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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:
... The Doctor
... Amy Pond
... Rory
... Henry Avery
Oscar Lloyd ... Toby Avery
... The Boatswain
Michael Begley ... Mulligan
Tony Lucken ... De Florres
... Dancer
... McGrath
... The Siren


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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Avery: I'm confused.
The Doctor: Yeah, well it's a big club - we should get t-shirts.
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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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