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Up to date as of January 31, 2010

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Hamlet was a play written by William Shakespeare.

The idea for Hamlet was first discussed at the court of Elizabeth I. (DW: The Chase)

The Doctor helped Shakespeare write down the final draft of Hamlet after he sprained his wrist writing sonnets. This manuscript was acquired by Scaroth in the 20th century (DW: City of Death)

The Doctor and Martha Jones inspired Shakespeare to write about father-son relationships, which is the main theme of Hamlet. Shakespeare also confused the name of his deceased son, Hamnet, with Hamlet. This is a nod to the theory that Hamlet's name was inspired from Hamnet. (DW: The Shakespeare Code)

The Daleks quoted various lines from Hamlet while working on a time machine with Professor Osric. (BFA: The Time of the Daleks)

Behind the scenes

  • The play has at least two real-life connections to Doctor Who. In 1980, Derek Jacobi played Hamlet and Lalla Ward played Ophelia in a BBC TV production of the play, opposite Patrick Stewart as Claudius. In 2008, David Tennant took on the role of Hamlet in a Royal Shakespeare Company mounting of the play -- opposite Stewart who once again played Claudius. Tennant's involvement in the play was cited as the rationale behind the BBC deciding to produce 5 specials during 2008-2009 rather than a full season, though this was not true and the 'gap year' had been intended since the end of Revival Series Two, and it was during his run in the play that Tennant made the announcement that he would be leaving the series. Tennant is to star in a television movie adaptation of Hamlet in Autumn 2009.
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark was a play written by the human playwright William Shakespeare in the early 17th century. A tragedy, it is one of Shakespeare's more well known plays.

The play deals with a young Danish price, Hamlet, whose father has recently died. He plots revenge when he learns that his father's brother and mother have been having an affair, and arranged for the death of Hamlet's father. Hamlet's revenge is fatal, not only to his uncle and mother, but ultimately to himself as well.

When humans joined the interstellar community, the play - along with Shakespeare's other works - became known to other races in addition to humans, such as the Klingons and Vulcans.

Cockspur recited his own translation into Federation Standard of Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy at the performance aboard the worldship by Amelinda Lukarian's vaudeville troupe. The director of the Klingon oversight committee and the other Klingon audience members reacted with overwhelming enthusiasm to Cockspur's performance. (TOS novel: Enterprise: The First Adventure)

When Spock was recovering from his return from the dead in 2285, Leonard McCoy quoted Shakespeare by saying "Angels and ministers of grace, defend us" when informed that Spock had programmed the HMS Bounty's computers for time travel by memory. Spock not only correctly identified the quote as coming from Hamlet, but even specified that it was from Act 1, Scene 4 of the play. (TOS movie: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home).

After Gorkon had proposed a toast to The Undiscovered Country, Spock identified the reference as also being from Hamlet. General Chang recited the famous line, "taH pagh taHbe" ("To be or not to be"). (TOS movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country).

Selected works of William Shakespeare
HamletHenry V • King Lear • Macbeth • Othello • Romeo and JulietTimon of Athens

Behind the Scenes

The Klingon Language Institute has translated Hamlet, and have offered it for sale to the general public as The Klingon Hamlet (ISBN: 0671035789)

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B or not a B?
Omelet, Prince of Dinner

Hamlet is a tragedy written by playwright William Shakespeare. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness -- from overwhelming grief to seething rage -- and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.



The Muppet Show

  • In episode 121, Uncle Deadly mentions that he is famous for his interpretation of Hamlet.
  • In the last backstage scene of episode 107, Kermit says to Miss Piggy in exasperation "I am not your frog!" Rather than being angry or offended, Miss Piggy responds in apparent denial "Methinks thou dost protest too much," a paraphrasing of Queen Gertrude's line in Act 3, Scene 2: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

Sesame Street

  • Patrick Stewart, a well known Shakespearean actor, appeared on Sesame Street dressed in Elizabethan garb and performed a spoof of Hamlet's "Soliloquy", here titled "B or not a B." During this sketch, Steward gazes at a three-dimensional model of the letter B while holding it in one hand, a reference to Hamlet's Yorick soliloquy.
  • Grover appears in a segment at a theatre. When the curtain goes up, he recites: "To be or not to be. That is a very silly question."
  • In Elmo's World: Pets, the Lecture Lady recites Shakespeare's famous passage from the play.


  • In a 1963 sketch on The Jimmy Dean Show, Rowlf demonstrates his acting skills by reciting "To be or not to be!" He claims that the line was written by William Shakespeare's dog.
  • In "Fozzie's Story," the second issue of The Muppet Show Comic Book, Fozzie turns to Shakespeare's comedies for inspiration after flopping with a cheesy set of jokes. Dressed as a jester, Fozzie starts to tell the one about the man of England, the man of Ireland, and the wretched leper (replete with Elizabethan-style language) but is foiled when a skull drops from the ceiling and scares him offstage. Gonzo later addresses the skull romantically as Yorick.


  • Richard Attenborough played the English Ambassador in the 1996 film.
  • Paul Bartel played Osric in the 2000 film version.
  • Alan Bates played Claudius in the 1990 film version.
  • Simon Russell Beale played the second gravedigger in the 1996 film.
  • Grant Bowler toured in a Bell Shakespeare Company version of the show, playing both Marcellus and Fortinbras in 1992 and Laertes in 1993.
  • Kenneth Branagh directed and starred in a 1996 all-star feature film version, in addition to stage and radio versions. His contriubtion to stage versions include appearing with the RSC.
  • Roscoe Lee Browne played Polonius in the 2000 Hallmark TV version.
  • Aaron Cash has appeared in Hamlet on stage.
  • Glenn Close played Gertrude in the 1990 film version.
  • Billy Crystal played the first gravedigger in the 1996 film.
  • Alan Cummings played the title role in a production at The Donmar Warehouse in the early 1990s.
  • Reece Dinsdale played Guildenstern in the 1996 film version.
  • Vernon Dobtcheff played Reynaldo in the 1990 version.
  • Ken Dodd played Yorick in the 1996 film version.
  • Robert Eddison was noted for his performance of Hamlet at the Old Vic in London.
  • Tara Fitzgerald played Ophelia opposite Ralph Fiennes in Hamlet on stage.
  • Mel Gibson played Hamlet in the 1990 film version.
  • John Gielgud played Hamlet many times on stage, the Ghost in the 1992 BBC radio version, and Priam in the 1996 film
  • Björn Gustafson appeared in a 1955 television version of the play.
  • Ethan Hawke played Hamlet in the 2000 film version.
  • Charlton Heston played the Player King in the 1996 film version.
  • Ian Holm played Polonius in the 1990 film version.
  • Michael Hordern played the Player King in Branagh's 1992 BBC radio version.
  • Anjelica Huston played a court lady in the 1969 film version.
  • Gordon Jackson played Horatio in the 1969 film version.
  • Derek Jacobi played Hamlet on stage and Claudius in the 1996 film version.
  • Ben Kingsley played Hamlet on stage with the RSC (date unknown but prior to 1985).
  • Kevin Kline played Hamlet in the 1990 New York Shakespeare Festival production.
  • Christopher Lee played a spear carrier (uncredited) in Laurence Olivier's 1948 film version.
  • Kyle MacLachlan played Claudius in the 2000 film version.
  • Michael Maloney played Rosencrantz in the 1990 film version and Laertes in the 1996 film version.
  • John McEnery played Osric in the 1990 film version.
  • Joseph O'Conor played Polonius at the Old Vic in London, on Broadway, and on early television.
  • Eren Ozker played Ophelia in a National Theater Company tour of the show.
  • Trevor Peacock played the gravedigger in the 1990 film version.
  • Pete Postlethwaite played the player king in the 1990 film version.
  • Nick Powell was a stunt coordinator for Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet.
  • Paul Scofield played the Ghost in the 1990 film version
  • Rufus Sewell played Fortinbras in the 1996 film version.
  • Patrick Stewart played Claudius in a 1980 TV version and both Claudius and the Ghost in the 2008 Royal Shakespeare Company version, which was subsequently filmed for television.
  • Fritz Weaver played Hamlet on stage in the 1958 American Shakespeare Festival.
  • Robin Williams played Osric in the 1996 film version.
  • Kate Winslet played Ophelia in the 1996 film version.
  • Steve Zahn played Rosencrantz in the 2000 film version.
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