Doctor Who

Season 5 Episode 6

The Vampires of Venice

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM May 08, 2010 on BBC America
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Episode Summary


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...


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  • The Vampires of Venice

    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.

    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

    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.

    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
  • Where's Buffy when you need her...Oh wait we don't need her at all

    We'll the Vampires of Venice a very interesting episode to say the lest again Steven Moffat and crew try to deliver a Doctor Who episode and they succeed mostly

    I do agree that lately each episode is feeling rushed at the moment and so very oddly paced like one minute there just prancing around next thing there seeing girls form a....We'll we call it a school but it isn't

    And then we have infiltration jobs and a Farther looking for his daughter, it sometimes feel like there all over the place but not too all over just bits here and there

    Anyway The Doctor jumping out of Rory's cake was pretty funny and the fact that Rory just didn't listen to the Doctor when he said they Ahhhh...Fish Vampires or what ever they are weren't really Vampires and Rory proves great Comical relief

    Amy once again proves to use that maybe she can join Rose, Donny and Sara-Jane as one of the Great Doctor who Companions, she starts challenging the Doctor with great ideas and Matt Smith himself is proving to be great Doctor with his amazing skills (I am very surprised at how go he is but he will never as good as David Tennant but he is good)

    The Fight with Rory vs. the Son was we'll done and funny at the same time, and the Doctor talk with the 'Mummy' was again brilliant with lost to talk about

    The Mysterious Cracks in time are becoming more and more important with the pervious episode making that point, and Steven Moffat I trying something very new by getting the cracks in time into story much earlier and into action more quicker then pervious seasons have done witch is an interesting way of doing (Great job Moffat)

    The Vampire-Fish (Whatever) where very interesting villains themselves in fact I felt this one was enemy that the Doctor himself could really relate too and I felt strange connection between the Doctor and the 'Mummy' forming like they where some much alike last of there Kinds and Stuff but that was again to Matt Smith Brilliant acting

    I can go on and on but I'll not to close I give this a 8.0 because it was great, Rory was great New Addition and with nice to see more of him, Amy was Brilliant in her Role and Matt Smith as the Doctor continues to impress I can't wait for the next onemoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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...

  • NOTES (0)


    • 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.