Expelliarmus! William Shakespeare Vs The Carrionites - Doctor Who - The Shakespeare Code - BBC

Expelliarmus! William Shakespeare Vs The Carrionites - Doctor Who - The Shakespeare Code - BBC

Shakespeare saves the world with the word "Expelliarmus". (TV: The Shakespeare Code)

Published in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Harry Potter was a series of novels originated by the British author J.K. Rowling.

The Doctor was familiar with them as early as his first incarnation. (PROSE: A Big Hand for the Doctor) By his tenth incarnation, the Doctor had read the seventh Harry Potter novel, and cried upon reading the ending. (TV: The Shakespeare Code)

There were ten novels, starting with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The Eighth Doctor had a complete set in his TARDIS. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles)

A copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was in a display case on Platform One. (TV: The End of the World) A descendant of Rowling known as PQ Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Half-Moon Dentist. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Adaptation of Death)

References Edit

Mark Whitaker owned first editions of some of the Harry Potter books. Amy Pond likened the TARDIS chasing Whitaker's train to a scene in Harry Potter, where Harry and his friend Ron Weasley chased the Hogwarts Express in a flying car. (PROSE: Touched by an Angel)

Martha Jones was a fan of the series as a child, and said she began reading Harry Potter after she read her first book series, The Troubleseekers. (PROSE: The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage) She suggested the spell "Expelliarmus" to William Shakespeare to help defeat the Carrionites. The suggestion worked, to which the Tenth Doctor cheered "Good old J.K.!" (TV: The Shakespeare Code) On a planet of fiction created from her mind, Martha and the Doctor ran through Hogwarts. (PROSE: The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage)

Donna Noble jokingly referred to a centaur-like Aquabi she met as Firenze — the name of one of the centaurs in the Potter universe. (AUDIO: Pest Control)

When Clyde Langer and Rani Chandra were inside Erasmus Darkening's secret chamber in Ashen Hill Manor Clyde told Rani that this place was creepy. According to Clyde it was "Creepsville, Transylvania", "Hogwarts Tim Burton Style" or "Harry Potter Has A Close Shave Off Sweeney Todd". (TV: The Eternity Trap)

When Clara Oswald pointed out to three incarnations of the Doctor that their meeting couldn't happen due to a fixed point in time, the Tenth Doctor said "one point to the girl from Gryffindor." The Twelfth Doctor rebuked this, saying that she was Slytherin "all the way," and that he meant it as a compliment. (COMIC: Four Doctors)

Andy Hansen compared Erimem living in a cupboard that led to a room outside of time and space at Helena and Ibrahim Hadmani's house to Harry Potter living in a cupboard under the stairs. (PROSE: The Beast of Stalingrad)

Flip Jackson likened the Gallifreyan Chapters to Hufflepuff and Slytherin. (AUDIO: Stage Fright)

Upon seeing the Hereticum for the first time, Bill exclaimed "Harry Potter!" (TV: Extremis)

Behind the scenes Edit

  • In real life, only seven Harry Potter novels (plus several spin-off works) have been published.
  • Martha's use of Expelliarmus comes from the actual works (it's the incantation for the Disarming Charm, introduced in Chamber of Secrets and used throughout.)
  • The mention of Harry and Ron taking a flying car to Hogwarts also references canon, as the two of them took Mr Weasley's enchanted Ford Anglia to Hogwarts in Chamber of Secrets.
  • In 2005, Russell T Davies asked Harry Potter's creator J.K. Rowling if she would write for Doctor Who. She refused, saying that she was "amused by the suggestion but simply doesn't have the time."[1] She was writing the sixth Harry Potter novel (Half-Blood Prince) at the time.[2]
  • In The Christmas Invasion, a Hogwarts-style uniform featuring robes briefly appears as the Doctor considers what clothes to wear in his new incarnation.
  • The Shakespeare Code, in which the Doctor references reading the seventh book, was broadcast before Deathly Hallows was published and during a period of intense anticipation of its release. The Doctor doesn't mention the book's title, as it had not been revealed by the time the episode began filming. The fact the Doctor was emotional about the book's ending was an educated guess on behalf of the script writer that the conclusion to the long-running book series would be an emotional event.
  • According to the book The Writer's Tale by Russell T Davies and Benjamin Cook, Davies also considered basing the 2008 Christmas special around an appearance by Rowling.
  • When filming the 2005 series Russell T Davies commented upon the difficulty of finding little person actors for Doctor Who because Harry Potter and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were filming at the same time.[3]
  • Both franchises are featured together in LEGO Dimensions, as is Harry Potter's spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Shared actors Edit

Actor Primary DWU role First apperance Primary Harry Potter role Films Notes
Terence Bayler Yendom, Major Barrington TV: The Ark, The War Games The Bloody Baron Philosopher's Stone
David Bradley First Doctor, Solomon TV: The Doctor Falls, TV: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship Argus Filch 1-6, 8
Richard Bremmer Beowulf, Reginald Hemmings/Valcon/Taxi driver AUDIO: Black and White, AUDIO: The Valley of Death Lord Voldemort Philosopher's Stone Potter role was physical appearance only, his voice was provided by Ian Hart. The character was played fully by Ralph Fiennes from Goblet of Fire onwards.
Christian Coulson Pelleas, Robert McIntosh AUDIO: The Bride of Peladon, AUDIO: The Haunting of Thomas Brewster Tom Riddle Chamber of Secrets Tom Riddle is the younger version of main antagonist Lord Voldemort. Riddle is portrayed by both Frank Dillane and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin in Half-Blood Prince.
Paul Marc Davies See list See list Unnamed Hogwarts teacher Philosopher's Stone
Warwick Davis Ludens Nimrod Kendrick Cord Longstaff XLI ("Porridge") TV: Nightmare in Silver Filius Flitwick, Griphook 1-6, 8 (as Flitwick), 1, 7-8 (as Griphook) Davis only provided Griphook's voice in the first film (with actor Verne Troyer playing him physically) while he portrayed him fully in the final two films.
Simon Fisher-Becker Dorium Maldovar TV: The Pandorica Opens The Fat Friar Philosopher's Stone
Michael Gambon Kazran Sardick TV: A Christmas Carol Albus Dumbledore 3-8 Dumbledore was portrayed in the first two films by the late Richard Harris.
Shirley Henderson Ursula Blake TV: Love & Monsters Moaning Myrtle Chamber of Secrets, Goblet of Fire
John Hurt War Doctor TV: The Name of the Doctor Ollivander 1, 7-8
Toby Jones Dream Lord TV: Amy's Choice Dobby Chamber of Secrets, Deathly Hallows Part 1 Potter role was voice-only.
Miriam Margolyes Leef Apple Glyn Slitheen-Blathereen, Frau Tod TV: The Gift, AUDIO: The Beast of Orlok Pomona Sprout Chamber of Secrets, Deathly Hallows Part 2
Bill Nighy Doctor Black TV: Vincent and the Doctor Rufus Scrimgeour Deathly Hallows Part 1
Roger Lloyd Pack John Lumic TV: Rise of the Cybermen Barty Crouch Sr Goblet of Fire
Leslie Phillips Robert Knox AUDIO: Medicinal Purposes The Sorting Hat Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets Potter role was voice-only.
Derek Riddell Robert MacLeish TV: Tooth and Claw Torquil Travers Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Elizabeth Spriggs Tabby TV: Paradise Towers The Fat Lady Philosopher's Stone Dawn French played the Fat Lady in Prisoner of Azkaban.
David Tennant Tenth Doctor TV: The Parting of the Ways Barty Crouch Jr Goblet of Fire
Zoë Wanamaker Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 TV: The End of the World Madam Hooch Philosopher's Stone
Mark Williams Brian Williams TV: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship Arthur Weasley 2-8 Fellow DWU alumni Dominic Coleman voiced Arthur in the video game adaptations of films 4, 5, and 7.

Other actor connections Edit

  • Other actors who have appeared in the Harry Potter films who have been considered for the role of the Doctor include Jim Broadbent, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Griffiths and Alan Rickman.[source needed] Broadbent did play a spoof version of the Doctor in The Curse of Fatal Death, Cleese made a cameo appearance in City of Death, Griffiths was considered to play the Fourth Doctor, and Rickman was almost signed to play the Eighth Doctor by a production company before the BBC withdrew its rights in favour of co-producing the 1996 TV movie with Paul McGann.
  • Harry Melling, who plays Dudley Dursley (Harry's cousin) in the film series, is the grandson of Patrick Troughton. However, he never met him, as Patrick died before he was born. David Troughton is his uncle.
  • Alfie Enoch, who plays Harry's friend and dorm-mate Dean Thomas, is the son of William Russell. (After the Potter series ended, Enoch adjusted his name to Alfred Enoch as he launched a TV acting career in the US.)
  • David Tennant is, just like the Tenth Doctor, a huge fan of the Harry Potter series. Tennant appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Death Eater Barty Crouch Jr. Roger Lloyd Pack appeared in the same movie as the father of David's character. Coincidentally, Goblet of Fire, which includes Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody morphing into Crouch, opened in British cinemas the same day that Tennant made his first appearance in earnest as the Tenth Doctor in the Children in Need Special minisode, which is set immediately after regeneration.
  • The Twelfth Doctor briefly communicated with Eddie Redmayne, who was in costume as his Fantastic Beasts character Newt Scamander, in Looking for Pudsey, which first broadcast on the day the aforementioned film was released. Redmayne also voiced Newt in LEGO Dimensions.
  • Outside of the films, the series also had a stage play sequel titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In the original West End production, Noma Dumezweni portrayed Hermione Granger (played by Emma Watson in the films).
  • Stephen Fry recited the UK releases of the audio books.

Footnotes Edit

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