The Vampires of Venice

The Vampires of Venice

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The Vampires of Venice

Season 5, Episode 6
Airdate: 8 May 2010
Writer: Toby Whithouse
Director: Jonny Campbell
Notable for: Rory assumes the role of a companion of the Doctor.

The Vampires of Venice – Fan Trailer

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Doctor Who: The Vampires of Venice Review

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Vampires! In Venice! That’s pretty much a formula for instant success right there. Especially if the vampires in question are sultry vixens with a penchant for parasols and frilly white lace. And so, for the first time in ages, we got a bit of Gothic horror mixed in with our regular slice of traditional sci-fi, even if the results were a bit uneven…

Still, it was a perfectly watchable episode – with its good looks, gothic atmosphere, snappy dialogue, and an alien threat that actually went beyond the usual two-dimensional fare – even if the final product was a little forgettable. A bit of an expected lull after the spectacular Weeping Angels two-parter then but, boy, doesn’t next week’s episode look incredible? – IGN

Doctor Who Reviews: The Vampires of Venice

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This week the hand of Hammer-phile producer Steven Moffat shows itself in a Toby Whitehouse script that begins with fan-love for Hammer’s ‘female vampire’ cycle of the 1970s (Countess Dracula, The Vampire Lovers, Lust For A Vampire and Twins Of Evil) and from thereon launches itself into more familiar Doctor Who territory…

There’s not a great deal wrong with this one-off episode: beautiful location cinematography combines with appropriately gothic performances to proShadowlocked

TV REVIEW Doctor Who 5.06 Vampires Of Venice

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To bring Amy and fiancé Rory closer together, the Doctor takes them on a trip to Venice in 1580. When they encounter what appear to be vampires in the exclusive Calvierri girls’ school, they discover it’s really a cover for aliens seeking to recruit women into their underwater breeding programme.

Better structured, funnier and more absorbing than the last single-parter, "Victory Of The Daleks", this episode has a different feel to it than the others so far in the series. It’s more traditional in format, yet at the same it’s crammed with zinging one-liners and demonstrates writer Toby Whithouse’s gift for banter – there’s even the occasional indignant rant which wouldn’t feel out of place spoken by one of his Being Human characters. – SFX

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