]]: apparently the second-best bed was the bed a couple would typically sleep in (the best was kept for guests - like the "company dinner service") and under the laws of the time, the wife would automatically inherit a large share of the estate. As for the marriage, Shakespeare and his wife had been formally engaged for a number of months before the marriage ceremony and at the time, engaged couples were seen as married in all but name. (This crops up as an important plot point in ''Theatre/MeasureForMeasure''.)

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* Shakespeare's marriage was of at best questionable happiness (because he only left his wife his "second best bed" in his will, and because he spent most of his life in London while she was in Stratford-upon-Avon). His wife gave birth less than nine months after their marriage, so it's often presented as a ShotgunWedding. [[JustifyingEdit [[Administrivia/JustifyingEdit It's worth mentioning that Shakespeare scholars dispute both these factoids]]: apparently the second-best bed was the bed a couple would typically sleep in (the best was kept for guests - like the "company dinner service") and under the laws of the time, the wife would automatically inherit a large share of the estate. As for the marriage, Shakespeare and his wife had been formally engaged for a number of months before the marriage ceremony and at the time, engaged couples were seen as married in all but name. (This crops up as an important plot point in ''Theatre/MeasureForMeasure''.)
26th Nov '17 8:49:19 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/UpstartCrow'', a comedy series written by Creator/BenElton and starring Creator/DavidMitchell as Shakespeare, revolves around his early career before he really hits it off. Complete with numerous ItWillNeverCatchOn moments, adventures curiously similar to his later works which end up inspiring him in a completely different direction, and an inversion of the ConspiracyTheory that someone else wrote Shakespeare's plays.

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* ''Series/UpstartCrow'', a comedy series written by Creator/BenElton and starring Creator/DavidMitchell as Shakespeare, revolves around his early career before he really hits it off. Complete with numerous ItWillNeverCatchOn moments, adventures curiously similar to his later works which end up inspiring him in a completely different direction, and an inversion of the ConspiracyTheory UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory that someone else wrote Shakespeare's plays.
22nd Nov '17 6:00:36 PM PaulA
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[[folder:Audio Drama]]
* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'':
** ''The Kingmaker'' (in which [[spoiler:Shakespeare travels back to the time of Richard III and dies at Bosworth Field, so Richard takes his place and writes the plays]]).
** ''Time of the Daleks'' features a woman who invents a time machine in order to go back and see Shakespeare's plays when they were first performed. She manages to screw up the timeline so that the plays were never written. [[spoiler:The character credited as "Kitchen Boy" is actually a very young William Shakespeare.]]
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* A ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip, "A Groatsworth of Wit" (by Gareth Roberts, who also wrote "The Shakespeare Code") has the Elizabethan playwright Robert Greene (a colleague of Shakespeare, who wrote a pamphlet attacking his plays) travel to the 21st century, where he's horrified to learn that the upstart actor he was so disparaging of is thought of as the greatest playwright of the age, whereas he's just barely remembered as the guy who said ItWillNeverCatchOn.






* ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'':
** The Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures novel ''Empire of Glass'' depicts Shakespeare working as a secret agent (so was Christopher Marlowe, who faked his death and is alive and well in Venice) and the Doctor getting involved with the premiere performance of ''Macbeth''.
** One ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' novel has the Doctor mention that he "loved Shakespeare", get embarrassed, and correct that to "loves Shakespeare" (connoting he's just a fan of Shakespeare's work instead), then recite Hamlet's "[[BlatantLies man delights not me]]" speech [[NoSocialSkills as a way of changing the topic]].
** The ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''Theatre of War'' has a group of archaeologists uncover a theatre whose archive includes several famous lost plays, including ''Love's Labour's Won'' (though we don't get any details, because everybody's more interested in a lost masterpiece from the 23rd century).
** He doesn't appear outside of a cameo in the [[Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures Missing Adventure]] ''Managra'', but he's an important background figure. The action itself revolves around a jealous, much less talented rival who crafts terrible plagiarised versions of Shakespeare's plays, which somehow manages to attract the attention of an EldritchAbomination (or what seems to be one, anyway).
** ''The Shakespeare Notebooks'' purports to be a recently discovered notebook in which Shakespeare collected ''all'' his encounters with the Doctor. It also contains Doctorised versions of his plays and sonnets (such as an 'early draft' of a scene from ''Theatre/{{Cymbeline}}'' with a [[TheyLookLikeUsNow truly incredible twist about Imogen]]), although whether they are based on 'real' adventures is extremely ambiguous.
** The ''Short Trips'' short story "Apocrypha Bipedium" set shortly after the audio ''Time of the Daleks'' [[spoiler:has the young Shakespeare read ''The Complete Works of Shakespeare''.]]
** The book ''Short Trips: Past Tense'' contains a story where the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane end up helping Christopher Marlowe fake his own death and become William Shakespeare. The Doctor gives him a copy of ''The Complete Works of Shakespeare'' (which he'd used as a PocketProtector) and [[StableTimeLoop tells him only to read it 'when he gets stuck']].



** In the Fourth Doctor story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath "City of Death"]], the Doctor is shown reading a manuscript of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (which he hand-wrote for Will, who had sprained his wrist writing sonnets) and claiming that he helped compose the famous "To be or not to be" speech. The book ''The Shakespeare Notebook'' contains the full text of this, complete with the Doctor's rather condescending ConstructiveCriticism.

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** In the Fourth Doctor story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath "City of Death"]], the Doctor is shown reading a manuscript of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' (which he hand-wrote for Will, who had sprained his wrist writing sonnets) and claiming that he helped compose the famous "To be or not to be" speech. The book ''The Shakespeare Notebook'' contains the full text of this, complete with the Doctor's rather condescending ConstructiveCriticism.



** Shakespeare has also appeared several times in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, including the AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio ''The Kingmaker'' (in which [[spoiler: Richard III writes the plays, while Shakespeare dies at Bosworth Field]]) and the Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures novel ''Empire of Glass'' (which also features Marlowe).
** One ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' novel has the Doctor mention that he "loved Shakespeare", get embarrassed, and correct that to "loves Shakespeare" (connoting he's just a fan of Shakespeare's work instead), then recite Hamlet's "[[BlatantLies man delights not me]]" speech [[NoSocialSkills as a way of changing the topic]].
** The ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''Theatre of War'' has a group of archaeologists uncover a theatre whose archive includes several famous lost plays, including ''Love's Labour's Won'' (though we don't get any details, because everybody's more interested in a lost masterpiece from the 23rd century).
** He doesn't appear outside of a cameo in the [[Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures Missing Adventure]] ''Managra'', but he's an important background figure. The action itself revolves around a jealous, much less talented rival who crafts terrible plagiarised versions of Shakespeare's plays, which somehow manages to attract the attention of an EldritchAbomination (or what seems to be one, anyway).
** A ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip, "A Groatsworth of Wit" (by Gareth Roberts, who also wrote "The Shakespeare Code") has the Elizabethan playwright Robert Greene (a colleague of Shakespeare, who wrote a pamphlet attacking his plays) travel to the 21st century, where he's horrified to learn that the upstart actor he was so disparaging of is thought of as the greatest playwright of the age, whereas he's just barely remembered as the guy who said ItWillNeverCatchOn.
** ''The Shakespeare Notebooks'' purports to be a recently discovered notebook in which Shakespeare collected ''all'' his encounters with the Doctor. It also contains Doctorised versions of his plays and sonnets (such as an 'early draft' of a scene from ''Theatre/{{Cymbeline}}'' with a [[TheyLookLikeUsNow truly incredible twist about Imogen]]), although whether they are based on 'real' adventures is extremely ambiguous.
** The ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' drama ''Time of the Daleks'' features a woman who invents a time machine in order to go back and see Shakespeare's plays when they were first performed. She manages to screw up the timeline so that the plays were never written. [[spoiler: The character credited as "Kitchen Boy" is actually a very young William Shakespeare.]] The short story ''Apocrypha Bipedium'' set shortly after [[spoiler: has the young Shakespeare read ''The Complete Works of Shakespeare''.]]
** The book ''Short Trips: Past Tense'' contains a story where the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane end up helping Christopher Marlowe fake his own death and become William Shakespeare. The Doctor gives him a copy of ''The Complete Works of Shakespeare'' (which he'd used as a PocketProtector) and [[StableTimeLoop tells him only to read it 'when he gets stuck']].
19th Oct '17 5:11:01 AM nighttrainfm
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* In the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' TimeTravel special for the Millennium, ''Blackadder Back And Forth'', Edmund beats up Shakespeare in revenge for 400 years of schoolchildren who have to put up with his plays. And for being indirectly responsible for "[[Creator/KennethBranagh Ken Branagh's]] endless, uncut, four-hour version of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''".

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* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'':
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In the ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' TimeTravel special for the Millennium, ''Blackadder Back And Forth'', Edmund beats up Shakespeare in revenge for 400 years of schoolchildren who have to put up with his plays. And for being indirectly responsible for "[[Creator/KennethBranagh Ken Branagh's]] endless, uncut, four-hour version of ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''".



:: After getting back to 1999, Edmund discovers that this messed up history, making Shakespeare give up writing and be recognized as the inventor of the ballpoint pen (which Edmund left behind by accident), so he has to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong go back and redo his visit]], being much nicer to Will that time around.

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:: ** After getting back to 1999, Edmund discovers that this messed up history, making Shakespeare give up writing and be recognized as the inventor of the ballpoint pen (which Edmund left behind by accident), so he has to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong go back and redo his visit]], being much nicer to Will that time around.
1st Oct '17 8:57:23 AM nombretomado
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* The final book of The39Clues, ''Into The Gauntlet'' deals with him -- which means he's a Cahill from [[spoiler: Mardigals branch.]]

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* The final book of The39Clues, ''Literature/The39Clues'', ''Into The Gauntlet'' deals with him -- which means he's a Cahill from [[spoiler: Mardigals branch.]]
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