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Best of Matt Smith: The Curse of the Black Spot

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Across the next couple of months Doctor Who TV is running a series of polls to celebrate Matt Smith’s era. We want you to cast your votes on every story and at the end we’ll be comprising a list to find the top scoring.

We continue Series 6 with The Curse of the Black Spot. All you have to do is rate the story with your score out of 10, so get voting and join us again tomorrow for the next episode.

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Polyphase
Polyphase

Well based on legend lets say, Look up Henry Every and The curse of the black spot and you will see where the story came from

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

I kind of liked this one, it was a bit dumb at some points ("alien sneeze"...really?) but we have to remember that kids love Doctor Who too and I really think this was written for them. Also, this story had Hugh Bonneville in it. I always imagined Lord Grantham used to secretly do pirate cosplay in his spare time (yeah I know, shut up haha). Not the best story but still a lot of fun - 7/10 from me.





Balatsoukas Pavlos
Balatsoukas Pavlos

Yeap, that's an 'Exterminate it!' one... Sort of interesting, but in reality not.

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

Not really a good episode, I'm afraid. Not very memorable, nor was it exciting. And the shocking thing about this...IT HAD PIRATES!  IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FANTASTIC!



JJ2000
JJ2000

2 - Just watch the episode to understand. Luckily I didn't give it a 1, was tempted.

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

10/10- Fun swashbuckling adventure that gets far too much stick for daring to be silly.

RoryWilliamsPond
RoryWilliamsPond

Incredible, INCREDIBLY underrated episode. Everyone knocks this because they compare it to the climactic, big story-arc episodes. As a stand alone Doctor Who episode, it's great. I love it. Fun characters and one liners, a story of love and greed. Very emotional ending, if you forget about Rory's past deaths. 8/10. Definitely deserves more love.

NewWho2012
NewWho2012

I quite liked this episode, that's the thing with me, I quite like the underrated episodes in comparison to some of the most popular episodes, especially the Victorian ones. I have it a 7/10 because it's one I can watch and then still feel like watching again next time I come to watch Doctor Who.

HisNameIsTheDoctor
HisNameIsTheDoctor

An OK episode, I like Captain Avery...?


















So far:


The Eleventh Hour - 10/10

The Beast Below - 7/10

Victory of the Daleks - 4/10

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone - 8/10

The Vampires of Venice - 6/10

Amy’s Choice - 7/10

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood - 6/10

Vincent and the Doctor - 10/10

The Lodger - 8/10

The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang - 10/10

A Christmas Carol - 9/10

The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon - 10/10

The Curse of the Black Spot - 5/10






RoweMatthew
RoweMatthew

The first ten or fifteen minutes are great Whovian fun, but its just downhill from there. Rory's death is so formulaic I can't even raise emotions for one of my most beloved characters 

eddiescthomas
eddiescthomas

6/10. The episode had everything until the climax came along. The villain in question was not a siren but a hologram doctor from an alternative universe. A bit anti-climactic. Though I find the episode still re watchable.

OnceTheDoctor
OnceTheDoctor

5/10 - Brilliant prospect, but very poor. So it gets an average from me. 

Thesilence_1994
Thesilence_1994

I don't like not enjoying doctor who, I really don't but sometimes the episodes are, well, rubbish. This is, in my opinion the worst episode of series 6 and one of the worst episodes of new-who. Forgetting the plot holes, cliche characterisations and well, the whole premise for a second... this episode was just boring. I felt nothing from it which is a shame. 2/10. 



Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

I can't not get the hate for this episode at all. It's a pirate episode, it's dark, it's full of fantastic lines, the characters are great and I love the way the plot works out and the twists on it. 8/10 easily.

DawnTime
DawnTime

Yep a good 7 - good fun and entertaining.  Nothing to taxing to think about a rest from the complex stories.  Nothing wrong with that.

Beasts_a_Snarling
Beasts_a_Snarling

3/10

The episode's main issue was lame antagonist syndrome. The Siren had the oppritunity to be very disgusting, ignorant, and sadistic, but instead she was turned into some cliché Disney Princess. I am getting really sick of this "everyone lives" motif. I think most or all of the crew should have died. The Siren should have still been a "healer" who believed that killing people is the best way of curing them. This episode had the opprutunty to be a dark and interesting episode, but a lame antagonist means a lame story. You just don't film the story in a dark and evocative manner and follow it up with a "fun" plot. This episode was a crash course on how not to do an episode of Doctor Who.

Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

This episode really suffers from being post-brillianttwoparter IMO, but as itself I think it's still pretty average. However, some very funny moments and some great scenes/ideas put it at a final 7/10.

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

A 3/10. This is one of the few episodes I don't like.

It was also around this time I realized that Rory was going to become Moffat's personal punching bag ._. . Poor Rory.

The Living Angel
The Living Angel

This episode should! be one off my favorites, i thought I was going to love it from the trailer, the pictures and knowing that Lilly Cole would be playing a Siren! (Gotta love a Siren or a Mermaid) 

Then came the episode, and it was just blah! for me, it literally feels as though nothing! actually happens. Which I know is not true, but it just feels like that to me, I lose interest in it, very quickly. I have only seen this episode 3 times, which for me is bad, that makes it one of my least watched episodes.Still it gets 5 from me, but if I'm honest its really a 4 :-)

TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

One of my least favourite episodes ever. The only positives: good guest cast, some creepy ideas that could have been used better, but overall very slow, very dry - I can't recall a funny moment in it at all - and just poor. 3/10.

Polyphase
Polyphase

One of the better episodes of the series, a lot of fun and I like when these stories are based on facts and given an alien twist.

7/10

the doctors name is bob
the doctors name is bob

I really don't like this episode, the kid is annoying, the pirates are boring beyond belief, the villain is a clichéd mess and "the alien bogies" scene

Pockydon
Pockydon

Most. Boring. Pirates. Ever. 

In all seriousness, I rewatched this episode today and it wasn't nearly as bad as I remember. It's still a nonsensical waste of potential, with a rubbish villain and some incredibly boring moments, and yes it does have some extremely contrived and downright stupid actions from some of the main characters. Yes, a character does literally disappear halfway through the episode (which is then explained in The Brilliant Book as being a deleted scene), and yes it does include some of the most forced and desperate attempts of forcing tension I have ever seen. Yes (I need to stop saying yes), it does include the single most boring band of pirates in the history of ever, and yes, it even has a kid we're supposed to care about. 


Yes, all of these things are true, but at the end of the day I did kind of enjoy watching it, at least parts of it. But not in a 'This is really exciting, I can't wait to see what happens next!' sort of way, more in a 'Me and my sister are having way too much fun laughing at the contrivances and generally making fun of the episode' kind of sense. 

So what I'm trying to get across is that this episode should walk the plank of Fear Her and Love and Monsters, in that it's so bad, it's funny. Except sometimes it's not. Sometimes it's just really, really boring. 

3/10



Sir James Bond
Sir James Bond

I'm enjoying these daily polls, as it's given me an excuse to revisit these stories, some of which I haven't seen since first viewing. That's terrible isn't it, imagine neglecting 45 minutes of wholesome Whoey goodness for so long. How could I? Well, probably because I'd never been the biggest Matt Smith, or Mr Moffat, fan in the world. I wasn't, or ever have been, a 'hater' ( well, except for term 'hater') its just that I'd never completely warmed to either Smith's 'eccentric' interpretation or Moffat's vision of the show. 

But all that's changing. 

The more I see of Smith, the more I like him. His quirks, his wide eyed enthusiasm, his quiet wisdom, his solemnity, his power, they're all winning me over. Maybe its because his recent departure means I can now view his entire tenure with a sense of wistful nostalgia. Or maybe its because he's a damn fine actor, and a brilliant Doctor. 

Roll on tomorrow.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

A perfect example of an average episode. I would have liked them to get off the ship a bit more, maybe go searching for some treasure on a deserted island or battle some navy ships, but it was still okay. 5/10.

Oodkind
Oodkind

Well, it wasn't a bad episode. It wasn't particularly interesting either. I'll give it a 6/10.

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

Never enjoyed the episode simply because my anticipation for it simply wasn't met. I expected a slightly more 'pirate-y' episode, yet that wasn't met. However, it wasn't all bad since the performances from everyone was outstanding and Karen dressed as a pirate.... phwoar! Still overall, not one of my favourite episodes. Originally it would be a 3/10, but for the Karen bit I give a 3.5 rounding it up to a 4/10.

Huknar
Huknar

6/10


Not sure there's more to be said. It's an enjoyable but tedious episode.




Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

Instead of just including a red glowing effect when angry I felt this was a missed opportunity to make a disgusting prosthetic mask, like a 'true form' in a way so the green siren form is even more established as part of the ruse to lure the sailors to their death 

(sure theres a mythological creature like this, can't think which one though)

sontaran17
sontaran17

8/10 - A really great, fun adventure

ahunter8056
ahunter8056

A 6/10 for me. It was a decent, pretty average episode.

tardiselliot
tardiselliot

I have no grievance with fun episodes, I just thought it was lacking something, can't put my finger on what, but its just lacking some how.

bluBob
bluBob

@TheRoastNewt Just pointing out... 5/10 means average. It sounds like you consider it below average at best.

WhoMallow666
WhoMallow666

wait, one of the completely interchangeable 'pirates' disappeared and a didn't notice!

Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

What made me transition between "beginning to like him" and "kind of loving him" was when one day I was watching an episode (don't even know which) and I suddenly realized that Matt just took any and all lines and said them in a way I never could've come up with. And then I loved him, suddenly. It was weird, but sort of fun at the same time. :') Then it just seemed so natural and now he's gone... :'(

Yeah it's weird; but he makes you love him for some reason. (Or maybe that's just me).

WhoMallow666
WhoMallow666

characterization? non-ridiculous plot motivators? memorable dialogue?

WhoMallow666
WhoMallow666

what about Closing Time? "blew 'em up with love"

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

Knowing Moffat he probably asked for it personally ._.

Moffat: I have a small request...

Thompson:Do you want to kill another character?

Moffat:Oh, don't worry, you can revive him sooner or later.

Thompson:Rory.

Moffat:Yes.

Tompson:Oh, for God's sake, you've already killed him three times and he's appeared in less than ten episodes! Give poor Arthur a break!

Moffat:Oh, well, I was going to give you a payraise, but...

Thompson:Okay, how should he die?

Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

Wasn't the plot done before? Like The Empty Child and The Girl In The Fireplace?

I don't know if I'm agreeing or disagreeing though...

Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!
Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!

@WhoMallow666  People say that, but as the Doctor began to explain in the episode itself before he realized the futility of it (like in "A Christmas Carol" with "the fish like the singing"), what happened to the Cybermen was basically what happened to them in "The Age of Steel"; their emotional inhibitors were overloaded. It used an established method of defeating the Cybermen in order to neutralize them, but attached a warm little sentiment to it. But other than that, I'm not sure what about it could really be construed as being any more "childish" than something you would find in any other episode.