Doctor Who The Curse of the Black Spot S06E03 (BBC)

The new Doctor Who: Matt Smith

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor working a smartphone

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is the first of a series of specials that will air this year. Since David Tennant couldn’t commit to a full series this year, due to some previous acting commitments, we are left with a bunch of specials.

After two disappointing specials, we come to the end of David Tennant’s Doctor. Tennant has rapidly become a favorite of mine. I still love Tom Baker above all, but Tennant is very good. What is it about him? I’d say that David Tennant was almost perfect for the role. It’s too bad that he’s moving on. Already, the 5th season has been delayed until later this year because he couldn’t commit to a full serial.

It’s sad because he was so good. However, it’s good that Tennant is going out with a bang. The ending of part one of the End of Time was amazing. The Master, the Doctor, and the Time Lords, all reunited at last for one final confrontation.

I didn’t really like how the tenth Doctor died, but others will say that it is within his nature to be like that, to sacrifice himself for anyone. He did so. The end is nigh as he says goodbye to all of his companions, from Rose to Sarah Jane.

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The new Doctor is nutty. Nutty enough to be the Doctor, if that makes any sense. I don’t know much about Matt Smith, and I usually keep an embargo on myself about upcoming Doctor Who episodes so that the fun isn’t spoiled, and frankly, I was surprised. It was a good show, not extremely good, but good nonetheless. I have to say that I did really like David Tennant as the Doctor. His shoes are going to be hard to fill. Naturally, Tom Baker remains as my favorite Doctor of all time.

This was an incredible way of ending this storyline. There are quite a few open-ended questions that I hope will be answered. We finally have seen the Silence and what they do. The Doctor was able to rid Earth of them, but this is something that’s on-going. Who is the little girl? She’s obviously got Time Lord blood since she can regenerate, and she’s quite strong. Naturally, she must be the Doctor’s child, but who’s the mother, Amy Pond or River Song? Amy was pregnant when the story arc started, she no longer is pregnant and the Silence have been caring for a child for years. The Space Suit in which the child resides will end up killing the Doctor.

There were a lot of questions, but the Silence are definitely quite creepy. There’s nothing like forgetting that a monster is behind you while you turn around. However, the whole thing about the “Silence Will Fall” story arc has a dual meaning now, since it could simply mean that the Silence, as a race, will fall and disappear. this is the exact opposite of what was implied during the last season, but it’s nice to see them return to this intrigue. I’ve always thought that Silence Will Fall meant that the universe would end and/or all life would be extinguished.

This was a nice change of pace from the last episode. Pirates, aliens, sirens, and gold, what more could you ask for?

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On some pirate ship, some guy gets a scratch. The captain finds a black spot on the inside of his hand. The pirate runs off while the others barricade themselves inside a cabin. They hear him screaming. Some kind of siren got him. This isn’t the first time this has happened. All they find of him is his flint pistol. Naturally, the Doc, Amy, and Rory are in the hold.

They want to make them walk the plank. They put Amy in the hold. She quickly takes some pirate gear and rushes up to save the Doc and Rory. She’s pretty good with a sabre. She goes after the pirates and in the scuffle, manages to scratch one of them. Rory also gets scratched when he tries to catch the sabre. The pirates say that they are doomed. Immediately, some green vixen appears out of the seas. The scratched pirate touches her and disintegrates. Rory is next, but the Doc grabs them all and goes below decks. A pirate has a leech on his leg and gets the mark. He gets disintegrated by the siren. The Doctor thinks that they need to go somewhere without water. The siren is using the water as a portal. They go to the powder room. They find a stowaway. It’s the captain’s son. His mother died. He’s also got the black spot on his hand. He’s also got a cough.

We’ve all got to go sometime.
The Doctor

The captain and the Doctor go fetch the TARDIS. Some of the pirates want to leave the magazine. The boy scratches one of them. The TARDIS isn’t moving. They have to abandon her. She dematerializes. That’s messed up. On their way back, they come across Mulligan trying to get away. He burns himself and the siren comes for him. There was no water in the room. The Doctor thinks that she comes in using reflections. The Doc starts destroying reflective surfaces, from glass to mirrors. He starts tossing the treasure into the ocean. Amy sees the woman with the silver eye piece again. She tells her that she’s doing fine. She says to stay calm, and then closes the wood of the boat like a window and disappears. A storm rises. The boy finds the crown that his father hid away. The siren uses this to come aboard. She comes for the boy. Toby is disintegrated. The Doctor throws the crown into the sea. Rory dives into the sea. The Doctor thinks that they need to release the siren so that she can take him and save him. The Doctor says that the might still be alive. They need to prick their fingers and follow them.

They are on another ship in the same place. All of the reflections are gateways. It’s this ship’s distress signal that the TARDIS detected. The crew of the ship is dead. They find a room with all of the abductees set up in life support. They find the TARDIS. The spots are tissue samples. When they try to get Rory up, they hear an alarm. The siren appears. She sings to Rory to calm him down. Her song is some kind of anaesthetic. When she goes for Toby, Evan shoots his pistol. She gets angry. The Doctor figures out that she is a virtual doctor. She’s got protean circuitry, allowing her to change shape. Amy “signs” some kind of consent form and takes responsibility for Rory. They can’t take them out of life support. Rory wakes up and tells them that they should give him CPR. He doesn’t want to stay here forever. Evan wants to stay with his son Toby. He’s got typhoid fever. If he gets out of stasis, he will die. The virtual doctor can’t heal anyone for some reason. They take Rory into the TARDIS and Amy does CPR. It takes a long time, but he awakes. The pirates become space pirates. The scan still indicates that Amy’s pregnancy is in quantum flux. She’s preggers and not preggers at the same time.

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