Doctor Who The Vampires of Venice S05E06 (BBC)

The new Doctor Who: Matt Smith

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor working a smartphone

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is the first of a series of specials that will air this year. Since David Tennant couldn’t commit to a full series this year, due to some previous acting commitments, we are left with a bunch of specials.

After two disappointing specials, we come to the end of David Tennant’s Doctor. Tennant has rapidly become a favorite of mine. I still love Tom Baker above all, but Tennant is very good. What is it about him? I’d say that David Tennant was almost perfect for the role. It’s too bad that he’s moving on. Already, the 5th season has been delayed until later this year because he couldn’t commit to a full serial.

It’s sad because he was so good. However, it’s good that Tennant is going out with a bang. The ending of part one of the End of Time was amazing. The Master, the Doctor, and the Time Lords, all reunited at last for one final confrontation.

I didn’t really like how the tenth Doctor died, but others will say that it is within his nature to be like that, to sacrifice himself for anyone. He did so. The end is nigh as he says goodbye to all of his companions, from Rose to Sarah Jane.

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The new Doctor is nutty. Nutty enough to be the Doctor, if that makes any sense. I don’t know much about Matt Smith, and I usually keep an embargo on myself about upcoming Doctor Who episodes so that the fun isn’t spoiled, and frankly, I was surprised. It was a good show, not extremely good, but good nonetheless. I have to say that I did really like David Tennant as the Doctor. His shoes are going to be hard to fill. Naturally, Tom Baker remains as my favorite Doctor of all time.

The new Doctor is still getting used to his new form and manages to create problems for a little girl names Amelia. The whole episode is about an escaped multidimensional prisoner, who slivers through the cracks of the universe. We never find out the reason why the multiform was such a threat to the Atraxi. We also never find out much about the Atraxi, except that they would incinerate a whole planet to kill the multiform.

The episode was good, but the tidbits that the multiform revealed to the Doctor were much more interesting. As usual, this dramatic foreshadowing will get the Doctor Who fanatics rattled. The cracks are in the skin of the universe and they will be part of the underlying theme of this season. The Pandoric will open. Whatever that means. Needless to say that these little tidbits were very tantalizing, much more than the whole episode.

How would I rate this new Doctor Who episode? Medium-ish. Since the Weeping Angels, the Daleks, and the Cybermen, will be back, I think the season will be interesting. How do I rate Matt Smith as the new Doctor? Not bad. At least we’ll have a real season, not just these stupid specials that I got really annoyed with in the end. It’s been a while since Doctor Who had a whole season, and it’s off to a good start.

There are some obvious strange things in the script. For example, why did the Doctor go on about the duck pond? Even though the script wasn’t as polished as the ones that Russel T Davies was in charge of, the narrative wasn’t that bad.

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There’s more to River Song and the Doctor. Apparently she killed a man and is serving her sentence in the Stormcage. She says that they will see each other again when the Pandorica opens. This is supposed to be episode 12 of this season. This episode was pretty darn good. I had loads of fun watching it. It was especially creepy when the angels realized that Amy couldn’t open her eyes and started moving. They still looked like statues however, which was strange. They are supposed to be in quantum lock, so I imagined that their real visage was different than stone, but it isn’t.

The cracks in the universe are back and this will be the ongoing theme of this season. We also learn why Amy can’t remember the Cybermen or the Daleks. Time is being unwritten due to some time energy explosion, somewhere in time. This is why the cracks are appearing.

This was a pretty entertaining episode, filled with aliens and vampires. All in all, it was good fun. The main storyline didn’t progress much, but we heard more about the cracks in the fabric of the universe. These fish aliens came through them to Venice.

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The story starts in 1580 in Venice. A boat builder offers his daughter to the vampires because she has no future. She gets eaten by Francesco.

Amy‘s boyfriend calls her from his stag party. The Doctor pops out of the cake instead of a stripper. He tells Rory that Amy is a great kisser.

After the intro, Rory is in the TARDIS with Amy. The Doctor is sending them somewhere. He is sending them to Venice. They hear about Rosanna Calvierri, the patron of Venice. The game is afoot. The Doctor smells that something is up. They see the father looking for his daughter. She’s been made into a vampire and the man is distraught. The Doctor goes after him. His daughter no longer recognized him.

Rosanna has got a plan. She needs girls. Her son is impatient. He notices Amy and Rory. They are near him when he feeds. He escapes by using his cape. Will wonders never cease?

The Doctor uses the man as a distraction to get into the Calvierri estate. It doesn’t take long before he finds vampires. They don’t have a reflection. They tell him to leave and bear their fangs. The Doctor runs into Amy. They go back to see the man. Amy wants to go into the school and pose as a student. There is an underground passage that can be opened from the inside. The Doctor reluctantly accepts. Rory has to pose as her brother. The psychic paper is being used a lot in this episode. The Calvierris think that the simpleton brother has got a reference from the King of Sweden.

Amy finds Isabella. She describes being taken to a room where they strap her down, kind of like when they are going to perform surgery.

While they are in the passage, the Doctor and Rory talk about the kiss. The Doctor brought Rory along so that Amy would have someone for her affections. They discover a vampire corpse which had all of the moisture drawn out, not just the blood. Rory is pissed that the Doctor makes others take the risks.

Rosanna wasn’t duped by the psychic paper. She has Amy brought to her in the green room. She asks Amy if she fell through the chasm. Rosanna and Francesco feed off Amy. Amy kicks at Rosanna and we see that she isn’t a vampire, but some kind of alien. The Doctor and Rory arrive to save Amy. Francesco has the girls run after them. Isabella gets burned in the sun and has to go back inside. The door is electrified and the Doc gets a hit.

Isabella is cast into the water. There is something in the water. Rosanna talked about 10,000 husbands in the water. This might be her spawn. The Doctor is waiting for Rosanna when she comes back. She’s a Sister of the Water from Saturnine. She’s also using a perception filter. She says that they ran from the Silence. There were cracks. Through some they saw people, through others they saw Silence. They fled to an ocean like their own. They saw Saturnine fall. The Doctor will tear her house down because she didn’t know Isabella’s name. She offered the Doctor a partnership to make a bastion on Earth.

Rosanna assembles her troops. The Doctor thinks that she is going to sink Venice and repopulate it with her children.

They aren’t vampires, they are fish from space.
The Doctor

The fishies from space attack and the Doctor has to get out with his friends. The man stays behind to find them off. He blows them up using the gunpowder.

Rosanna fills the sky with fire. The Doctor orders Amy to get back to the TARDIS. They run into Francesco. Rory fights Francesco. Amy destroys him with some sunlight.

They go and help the Doctor. He’s trying to stop the device causing the sky to boil. He takes out the generator and it stops.

Rosanna locks her perception filter and lets herself be fed to her offspring.

Through some we saw silence and the end of all things.

When they step into the TARDIS, the Doctor notices that it is very silent in Venice.

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