Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ep. 19: Dr. Who - The Shakespeare Code

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Hello and welcome to Episode 19 of The Wytch Files in which I bid farewell to my co-host Sabrina Khan and discuss all things regarding the Dr. Who episode The Shakespeare Code.  The Season 3 episode aired on April 7, 2007.  It starred David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones, Dean Lennox Kelly as Shakespeare and Christina Cole as Lilith.  The episode was written by Gareth Roberts and directed by Charles Palmer.

In the episode, I discuss the cunning folk of Early Modern Europe and three good books on the subject are Popular Magic: Cunning-folk in English History by Owen Davies, Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic by Emma Wilby and The Cunning Man's Handbook: The Practice of English Folk Magic 1550-1900 by Jim Baker.

Elizabethan England was rife with superstition and folklore.  This blog post discusses Superstition, Folklore and Astrology in Shakespeare's time.

Sir James George Frazer wrote about sympathetic magic in his study on magic and religion titled The Golden Bough.

The use of poppets in magic has a long history dating back to at least ancient Egypt.  Here is an essay on the construction and use of poppets in ancient Greece.

Remote viewing experiments were conducted in the 1970's and 1990's by the Stanford Research Institute and this Parapsychology Journal article from 1979 discusses a replication of their experiment conducted in Chicago.  This article discusses the connection between scrying and the Book of Mormon.

The Elizabethan theater is the main setting of the episode and this essay describes what the theater was like in that time period.

The music in the episode was The Witches' Dance (incidental music to Shakespeare's Macbeth Act III) by Anonymous and played by Jon Sayles and Kyrie Eleison by Giovanni Animuccia provided by Free Music Archive.

So farewell now to all you lovely seekers! Be sure to join me on my next episode and follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @thewytchfiles and The Wytch Files on Facebook.

Theme music X-Files Theme Parody by Mallon Khan
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