William Shakespeare improvises words of power and casts a magic spell to defeat the Carrionites. A character list in the beginning of the program declares a number of stacks, naturally with names like "Romeo" and "Juliet". Shakespeare's head still hurts, so the Doctor hands him the stereotypical Shakespeare collar to use as a neck brace. Joining the Doctor, Shakespeare is told to improvise a verse to get rid of the Carrionites, as he is the most brilliant wordsmith.  Nick Setchfield, writing for SFX, awarded the episode five out of five stars, finding the production "confident". Back at The Elephant, the Doctor explains that the Carrionites vanished at the dawn of the universe; thus it was left to debate whether they were actually real. As revealed in Doctor Who Adventures issue 30, this episode had the working title of "Loves Labour's Won". Another memorable moment The Doctor tells her no; Martha agrees that would be taking advantage of time travel the wrong way. However, his attention shifts to Martha, whom he tries wooing, describing her as "a queen of Afric" or a "blackamoor lady", which she finds slightly offensive. The Doctor quotes the line, "Rage, rage against the dying of the light," from "Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan Thomas — but warns Shakespeare he cannot use it as it is "somebody else's". 3.2 British Shakespearean scholar Robert Crumpton embarks on a mission to prove he is spectacularly wrong. However, its seems some of the Carrionites are back. "Welcome to the Doctor Who Channel! Roberts has said, "I always thought it was a nice word, and I was thinking of the witches as carrion creatures, so I bunged a C in front of it". In the morning the Doctor, Martha and Shakespeare are confused by what has happened. Scott Matthewman of The Stage gave "The Shakespeare Code" a mostly positive review, highlighting the guest performances and the theme of the power of words. Shakespeare tells him that the play will be given to him tomorrow morning; however, Lynley arrogantly declares that the Master of Revels does not work to an author's schedule. Featuring: He then notes Martha looks at the Doctor like she's surprised that he even exists. Music: The planet Rexel 4 is named in an episode of The Tomorrow People from 1974. Conspiracy, History / 5 Comments Imagine a country where many people have become convinced that much of what we know about William Shakespeare is wrong. The Doctor tells Shakespeare that only he can find the words to close the portal. As a reward for her help in the last episode, Martha Jones gets a trip in the TARDIS. Norwegian researcher Petter Amundsen claims to have deciphered a secret code hidden in legendary playwright William Shakespeare's works that reveals a map leading to the location of certain treasures. At that moment, Lynley, Master of the Revels, barges in, demanding to see Shakespeare's script before he allows the play to proceed. Shakespeare then speaks, "To be or not to be", from his future play when explaining what he felt then, but wonders if the line is a bit pretentious; the Doctor is indifferent about it. , adding two to three thousand words to the English language, "The Shakespeare Code commentary podcast", "Historic Coventry – the visit of The Doctor! She senses a name that could hurt him and tries to weaken him by naming "Rose", but he assures her that that name keeps him fighting and demands to know how the Carrionites came to be on Earth. Doomfinger and Bloodtide are joined by Lilith, who tells them of her supposed success. In SFX magazine #152, producer Phil Collinson called this episode the "most expensive ever", because of the large amounts of CGI and filming in Warwick, Coventry and London. Oh, I cried." When Martha asks what actually killed Lynley, the Doctor responds, "witchcraft", confusing her further. Instead, she names Martha Jones, rendering her unconscious, muttering that she was unable to harm her more, as she must be out of her own time. This alerts the witches, who say it's too soon for their spell. The author himself comes on stage with the crowd cheering; he's quite a bit different from his portraits: he's not bald or wearing a collar. However his behavior upon meeting Shakespeare in this episode suggests he's never met the man before. By the time of production, however, the title had been changed to "Theatre of Doom", according to David Tennant's video diary shot during production and included as a bonus feature of the Series 3 DVD set. This article is an index of characters appearing in the plays of William Shakespeare whose names begin with the letters A to K. Characters with names beginning with the letters L to Z may be found here.. He asks for a constable to take Lynley's corpse; Lilith offers to fetch one, walking off with a hidden grin on her face. Lilith credits the Carrionites' escape from the Eternals' banishment to 'new...glittering' words. For his "Dark Lady", he produces the sonnet, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Martha is less than impressed with the room, complaining she doesn't even have a toothbrush. At the Globe, Love's Labour's Lost is on. , Apart from Newport Indoor Market, where the scenes at Bedlam, as the Bethlem Royal Hospital was known as then, were recreated in the basement, the remainder of the shoot took place in Upper Boat Studios, for the scenes set in the Elephant Inn, sections of Globe Theatre material, and the TARDIS scenes.. At the end of the episode, Shakespeare, the Doctor and Martha use a word from Harry Potter, "Expelliarmus", to defeat the Carrionites, and the Doctor exclaims "Good old J.K.!". The Doctor explains the Carrionites produce their "magic" through an ancient science based on the power of words. 7.23 million viewers - BARB final ratings, 1.039 million viewers - BBC3 Repeat ratings, Ford's Hospital, Greyfriar's Lane, Coventry, Newport Indoor Market (Basement), Newport, Chelesmore Manor House, Greyfriar's Lane, Coventry, BBC Studios, Upper Boat, Tonteg Road, Treforest Industrial Estate, Pontypridd, Stageworks, Unit H1, Colchester Industrial Estate, Colchester Avenue, Penylan, Cardiff, Black Horse Ltd, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff. Shakespeare sees it as a trite reply, something he'd do himself; both would rather not go into detail if they can help it. The Doctor steps forward to confront her; Doomfinger explains no-one on Earth has knowledge of them. Lilith plunges the doll into a bucket of water. However, Bloodtide and Doomfinger are there waiting, using their voodoo doll to knock Will out by tapping its head. The interior of the witches' house was almost immediately reused as Sarah Jane's attic at 13 Bannerman Road, where its expense was amortised over the five-year run of The Sarah Jane Adventures. Martha tells the Doctor he shouldn't meet his heroes. Queen Elizabeth enters, much to the Doctor's amusement. One of the putative lines of Love's Labour's Won, "the eye should have contentment where it rests", is taken from episode three of the 1965 serial The Crusade — a story consciously written in Shakespearean style. Shakespeare explains the architect thought it allowed the sound to carry well. This visit causes Lilith to sense something is amiss; she and her mothers look into their cauldron and find the Doctor at the mad house with Shakespeare. There are several references to the Harry Potter franchise. The Shakespeare Code was the second episode of series 3 of Doctor Who. A witch called Lilith uses a voodoo doll to influence Shakespeare to declare that the new play will premiere the following evening. Report Broken Documentary. In a different version of the joke, the Doctor exclaims "Once more unto the breach", and Shakespeare initially likes the phrase, before realising it is one of his own from Henry V, which was probably written in early 1599. Original theme music by Ron Grainer  Roberts added that although early draft of "The Shakespeare Code" contained "a sly reference to City of Death", it was removed because "it was so sly it would have been a bit confusing for fans that recognised it and baffled the bejesus out of everyone else. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S magnitude and influence is unquestionable. The Tenth Doctor, who promised to take Martha on one trip, takes her to a performance of Love's Labour's Lost at the Globe Theatre in Southwark in 1599. A cryptographic discovery that may change western history. Memorable moment They proceed to the Globe to stop the Carrionites. Wiggins is named after Doctor Martin Wiggins, a distinguished academic in the field of Elizabethan and Jacobean literature and the editor of several editions of influential plays of this period. Annoyed, the Doctor tells her that it's like Back to the Future, where if the past is significantly changed, the entire present day will be rewritten into something entirely different; now fearful, Martha wonders if she's going to start fading away, which the Doctor confirms if they don't stop the witches. Confused, Martha asks the Doctor why he told the crowd a lie. Remember, however, that this list only gives the first year in which an episode from a series was broadcast. When Will is about to announce when the play will be performed, she takes control of his mind with a puppet; Will declares that it will be tomorrow night. However, it seems they have met before in her past; he is deemed her "sworn enemy". Key crew Martha defends herself by saying that in Freedonia, women can have any profession they want. Per his orders, Shakespeare bursts on to the Globe's stage; he tells the crowd that they will be getting a refund, but the play must not be performed. In 16th century London, a nymph, Lilith, is serenaded from her balcony by a lute-playing swain, Wiggins. The Doctor collapses, making Lilith think he's dead. Shakespeare flirts with Martha multiple times during the episode, and ultimately composes Sonnet 18 for her, calling her his "Dark Lady". Lilith shows her true face, scaring Dolly with a snarl. The episode concerns the "lost" Shakespeare play Love's Labour's Won, which is referred to in more than one historical document, but which may be just an alternative title for an extant play. At one point, the Doctor uses the title "Sir Doctor of TARDIS," which had been awarded to him by Queen Victoria in "Tooth and Claw" (2006). "I'm going for real," Shakespheare quips. Martha Most images portraying Shakespeare show him to be a man who is balding on the top of his head. The Doctor points out that he's not even human and she should just walk around like "[she] own[s] the place", just as he does. The Doctor identifies the witches as Carrionites, a species whose magic is based on the power of words which allows them to manipulate psychic energy. In another Big Finish drama, The Time of the Daleks, a child is revealed to be Shakespeare at the story's end. They decide to visit the architect of the theatre in Bethlem Hospital. "The Shakespeare Code", along with "Smith and Jones" and "Gridlock" was released on a DVD on 21 May 2007. The Shakespeare Code by Virginia M. Fellows, recently deciphered codes within the works of Shakespeare reveal the true story of Francis Bacon as the rightful heir of Queen Elizabeth I of England. At one point, Martha says "It's all a bit Harry Potter", which prompts the Doctor to claim that he has read the final book in the series (which would not be released until three months after the episode was aired; the Doctor refers to it as "Book 7" because the title had not been made public at the time of filming). Premiere network: To Will's shock, they tell him the Queen wants to see the play. The Shakespeare Code puts forth the idea that the plays attributed to William Shakespeare were actually written as political messages by Francis Bacon and relate a biographical history of the man. He states that he will have the last scene finished by the morning. Shakespeare defends it, saying that fear of the place helped "set him right". Meanwhile, the TARDIS lands in the same time period sometime later. In fact, For the purposes of this list, "Series 4" is considered to be the. (, The crystal ball imprisoning the Carrionites reappears when the Doctor is fishing through a TARDIS chest for an, After arriving in 1599, The Doctor tells Martha to "walk like you own the place." Freedonia was the name of a planet in, The Doctor uses the title of "Sir Doctor of TARDIS". The Carrionites and all the copies of Love's Labour's Won are sucked back through the closing portal. The Doctor tells her it's "before the invention of the toilet", apologising. The actors speak the last lines of the play. The story plays on the speculation around Shakespeare's. In the first shot, she's stroking his hair behind his ear, in the next shot, she is touching his sideburn, and her fingers shift to behind his ear again in the following shot. They find the architect, Peter Streete, in a catatonic state. He also tells the Doctor that the witches were based in All Hallows Street. The actors ask Will why he announced the play for tomorrow instead of next week as they planned. Lilith temporarily stops one of the Doctor's two hearts and flies to the Globe Theatre. One shot of the Doctor and Martha looking at the Globe Theatre was changed between the Series Three preview at the end of "The Runaway Bride" and the final episode; the edge of the Globe Theatre has been replaced with a CGI shot of a village and the distant theatre itself. The years seen in this section may seem decidedly "off". The Doctor enters and Shakespeare tells him to leave, thinking him a fan who wants an autograph or a portrait done with him. There are several references to the paradoxes of time travel. Martha questions when they are, but the Doctor quickly pulls her back, keeping her from being struck by the contents of a chamber pot.  According to the BARB figures this episode was seen by 7.23 million viewers and was the fifth most popular broadcast on British television in that week. Shakespeare referred to Martha as the "Dark Lady," the mysterious subject (though perhaps allegorical) of many of his sonnets. When they find William Shakespeare with a lost play,… In the room is Lilith, disguised as a maid. The Doctor, Martha and Shakespeare hear a commotion in the street and run out, where Lynley vomits water. Through the window, Martha sees Lilith flying away on a broomstick. In the witches' home, a wheezing Doomfinger rejoins Bloodtide and Lilith; she tells them that the Doctor knows of their true nature - he spoke their true name. Tenth Doctor The Shakespeare Code (drn:45'32") Inside the TARDIS the Doctor frantically pulls at the controls, whilst Martha enquires how the ship manages to travel in time. With the new TV series, Roberts again produced a tie-in novel (Only Human, 2005) and then various smaller jobs for the TV show, including the "Attack of the Graske" digital television interactive mini-episode and the TARDISODEs. There has been a raging controversy as to whether or not he wrote the Shakespearean works himself. They all cackle in glee as a spirit appears to the actors before they can finish reading the spell. Cracking The Shakespeare Code. Martha is surprised by this, asking Will about the name; obviously, Will is going to base Hamlet on his son. Under threat of annihilation from a species from the Dark Times, the TARDIS team have to establish whether there is a connection between a witch they've met and Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Won— a pl… However, Will then tells the Doctor that he actually means they will be leaving this era. Series 3, Episode 2 Lilith stabs the doll in the chest, and Lynley collapses, dead. Martha is confused by this as she sees the Doctor's title on the paper. Release details Finally, the Bard also appears in the Doctor Who Magazine Ninth Doctor comic A Groatsworth of Wit (also written by Gareth Roberts). The Doctor figures out that the 14 walls of the Globe are based on the 14 stars of the Rexel configuration. In the episode, the alien time traveller the Doctor (David Tennant) takes his new travelling companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) in her first trip in time and space. The vast amount of CGI work required was mainly for the climax of the episode. Shakespeare is credited with adding two to three thousand words to the English language, including 'assassination', 'eyeball', 'leapfrog' and 'gloomy'. Martha yells to be let out but is told by the Doctor that it's pointless as the entire building is yelling that. ", "Doctor Who "The Shakespeare Code" Review", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Shakespeare_Code&oldid=999587836, Cultural depictions of William Shakespeare, Articles with dead external links from June 2018, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles with dead external links from March 2018, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 January 2021, at 23:29. He tells for the Doctor not to ask him where he gets his ideas, but upon seeing Martha enter, he stops dead and then suddenly changes his tune, welcoming the two travellers into the room. She then asks if magic really exists, to which he states it doesn't — this looks like magic but isn't. Upon trying to pass himself off as "Sir Doctor of TARDIS" via the psychic paper, the Doctor is shocked to find that Shakespeare sees it as blank. 7 April 2007 In the morning, the Doctor, Martha and Shakespeare proceed to the Globe Theatre, and the Doctor asks why the theatre has 14 sides. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. The witches Lilith, Doomfinger, and Bloodtide observe this through their cauldron, and Doomfinger teleports to the cell and kills Peter with a touch. The episode was Gareth Roberts' first writing credit proper on the show, however he had written for Doctor Who many times before. A Carrionite spectre appears at the rehearsal. The Carrionites were also derived from the Bard's work, specifically the witches in Macbeth. The Tenth Doctor, who promised to take Martha on one trip, takes her to a performance of Love's Labour's Lost at the Globe Theatre in Southwark in 1599. The Doctor tells Shakespeare to stop the show whilst he and Martha go to All Hallows Street to thwart the witches. Sometimes reality exceeds fiction. Confidential: The special effects on the episode were done by The Mill, who have created the special effects on all Doctor Who episodes since its return in 2005. The Doctor previously encountered the Carrionites in his, Shakespeare has previously appeared as a young boy in. Production code: The episode makes reference to the many debates about Shakespeare's sexuality. A cryptographic discovery that may change western history. Volgens de BARB cijfers deze aflevering werd gezien door 7.230.000 kijkers en was de vijfde meest populaire uitgezonden op de Britse televisie in die week. A witch called Lilith uses a voodoo doll to influence Shakespeare to declare that the new play will premiere the following evening. . Lilith, having overheard Lynley, contacts her mothers to warn them; they tell her that the play must be performed the next night. 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