"The Shakespeare Code" is the second episode of the third series of the revived British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Or else they risk getting committed to Bedlam. When Martha asks what actually killed Lynley, the Doctor responds, "witchcraft", confusing her further. Martha scorns this explanation by saying 'The film?' For over 100 years, Shakespeare has been one of the most recognizable brands in fishing. 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". The Shakespeare Code. Martha awakens, thinking the Doctor is dead as well, but finds he's still alive — two hearts. Series 3, Episode 2 Featuring: The Doctor confronts Lilith, who explains that the three witches were released from their banishment by Shakespeare's genius words after he lost his son Hamnet. Key crew They enter the TARDIS, slamming the door just as an arrow embeds itself in the TARDIS' exterior before dematerialisation. Watching from above is Lilith, dressed as royalty. However, the Doctor turns out to be wrong about the consistency of the Bard's genius when he asks the audience to shut their "big fat mouths". When regressing the architect in Bedlam, The Doctor uses the phrase "A Winter's Tale", whilst the architect himself uses the phrase "poor Tom" in the same way as the 'mad' Edgar in King Lear. In The Shakespeare Code, the Carrionites subvert Shakespeare to plant their ‘spell’ in the climax of Love’s Labours Won, recitation of which will free their people from the Eternals banishment. Shakespeare is being bewitched by three witch-like Carrionites to rewrite the ending to his play Love's Labour's Won so that the performance will create the right words to free the rest of the Carrionite race from imprisonment. Confused, Martha asks the Doctor why he told the crowd a lie. The episode makes reference to the many debates about Shakespeare's sexuality. , 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.. There is a definite resemblance, & Adams’ work probably did influence Garth Roberts, but IMHO it the parallels aren't clear or straightforward enough to be in the main TSC article. Shakespeare has appeared in one earlier Doctor Who episode, and the Doctor has also mentioned prior meetings. " The Shakespeare Code" is de tweede aflevering van de derde reeks van de nieuw leven ingeblazen Britse science fiction tv-serie Doctor Who. Shakespeare's daughter, Susanna, was to have appeared at one stage. DOCTOR WHO, SERIES 3 EPISODE 2 - THE SHAKESPEARE CODE First screened, Saturday, 7th April, 2007 on BBC One. The years seen in this section may seem decidedly "off". 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 enters and Shakespeare tells him to leave, thinking him a fan who wants an autograph or a portrait done with him. Shakespeare takes interest in the word "psychic" and wonders who the Doctor is. 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. The Carrionites in the theatre wither in fear of his words, but William gets stuck on the last one, unable to think of a rhyme. Martha defends herself by saying that in Freedonia, women can have any profession they want. Historically, a reference to Love's Labour's Won (in Francis Meres's Palladis Tamia, Wits Treasury, 1598) predates the construction of the Globe Theatre (1599). He praised the acting, "witty" script, the concept of the Carrionites' witch-like appearance. They confront Lilith, who is expecting them. She tells her mothers to go the Globe and wait for her; Lilith will be waiting for the Doctor to find their home so she can kill him to put an end to his threat to their plans. Martha is surprised by this, asking Will about the name; obviously, Will is going to base Hamlet on his son. In the morning the Doctor, Martha and Shakespeare are confused by what has happened. The witches turn out to be Carrionites, but they haven't reckoned with the difficulty of taking on the Doctor and arguably the world's greatest ever wordsmith. Shakespeare explains the architect thought it allowed the sound to carry well. Fearing that they would be revealed if the Doctor can get Peter to talk, Lilith has Doomfinger transport herself. 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. The Doctor tells her no; Martha agrees that would be taking advantage of time travel the wrong way. 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.. 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. In the morning, the Doctor, Martha and Shakespeare proceed to the Globe Theatre, and the Doctor asks why the theatre has 14 sides. It is only said in the beginning when the young man tells Lilith that her house is foul. To Will's shock, they tell him the Queen wants to see the play. When Lynley, the Master of the Revels, demands to see the script before allowing the play to proceed, Lilith plunges a voodoo doll made of his hair into a bucket of water and stabs it in the chest. Martha comes up with "Expelliarmus" and the Carrionites — together with all the extant copies of Love's Labour's Won — are sucked through the portal. In the room is Lilith, disguised as a maid. 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. They arrive in 1599 near the Globe Theatre in Southwark, where they meet the playwright William Shakespeare. The Doctor explains the Carrionites produce their "magic" through an ancient science based on the power of words. ‘Gyves’ = ‘constraints’. Shakespeare, Elizabeth I He ponders rewriting the play but is told not to as it would risk releasing the Carrionites, as they could manipulate him into rewriting the spell. He speculated that he might like it better when watching it again later after he has warmed up to Martha. That night Shakespeare sneaks into a party celebrating Viola’s engagement to Lord Wessex ( Colin Firth ), but when Wessex notes the obvious attraction between Shakespeare and Viola, he threatens Shakespeare, who gives his name as Christopher Marlowe and flees the party. The actors think Will is drunk and carry him backstage. In the cell, the Doctor uses his telepathy to help Peter think that all the horrible things that happened to him were nothing more than an illusion, calming the man and making him aware of their presence. For Martha's first trip in the Tardis, the Doctor takes her back in time, to Elizabethan England. There are several references to the Harry Potter franchise. See all galleries from The Shakespeare Code (4) Related Content. However, Lilith tells them it's just a preview of what's to come that night. She decides to introduce her suitor to her two "mothers", Mother Doomfinger and Mother Bloodtide. The Doctor and Martha arrive to find Shakespeare regaining consciousness and rubbing his head in pain. William Shakespeare improvises words of power and casts a magic spell to defeat the Carrionites. 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. The Doctor gives a disgruntled Martha mixed signals by casually sharing the bed with her only to show no interest, then dismissing the idea that a mere human could be channelling the psychic energy and bemoaning the lack of Rose's insight. This shocks the Doctor as he has yet to meet her, but comments that he is looking forward to finding out what he will do to offend her. As a reward for her help with the Plasmavore, Martha Jones gets a trip in the TARDIS. The Doctor is left bewildered by Will's sudden behaviour. Much to Wiggins' horror, the two mothers cackle and pounce on him, apparently devouring him. Lilith refers to the Eternals, a race introduced in the original series serial Enlightenment (1983). One of the Doctor's hearts stops temporarily. She tells them to calm down and chant with her, adding hair she secretly took from Lynley to a doll; it is now a voodoo doll. Filming for the episode took place from 23 August to 15 September 2006. And nobody knows that better than Shakespeare. Main setting: In another Big Finish drama, The Time of the Daleks, a child is revealed to be Shakespeare at the story's end. (A remake of “Shakespeare: The Hidden Truth,” including new discoveries.) The Doctor finds Shakespeare backstage, rubbing the top of his head where he had hit it when he fell on stage. Martha This is part of the reconstructed Globe and wouldn't have been present in the original. Martha asks if he has an advanced gadget for recording things; they could record the play and sell it back in the 21st century, make a fortune. When questioning Shakespeare about witches, Martha remarks that he has written about witches; a reference to Macbeth, which Shakespeare denies. BBC One Lilith cackles and states that at the hour of spoken words, they will be freed and the Earth will perish. Martha, Shakespeare and the actors are left to take the applause of the audience who think it was special effects. The Doctor figures out that the 14 walls of the Globe are based on the 14 stars of the Rexel configuration. The Tenth Doctor takes her to 1599 England. There, he wonders why the theatre is tetradecagal. Martha thinks she is going to be carted off as a, In attempting to explain Martha to Shakespeare, the Doctor claims that she comes from, The Doctor muses that the psychic energy he has seen in Elizabethan England would require a generator the size of, This was the second appearance of a famous writer in the revived series, the first being, Shakespeare did use the word Sycorax in his play. This is one of few occasions where the Doctor didn't appear to use the sonic screwdriver in the episode. The scene in which the Doctor and Martha share a room was originally written to have the Doctor casually undress down to his underwear; and still obliviously invite Martha to share the bed. There has been a raging controversy as to whether or not he wrote the Shakespearean works himself. There has been a raging controversy as to whether or not he wrote the Shakespearean works himself. She confirms the Doctor's suspicions: the three Carrionites hope to gain entry for the rest of their species, eliminate the humans, begin a new empire on Earth and spread out from there. Season 10 actually began nine years after season 1 started. The carrionites attack and make their plans known to The Doctor. British Shakespearean scholar Robert Crumpton embarks on a mission to prove he is spectacularly wrong. A character list in the beginning of the program declares a number of stacks, naturally with names like "Romeo" and "Juliet". The vast amount of CGI work required was mainly for the climax of the episode. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S magnitude and influence is unquestionable. Queen Elizabeth enters, much to the Doctor's amusement. Finally, the Bard also appears in the Doctor Who Magazine Ninth Doctor comic A Groatsworth of Wit (also written by Gareth Roberts). Southwark, 1599 Amused, Bloodtide tells her sister that no-one that can stop them now; humanity will doom itself. The Doctor says it because he reads a lot. Scene from Series 3 episode "The Shakespeare Code." There is indeed a novelisation of Back to the Future, written by George Gipe. But his life is shrouded in mystery. The Doctor whispers that they've still got "one foot in the Dark Ages", and any seemingly unnatural answer would lead them to think that it was witchcraft. The Shakespeare Code has accepted the latter. Shakespeare then remembers Peter Streete spoke of witches; he was the architect for the Globe Theatre. This is a reference to the enigmatic female character in Shakespeare's Sonnets, although Sonnet 18 is in fact one of those addressed to a male character, the Fair Youth. 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. Follow code-breaker Petter Amundsen and historian Dr. Robert Crumpton as they investigate the secrets buried in William Shakespeare 's first folio and decipher a coded map that may lead to one of history's greatest treasures. 1 Biology 2 Technology 3 History 4 Other references 5 Behind the scenes The true form of a Carrionite resembled a giant skeletal raven or crow. He then names Doomfinger a Carrionite, which causes her to disappear. The witches Lilith, Doomfinger, and Bloodtide observe this through their cauldron, and Doomfinger teleports to the cell and kills Peter with a touch. Other sequences include subtle references to much earlier episodes. "Doctor Who" The Shakespeare Code (TV Episode 2007) Christina Cole as Lilith Shakespeare improvises a short rhyming stanza but is stuck for a final word until Martha blurts out Expelliarmus. Shakespeare sees it as a trite reply, something he'd do himself; both would rather not go into detail if they can help it. They walk around the town and the Doctor says Elizabethan England is far more like the 21st century than Martha might think. After making a joke about his eventual balding, the Doctor goes on stage to try undoing the damage but finds only Shakespeare can. 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. The Doctor knows of the lost play as it appears in the listing of Shakespeare's works, but the play itself is non-existent. The Doctor steps forward to confront her; Doomfinger explains no-one on Earth has knowledge of them. When the crowd is chanting "author!" Shakespeare follows after him after giving his actors the final draft of his play. to which the Doctor retorts 'No, the novelisation! However, when Shakespeare himself coins the phrase "To be, or not to be", the Doctor suggests he write it down, but Shakespeare considers it "too pretentious". Shakespeare then announces there will soon be a sequel, Love's Labour's Won; it will answer the questions Lost left behind. He reveals his deduction that the Doctor is not of the Earth and that Martha is from the future. "I'm going for real," Shakespheare quips. The Doctor says it's "political correctness gone mad". Release details It included the first televised appearance of William Shakespeare since a cameo in 1965's The Chase. Lilith shows her true face, scaring Dolly with a snarl. Writer Gareth Roberts was well known as a fan of Shakespeare; he had included him as a character in A Groatsworth of Wit, a Ninth Doctor comic strip. Once at Bedlam, Martha and the Doctor are disgusted to learn that the patients are whipped to entertain the gentry. 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.  Nick Setchfield, writing for SFX, awarded the episode five out of five stars, finding the production "confident". ← Previous 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. The Doctor previously felt emotional at the mention of his lost companion, The arrow that is shot into the TARDIS mimics similar occurrences in, Queen Elizabeth's anger at the Doctor is given a possible cause in, The Doctor also mentioned meeting Queen Elizabeth in, The Doctor claims that Martha is a citizen of the nation of "Freedonia". NOTE: Characters who exist outside Shakespeare are marked "(hist)" where they are historical, and "(myth)" where they are mythical.Where that annotation is a link (e.g. He went on to write several more books for Virgin Books and further Doctor Who spin-offs. Producer Russell T Davies and screenwriter Gareth Roberts have both stated that they were aware of these past references to meeting Shakespeare, but that they would neither be mentioned nor contradicted in the episode. The Doctor and Martha reach All Hallows Street, with Martha questioning how this could cause a problem, as she's living proof that the world didn't end this year. However, Martha takes the event in stride as she has seen worse things in hospital. Much to the horror of the audience, Carrionites emerge and swarm outside; laughing wickedly at their terror, Lilith locks the audience in. Yes the film!'. The actors rehearse, with the lead actor reading what he thinks is gibberish; he guesses Will was dozing off as he wrote it. , adding two to three thousand words to the English language, "The Shakespeare Code commentary podcast", "Historic Coventry – the visit of The Doctor! However, upon entering the home, he is shocked to find it full of horrifying witching artefacts — not what he would expect a beautiful girl to have in her home. Martha Jones steps outside and is amazed by the fact they've gone back in time. (DWMSE 23). Examples of this include the Doctor telling Shakespeare that "all the world's a stage" (from As You Like It) and "the play's the thing" (from Hamlet), as well as the name Sycorax from The Tempest. It was seen by 7.2 million viewers, and was the fourteenth most watched programme of the week. Martha is confused by this as she sees the Doctor's title on the paper. Shakespeare explains he still has to finish writing the end of the play and bids the Doctor goodnight, saying he will solve why the constant performance from him tomorrow. • With thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The Carrionites and all the copies of Love's Labour's Won are sucked back through the closing portal. Martha yells to be let out but is told by the Doctor that it's pointless as the entire building is yelling that. Inside the inn, they wonder about Lynley's murder, but Shakespeare is equally confused by Martha's training as a doctor, wondering what kind of land Freedonia is. 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. Confidential: The Doctor finds the three "witches" trapped, screaming in their own crystal ball. Martha tells the Doctor he shouldn't meet his heroes. He then asks the Doctor how he can have eyes so old for someone young. They all cackle in glee as a spirit appears to the actors before they can finish reading the spell. 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. The Doctor tells Shakespeare that only he can find the words to close the portal. Shannon Sullivan's A Brief History of Time (Travel), https://tardis.fandom.com/wiki/The_Shakespeare_Code_(TV_story)?oldid=3069048. A Carrionite spectre appears at the rehearsal. When asked by the Doctor what she saw, Martha answers, "A witch". 3.2 Wanting to see the author himself, Martha starts what the Doctor thinks might be the first crowd chant for Shakespeare. A portal opens up, allowing the Carrionites back into the universe. He also tells the Doctor that the witches were based in All Hallows Street. Production started at the production team's Upper Boat Studios in Trefforest for the scenes in the Crooked House. a shot of one of the wooden beams has 'Bay J' printed on it. Tenth Doctor Carrionites The episode was first broadcast at 7pm on 7 April 2007. Wiggins is also a Doctor Who fan and a friend of writer Gareth Roberts. He offers to take Martha to the theatre, which she happily agrees to. Her name is not even said by Bloodtide, Doomfinger or Lilith herself. Lilith credits the Carrionites' escape from the Eternals' banishment to 'new...glittering' words. Premiere broadcast: Looking at the crystal ball, the Doctor says he has a nice dark attic for the Carrionites to scream in for all eternity, and that he needs to get Martha back to Freedonia. She is discovered by Dolly, who had just finished her work to help "relax" Will. Martha assumes that this explains why Love's Labour's Won was never shown and is quite disappointed by the lack of mystery. Among non-TV material, Shakespeare features in the Virgin Missing Adventures novels The Empire of Glass and The Plotters, and in the Big Finish Productions audio drama The Kingmaker. The Doctor tells Shakespeare to stop the show whilst he and Martha go to All Hallows Street to thwart the witches. Doomfinger tells them she'll stop their hearts, asking who would like to go first. How they managed to get back is quickly figured out by Martha and the Doctor; when Shakespeare was grieving for his son, he wrote something in a play that allowed them access to Earth. 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. There are several references to the paradoxes of time travel. The Doctor walks out of the prop room, carrying a skull, which he states reminds him of a Sycorax; Shakespeare states he'll take that word from him as well. There is a running joke throughout the episode in which the Doctor creates an apparent ontological paradox by inspiring Shakespeare to borrow phrases that the Doctor quotes from his plays. 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. The Doctor previously claimed to have met Shakespeare. 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. Most images portraying Shakespeare show him to be a man who is balding on the top of his head. After viewing a performance of Shakespeare's latest play, the time travellers are beset by apparent sorcery.  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. , In the Lost Adventure by Douglas Adams Shada,there is a passing reference to a Time Lord, Scintilla, who was imprisoned for 'conspiring with Carrionites and the novelisation of Shada was also written by Roberts. In fact, For the purposes of this list, "Series 4" is considered to be the. Cracking The Shakespeare Code. Premiere network: (A remake of “Shakespeare: The Hidden Truth,” including new discoveries.) in her honour, but is interrupted when two of his actors burst in. The Shakespeare Code They run through the streets back to the TARDIS as the guards run after them. It was rewritten as the producers and Tennant thought it would be inappropriate. He found the plot "straightforward", but still said it was entertaining with a good performance by Kelly. Lynley collapses on the ground dead. , Production then went on a week of location night shoots, beginning in Coventry, including Ford's Hospital, for one night, before moving to the Lord Leycester Hospital at Warwick. The lead actor recites the incantation, and a vortex appears in the middle of the Globe. It was then re-released as part of the Series Three boxset in November 2007. 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