The Curse of the Black Spot
7 May 2011
|Written by||Stephen Thompson|
|Directed by||Jeremy Webb|
|Produced by||Marcus Wilson|
The TARDIS is marooned onboard a 17th-century pirate ship whose crew is being attacked by a mysterious and beautiful sea creature, as the time-travelling drama continues.
Becalmed and beset by cabin fever, the pirates have numerous superstitious explanations for the Sirens appearance.
The Doctor has other ideas but, as his theories are disproved and every plan of escape is thwarted, he must work to win the trust of the implacable Captain Avery and uncover the truth behind the pirates; supernatural fears and he must work quickly, for some of his friends have already fallen under the Sirens spell.
- When preparing the sails for the storm, one of the commands Henry Avery shouts at Amy and Rory is “Alons-y!” This was the catchphrase for David Tennant, The Tenth Doctor.
- Sailors and ship builders in this period went to great lengths to prevent fires in the powder magazines. The magazine room themselves were often built with a separate lamp room that shone light into the magazine via internal windows so that no flames of any kind would be required in the magazine itself. To have the magazine lit be exposed candles would be unlikely and extremely dangerous.
- This episode’s original title was Siren and was the ninth episode of series six. In the first draft, the story was set on dry land (Cornwall) in case the show couldn’t get a boat.
- Lily Cole is credited as “The Siren” on-screen, and as “Sea Siren” in Radio Times.
- As with this story, Earth-born diseases were the bane of the aliens in The War of the Worlds.
- Amy references The Doctor’s death that she, Rory and River witnessed in The Impossible Astronaut.