The Doctor goes on about how much he admires Shakespeare's genius. The Bard is seen by the Doctor and his companions on the screen of their Time-Space Visualiser in The Chase (1965), conversing with Elizabeth I; in Planet of Evil (1975), the Fourth Doctor mentions having met Shakespeare, and in City of Death (1979) he claims that he helped transcribe the original manuscript of Hamlet; and in The Mark of the Rani (1985) the Sixth Doctor says "I must see him [Shakespeare] again some time". Shakespeare is confused by Martha's clothing and the Doctor explains she's from "Freedonia". 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). Story number: Dolly informs the Doctor and Martha that she's prepared a room for them. He asks Shakespeare why the Globe was designed like this. 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. Taken from the episode "The Shakespeare Code. 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. 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. Martha tells the Doctor he shouldn't meet his heroes. The Doctor enters and Shakespeare tells him to leave, thinking him a fan who wants an autograph or a portrait done with him. This leads the Doctor to investigate the Globe next. Music: He reveals his deduction that the Doctor is not of the Earth and that Martha is from the future. The Doctor tells her that when she gets home, she can tell everyone she's seen Shakespeare. 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. 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. Doctor: 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). In an early scene a sign is glimpsed for an inn named "The Elephant". 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. Meanwhile, Lilith entrances Shakespeare and, using a marionette, compels him to write a strange concluding paragraph to Love's Labour's Won. A cryptographic discovery that may change western history. Code was one of the most costly stories ever produced, with large expenditures on costumes and sets. Both hearts stopped in the previous episode. 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. When the crowd is chanting "author!" 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. A Carrionite spectre appears at the rehearsal. 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. Watching from above is Lilith, dressed as royalty. Shakespeare is credited with adding two to three thousand words to the English language, including 'assassination', 'eyeball', 'leapfrog' and 'gloomy'. The Shakespeare Code has accepted the latter. A witch called Lilith uses a voodoo doll to influence Shakespeare to declare that the new play will premiere the following evening. Release details The Doctor thinks he's heard of something before that involves the number 14, but can't seem to remember it. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S magnitude and influence is unquestionable. 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. She then questions whether it is safe to walk around in the past, citing familiar time travel paradoxes such as the grandfather paradox and the so-called "butterfly effect". They enter the TARDIS, slamming the door just as an arrow embeds itself in the TARDIS' exterior before dematerialisation. She flies to the Globe, leaving the Doctor and Martha behind. 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. The vast amount of CGI work required was mainly for the climax of the episode. "Doctor Who" The Shakespeare Code (TV Episode 2007) Christina Cole as Lilith Phil Collinson He offers to take Martha to the theatre, which she happily agrees to. 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. 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. There are several references to the Harry Potter franchise. The Carrionites now plan on using Will's brilliant words to bring the rest of their species back; "Love's Labour's Won is a weapon!" 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. Stage Fright Lilith compels Shakespeare to write a strange concluding paragraph to Love's Labour's Won before flying away on a broom. He went on to write several more books for Virgin Books and further Doctor Who spin-offs. The actors think Will is drunk and carry him backstage. 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. The Queen declares, "Off with his head!". 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. As a reward for her help with the Plasmavore, Martha Jones gets a trip in the TARDIS. However, its seems some of the Carrionites are back. Scenes set in the Globe Theatre were then partially filmed in the recreated Globe Theatre in London. 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. Once at Bedlam, Martha and the Doctor are disgusted to learn that the patients are whipped to entertain the gentry. 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. Shakespeare remains adamant about what he sees and the Doctor explains the psychic paper, noting that Shakespeare's immunity to the paper proves that he is an "absolute genius". 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. 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. Shakespeare sees it as a trite reply, something he'd do himself; both would rather not go into detail if they can help it. Meanwhile, the TARDIS lands in the same time period sometime later. 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. Her name is not even said by Bloodtide, Doomfinger or Lilith herself. Format: 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 Shakespeare Day! Shakespeare, Elizabeth I A character list in the beginning of the program declares a number of stacks, naturally with names like "Romeo" and "Juliet". Lilith, having overheard Lynley, contacts her mothers to warn them; they tell her that the play must be performed the next night. 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. 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[7] — a story consciously written in Shakespearean style. The Doctor explains the Carrionites produce their "magic" through an ancient science based on the power of words. After making a joke about his eventual balding, the Doctor goes on stage to try undoing the damage but finds only Shakespeare can. This is part of the reconstructed Globe and wouldn't have been present in the original. The Doctor figures out that the 14 walls of the Globe are based on the 14 stars of the Rexel configuration. 1x45 minute Episode Remember, however, that this list only gives the first year in which an episode from a series was broadcast. to which the Doctor retorts 'No, the novelisation! Shakespeare's daughter, Susanna, was to have appeared at one stage. 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. Martha defends herself by stating that she's only just started believing in time travel. However his behavior upon meeting Shakespeare in this episode suggests he's never met the man before. At the end of the play, William Shakespeare announces a forthcoming sequel entitled Love's Labour's Won. The episode was Gareth Roberts' first writing credit proper on the show, however he had written for Doctor Who many times before. Shakespeare fails to stop the play from being performed. The story plays on the speculation around Shakespeare's. The Shakespeare Code The Doctor says it because he reads a lot. It is only said in the beginning when the young man tells Lilith that her house is foul. "The Shakespeare Code" is the second episode of the third series of the revived British science fiction television series Doctor Who. But his life is shrouded in mystery. Lilith refers to the Eternals, a race introduced in the original series serial Enlightenment (1983). The Doctor decides that is their next stop. William Shakespeare improvises words of power and casts a magic spell to defeat the Carrionites. 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