Just how much did his meetings with the Doctor influence William Shakespeare? Quite a lot, it seems.
The Shakespeare Notebooks purports to be a collection of early drafts, notes and observations by Will himself, from a version of the Scottish play in which Jamie, rather than the witches, tells Macbeth that he will one day be king, to a sonnet comparing an unknown love to a “Type Fifty”.
Occasionally funny, mostly cringeworthy, this is a concept that would work well for a magazine feature but feels overstretched as a book. Your opinion on it may come down to whether you think couplets such as “And Juliet is not some fearful spectre/She is in fact a borrow’d Teselecta” are hilarious or terrible.
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