Curse of the Black Spot Preview

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Here are some highlights from a preview of The Curse of the Black Spot, episode 3 of Series 6, courtesy of the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine (officially out this Thursday).

The episode in a nutshell:

A pirate galleon sails the high seas with a skeleton crew. Captain Avery has witnessed a thousand deaths. He has no more tears to cry. But his crew keeps disappearing. One drop of blood is all it takes, before the black spot appears…and then a siren comes calling.

There’s something in the cargo hold. It’s big, blue and possibly very dangerous. “Yo-ho-ho,” declares one of the stowaways. A man with a bow tie and a bit of a chin. “Or does nobody actually say that?” Five minutes later, he’s walking the plank, but he may have been the pirates only hope of rescue from the curse of the black spot.”

Episode quote:

Rory: “Doctor? What’s happening to me?”
Avery: “She can smell the blood on your skin. She’s marked you for death.”
Rory: “She?”
Avery: “A demon. Out there. In the ocean.”
Doctor: “Okay. Groovy. So not just pirates today; we’ve managed to bagsy a ship where there’s a demon popping in…”

Other bits:

  • A prequel “of sorts” to The Smugglers (1966 Doctor Who story)
  • The story takes a very unexpected turn
  • Captain Avery’s 12-year-old son has been stowed away below decks
  • Hugh Bonneville hopes to come back as Avery

CBBC trailer: