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The Shakespeare Code 

The Doctor takes Martha to London in 1599, where William Shakespeare's new play is being used by three witches in an evil plan.

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As The Doctor and Martha travel for the first time together in the TARDIS, they land unexpectedly in 1599 Tudor London, where the world is under threat from the evil Carronites, and only history's most notorious playwright William Shakespeare can help to save the world Written by Anon

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7 April 2007 (UK)  »

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| (50 episodes)

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Trivia

In creating the villains of the story, Gareth Roberts considered either the Three Witches of Macbeth or the Fairies of A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was felt that the former were more iconic, and so Roberts created the Carrionites. See more »

Goofs

Because of poor lighting, among other things, in Shakespeare's day plays were performed during the day. That was why theaters like The Globe had no roofs, so that the sun could light up the stage. It wasn't until much later that performances became a night-time affair. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: Rage, rage, against the dying of the light...
William Shakespeare: I might use that.
The Doctor: You can't, it's someone else's.
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Connections

References The Omen (1976) See more »

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Doctor Who Theme
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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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a great episode!!!
17 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Shakespeare code is a great episode for the third series! it shows Martha's first trip in the Tardis.they go back to 1599 to find Shakespeare being possessed by witches to try and open some kind of portal by using one of his plays that he's just written. This episode is good , it had some goofs like when they were relating to 'back to the future' , but they also had some bits where it also had some seriousness like when the doctor was wondering if rose could figure out the mystery if she was with him.(also when the witch crept up on the doctor in the prison cell it kinda made me jump!!! David Tennant you rock as the doc!!!!!!!


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