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
Not 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
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
The 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 sweet.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Croatia was used as the primary location for the setting of
this episode. It is the third episode of the revival series after
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
DVD 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