|Main aliases:||William Shakespeare, Giovanni Zarattino Chigi|
|Place of origin:||Earth|
|First seen in:||The Empire of Glass|
|Main actor:||Matt Addis|
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The Ninth Doctor made passing reference to Rose Tyler that the Doctor would be willing to make a pass at Marlowe if the situation called for it, in contrast to William Shakespeare, whom the Doctor claimed was "very straight". (COMIC: A Groatsworth of Wit) Marlowe, in fact, flirted extensively with the First Doctor's companion Steven Taylor. (PROSE: The Empire of Glass)
In 1590, he met the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown when he was trying to write play, about Dr Faustus. He consulted with Velez for information. He travelled through the astral plane. (AUDIO: Point of Entry)
History recorded that Marlowe died on 13 May 1593 (PROSE: All Done with Mirrors) in a tavern in Deptford, (PROSE: Master Faustus, Raleigh Dreaming) although accounts differ to as to whether this was true.
A second account indicated that the Master tried to prevent Marlowe's death by taking him away from Deptford shortly before he was scheduled to die. Marlowe travelled with the Master for some time before accepting fate and returning to Deptford to be stabbed to death by Dullberry and Dobbin. (PROSE: Master Faustus)
According to a third account, Marlowe had travelled to the colony of Roanoke in the future United States to spy on Sir Walter Raleigh. While there, he and the rest of the colony were abducted by the Greld, who would use them in their plan to sabotage the Armageddon Convention. He actually died in 1609 as a result of a duel. (PROSE: The Empire of Glass)
A different account stated that the Fourth Doctor posed as Marlowe and pretended to die, to allow history to take its course. Marlowe then assumed his alternate identity, William Shakespeare. (PROSE: All Done with Mirrors)