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William Shakespeare
Also known as: Mr. Seyton
The Bard
Race: Human
Home Planet: Earth
Home Era: 16th century
  • BFA: The Time of the Daleks
  • DWM: A Groatsworth of Wit
  • DW: The Shakespeare Code
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    William Shakespeare won renown as the greatest poet and playwright in the history of England and one of the greatest in Human history. He also had numerous encounters with the Doctor and was also attracted to Martha Jones (DW: The Shakespeare Code). One of his plays, Hamlet, was written with help from the Doctor (DW: City of Death), and another of his plays, Troilus and Cressida would, unknown to Shakespeare, be actually based upon the later life of the First Doctor's companion, Vicki, who adopted the identity of Cressida. (DW: The Myth Makers)


    Encounters with the Doctor

    1572 - The Doctor and Charley Pollard met a young Will Shakespeare who had been taken out of time by Viola Learman and brought to New Britain in the early 21st century, Will Shakespeare may have learnt about his own plays from Mariah Learman's library. Due to the traumatic nature of the events, and later events (BFA: Zagreus), events may have been changed retroactively to explain any discrepancies. (BFA: The Time of the Daleks)

    1597 - The Doctor shared a drink with an older Shakespeare; he later stowed away in the Doctor's TARDIS and began to attempt to influence events under the alias of Mr Seyton. It is heavily implied that the CIA fixes the events of this story, which may explain how Shakespeare later does not recognise the Doctor.(BFA: The Kingmaker)

    c. 1590s - The Doctor and Rose Tyler encountered Shakespeare. At the Doctor's request, Rose agreed to distract Shakespeare "with a hey nonny nonny." He dismissed an attempt by Shadeys to destroy the Earth as a trick-show, and did not let it interfere with his future career. The meeting between the Doctor and Shakespeare is fleeting however, and may not have made much of an impact on his life as other meetings subsequently have. (DWM: A Groatsworth of Wit)

    1599 - The Doctor encountered Shakespeare when the witch-like Carrionites wanted the wordsmith to complete the play Love's Labour's Won to free the rest of their kind. With the help of the Doctor and Martha Jones, the three Carrionites and their sisters were banished back into the Deep Darkness. During this encounter, Shakespeare developed an attraction to the Doctor and particularly Martha, whom he addressed as his "Dark Lady" (DW: The Shakespeare Code). He does not give any indication that he has ever met the Doctor prior to this point in his life, though it is likely that he does not remember previous encounters (as in (DWM: A Groatsworth of Wit)) or has been made to forget the events (as in(BFA: The Kingmaker))

    c. 1599 to 1601 - Via the Time-Space Visualiser, the Doctor and his companions watched William Shakespeare in conversation with Queen Elizabeth I. (DW: The Chase) Within this same period, The Doctor helped him transcribe Hamlet as Shakespeare had sprained his wrist writing sonnets. The Doctor claimed that he had warned Shakespeare that Hamlet's line "to take up arms against a sea of troubles" was a mixed metaphor, but that Shakespeare would not listen. (DW: City of Death)

    1609 - Shakespeare, acting as an agent of the Crown, encounters the Doctor, Irving Braxiatel, and Galileo Galilei, and is reunited with Christopher Marlowe, whom he thought was dead. The Doctor forcibly made Shakespeare take a Retcon-like drug to erase his memory of the events he had witnessed. (MA: The Empire of Glass)

    It is unknown, but possible that this affected Shakespeare's recollection of his other encounters with the Doctor.

    Notable Characteristics

    Shakespeare is notable for being one of the few humans who, without receiving any known sort of psychic training, is not fooled by the Doctor's psychic paper. The Doctor is very impressed by this fact and applauds him, stating it is proof that he is a genius. (DW: The Shakespeare Code) He is also smart enough to determine the Doctor's and Martha's secret.

    Quotations and minor references

    An obvious play on the expression, "What the dickens?"

    Behind the scenes

    • In The Shakespeare Code, the Tenth Doctor acts as though he's never met Shakespeare before, despite the Fourth Doctor indicating in City of Death that he knew Shakespeare well enough to help him write Hamlet. Reportedly a line of dialogue was written for the later episode to explain this, but the line was cut.
    From the Bard's perspective, though, this is not a contradiction, as Hamlet was believed to be written between 1599 and 1601. So Shakespeare likely met whichever Doctor helped him transcribe Hamlet after the events of The Shakespeare Code, in Shakespeare's own personal timeline.
    Shakespeare would still have met the Doctor several times before The Shakespeare Code based on other episodes in the series, and a few more if the novels and audio dramas are counted. But of course Shakespeare would not recognize the Doctor from appearance since the Doctor's face and body keep changing. Still, one wonders why the Bard would not have commented on having met others who referred to themselves simply as "The Doctor." Perhaps the past meetings are what help Shakespeare deduce the truth about the Doctor and Martha.
    • During The Shakespeare Code there is a moment when the Doctor notices Shakespeare is flirting with him after just having done so with Martha. The Doctor says, "Come on, we can all have a good flirt later!" [in reference to them needing to stop the Carrionites]. Shakespeare responds, "Is that a promise, Doctor?" The Doctor muses, mostly to himself, "Fifty-seven academics just punched the air." This is a reference to the idea that most of Shakespeare's sonnets, including Sonnet 18, are believed by Shakespearean academics to be addressed to a man, and there is a sizable body of scholarship on Shakespeare's sexuality.
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William Shakespeare (April 23, 1564 - April 23, 1616) was a male human who lived in England on Earth during the 16th and 17th centuries. He was one of the most prolific English writers of the Elizabethan era, having written numerous poems, 38 plays, and 154 sonnets, and is generally regarded as one of the greatest writers in human history.

Shakespeare may or may not have been one of the personas of the immortal Flint. (TOS episode: "Requiem for Methuselah")

Shortly after the end of World War III, a new collection of his works, The New Britannia Complete Shakespeare, was published. In later years, this volume would be seen as a symbol of the resiliency of humanity and its culture even in the face of destruction. (TNG novel: Losing the Peace)

As humans joined the interstellar community, Shakespeare's works spread among other races and translated into alien languages. Of particular note, Anton Karidian and his acting troupe brought live Shakespearean performances to several outlying worlds in the mid 23rd century. (The Conscience of the King episode: ) In 2293, Gorkon told the senior staff of the USS Enterprise-A that a person did not experience Shakespeare until it was heard "in the original Klingon." (TOS movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country).

Jean-Luc Picard particularly admired Shakespeare, and kept a rare copy of The Globe Illustrated Shakespeare in his ready room aboard the USS Enterprise-D and USS Enterprise-E. When Will Riker asked Picard's advice in writing his wedding vows, Picard answered, "you can never go wrong with Shakespeare." (TNG short story: "'Til Death")

Data performed the role of Prospero from The Tempest in 2370. (TNG episode: "Emergence")

Prior to her death in 2377, Dr. Jennifer Almieri underscored lines from Twelfth Night in her volume of Shakespeare, and marked the page with photographs of herself and her children, Jonathan and Elizabeth Lense. (CoE eBook: Ghost)


Mirror universe

In the Mirror Universe, Phlox noted, upon reviewing data from the databanks of the USS Defiant that both universes' Shakespeare wrote "grim" plays. (ENT episode: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II"")

Notable Quotes

T'Lera of Vulcan, in trying to get 21st century Human Melody Sawyer to view her as a person, paraphrased Shylock's question from The Merchant of Venice: "If you prick us, do we not bleed?" (TOS novel: Strangers from the Sky)

In 2269, Elba II inmate Marta recited a poem she claim to have written. When informed that the poem had been written by Shakespeare, she insisted that she had also written it herself independently. (TOS episode: Whom Gods Destroy).

When Spock was recovering from his return from the dead in 2285, McCoy quoted Shakespeare, saying "Angels and ministers of grace, defend us.". Spock not only correctly identified it as coming from Hamlet but even specified that the quote was from Act 1, Scene 4 of the play. (TOS movie: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

General Chang quoted liberally from Shakespeare during his confrontations with Kirk and the USS Enterprise-A. (TOS movie: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

During the Battle of the Omarion Nebula in 2371, Elim Garak quoted from Julius Caesar to his father, Enabran Tain. (DS9 episode: "The Die is Cast")

Following the Borg Invasion of 2381, Beverly Crusher gave a message of encouragement to Picard by bookmarking a new Shakespeare collection at the title page for the play All's Well That Ends Well. Later, when reflecting on the losses suffered in the attacks, Picard quoted from King Henry VI, Part III. (TNG novel: Losing the Peace)


The Miranda-class is presumably named for the character in Shakespeare's final play, The Tempest.

The Constellation-class USS Hathaway was presumably named in honour of Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway (TNG episode: "Peak Performance").


Many Star Trek episodes and stories take their names from Shakespeare's works.



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William Shakespeare's bust in The Muppet Christmas Carol.
Miss Piggy and Kermit portray Titania and Bottom from A Midsummer Night's Dream, photographed for a 1982 calendar.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was the Elizabethan playwright and poet behind such enduring works as Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Richard III, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet. The latter in particular has often been spoofed or referenced by the Muppets. Shakespeare himself was caricatured as one of the Schoolroom Busts in The Muppet Christmas Carol.



In addition to the named plays above, which have been referenced many times, there have been assorted references to Shakespeare himself, his work as a whole, or one-shot references to other works.

The Muppet Show

  • In the At the Dance sketch in episode 101, Miss Piggy asks her male pig dancing partner if he prefers Shakespeare to Bacon. Naturally, he prefers anything to bacon.
  • Episode 213's Veterinarian's Hospital involves a series of puns on the writer and his famous plays. Statler is offended at the lack of respect, claiming to be a student of Shakespeare. Waldorf notes that he was a student with Shakespeare.
  • When Spike Milligan assists Sam the Eagle in episode 317, Sam gets so frustrated that he says he wishes they had gotten Lawrence Olivier instead. Milligan quotes Shakespeare to point out that Olivier, a Brit, only spoke as clearly as he did so that Americans could understand him.

Sesame Street

  • Several Monsterpiece Theater sketches parody Shakespeare plays, including "The Taming of the Shoe", "The Monsters of Venice" and "Much Ado About Nothing".


  • Garth Brooks and Miss Piggy try to perform the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet in episode 102 of Muppets Tonight, but Piggy's nephews, Andy and Randy Pig, ruin the number. Statler notes that Shakespeare would've hated the performance. Waldorf says that Statler should know about that, because he dated one of Shakespeare's sisters. Statler responds "Boy, was she ugly."
  • Bear quotes William Shakespeare in the episode "Words, Words, Words", and comments "I hear he was pretty good with words." The lines quoted by Bear are from Shakespeare's Sonnet 18.


  • Kenneth Branagh has acted in numerous Shakespearian productions, and for a time ran his own theatre company, The Renaissance Theatre Company which specialised in putting on Shakespeare plays and toured all over the world. His roles include Peter Quince in 'A Midsumemr Night's Dream and Edgar Son of Gloucester (both for Renaissance). He also worked with the RSC where he appeared in Henry V, and,Loves Labours Lost, other Shakespearian credits include Twelfth Night. He has also acted Shakepeare in film including Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing.
  • Louise Gold has played Kate in a production of The Taming Of The Shrew at The Nuffield Theatre in Southampton in 1993, and, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Open Air Theatre in Regents Park in 1991. She has also appeared in major roles in two musicals based on Shakespeare plays Kiss Me Kate and The Boys From Syracause both at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (in 1991 and 1997 respectively).
  • Ben Kingsley has performed with The Royal Shakespeare Company including playing the title role in Othello. His Shakesperian credits also include: Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Claudio in Measure For Measure, Ariel in The Tempest (for which he also composed music), and, Ford in The Merry Wives Of Windsor. He has also appeared in MacBeth.
  • Patrick Stewart has performed countless times with the Royal Shakespeare Company and on Broadway and other contexts.
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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (baptized 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwrighter, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognized as Shakespeare's.

Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians hero-worshiped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry". In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.

References to William Shakespeare's works in the Halo Universe

  • "Perchance to Dream" the name of track 20 on the Halo: Original Soundtrack, is a phrase from the "To be, or not to be" soliloquy spoken by Shakespeare's Hamlet. In the popular imagination, the speaking of this soliloquy is often conflated with the action of Hamlet thoughtfully holding a skull (Yorick's), although the two actions occur at different moments of the play.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Bungie ViDoc, quoted from a line from Julius Caesar
  • Halo: Contact Harvest: Mack makes references to Hamlet[2] and, in the epilogue, Shakespeare's 18th Sonnet [3].


  1. Halo: Combat Evolved, game manual
  2. Halo: Contact Harvest, page 71
  3. Halo: Contact Harvest, page 396

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William Shakespeare was an Earth English poet and playwright during the 16th and 17th centuries. His works are considered amongst the greatest in the English language.

Akharin owned a Shakespeare first folio, amongst other priceless items. (TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah")

Carnelians in Starfleet used names taken from characters in Shakespeare's plays. (TOSS)

USS Cantabrian Captain Noel Turner kept a volume of works by Shakespeare in his ready room in the 24th century. He had also studied Shakespeare throughout his degrees, including his doctorate, in the 20th century. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One")

As a child and young man, USS Pendragon Captain Timothy Sinclair read a variety of works, including Shakespeare, during his time at the Enclave. (Star Trek: Pendragon)

The USS Prometheus's dedication plaque bore a quote from Shakespeare. (Star Trek: Prometheus)

The Andorian crewman Thalek quoted Shakespeare to Myra Elbrey, a Betazoid, during a counseling session in 2378. (Star Trek: Hidden Frontier: "Coward's Death")

In 2382, during the negotiation the resulted in the Romulan Star Empire entering the Coalition War on the Federation's side, Romulan Commander Takaram quoted Henry V. He went on to comment on how the Klingon's are obsessed with Shakespeare. (Star Trek: Pioneer (STP): "Dawn")

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