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Elizabeth I was the Tudor Queen of England during the 16th century (The Shakespeare Code) and a spouse of the
Elizabeth was the daughterof King Henry VIII of England and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. (Recorded Time)
Her immediate predecessor was her elder half-sister Mary I. Elizabeth had multiple sobriquets, including “the Virgin Queen” and “Good Queen Bess”. In 1555, a Protestant priest, the Reverend Thomas Smith, attempted to install Elizabeth on the throne in place of her Catholic half-sister Mary. (The Marian Conspiracy)
At the time of the Reformation King Henry VIII declared himself as the head of the English church. His daughter Elizabeth I later persecuted priests and followers of the Catholic Church. However the Catholics built secret rooms and passages in their houses so that the priests could hold their services in secret and escape. That was why the St Agnes Abbey also had some secret passages. (Eye of the Gorgon)
By 1562, Elizabeth had become Queen. Sometime that year, the
Elizabeth I’s court astrologer John Dee was apparently another identity of Jared Khan, who was still fruitlessly hunting The Doctor at the timeat this point, the Queen appeared to be on friendly terms with The Doctor, then in his seventh incarnation. (Birthright)
After arriving in Sissenden Village in 1588, the Fourth Doctor suggested to Leela that they visit Elizabeth I. In that year, Lady Jane Mountville was one of the ladies of her bedchamber. (The Devil’s Armada)
Elizabeth I imprisoned Sir Walter Raleigh in the Towerof London. Either the First or
Years after the
Elizabeth X later made a passing remark regarding a relationship between The Doctor and the “Virgin Queen”, also implying that The Doctor and Elizabeth I in some measure consummated their marriage. (The Beast Below) The Dream Lord later noted his relationship with Liz the First…”Well, she thought she was the first”. (Amy’s Choice) After he accidentally agreed to marry Elizabeth, the
When discussing things he still had time for with Dorium Maldovar, the Eleventh Doctor mentioned that “Liz the First” was still waiting to elope with him in a glade. (The Wedding of River Song)
Ian Chesterton had seen films depicting the Spanish Armada in which Elizabeth I was played by Bette Davis and Flora Robson. (The Flames of Cadiz)
While waiting for River Song to use her vortex manipulator to get back to him in Victorian London, the Eleventh Doctor saw a statue of his eleventh incarnation wearing an Elizabethan outfit that mirrored the outfit his tenth incarnation was depicted wearing in a painting with Elizabeth I. The Eleventh Doctor stated, “Bess, you silly old goat, let it go!” When River appeared she asked if the statue was of him The Doctor replied, “She made me wear that! I thought it was just a private portrait for her handbag.” (The Eternity Clock, The Day of the Doctor) River Song mentioned her among the other spouses of the Doctor. (The Husbands of River Song)
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The implication is that Elizabeth was commissioning The Merry Wives of Windsor in The Chase, alluded to a historical legend in which Elizabeth actually did suggest Shakespeare write the play. However, The Chase does not explicitly name the work, nor give a definite date for this encounter.
Following the broadcast of the Shakespeare Code, it was often rumoured that an adventure featuring Queen Elizabeth I and the
Elizabeth I was the earliest individual depicted on-screen with whom The Doctor had an out-of-sync relationship, a plot device which subsequently became commonplace in the BBC Wales era. His first incarnation appeared to be unfamiliar with her when viewing her in The Chase circa 1596. The
According to The Brilliant Book 2012, a book that contains non-narrative based information, in an alternate universe where all of history happened at once, Elizabeth I was often voted the most popular Queen of England and was rumoured to be engaged to the Earl of Essex.
She was played by Susan Engel in The Queen’s Traitor, Lalla Ward in Crossed Swords, Vanessa Redgrave in Anonymous, Frances Barber in Psychobitches and Sorcha Cusack in Shakespeare: The Animated Series.
Elizabeth was dubbed by voice actor Cathlen Gawlich in the German dub of the Day of the Doctor.