So I’ve been watching a lot of Doctor Who recently on Netflix (great show, look it up if you haven’t seen it, and read no further too), and I recently watched this episode. The plot involves pirates that are disintegrated by a mysterious siren with a hypnotic voice that can teleport through reflective surfaces as soon as they draw blood. Not the best of concepts, but it worked impressively, in my opinion.
The Doctor was as funny, brilliant and dramatic as ever, Matt Smith being sublime. Amy and Rory (his companions for this episode) were well done, with an interesting thing with Rory getting pricked and Amy being jealous of the siren, which Arthur Darvill played masterfully (and Karen Gillan wasn’t so bad either). Meanwhile, the guest-stars, like the pirate captain, crew and the captains son, a stowaway, were mostly spot-on, but one set of lines did make my eyes roll. The captain’s son, who believes his dad to be honorable is told by a mutinying crew member that “we sail under the Jolly Roger.” Seriously? No better way to rephrase that? Come on! Still, the captain in particular was excellent, with him doing the usual thing with the Doctor, bragging about their ships, and a great thing about turning to crime as well. I loved him. Hugh Bonneville triumphant, folks.
The reveal of the siren being a repair system from another universe was pretty effective as well. However, towards the end, when Amy gives Rory mouth-to-mouth, she gives up after like 3 seconds. It takes hours sometimes, Pond. Learn patience. Seriously. All in all, though, excellent episode, and I want to see those pirates again. I can only hope!
Very interesting reveal at the end. My wha? factor is off the scale. I can’t wait to see what transpires…