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Shakespeare Code, The

Synopsis
Science fiction adventure series. The Doctor takes Martha on her first trip in the TARDIS. Arriving in Elizabethan England in 1599 they meet William Shakespeare who is writing Love’s Labour’s Won. The witch-like Carrionites are a lost species breaking their way back into the world, and plot to end the world by placing a code in the new play’s closing dialogue. Shakespeare is entreated by the Doctor to redeem the world by the power of words. Shakespeare references abound: Doctor Who often giving Shakespeare inspiration for his lines - Doctor Who ‘all the world’s a stage’. WS: ‘Um, I might use that’. Shakespeare says ‘to be or not to be’, the Doctor suggests he writes it down but Shakespeare considers it ‘too pretentious’. At one point Shakespeare flirts with the Doctor, to which the Doctor responds ‘57 academics just punched the air’.
Series
Doctor Who
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Globe Theatre; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); witchcraft; Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; Time Travel; Science fiction (television); Love’s Labour’s Won

Credits

Director
Charles Palmer
Producer
Phil Collinson
Cinematographer
Ernest Vincze
Writer
Gareth Roberts
Music
Murray Gold
Production Design
Edward Thomas (2)
Costume
Louise Page
Cast
Amanda Lawrence 
Angela Pleasence 
Chris Larkin 
Christina Cole 
David Tennant 
David Westhead 
Dean Lennox Kelly 
Freema Agyeman 
Linda Clarke 
Matt King 
Sam Marks 

Production Company

Name

BBC Wales

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ

Distributor (Sale)

 

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