|Cover date:||15 June 2011|
|Format:||20 detachable-paged partwork|
|Publisher:||GE Fabbri Ltd|
|DVD included:||The Masque of Mandragora|
Collectible loose leaf pages divided into seven categories that could be filed accordingly.
- Part 64
- Sylvia Noble
- Donna's mother didn't always treat her too well.
- Shakespeare's Players
- Find out more about the men who spoke William's words.
- Gods of Ragnarok
- Entertain these mysterious beings at your peril!
- Professor Docherty
- The Academic who lived two very different lives...
- Direct Shot!
- Rodney Bennett, director of many adventures, talks about Doctor Who.
- Peking Homunculus
- Look at the internal mechanics of the sinister Mr Sin.
- The Masque of Mandragora
- The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith take a trip to 15th century Italy
- Alfava Metraxis
- Visit the planet where the Byzantium crashed!
- Madame de Pompadour
- The Doctor kept weaving in and out of the life of one French courtesan.
DVD release (with cover blurb) Edit
- Each issue came with a DVD release.
- Reversible DVD sleeves enabled the collector to display one of two designs featuring either the Doctor and his enemies or his companions.
- "You humans have such limited little minds. I don't know why I like you so much!"
- The Doctor endangers the whole of human history when he accidentally brings a splinter of the Mandragora Hellix to Renaissance Italy. This malevolent alien entity wastes no time in bewitching Hieronymous, leader of the outlawed Brotherhood of Demnos, who plans to murder his own brother and seize control of the Dukedom of San Martino. With Earth itself at stake, can the Doctor and Sarah Jane prevent all hell from breaking loose at the masque of Mandragora?
Notable information Edit
- The audio drama Doctor Who and the Pescatons was recorded during filming of The Masque of Mandragora.
- Ragnarok means "the final destiny of the gods" and is an ancient Viking name for the final battle which would threaten to destroy the Earth.
- The character Sylvia Noble was originally conceived as "Moira", mother of an unused companion called Penny by Russell T Davies.
- Dick and Will Kempe were based on real actors that were part of a group of actors known as the Chamberlain's Men, set up in 1594 by James Burbage. By the time of The Shakespeare Code, they numbered thirteen plus Shakespeare.
- Dick's line in The Shakespeare Code ("The eye should have contentment where it rests") is a quote from the 1965 story The Crusade.
- The Peking Homunculus was created as a plaything for the children of the Commissioner of the Icelandic Alliance in the 51st century.
- The Aplans of Alfava Metraxis were a race of highly cultured humanoids with two heads, each having its own personality and intelligence.
- The Sontaran Experiment was only the second Doctor Who story to be shot on location using Outside Broadcast (OB) video cameras.
- Project Manager: not credited this issue
- Group Editor: Claire Lister
- Art Editor: Elanzi Smit
- Designer: Carly Giles, James King
- Writer/Sub-Editor: Neil Corry, Kieran Grant
- Contributing Writers: Gary Russell, Peter Griffiths, Jason Loborik, Jacqueline Rayner and Oli Smith.
- Illustrators: Gavin Rymill, Lee Binding