Writer: Steve Thompson
Director: Jeremy Webb
Producer: Marcus Wilson
Series: 6, ep. 3
Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill)
Summary: The Doctor, Amy, and Rory find themselves on a pirate ship haunted by a ghostly figure that behaves like the Sirens of Greek Mythology, and marks them with a black spot.
Review: I’ve heard people often compare the Eleventh Doctor to Peter Pan, with Amy in the role of Wendy. Well, if we’re going to draw inspiration from Peter Pan, then we need an episode with pirates in it, right? I like this episode, and I’m one of those people who thinks you can tell fantasy-style stories in Doctor Who. The siren is a great character, and I like the twist that she’s actually NOT the villain this time around. The “Good All Along” trope can work in Doctor Who, and it has on quite a few occasions. I don’t understand why people hate this episode, but then, I disagree with the fans on quite a few episodes.
Continuity: Amy is still concerned about the Doctor’s death in the previous episode. There was also a Captain Avery in “The Smugglers”. This story continues the mystery about Amy’s pregnancy, which was revealed in the previous episode.