Doctor Who

Season 5 Episode 6

The Vampires of Venice

10
Aired Saturday 8:00 PM May 08, 2010 on BBC America
8.1
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Location: Venice, Italy, Earth Date: 1580 Enemies: Saturnynians Dessicated corpses, terror in the canal and a visit to the sinister House of Calvierri – the Doctor takes Amy and Rory for a romantic mini-break, as the TARDIS touches down once again.

But 16th-century Venice is not as it should be. The city has been sealed to protect it from the Plague, although Rosanna Calvierri may have other plans...moreless

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  • Deep Trouble

    8.5
    This was a soild episode if not a heavy hitter, not a lot to say it's pretty much a simplistic adventure. The vampires and plot were decent even though I don't think it stands out that much, but still making vampires into amphibian bug aliens was a different take so ok.



    There was some good action, suspense, comidy, and liked the use of the locale. Really like the beginning when the Doctor comes out of the cake and then of course give some news about Amy but also may'be even more information than he should about Amy kissing him, and then everyone at that bachlar party looked like they were going to kill him even Rory. Then the Doctor says my favorate quote in the episode, "It's funny how something sounds so much better in your indeed it does.



    However for me what really made this episode was not just Rory making his full debut but also the dynamics with the Doctor, Amy, and him established, but also seeing genuine chemistry between both Rory and Amy. Rory is just great, he's kinda a geek which makes it all the better because those are the kind of characters I think are the most colorful and relatable. He's not too smooth but has a charm to him, illconfidant but never short of courage, he really does have guts to do what he has to, including defending his true love which I'll get to latter. He's even got some good lines and moments.



    The Doctor as usual is good, I liked seeing some of that dynamic between both Rory and him, in a way it was almost a buddy cop dynamic. As both are on different ends of the fence as well as different levels of knowledge, liked a little moment when we hear Rory studied up on astro and quantum physics after taking Amy away for a while, so it shows the Doctor isn't the sole person with the answers in that field. Also like the fact both are automatically friends there is a bit of friction which is understandable, but that both are building up to some sort of bond like in any buddy cop film/tv show. I even like the Doctor's main purpose for the adventure which was the restore the romance between both Rory and Amy. It really shows that Amy really is just a friend to the Doctor, he doesn't do cheating, and really does care about others.



    Two of my favorate moments are when Amy, Rory, and the Doctor are using alias to get into the lair of the vamps. It's just funny how Rory is having a bit of trouble with them, as both Amy and his alias is that of brother and sister. Honestly do both of them look like they could be related, it would be kinda weard to play those roles even though in reality you engaged. What makes this even wearder is the Doctor being their uncle, honestly does he look that old.



    The other moment was seeing Rory fight with the dirtbag vamp prince. It was a decent fight, the chorigraphy was on par. It was really fun when we see the fight begin the prince draws out his sword and is doing some tricks but then Rory takes the broom (only thing he can find) and he does some tricks with it almost like he's trying to imitate Bruce Lee which really cracked me up because of how bad they were and you'd think from that display Rory was fraked. But then the fight cominces and it was like wow Rory was capable of kicking some ass, he was doing real well could've beaten the Prince if only he had a real sword. Unfortunately the Prince then gets the drop on him and it looks like Rory could be doomed but then of course Amy saves his life by using a mirror and reflecting the sun's ray on the Prince which turns the alien to ash. It was sweet what she says to him and we see both wildly make out, which justifys why both are right for one another as we see both are just on fire for each other in that moment, and just the mere fact that both saved each others lives.



    What's romance without a little adventure.moreless
  • The Vampires of Venice

    9.0
    The Vampires of Venice was a perfectly entertaining episode of Doctor Who and I really enjoyed watching because there was a lot of action, suspense and drama. It was intriguing to learn what Rosanna and her children truly were. I liked how the story played out and the character and plot development was excellent. It was sad to see Rosanna in the end with The Doctor who had to make a choice. The ending was interesting and I liked the various clues in this episode pertaining to the mysterious cracks. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • A fun Hammeresque tale from Venice.

    9.5
    I really enjoyed watching this episode I think some people expect too much from Doctor Who sometimes because it's such a cult show and the bar has been raised so high however this episode is superb and is still quality family viewing for Saturday night tea time. The costumes and setting were a joy to watch - very Ridley Scott I might add! Full marks for the art department for this! The story was an enjoyable tale too that added a spin on Vampires, full of sexual innuendo, mild horror, action, sci-fi and humour that really played its part in this episode from the beginning prologue to snippets of it throughout the episode. Matt's Doctor is really settling in now and you can see why he was picked to take over from David Tennent. Look out for a nice scene where Matt looks and speaks at the camera rather like Tom Baker's Doctor in Robots of Death.moreless
  • Ah... a romantic retreat to venice for 'Mr and Mrs Pond'. Remember to stay in the sunlight and bring a stake and cross... Well, steaksauce would do. Heh heh heh

    5.5
    Not exactly the best episode that could have followed the last one, but i'll take it. Funny thing is about his Doctor's character is he's clueless when Amy flirts with him, but manages to swap innuendoes with Rory about their flashlights. Ha ha!

    It seems the Doctor had a bet with Casanova, which he must have lost since he owes him a chicken; i wonder what they bet on. Oh, well. Was anybody else expecting GENUINE, honst-to-god Vampires this time? I sure was, but it ended up being UGLY cradaunts fleeing from thier home world because of the Cracks. At the end of the episode, it seem very true that Rory is comparible to Mickey because of Amy's relationship with the Doctor, except the Doctor doesn't recepitate the feelings. Does he still harbor his tenth life's love for Rose? It would be kind of sweet if he did even with his new face.moreless
  • Not doing it for me.

    5.5
    Being a long time Whosian I am always excited to see a new Doctors personality and their little quirks and traits; and Matt Smith is no exception. However I believe that Matt is not being given the scripts nor the direction he deserves to make his version of the doctor all that he can be. I am more inclined to bag out Steven Moffat than Matt Smith, I understand Mr Moffat is trying to make the show his own, changing the daleks, the sonic screwdriver and the tardis,and I have no problem with the dry approach to the style that Mr Moffat has brought. However I always feel like Matt is right on the edge of becoming a brilliant and engaging doctor but his character seems too diffused by the contrived direction that the show has taken, and it does not allow Matt to tip over the edge and pour his version of the Doctor all over the screen with all his dynamic and eccentric potential. Please oh please pick it up Mr. Moffat, or if need be give Russel T a ring for some tips.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When the Doctor accidentally shows the Calvierri girls his library card, the picture in it is of his first incarnation, played by William Hartnell.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • The Doctor: The clouds are thick.
      Rory: Good thing I brought this, then. (pulls out a tiny penlight)
      The Doctor: (pulls out a much longer light) Ultraviolet. Portable sunlight.
      Rory: Yours is bigger than mine.
      The Doctor: Let's not go there.

    • Rory: You can't repopulate somewhere with just women. You need blokes.
      Amy: She's got blokes in the canal. She said she has 10,000 husbands waiting for her in the water.
      The Doctor: Only the male offspring survived the journey here. She's got 10,000 children swimming around the canals, waiting for Mum to make them some compatible girlfriends. Ehhh. I mean, I've been around a bit, but really, that's, that's... ehh.

    • The Doctor: The people upstairs are pretty noisy.
      Guido: There aren't any people upstairs.
      The Doctor: I knew you were going to say that. Did anybody else know he was going to say that?

    • The Doctor: Rosanna!
      Rosanna: One city to save an entire species. Was that so much to ask?
      The Doctor: I told you, you can't go back and change time. You mourn, and you live. I know, Rosanna. I did it.
      Rosanna: Tell me, Doctor. Can your conscience carry the weight of another dead race? Remember us. Dream of us.

    • Doctor: She kissed me.
      Rory: And you kissed her back!
      Doctor: No, I kissed her mouth.

    • The Doctor: I will tear down the house of Calviera stone by stone. Take your hands off me, Carlo. And you know why? You didn't know Isabella's name. You didn't know Isabella's name.

    • The Doctor: Okay, we go together. Say you're my daughter.
      Amy Pond: Your daughter? You look about nine.
      The Doctor: Brother then.
      Amy Pond: Too weird. Fiance.
      Rory: I'm not having him run around telling people he's your fiance.
      Amy Pond: No, you're right.
      Rory: Thank you.
      Amy Pond: I mean they've already seen The Doctor. You should do it.
      Rory: Me?
      Amy Pond: Yeah, you can be my brother.
      Rory: Why is him being your brother weird, but with me it's okay?
      Guido: (pointing at The Doctor) Actually, I thought you were her fiance.
      The Doctor: Yeah, that's not helping.

    • The Doctor: Ah, you've got to love Venice. So many people did. Byron, Napoleon, Casanova. Oh that reminds me. (checking his watch) 1580, that's all right Casanova doesn't get born for 145 years. Don't want to run into him. I owe him a chicken.
      Rory: You owe Casanova a chicken?
      The Doctor: Long story, we had a bet.

    • The Doctor: We need to talk about your fiancée. She tried to kiss me. Tell you what, though, you're a lucky man. She's a great kisser. (stunned silence) Funny how you can say something in your head, and it sounds fine.

    • The Doctor: Rory! That's a relief. Thought I burst out of the wrong cake... Again. That reminds me, there's a girl sitting outside in a bikini. Can someone let her in and give her a jumper? Lucy, lovely girl. (whispering) Diabetic.

    • Rory: (to the Doctor): You know what's dangerous about you? It's not that you make people take risks, it's that you make them want to impress you. You make it so they don't want to let you down. You have no idea how dangerous you make people to themselves when you're around.

    • Amy: Hey, look at this. Got my spaceship, got my boys. My work here is done.
      Rory: Pfft, we are not her boys.
      The Doctor: Yeah we are.
      Rory: ...yeah we are.

    • The Doctor: Anywhere you want, any time you want. One condition, it has to be amazing.

    • Rosanna: I need an answer, Doctor. A partnership... Any which way you choose.
      The Doctor: I don't think that's such a good idea, do you? I'm a Time Lord. You're a big fish. Think of the children.

    • Rory: You stink of fish.
      Francesco: Well, I'm hardly going to smell of cheese and biscuits.

    • Rosanna: Where are you from?
      The Doctor: Gallifrey.
      Rosanna: You should be in a museum! Or in a mausoleum.

    • Rory: What's there between you and Amy? You said she kissed you!
      The Doctor: Now? You want to do this now?!
      Rory: I have a right to know. I'm getting married in 430 years!

    • The Doctor: Tell me the whole plan! (the Calvierris hiss at him) One day that'll work...

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Doctor: Casanova doesn't get born for 145 years.
      The 11th Doctor's hesitation to meet Casanova, besides the chicken issue, may be a clever allusion to the fact that BBC's Casanova series starred David Tennant, who was the 10th Doctor.

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