GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Take that, psychic parakeet! The octopus always wins!
I think I meant that they'd run out of the alcohol Barbossa served with the dinner that got interrupted. So, there's more alcohol on board, just not opened.
Oh, it's not THAT sheer :D There's just some crazy fish down there.
Haha, but it's so OBVIOUS. At least with Ten. And yeah, mermaids were one of those other mythical creatures I swore we'd never include, but adding them has made for some of my favorite scenes so far!
The Doctor thinks he's sure he found BRAIN. However, let's also pretend the TARDIS is more sensitive and accurate than the Doctor :)
Yes, you have it right, but it won't turn out to be Donna's fault. Donna is too awesome. Ten is absolutely wrong about this hypothesis, but I included it to set up how badly the TARDIS can screw up time because it does in another storyline. You'll catch hints of it in one of the upcoming Foreman and Gwen chapters.
Elizabeth and Barbossa??? I've been setting them up as platonic friendly rivals... but that's an intriguing thought. In our fic, Barbossa seems to have more chemistry with everyone than even Jack Harkness.
Someone joked that Ianto and Cuddy would take over the world via administration if they ever got together. At the time, I shot down the idea because I didn't want to break up Ianto/Jack, but now... :D
Hehehe, the Doctor is indeed a hypocrite.
The goal is to make it more epic than Indiana Jones. But yeah, I think if you're going to do a treasure hunt, you should make it awesome. As for the people on the island, yeah.... it was a spur of the moment decision to make the tsunami as tragic as it was. I feel kinda bad, but it works better for the narrative.
No giant basilisk. The carvings are a hint about what we're looking for (and also tie into a way to diminish the island tragedy... it gets explained in the forthcoming Ch. 28.