Doctor Who: "The Curse of the Black Spot" Review

Hugh Bonneville

Pirates, in theory, can overcome any obstacle. They spit in the face of scurvy, make parrots look brilliantly bad-ass, and can turn a clumsily severed disability into a stylishly enviable weapon-cum-can opener. Hell, they've even managed to emerge unscathed from three movies tethered to the lip-wobbling tween melodramas between Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom

Yet somehow their Doctor Who debut (obscure audio book aside) wasn't quite the storytelling Hook we'd been hoping for. 

An impressively eerie pre-credits tease found a gang of cut-throat pirates, led by Captain John Avery (guest star - and owner of impressive beard - Hugh Bonneville) left stranded and terrorised by a sultry sea siren (Lily Cole). The moment they're injured, the infamous 'Black Spot' (you know, that thar thing from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) materialises on their hands and within seconds a wafty wench apparates and snatches them away screaming.  Read More...


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