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Aristophanes
Species: Human
Place of origin: Earth
First seen in: The Brain of Socrates
Other appearances: AUDIO: Mask of Tragedy
Main voice actor: Samuel West

Aristophanes was an ancient Greek writer. He wrote the play The Clouds, which portrayed Socrates as a fool. Socrates became a laughingstock after this. (COMIC: The Chains of Olympus)

The Fourth Doctor and Leela met Aristophanes at a gathering at Anaximander's home. The Doctor introduced Leela as his wife from Sparta. When Leela claimed that she did not understand Aristophanes' play, he was pleased, saying, "The day Spartans start getting my stuff is the day I'll hang up my stylus". (PROSE: The Brain of Socrates)

During his seventh incarnation, the Doctor was Aristophanes' sponsor. (AUDIO: Mask of Tragedy)

The Doctor saved two plays by Aristophanes from the burning of the Library of Alexandria in the 5th century. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Apocalypse)

In 422 BC, Aristophanes wrote a play entitled The Wasps, in which he mocked jurors and accused them of being in Cleon's pay. (AUDIO: Mask of Tragedy)

In 421 BC, the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hector Thomas encountered Aristophanes in Athens. (AUDIO: Mask of Tragedy)

The First Doctor encountered Aristophanes and Eratosthenes arguing in a library in Egypt in the 4th century BC. (PROSE: The Book of Shadows)

By 1887, five lost plays by Aristophanes were kept in the Library of St John the Beheaded. (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire)

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