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Synopsis


The Carrionite
The Carrionite
 The Doctor takes Martha to Elizabethan England, where William Shakespeare is under the control of deadly witch-like creatures.

Source: BBC DVD


General Information

Season: Twenty Nine (New Series 3)
Production Code: 3-2
Story Number: 180 (New Series: 24)
Episode Number:726 (New Series: 30)
Number of Episodes: 1
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Working Titles:"Love's Labour's Won" and "Theatre of Death"
Production Dates: August - September 2006
Broadcast Date: 07 April 2007
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Upper Boat, Pontypridd)
Location: Ford's Hospital and Cheylesmore Manor (Coventry), Lord Leycester's Hospital (Warwick), The Globe Theatre (Southwark, London) and Newport.
Writer:Gareth Roberts
Director:Charles Palmer
Producer:Phil Collinson
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies
Script Editor:Simon Winstone
Editor:Matthew Tabern
Production Executive:Julie Scott
Production Manager:Patrick Schweitzer
Production Designer:Edward Thomas
Director of Photography:Ernie Vincze BSC
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Costume Designer:Louise Page
Make-Up Designer:Barbara Southcott
Cameramen:Steven Hall (2nd Camera) and Julian Barber (Operator)
Incidental Music:Murray Gold
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Sound Recordist:Julian Howarth
Sound Supervisor:Paul McFadden
Sound Editor:Doug Sinclair
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Any Effects
Prosthetics:Millennium FX
Stunt Co-ordinators:Crispin Layfield and Tom Lucy
Stunt Performer:Maxine Whittaker
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Music Performed By: The BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 1The Companion: Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones) Additional Cast: Dean Lennox Kelly (Shakespeare), Christina Cole (Lilith), Sam Marks (Wiggins), Amanda Lawrence (Doomfinger), Linda Clarke (Bloodtide), Jalaal Hartley (Dick), David Westhead (Kempe), Andree Bernard (Dolly Bailey), Chris Larkin (Lynley), Stephen Marcus (Jailer), Matt King (Peter Streete), Robert Demeger (Preacher), Angela Pleasence (Queen Elizabeth)Setting: London (1599) Villain: Carrionites

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
726The Shakespeare Code07 April 200745'32"7.2Yes

Total Duration 46 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 7.2
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2007)76.88%  (Position = 4 out of 10)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)74.05% Lower (Position = 64 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)71.96% Lower (Position = 107 out of 241)


Archives


 This story exists and is held in the BBC's Film and Videotape Library.



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Notes


Special permission was granted for location footage to be taken inside The Globe Theatre in Southwark which had to be fitted out with specially fireproofed straw.

Doctor Who became the first television drama to be granted permission to film at the Globe Theatre, although a requirement of this deal was that recording could only take place at night; Gareth Roberts' scripts were duly revised to reflect this.

The Globe Theatre was completed in 1997 and its recreation, from the original Globe theatre that was destroyed by fire in 1613 (and rebuilt in 1614, only to be closed by the Puritans in 1642 and torn down in 1644), was instigated by the late Sam Wanamaker. Sam was the father of Zoë Wanamaker, who played Lady Cassandra in "The End of the World" and "New Earth".

Shakespeare scholars have speculated for centuries about 'Love's Labour's Won'. Some claim it was indeed a sequel to 'Love's Labour's Lost'; others that it still exists, and that it's another name for 'The Taming of the Shrew'.

Material involving Queen Elizabeth I, was written into the story at Russell T Davies' request, inspired by an element of Gareth Roberts' Sixth Doctor audio story "The One Doctor", co-written with Clayton Hickman that was released in 2001 by Big Finish Productions.

Both William Shakespeare and Elizabeth I have appeared in Doctor Who before; in the 1965 story "The Chase", the First Doctor saw Shakespeare, on The Time Space Visualiser, being given the idea to write Hamlet by the Queen.

The Doctor has always been a huge fan of the Bard, and has a particular fondness for quoting Hamlet. Notable instances include addressing a skull in "Image of the Fendahl" - 'Alas, Poor Skull!', deciding to 'Go softly on!' in "Castrovalva" and wishing 'Good-night, sweet prince' to a dying comrade in "The Two Doctors". Perhaps one of the reasons The Doctor loves Hamlet so much is that in "City of Death" he claims to have helped William Shakespeare write it, after Shakespeare sprained his wrist writing sonnets!

The end of this story contains a trailer for the next story "Gridlock".

Following on immediately after this story, on BBC3, was the second chapter of the third series of Doctor Who Confidential, "Stage Fright" presented by Anthony Head.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first trip in the TARDIS for new companion Martha Jones played by Freema Agyeman.

 The first television drama to be granted permission to film at the Globe Theatre, London.

 The first Doctor Who story to be written by Gareth Roberts.


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The Plot

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William Shakespeare on the Stage
William Shakespeare on the Stage

Martha Jones’s first trip in the TARDIS takes her to Elizabethan England and to the newly built Globe Theatre in London where she gets to meet the one and only William Shakespeare!

This is only meant to be a short stop over, before The Doctor returns Martha to her own time and place, but The Doctor is curios when William Shakespeare himself appears on stage and announces that the following evenings performance is going to be a newly written sequel – a sequel that The Doctor knows has been lost in the mists of time.

But someone is plotting to sabotage the Bard’s latest work and when The Master of the Revels, who tries to thwart William Shakespeare plans for the next performance at the Globe, is horribly murdered The Doctor suspects witchcraft.

The Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre

But black magic isn’t real... is it?

Then during the night, while William Shakespeare is writing the last chapter of his play, he has a visitor who puts him into a trance and provides the words to finish the play – before being disturbed by a maid.

Martha Jones
Martha Jones

Awoken by a scream The Doctor and Martha arrive to witness William’s visitor fly off into the night’s sky. The Doctor deduces that William Shakespeare’s play and The Globe Theatre are the key to solving the mystery – which leads him to visiting the Globes architect in the Bethlam Royal Hospital – a comes face-to-face with a Carrionite and makes him realise that William Shakespeare’s play must not be performed – else the remaining Carrionite will be released and free to takeover the whole planet.

But an encounter with another Carrionite leaves The Doctor wounded and with William Shakespeare unable to stop his own play the Carrionite are released. It is then upto William, aided by Martha, to improvise further parts of the play and so turn the power or words against the Carrionite.

 
The Doctor
The Doctor
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
The Three Witches
The Three Witches
Bloodtide
Bloodtide
 
Martha Gets to Meet Shakespeare
Martha Gets to Meet Shakespeare
The Carrionite
The Carrionite
The Show Must Go On
The Show Must Go On
Carrionite Released
Carrionite Released




Quote of the Story


 'There’s something I’m missing, Martha. Something really close, staring me right in the face, and I can’t see it.'

The Doctor



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
DVD
Smith and Jones - The Shakespeare Code - GridlockMay 2007BBCDVD 2381Photo-montage
Video
DVD
The Complete Third Series (Standard Version)November 2007BBCDVD 2579Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Video
DVD
Series 1 - 4 Box SetOctober 2009BBCDVD 3058Boxed set containing all 43 stories on 23 Discs
Video
DVD
The Complete Third Series (Woolworths Version)November 2007BBCDVD 2579Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Audio
CD
Original Television Soundtrack - Series 3November 2007SILCD1250Photo-montageMusic by Murray Gold
Video
DVD
The Complete Third Series (Amazon Version)November 2007BBCDVD 2579Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Series 1-7 Box Set (Limited Edition)December 2013BBCBD 0242Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray boxed set containing all Series 1-7 stories at full 1080p high definition
Video
DVD
The Complete Third Series (2014 Re-release)August 2014BBCDVD 3967Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete David Tennant Years Box SetNovember 2014BBCDVD 4000Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 37 stories on 26 Discs
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Third Series Box SetAugust 2015BBCBD 0263Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 11 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Third Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)May 2018Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing 11 stories


In Print

No Book Release
Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 381 (Released: May 2007)
Doctor Who Magazine - After ImageIssue 382 (Released: May 2007)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArticleIssue 382 (Released: May 2007)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 425 (Released: September 2010)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 458 (Released: April 2013)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 15 (Released: July 2009)

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On Release

DVD Cover
DVD Cover

BBC
VIDEO
DVD Box Set<BR>(Standard Version)
DVD Box Set
(Standard Version)

BBC
VIDEO
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
DVD Box Set<BR>(Woolworths Version)
DVD Box Set
(Woolworths Version)

BBC
VIDEO
   
Original Television Soundtrack Cover
Original Television Soundtrack Cover

BBC
AUDIO
DVD Box Set<BR>(Amazon Version)
DVD Box Set
(Amazon Version)

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series DVD Box Set<BR>(2014 Re-release)
Complete Series DVD Box Set
(2014 Re-release)

BBC
VIDEO
   
Complete David Tennant Years DVD Box Set
Complete David Tennant Years DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set

BBC
VIDEO



Magazines

Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 381
Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 381

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 382
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 382

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 382
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 382

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 425
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 425

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 458
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 458

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 15
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 15

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