The Doctor Who Team
The Doctor's old friend, William Shakespeare, was born on this day in 1564 and had a pretty poor birthday 52 years later when he died on the same date in 1616.
Anyone who has watched The Shakespeare Code will know that the Time Lord and the Bard joined forces to defeat the Carrionites in 1599, but the Doctor has long had a fondness for Shakespeare, often quoting him and even helping him to write Hamlet! And in the Dalek adventure, The Chase, we saw the Doctor and his companions spying on Shakespeare as he met Queen Elizabeth I when she rather foisted the idea for his comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, on the less than receptive playwright!
This gallery looks back at some of Doctor Who's Shakespearian connections and in honour of the great man we've got three new Shakespeare-themed jigsaws for you to have a crack at straight-away. Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more...
You can explore the world of Shakespeare across numerous BBC sites here or listen to David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) playing Malvolio in one of Shakespeare's most fun and accessible comedies, Twelfth Night.
Incidentally, we're aware that no-one can ever be entirely sure as to the exact date of Shakespeare's birthday, but April 23rd is generally considered to be the date in question.