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Jack Graham

Jack Graham wrote about Doctor Who and Marxism, often at the same time. These days he co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper.Support Jack on Patreon.

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  1. Gavin Burrows
    March 19, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    Well hit, sir!

    "the idea that Shakespeare didn’t write Shakespeare seems to owe more to snobbery than profit."

    And there I think you have it! It's really no more than a conspiracy theory, and as such tells us more about the fixations of the theorists than anything in the real world.

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  2. Ross
    March 19, 2015 @ 5:55 pm

    Oxford's candidacy also has the advantage of that protracted bullshit about him having an affair with Elizabeth that they can leverage into a mythical lost Tudor heir who can one day rise up and restore the absolute monarchy. If you're into that.

    (You should not be into that. It's terrible)

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  3. Holly
    April 2, 2015 @ 1:38 pm

    There is actually a Doctor Who short story about the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane going back in time and discovering Christopher Marlowe was actually Shakespeare – it was part of the pure-historical themed Short Trips book. The ending even has the Doctor giving Marlowe the Complete Works of Shakespeare to use 'if he gets stuck', so arguably not even Marlowe wrote the plays in the universe of that specific story. It's like the Douglas Adams Campaign for Real Time bit with the correcting fluid, only presented as a happy ending instead of a meaningless shallow temporal hell.

    The same story also touches briefly on being interesting when the Doctor casually mentions how much Ben Jonson looks like him 'according to some' and how he might get arrested for murder. A Doctor Who story about the parallels between Mad Actor Tom Baker and Mad Actor Ben Jonson would have been fun.

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  4. Craken
    May 29, 2016 @ 12:44 am

    I won’t be satisfied until we dig these two fellows up and re-animate (clone) them. Until then, all I hear is two combatants hurling lofty claims lacking full evidentiary backing–“about twelve of the plays Shakespeare authored or co-authored were definitely written after Oxford was in his grave”–change your definitely to “probably” and the claim becomes defensible.

    Shakespeare’s parents, wife, and children were all illiterate. Oxford had the best education available in England and was surrounded by wisdom, power, erudition–and further enabled by money and leisure. But, the man from Stratford was “no question” the master poet of humanity? And Oxford’s claim is impossible? In truth, the claims for authorship on both sides seem highly improbable.

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