The Vampires of Venice


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The Vampires of Venice

Series 5

Episode 6

First Transmitted

8 May 2010

Final Ratings



Series 5 Set


Series 5 Volume 2


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Regular Cast

Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy), Arthur Darvill (Rory)

Guest Cast

Helen McCrory (Rosanna), Lucian Msamati (Guido), Alisha Bailey (Isabella), Alex Price (Francesco), Gabriella Wilde, Hannah Steele, Elizabeth Croft, Sonila Vieshta, Gabriella Montaraz (Vampire Girls), Michael Percival (Inspector), Simon Gregor (Steward).


Written by Toby Whitehouse
Directed by Johnny Campbell
Produced by Peter Bennett


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.


  • Simular to previous episodes Partners in Crime and The Fires of Pompeii, this episode is 5 minutes extra than the usual format, making it a 50-minute long episode.
  • A 90-second clip from this episode was aired during Matt Smith’s appearance on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on 26 March 2010.
  • The Vampires are not real vampires, but are of alien origin. They are fish-like alien creatures using Perception Filters to hide themselves to other people.
  • There was some initial confusion over the title of this story, with some media sources (as well as Matt Smith in a interview[1]) using the title Vampires in Venice.
  • In the Series 5 preview, one of the vampires leap for Rory, without any change. In the actual episode, he changes to his alien form. Differences like this have happened many times from trailer to episode.
  • The name of the species, Saturnynians, isn’t spoken in the episode, though the planet Saturnyne is mentioned three times.
  • The Saturnynian are hiding from the Cracks and the Silence.
  • The Doctor mentions meeting Casanova. David Tennant had previously played Casanova in a television series written by Russell T Davies. Helen McCrory played Casanova’s mother in a 2005 film.
  • This is the first Doctor Who episode that, instead of having the last scene cut to the closing titles, the closing titles ‘merge’ with the scene. In this case, the camera zooms into the TARDIS keyhole, and through it, the Time Vortex is visible.
  • This episode is notable for being filmed in Croatia, and is therefore the first episode of a Doctor Who universe show to be filmed in a formerly Communist country.
  • The Vampires of Venice contains similarities to School Reunion, also written by Toby Whithouse:
  • Pre-titles sequence involves scene of a young girl being attacked by an alien, followed by a scene in which The Doctor appears during a mundane activity and says something rather ordinary.
  • The companion’s boyfriend joins in for the adventure and becomes part of the TARDIS crew for the following episodes.
  • Both episodes feature scenes where two of the main characters discuss The Doctor’s effect on relationships.
  • The alien species in both episodes have the ability to transform into humans.
  • The leader of the alien race in both episodes proposes an alliance with The Doctor
  • A minor character disposes of most of the aliens by causing an explosion.
  • The alien’s plan is thwarted by a simple flick of a switch.
  • This episode aired on the same day as the K9 episode, The Last Oak Tree
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