No, You're a Tardis! Pirate Amy

Published on May 9th, 2011 | by Shane Morris


Review: Doctor Who – The Curse of the Black Spot

Welcome back to DOOM’s newly christened Doctor Who column, “No, YOU’RE a TARDIS!”. First off I would like to thank Mr. Aaron Poole for coming up with that name and Mr. John Merker for that awesomesauce banner up there. Thanks you guys! Now, let’s get into this week’s episode.


Truth be told, I wasn’t too impressed with this pirate adventure. It felt like just another story about The Doctor arriving on a ship (usually a space ship but this time of the pirate variety) and the crew being picked off one by one and it’s up to The Doctor to save them. They did it a lot with the Tenth Doctor and it was a bit disappointing seeing the Eleventh doing the same old routine. Though there were a couple of good parts. Swashbuckling Amy saving the Doctor from having to walk the plank was a ton of fun. And for a minute there I actually thought Rory was dead which would have been a pretty ballsy move.

Two things in particular bugged me about this episode, both fairly minor. First, why did the Siren take The Doctor, Amy and Henry Avery to another part of the space ship while everyone else was taken to the sickbay? Did I miss something there? And second, there is no way a 17th century pirate captain could pilot a spaceship. I know a lot of suspension of disbelief is required from the start with a show like Doctor Who, but come on! But like I said, these are both pretty minor gripes.

This week there wasn’t really much to do with the overall story of the series. We saw at the end that Amy is still struggling with keeping the secret of The Doctor’s death and that The Doctor is still trying to figure out what is going on with Amy somehow being pregnant and not pregnant at the same time. There was one particularly interesting thing though. The Eye Patch Lady appears for a second time on the ship’s wall in the same way she did on the door at the orphanage last episode. She seems to be monitoring Amy for some reason. My guess is it has something to do with the progress of the pregnancy.

Well, this brings us to the end of this week’s review. Be sure to comment and share your theories as they’re always interesting. Thanks for reading!

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Shane Morris

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  • John

    I agree with your gripes, Shane.

    Re: eye-patch lady. Not sure if she’s a mid-wife, or, due to the little window thing she keeps shutting, is one sort of nurse in an asylum.

    We came up with another theory in the office. The TARDIS, knowing the doctor will die, impregnates Amy with a time-lord child in order to breed a new ‘driver’ for itself. I know right, ludicrous!

    • Shane Morris

      The asylum thing makes sense. And your theory is ludicrous but awesome at the same time. :D

  • Sharp-O

    Gave you a shout-out in my reviews too mate. Good job! :D

    • Shane Morris

      I need to catch up on those. ^.^;; Thanks!

  • Michael

    Great review, sir.

    I’m quite disappointed with how quickly and readily the Doctor abandoned the Tardis in the episode, though.

    • Shane Morris

      Yeah, that was odd. You would think he would have noticed that it didn’t even make the usual sounds so something might have been up.

  • Scott White

    I felt as the same for the people over at think that this eps was just a filler before the Neil G. show

    • Shane Morris

      Yeah, I’m really looking forward to that one. I love me some Neil Gaiman.

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