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Doctor Who: The Curse of the Black Spot

The Doctor, Amy, and Rory answer a distress signal and find themselves aboard a pirate ship where the crew are preyed upon by a siren.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x3
Airdate: Saturday May 07th, 2011

Guest Stars
Hugh BonnevilleHugh Bonneville
As Henry Avery
Oscar LloydOscar Lloyd
As Toby Avery
Lee RossLee Ross
As The Boatswain
Michael BegleyMichael Begley
As Mulligan
Tony LuckenTony Lucken
As De Florres
Chris JarmanChris Jarman
As Dancer
Carl McCrystalCarl McCrystal
As McGrath
Lily ColeLily Cole
As The Siren
Main Cast
Matt Smith (3)Matt Smith (3)
As The Eleventh Doctor
Karen GillanKaren Gillan
As Amy Pond
Arthur DarvillArthur Darvill
As Rory Williams


Pirates return to their becalmed ship and are informed that there is a wounded man onboard. One of the pirates, McGrath, reports to the captain, Henry Avery, that the man slipped under the riggers and is likely to die. Avery notices a small cut on McGrath’s left hand and tells him that he’s a dead man, same as all the others. He grasps McGrath’s right hand, revealing a black spot on the palm. An unearthly female voice starts singing from somewhere and McGrath runs out to meet her, as the others realize the Siren is upon him. Avery locks his cabin door to seal himself and the others in, and wraps a medallion around the door handle. They hear McGrath’s final scream and then go out on the deck. McGrath’s gun is on the deck, but he’s gone with no sign of a struggle or a body. They hear a banging from the cargo hold door and approach it, and the Doctor, Amy, and Rory pop out...

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Episode Quotes
The Doctor: Yo-ho-ho! Or does nobody actually say that?

The Doctor: Is laughing like that in the job description? 'Can you do the laugh?' Check. Grab yourself a parrot, welcome aboard.

Henry Avery: Take the doxie below, put her to work.
Rory: Hey!
Henry Avery: Set her to work, she won't need much feeding.
Amy: Rory! A little help.
Rory: Yeah, hey, listen, mate, she's not a doxie.
Amy: I didn't mean just tell him off. Thanks anyway.

Henry Avery: She can smell the blood on your skin. She's marked you for death.
Rory: She?
Henry Avery: A demon, out there in the ocean.
The Doctor: Okay, groovy. So you're just not pirates today, we've managed to bag us a ship with a demon popping in. Very efficient. I mean, if something's going to kill you, it's nice that it drops you a note to remind you.

Henry Avery: She's been hunting us ever since we were be calmed, picking off the injured.
The Boatswain: Like a shark. A shark can smell blood.
The Doctor: Okay, just like a shark. In a dress, and singing, and green. A green, singing shark in an evening gown.

Amy: Sure you want to go?
The Doctor: We have to get Rory and Toby away. She's out there now, licking her lips, boiling the saucepan, grating the cheese.
Amy: Okay, we'll remember. If you get an itch, don't scratch too hard.
The Doctor: We've all got to go sometime. There are worse ways than having your face knocked off by a dodgy mermaid.

Henry Avery: By all the...!
The Doctor: Let me stop you there. Bigger on the inside. Bit faster if you skip to the end of that moment. And sorry I lied, by the way, when I said yours was bigger. Kitchen that way, choice of bathrooms there, there, there.

(examining the TARDIS controls)
Henry Avery: What's this do?
The Doctor: That is very, very complicated. That does sophisticated. That does... whoa, amazing. And that does whiz, bang, far too technical to explain.
Henry Avery: Wheel?
The Doctor: Atom accelerator.
Henry Avery: It steers the thing.
The Doctor: No. Sort of. Yes.
Henry Avery: Wheel. Telescope. Astrolabe. Compass. A ship's a ship.
The Doctor: Uh-huh.

The Doctor: Umm, it's stuck. Not responding.
Henry Avery: Becalmed?
The Doctor: Hmm-mm. Apparently. That's new. You have to gloat, didn't you?
Henry Avery: I'm not gloating.
The Doctor: I saw that look just now. 'Ha ha, his ship is rubbish.'
Henry Avery: True.

The Doctor: It can't get a lock on the plane.
Henry Avery: The what?
The Doctor: The space we travel in. The... ocean. Sort of ocean, but not water. The TARDIS can't see it. It's sulking because it thinks the space doesn't exist. Without that, we're not going anywhere.
Henry Avery: I'm confused.
The Doctor: Yeah, well, it's a big club. We should get t-shirts.

Amy: How can two ships be in the same place?
The Doctor: Not the same. Two planes, two worlds, two cars parked in the same space. There are lots of different universes, nested inside of each other. Now and again they collide, and you can step from one to another.
Amy: Okay. I think I understand.
The Doctor: Good, because it's not like that at all, but if that helps.
Amy: Thanks.

The Doctor: That's what killed it,didn't get its jabs... oh, look.
Amy: What is it?
The Doctor: Sneeze. Alien bogeys.

Amy: I thought I was an excellent pirate.
Rory: I thought you were an excellent nurse.
Amy: Easy, Tiger.

Amy: Good night, Doctor.
The Doctor: Good night, Amelia.
Amy: You only call me "Amelia" when you're worrying about me.
The Doctor: I always worry about you.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSteven Moffat  |  Beth Willis  |  Piers Wenger
ProducerMarcus Wilson
Associate ProducerDenise Paul
Production DesignerMichael Pickwoad
EditorSimon Reglar
Line ProducerDiana Barton (2)
First Assistant DirectorNick Brown (4)
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerBarbara Kidd
Make-upAlison Sing  |  Vivienne Simpson
GripGary Norman
Camera OperatorJoe Russell
Set DecoratorJulian Luxton
Location ManagerNicky James
Property MasterPaul Aitken
Production AssistantCharlie Coombes
Script SupervisorCaroline Holder
Production CoordinatorClaire Hildred
Assistant EditorBecky Trotman
Post Production SupervisorNerys Davies
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorMark Bright (2)  |  Jeremy Lott
Director of PhotographyDale McCready
StuntsGordon Seed  |  Stephanie Carey
Stunt CoordinatorCrispin Layfield
Production SecretaryScott Handcock
Assistant Production CoordinatorHelen Blyth
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementSteff Morris
Sound MixerJeff Welch
Script EditorCaroline Henry
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistBryn Thomas
Third Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
Costume SupervisorHeather Leat
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantDyfed Thomas (2)  |  Rhys Evans
Camera AssistantSimon Ridge  |  Svetlana Miko  |  Matthew Lepper
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAlice Purser
Visual Effects ProducerBeewan Athwal
Assistant DirectorJanine H. Jones  |  Michael Curtis (2)
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Graphic DesignerChristina Tom
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
Foley EditorJamie Talbutt
ColoristMick Vincent
Assistant Costume DesignerSamantha Keeble
ConductorBen Foster (3)
Focus PullerJon Vidgen  |  Steve Rees
Assistant Art DirectorJackson Pope
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Dialogue EditorPaul McFadden
Concept ArtistShaun Williams
Production BuyerBen Morris (4)
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Standby Art DirectorCiaran Thompson
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsPhill Shellard  |  Helen Atherton
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorCat Gregory
Make-up SupervisorPam Mullins
Costume AssistantEmma Jones (2)  |  Jason Gill (1)  |  Yasemin Kascioglu
Script ExecutiveLindsey Alford
Location AssistantGeraint Williams
Props BuyerAdrian Anscombe
Sound MaintenanceDafydd Parry
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