Martha mentions the possibility of killing her grandfather, an allusion to the grandfather paradox, when she first steps from the TARDIS. Conspiracy, History / 5 Comments Imagine a country where many people have become convinced that much of what we know about William Shakespeare is wrong. Scenes set in the Globe Theatre were then partially filmed in the recreated Globe Theatre in London. Lilith explains the Eternals found the correct word to banish the Carrionites into darkness, but the three were able to escape using the power of Shakespeare's grief over his son — the grief of a genius — and intend to free the others. Martha assumes that this explains why Love's Labour's Won was never shown and is quite disappointed by the lack of mystery. Sometimes reality exceeds fiction. The Doctor knows of the lost play as it appears in the listing of Shakespeare's works, but the play itself is non-existent. [11][12], 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.[8]. [8], Production then went on a week of location night shoots, beginning in Coventry, including Ford's Hospital, for one night,[9][10] before moving to the Lord Leycester Hospital at Warwick. This is one of few occasions where the Doctor didn't appear to use the sonic screwdriver in the episode. For Martha's first trip in the Tardis, the Doctor takes her back in time, to Elizabethan England. 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. 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. Lilith notes the Doctor was at the inn with Shakespeare and smells of something new. 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. His actors think Will's being a critic about his own work. Martha asks about the play, and the Doctor confirms that when Will undid the magic of Love's Labour's Won , he banished every copy into the aether, or the Void, or the Untempered Schism, or the Time Vortex, or wherever the heck the Eternals trapped the Carrionites. The Doctor figures out that the 14 walls of the Globe are based on the 14 stars of the Rexel configuration. 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. [16], adding two to three thousand words to the English language, "The Shakespeare Code commentary podcast", "Historic Coventry – the visit of The Doctor! • With thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. 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.!". Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. 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. 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'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.". 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. The Doctor tells her no; Martha agrees that would be taking advantage of time travel the wrong way. At the Globe, Love's Labour's Lost is on. The Doctor steps forward to confront her; Doomfinger explains no-one on Earth has knowledge of them. Shakespeare explains the architect thought it allowed the sound to carry well. 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. 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. Gareth Roberts (, 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. BBC One 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. Shannon Sullivan's A Brief History of Time (Travel), https://tardis.fandom.com/wiki/The_Shakespeare_Code_(TV_story)?oldid=3069048. The Doctor deduces both their location and the year: near the Globe Theatre in 1599. To Will's shock, they tell him the Queen wants to see the play. The actors ask Will why he announced the play for tomorrow instead of next week as they planned. They are led into Streete's cell, where the Doctor finds he is suffering from catatonia. Her name is not even said by Bloodtide, Doomfinger or Lilith herself. 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. Stage Fright Production started at the production team's Upper Boat Studios in Trefforest for the scenes in the Crooked House. The Doctor tells Shakespeare to stop the show whilst he and Martha go to All Hallows Street to thwart the witches. He tells them the Queen may come, before muttering "As if.". Amused, Bloodtide tells her sister that no-one that can stop them now; humanity will doom itself. 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 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. Shakespeare is confused by Martha's clothing and the Doctor explains she's from "Freedonia". By genre: 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. A cryptographic discovery that may change western history. When questioned as to the whereabouts of Peter Streete, Shakespeare says that he was admitted to Bedlam. Or else they risk getting committed to Bedlam. The Doctor is left bewildered by Will's sudden behaviour. The Doctor explains the Carrionites produce their "magic" through an ancient science based on the power of words. 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. They run through the streets back to the TARDIS as the guards run after them. However, without seeming to notice Martha's reaction, he attributes this to Martha being a novice to time travel. But his life is shrouded in mystery. 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. For over 100 years, Shakespeare has been one of the most recognizable brands in fishing. 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. Among the facts that the Doctor lists are that it's not really a globe, but a tetra-decagon; it's also brand new and recently opened for the plays written by the great writer himself. Shakespeare, Elizabeth I 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. Three witches try and mess up William Shakespeare's mind and work. Lilith shows her true face, scaring Dolly with a snarl. The actors rehearse, with the lead actor reading what he thinks is gibberish; he guesses Will was dozing off as he wrote it. 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. Contrary to common belief, season 10 kicked off in the last week of December 1972 — not in 1973, as would be expected. At The Elephant, Will and his actors are given beer by Dolly Bailey, the landlady. The Shakespeare Code: | | | 180 – "The Shakespeare Code" | | | ... World Heritage Encyclopedia, the aggregation of the largest online encyclopedias available, and the … Doomfinger and Bloodtide are joined by Lilith, who tells them of her supposed success. When questioning Shakespeare about witches, Martha remarks that he has written about witches; a reference to Macbeth, which Shakespeare denies. Suddenly, Mother Doomfinger appears in the cell and kills Peter with a touch to the heart. Lilith compels Shakespeare to write a strange concluding paragraph to Love's Labour's Won before flying away on a broom. Originally titled "Love's Labour's Won",[2] the episode was re-titled as a reference to The Da Vinci Code. This is the name of an inn recommended in Twelfth Night. 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. 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]. Phil Collinson 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. When they find William Shakespeare with a lost play,… Key crew Tennant remarks that the title would likely change before broadcast, suggesting "Theatre of Doom" was only a temporary title.

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