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The Curse of the Black Spot 

When members of a pirate crew sail across the deep, scary, dangerous blue sea, Rory, Amy, and the Doctor find their way into trouble as what the crew thinks is a Siren, a mysterious creature of legend, claims them one by one.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Oscar Lloyd ...
Toby Avery
Michael Begley ...
Tony Lucken ...


On board a 17th century pirate ship sailing the ocean waves, a crew under the command of one Captain Avery are being picked off one by one by a ghostly apparition. They believe it to be a legendary Siren, a beautiful and mesmerizing demon who lures men to their death with its haunting Siren song. She marks her prey before retrieving them with a black spot on their hand, a mark that means certain death. As they are becalmed and stuck in the ocean, all seems lost for the dwindling pirate crew... until three stowaways are discovered with a mysterious blue crate. Written by Anonymous

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The episode was also made to allow the Doctor and his companions to "kick back and have some fun." See more »


The Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver to release the lid of a wooden barrel to let the siren out. It has been established that the sonic will not work on wood. See more »


Avery: We made no signal.
The Doctor: Our sensors picked you up: ship in distress.
Avery: "Sensors"?
The Doctor: Yes. OK! Problem word, 17th Century. My ship automatically... uh, noticed-ish that your ship was, uh, having some bother.
Avery: That big blue crate?
[the Doctor snaps his fingers and points back]
The Boatswain: That is more magic, Captain Avery. They're spirits. How else would they have found their way below decks?
The Doctor: Well- I want to say "multidimensional engineering" but since you had a problem with "sensors" I won't go there.
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Spoofs Coma (1978) See more »


Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Yeah it's campy. What do you expect.
7 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

Of the two reviews currently up, one acknowledges the inherent child-like fantasy that permeates the Dr. Who Universe. The other complains about this point. really, I think I can see both sides of the coin (or pirate medallion. This episode certainly has plenty of plot, and while it doesn't specifically go for silliness, IT is hard to choose a much more romanticized and cheesy topic than English pirates. The more I think about it, the i realize that yes, i acquiesce (I doubt I spelled that right), it could have been much more of a claustrophobic psychological thriller, a la Blink (I don't care what anyone says, the weeping angels and the 3 episodes they've appeared in are far scarier than the silence). But maybe because of the confines of 45 minutes, they had to keep stuff moving at a fairly brisk pace. The quest to make the characters legitimately deep continues, and I think they are getting better at it. Maybe. Also, two thirds the way through, there was a delicious non sequitar cameo thrown in, one that will probably make more sense in the coming months. All in all, a solid, fairly entertaining episode.

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