However, Bloodtide and Doomfinger are there waiting, using their voodoo doll to knock Will out by tapping its head. Charles Palmer It was seen by 7.2 million viewers, and was the fourteenth most watched programme of the week. She frets over her reception as a black woman in a time when slavery still exists. 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. Premiere broadcast: It included the first televised appearance of William Shakespeare since a cameo in 1965's The Chase. The Doctor tells her no; Martha agrees that would be taking advantage of time travel the wrong way. He again demands the play, but Shakespeare insists it's not ready yet. The witches Lilith, Doomfinger, and Bloodtide observe this through their cauldron, and Doomfinger teleports to the cell and kills Peter with a touch. Shannon Sullivan's A Brief History of Time (Travel), https://tardis.fandom.com/wiki/The_Shakespeare_Code_(TV_story)?oldid=3069048. 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 calmly announces to the crowd that Lynley has died a natural death, of a sudden imbalance of the humours. in her honour, but is interrupted when two of his actors burst in. 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. Finally, the Bard also appears in the Doctor Who Magazine Ninth Doctor comic A Groatsworth of Wit (also written by Gareth Roberts). Release details Just before the Doctor steps out of the TARDIS, he exclaims "Brave new world", from Act V Scene I of The Tempest. The Doctor explains how history could be changed with devastating results by referring to the movie Back to the Future. When Lynley, the Master of the Revels, demands to see the script before allowing the play to proceed, Lilith plunges a voodoo doll … The Shakespeare Programming Language (SPL) is an esoteric programming language designed by Jon Åslund and Karl Hasselström. Martha questions when they are, but the Doctor quickly pulls her back, keeping her from being struck by the contents of a chamber pot. "Doctor Who" The Shakespeare Code (TV Episode 2007) Christina Cole as Lilith Sometimes reality exceeds fiction. The Doctor deduces that the Carrionites intend to use the powerful words of Love's Labour's Won to break their species out of imprisonment. They decide to visit the architect of the theatre in Bethlem Hospital. Phil Collinson A witch called Lilith uses a voodoo doll to influence Shakespeare to declare that the new play will premiere the following evening. The Doctor tells Shakespeare to stop the show whilst he and Martha go to All Hallows Street to thwart the witches. 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. (, The Doctor's psychic paper fails to work again because the person on the receiving end is able to outsmart the trick it plays on the mind. Amused, Bloodtide tells her sister that no-one that can stop them now; humanity will doom itself. Follow code-breaker Petter Amundsen and historian Dr. Robert Crumpton as they investigate the secrets buried in Shakespeare's first folio and decipher a coded map that may lead to … (, 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." The Shakespeare Code: Concept Art and Graphics. See all galleries from The Shakespeare Code (4) Related Content. The Carrionites and all the copies of Love's Labour's Won are sucked back through the closing portal. Recognising the signs, the actors excuse themselves; to them, it looks like Shakespeare has found a new muse. To Will's shock, they tell him the Queen wants to see the play. 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. The character Kempe is William Kempe, a highly regarded comic actor of the era, who was a member of the Lord Chamberlain's Men along with Shakespeare and Richard Burbage. 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. 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. Much to Wiggins' horror, the two mothers cackle and pounce on him, apparently devouring him. Shakespeare flirts with Martha multiple times during the episode, and ultimately composes Sonnet 18 for her, calling her his "Dark Lady". Shakespeare defends it, saying that fear of the place helped "set him right". 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. Suddenly, Mother Doomfinger appears in the cell and kills Peter with a touch to the heart. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. An excited Martha says these oddities remind her of Harry Potter; with a smile, the Doctor tells her "Wait to till you read book seven. They proceed to the Globe to stop the Carrionites. 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. Confused, Martha asks the Doctor why he told the crowd a lie. The Doctor tells him to stop rubbing it or he'll go bald. A portal opens up, allowing the Carrionites back into the universe. BBC One Sometimes reality exceeds fiction. This is one of few occasions where the Doctor didn't appear to use the sonic screwdriver in the episode. The Doctor then gives Shakespeare his "All the world's a stage" line before retiring for the night. 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. 1x45 minute Episode Producer: By uttering the name Carrionite the Doctor is able to repel her. There are numerous other allusions to Shakespeare's plays. 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 reveals his deduction that the Doctor is not of the Earth and that Martha is from the future. Smith and Jones This leads the Doctor to investigate the Globe next. Het werd uitgezonden op BBC One op 7 april 2007. When they find William Shakespeare with a lost play,… The Doctor claims Martha comes from Freedonia, a fictional country in the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup - it was also used as the name of a planet in the Doctor Who novel Warmonger (2002) by Terrance Dicks. The Doctor previously encountered the Carrionites in his, Shakespeare has previously appeared as a young boy in. Taking flight through the window, she attaches the hair to a doll — which the Doctor says is basically a DNA replication module — and stabs it in the heart. 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". "I must be on 10% now," the Doctor thinks. " The Shakespeare Code" is de tweede aflevering van de derde reeks van de nieuw leven ingeblazen Britse science fiction tv-serie Doctor Who. He decides to find out more about why it was never published. British Shakespearean scholar Robert Crumpton embarks on a mission to prove he is spectacularly wrong. A cryptographic discovery that may change western history. Lilith, having overheard Lynley, contacts her mothers to warn them; they tell her that the play must be performed the next night. 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. Shakespeare referred to Martha as the "Dark Lady," the mysterious subject (though perhaps allegorical) of many of his sonnets. In another Big Finish drama, The Time of the Daleks, a child is revealed to be Shakespeare at the story's end. She is discovered by Dolly, who had just finished her work to help "relax" Will. 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. Lilith shows her true face, scaring Dolly with a snarl. Like the Chef programming language, it is designed to make programs appear to be something other than programs - in this case, Shakespearean plays. Wanting to see the author himself, Martha starts what the Doctor thinks might be the first crowd chant for Shakespeare. In the morning the Doctor, Martha and Shakespeare are confused by what has happened. . The actors speak the last lines of the play. The Doctor decides that is their next stop. 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. One of the Doctor's hearts stops temporarily. Dolly informs the Doctor and Martha that she's prepared a room for them. For Martha's first trip in the Tardis, the Doctor takes her back in time, to Elizabethan England. 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. In response to a flirtatious remark from Shakespeare towards him, the Doctor says, "57 academics just punched the air." Shakespeare improvises a short rhyming stanza but is stuck for a final word until Martha blurts out Expelliarmus. Shakespeare then announces there will soon be a sequel, Love's Labour's Won; it will answer the questions Lost left behind. He points out there are things similar to the future: recycling, water cooler moments and people thinking the Earth will burn in flames - aka global warming. He found the plot "straightforward", but still said it was entertaining with a good performance by Kelly. (DWMSE 23). As the production ends and the cast take their bows, Martha’s cries to see the author are taken up by the excited crowd, encouraging the dashing and handsome Shakespeare to make an appearance. Or else they risk getting committed to Bedlam. The, The subject of the Doctor's old eyes returns when. Their despatching of Peter Streete was at one point envisioned as being much more complex, with Streete being sucked down into his bed. [1] 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. With her help, the Doctor manages to re-start his other heart. 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. The Doctor previously claimed to have met Shakespeare. Featuring: Scene from Series 3 episode "The Shakespeare Code." Martha tells the Doctor he shouldn't meet his heroes. [3][4] 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. Shakespeare, Elizabeth I The carrionites attack and make their plans known to The Doctor. 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). Report Broken Documentary. The Doctor finds the three "witches" trapped, screaming in their own crystal ball. Doctor: And nobody knows that better than Shakespeare. a shot of one of the wooden beams has 'Bay J' printed on it. A Carrionite spectre appears at the rehearsal. Accepting this, Will announces that he will now focus on writing about sons and fathers in honour of his son, Hamnet. 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. On the Doctor's order, Streete reveals that witches spoke to him and made him design the Globe to their design, not his own; once he had served his usefulness, they snapped his wits to keep him quiet about their plans. 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. Martha defends herself by saying that in Freedonia, women can have any profession they want. Shakespeare fails to stop the play from being performed. [16], adding two to three thousand words to the English language, "The Shakespeare Code commentary podcast", "Historic Coventry – the visit of The Doctor! "The Shakespeare Code", along with "Smith and Jones" and "Gridlock" was released on a DVD on 21 May 2007. 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 also tells the Doctor that the witches were based in All Hallows Street. [5], 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. This alerts the witches, who say it's too soon for their spell. Lilith promises to kill the Doctor as the bells ring outside. The Tenth Doctor takes her to 1599 England. However, at the Globe, the actors have reached the end of the play. He says he'll take her home tomorrow. The Doctor enters and Shakespeare tells him to leave, thinking him a fan who wants an autograph or a portrait done with him. [6], There are several references to races from earlier Doctor Who episodes. They arrive in 1599 near the Globe Theatre in Southwark, where they meet the playwright William Shakespeare. 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.. Lilith's name is only said once throughout the whole episode. Upon hearing another scream, the Doctor and Martha run in to find Dolly's body as Shakespeare wakes; the Doctor notes that Dolly's heart gave out from a powerful fright. Viola’s nurse (Imelda Staunton) accepts a note from Shakespeare for Kent telling him that he has been cast. Three witches try and mess up William Shakespeare's mind and work. "The Shakespeare Code" is the second episode of the third series of the revived British science fiction television series Doctor Who. DOCTOR WHO, SERIES 3 EPISODE 2 - THE SHAKESPEARE CODE First screened, Saturday, 7th April, 2007 on BBC One. Meanwhile, Lilith entrances Shakespeare and, using a marionette, compels him to write a strange concluding paragraph to Love's Labour's Won. Lynley collapses on the ground dead. Shakespeare's Sonnet 57 is one of those believed to be written to a man, and contains lines referring to time, "I have no precious time at all to spend,/ Nor services to do, till you require./ Nor dare I chide the world-without-end hour/ Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you.". He speculated that he might like it better when watching it again later after he has warmed up to Martha. The Doctor explains that Shakespeare fell into depression after his son's death. Queen Elizabeth enters, much to the Doctor's amusement. "I'm going for real," Shakespheare quips. According to Roberts, "if anyone was gonna trip me after transmission it'd be him, so I thought I'd butter him up first".[5]. 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 play that was legendarily lost to time. A character list in the beginning of the program declares a number of stacks, naturally with names like "Romeo" and "Juliet". Martha yells to be let out but is told by the Doctor that it's pointless as the entire building is yelling that. 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. The ending featuring Queen Elizabeth was Russell T Davies's idea, who told Roberts to "make it a bit like the ending of The One Doctor", a Big Finish Productions audio drama also written by Roberts.[5]. 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. 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. When Lilith is attempting to charm the Doctor, she strokes his face. 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. They all cackle in glee as a spirit appears to the actors before they can finish reading the spell. Another memorable moment Lilith was named after a storm demon in Mesopotamian mythology who is also mentioned in Judeo-Christian tradition. 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. 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. Freedonia was the name of a planet in, The Doctor uses the title of "Sir Doctor of TARDIS". It is no hardship to leave something we never possessed in the first place – exercising dominion over something that does not put up a fight, putting fences round a place that contains nothing, pretending to endure suffering when we are free to get up and go at any time. Frowning, the Doctor moans in disappointment. Lilith credits the Carrionites' escape from the Eternals' banishment to 'new...glittering' words. (A remake of “Shakespeare: The Hidden Truth,” including new discoveries.) It fades away, making them decide to keep it a secret. Martha awakens, thinking the Doctor is dead as well, but finds he's still alive — two hearts. 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. The Tenth Doctor takes her to 1599 England. 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. There are several references to the Harry Potter franchise. 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. The Doctor says it's "political correctness gone mad". 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. Much to the horror of the audience, Carrionites emerge and swarm outside; laughing wickedly at their terror, Lilith locks the audience in. After viewing a performance of Shakespeare's latest play, the time travellers are beset by apparent sorcery. 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. He then names Doomfinger a Carrionite, which causes her to disappear. When asked by the Doctor what she saw, Martha answers, "A witch". 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. Seeing how much he desires her, Lilith allows him entrance to her home. The Shakespeare Code has accepted the latter. 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". At The Elephant, Will and his actors are given beer by Dolly Bailey, the landlady. Lilith stabs the doll in the chest, and Lynley collapses, dead. Martha At the end of the play, William Shakespeare announces a forthcoming sequel entitled Love's Labour's Won. As a reward for her help in the last episode, Martha Jones gets a trip in the TARDIS. The three Carrionites allude to the Weird Sisters from Macbeth (which was written several years after the setting of this episode); like them, the Carrionites use trochaic tetrameter and rhyming couplets to cast spells. Rating: 7.31 /10 based on 16 votes cast. 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. Doomfinger tells them she'll stop their hearts, asking who would like to go first. There has been a raging controversy as to whether or not he wrote the Shakespearean works himself. Martha is surprised by this, asking Will about the name; obviously, Will is going to base Hamlet on his son. ‘Gyves’ = ‘constraints’. Some of the words and names used are derived from other works. 180 There is indeed a novelisation of Back to the Future, written by George Gipe. Oh, I cried." Filming for the episode took place from 23 August to 15 September 2006. The Doctor collapses, making Lilith think he's dead. It was then re-released as part of the Series Three boxset in November 2007. Shakespeare then remembers Peter Streete spoke of witches; he was the architect for the Globe Theatre. Behind the scenes video 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 Queen declares, "Off with his head!". Season 10 actually began nine years after season 1 started. Shakespeare takes interest in the word "psychic" and wonders who the Doctor is. Taken from the episode "The Shakespeare Code. Shakespeare has appeared in one earlier Doctor Who episode, and the Doctor has also mentioned prior meetings. They enter the TARDIS, slamming the door just as an arrow embeds itself in the TARDIS' exterior before dematerialisation. It was rewritten as the producers and Tennant thought it would be inappropriate. Aired on April 7, 2007. Next → The Doctor gives her one from one of his pockets, explaining it contains Venusian spearmint. 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. 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". Shakespeare subsequently flirts with the Doctor as well, at which the Doctor observes, "Fifty-seven academics just punched the air," a reference to the debates on this subject. 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