The Curse of the Black Spot

The Curse of the Black Spot

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The Curse of the Black Spot

Season 6, Episode 3
Airdate: 7 May 2011
Writer: Stephen Thompson
Director: Jeremy Webb
Notable for: A pirate-themed standalone adventure that provides levity after the darker two-part season opener.

The Curse of the Black Spot BBC Trailer

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The Curse of the Black Spot Prequel

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The Curse of the Black Spot – Fan Trailer

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Doctor Who: The Curse of the Black Spot (Review)

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Arriving just in time for the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie (On Stranger Tides), Doctor Who has decided to go all pirate on us – even adopting the episode title The Curse of the Black Spot, to mirror The Curse of the Black Pearl. What we get feels genuinely like “Old School” Doctor Who, with the action confined to a very tight remote location, some corny (but effective) special effects and advanced technology masquerading as superstition. I suppose it was inevitable that a “monster of the week” episode would feel like a bit of a letdown after the superb Day of the Moon, but – while fun – The Curse of the Black Spot never really feels essential.

Perhaps it’s the fact that the story is one that we’ve seen on the show countless times before, in many different forms, filtered through the familiar lens of a pirate tale, but the episode didn’t really grab me. Perhaps it was the use of technobabble to mask a fair straightforward reveal… Perhaps it’s the fact that the episode feels strangely incomplete, with a blacked out set and a very small bunch of pirates helping make a pirate adventure on a television budget (all explained in the episode, but feeling no less convenient for that). – The M0vie Blog

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