Mon, 17 May 2010
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...
|General production staff|
|Make-up and prosthetics
General post-production staff
Special and visual effects
every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a
credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required.
The information above is based solely on observations of the actual
end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information
from IMDB or other sources.
According to a pre-launch press pack issued by the BBC, Patrick
Schweitzer was actually the co-producer of this episode, but in the
event, he was actually double credited — as both a full producer
and a line producer.
Doctor's library card
- The Doctor shows his Library Card to the Vampires. It has a
picture of his first incarnation on it. The name on it appears
to be "Dr. J. Smith."
- Amy describes her time with the Doctor as involving "lots of
- The Doctor gives Amy a boiled
- The relationship between Calvierri and her son and their plan
to convert people to become their species is similar to that of the Family of Blood who shared a close bond and took over
individuals to go unnoticed.
- When Calvierri commits suicide she asks The Doctor if he can
carry another dead race on his conscience, and to remember her, much
like Davros did when he died.
- Rosanna Calvierri uses a Perception filter. The perception filter is shown to have a
self preservation loophole, making the teeth visible when the brain
detects a threat.
- A 90-second clip from this episode was aired during Matt
Smith's appearance on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on 26 March
- 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 TV interview) 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 twice.
- 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.
- 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 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
- The alien's plan is thwarted by a simple flick of a switch.
- Croatia was used as the primary location for the setting of this
episode. It is the third episode of the revival series after DW: The Fires of Pompeii and Planet of the Dead to
include major filming outside the UK.
- Some filming took place in Caephilly Castle. 
- Scenes featuring The Doctor, Amy and Rory were filmed at
Llancaiach Fawr. 
and Blu-ray Releases
BBC Video - Doctor Who Series Five - Volume Two
will feature The Time of Angels, Flesh and Stone and The Vampires of Venice. It will be
released on Monday 5th July 2010 (UK Only) on DVD and Blu-ray.
Direct download: TDP_126_Vampires_final_version.mp3
-- posted at: 7:50am UTC