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RESPONDING TO A DISTRESS CALL, THE TARDIS materialises in the hold of the Fancy, a pirate ship under the command of Captain Avery. The Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams are taken for stowaways and the Doctor is forced to walk the plank, but when Amy brandishes a cutlass the travellers are surprised to find the pirates are terrified of acquiring even the slightest injury.

Rory and a pirate named Dancer both receive minor cuts, but a black spot inexplicably appears in each man’s palm and they are targeted by the

Siren, an ethereal mermaid who emerges from the sea to intoxicate her victims with her song. Dancer disintegrates in a cloud of dust and Avery explains that the Siren has been hunting his crew ever since the ship was becalmed eight days earlier. To prevent Rory suffering the same fate they all retreat into the hold, but the Siren uses the bilge water there as a portal to take another pirate, De Florres, after he is bitten by a leech.

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“History sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don’t quite fully understand... We’re all too small to realise its final pattern.” Doctor Who’s first journey in 1963 took viewers back to the Stone Age. Since then the TARDIS has visited many other landmarks in a unique chronicle of the Doctor’s favourite planet. Purely historical stories were once a mainstay of the series, but for more than 50 years significant periods in Earth’s past have provided evocative settings for more fantastical adventures. This unprecedented guide takes a trip back in time with the people, places and classic episodes that are essential parts of Doctor Who history.