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The Vampires of Venice

The Doctor gives Amy and Rory a romantic pre-wedding treat – a trip to 16thcentury Venice…

The Fact of Fiction

Exploring the hidden depths of Doctor Who’s most intriguing stories…

Two of the vampires of Venice attack! Gabriella Wilde played the vampire with blonde hair.

Despite a great many cuts made in post-production – the most significant of which are detailed elsewhere in this Fact of FictionThe Vampires of Venice exceeded its 45-minute timeslot by a whopping three minutes, 11 seconds. Among those cuts, a Doctor speech from the end of the first scene set in boatbuilder Guido’s house, in which he explained why he hoped the five creepily toothsome girls he’d not long before met in the House of Calvierri really were vampires: “I’ve met vampires. Essentially they’re just humans that have been transformed. So underneath, there’s still a human thought process. There’s logic, ritual, stuff I can deal with.”

He has met vampires, of course – of the traditional, Hammer horror kind in State of Decay (1980), of the water-dwelling Haemovore variety in The Curse of Fenric (1989), and of the drinking-blood-through-straws Plasmavore type in Smith and Jones (2007). The Vampires of Venice revels in having its cake and eating it: yes, its monsters may be aliens, but they still bite human beings to make them like themselves; yes, a quirk of their perception filters means they can’t be seen in mirrors; yes, their deep-sea origins have made them vulnerable to bright sunlight. They don’t turn into bats – but still, shape-shifting alien bats had featured in writer Toby Whithouse’s earlier School Reunion (2006), another story about carnivorous monsters running a human school…

It wouldn’t be fair to label The Vampires of Venice a remake for that reason, though – since any connoisseur of vampire films could tell you that the nightie-wearing vampire girls of the Calvierri School could have stepped right out of the mildly notorious Hammer effort Lust for a Vampire (1971), also set in a select all-girls school. Some things never die.


Venice, 1580 – where boatbuilder Guido asks to have his teenage daughter Isabella admitted to a select school, so she may better herself…

00m 37s “I believe protecting the future of one’s own is a sacred duty”, school signora Rosanna Calvierri (Helen McCrory) tells widower Guido (Lucian Msamati). Which is the villain’s scheme given away, most artfully, in her very first speech… as we’ll see.

The doomed Isabella (Alisha Bailey) is forced into the canal.

01m 53s

Rosanna has agreed to admit Guido’s daughter Isabella (Alisha Bailey) – but with Guido gone, Rosanna’s son Francesco (Alex Price) bares piranha-like fangs! Price had not long before guest-starred as 1980s ghost Gilbert in the third episode of the first series of Being Human. Helen McCrory had not long before played the mother of another wholly rotten son – as Death Eater Narcissa Malfoy, mother of Draco, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2010-11).

Leadworth, 2010 – where Rory Williams’ stag night is interrupted when the Doctor bursts out of his fake cake ‘surprise’ (and not diabetic stripper Lucy).

02m 30s The Vampires of Venice follows on from the end of Flesh and

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