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Best of Matt Smith: The Vampires of Venice

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Across the next couple of months Doctor Who TV is running a series of polls to celebrate Matt Smith’s era. We want you to cast your votes on every episode and at the end we’ll be comprising a list to find the top scoring.

We continue with 2010’s The Vampires of Venice. All you have to do is rate the story with your score out of 10, so get voting and join us again tomorrow for the next episode.

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152 comments
Maryanne123
Maryanne123

And the hits in season 5 keep coming. Brilliant ideas, sparkling dialogue, a clever resolution and boy that sexual chemistry between Helen McCory and Matt Smith- yowzer. Bet River would be jealous. 9/10.

DawnTime
DawnTime

Another 8 from me. Love the dialogue between the Doctor and Rossana. Fantastic costumes too

Thesilence_1994
Thesilence_1994

This is certainly not the most intense Matt Smith episode, nor is it the best written. However, I still have a soft spot for it (I don't know why, in terms of the episodes that I like- I really should dislike this one). I guess I just love the characterisation. 7/10 It's not perfect: the resolution is meh and the villain was really silly (if she needed those girls alive for her plan why did she send ALL OF THEM them to hunt down a timelord?) 

Balatsoukas Pavlos
Balatsoukas Pavlos

BiBernadus says it (sort of) perfectly. The highlight of the episode, is probably the confrontation between the Doctor and Rosanna. However, I found the story sort of indifferent, an episode probably not missed if not having been made. A 6 from me...

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

9/10- As with other Toby Whitehouse episodes, this was a pretty fun episode to watch. Glad the vampires didn't sparkle.  

eddiescthomas
eddiescthomas

Asides from the anticlimactic ending, I thoroughly enjoyed The Vampires of Venice. The plot was concrete and the humour is well balanced with the sci-fi and drama. Besides, who can't forget The Doctor bursting out of the cake? 8/10.

FutureCompanion001
FutureCompanion001

7/10, not the best episode but i loved the setting, the costume and the guest star.

Jamesssss1
Jamesssss1

The concept designs for the Vampire-fish spoiled the story for me. The humour was solid, Matt Smith was on a roll, and the lead Villainess was cold and realistic, but the "jokes on the villain" style of this era in itself is what lets this episode straight down. 5/10.

DawnTime
DawnTime

A great 9 from me, looks lovely climatically , costumes especially. Fantastic acting from Matt and Helen, I agree with BiBernardus Rory is an excellent character I preferred him actually to Amy , (I think he is an excellent actor ) and a character to really like, in which I always have a problem with Amy.

the doctors name is bob
the doctors name is bob

I gave it an 8\10 because it was near perfection up until the end when they introduced the Silence ark and it all felt a bit forced

Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!
Amy says Peter Davison is the Thirteenth Doctor!

8/10 for me. I've always been particularly fond of this story; it's one of my favorites. Granted, it isn't the strongest more most important episode ever, but I always enjoy it whenever I watch it. I love Rory's reaction to the TARDIS. :P The location that they used for filming is GORGEOUS, and Helen McCrory is fabulous as Rosanna (the "question for a question" scene is sublime, and her last lines are chillingly poignant). She really makes me feel sympathetic toward her predicament. Matt is stellar as usual (I really can't praise his performance in this episode enough so I'll keep it simple, although I will say that I loved how he looked on that throne :P); Arthur (who has much improved since "The Eleventh Hour") and Karen are great as well. The comedy moments are great, and the pacing is really good, and the Saturnynians were a clever concept.

The little things like Rosanna's clothes, the CG storm (it wasn't the *worst* CGI I've ever seen), and the "flip a switch" resolution (if Sherlock's "The Empty Hearse" can get away with it, then so can an everyday Who romp) don't really bother me that much. I am willing to overlook them for everything else that I love about the episode.

Also, I love rain and water and dark skies, so that was all a little plus for me. :)

So so far, we have:

The Eleventh Hour - 10/10
The Beast Below - 7/10
Victory of the Daleks - 6/10 
The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone - 10/10
The Vampires of Venice - 8/10

PeterGecko
PeterGecko

7/10 - I found it very entertaining and it had some really good moments but I dont think it's good enough for an 8. It didn't quite stand out enough, but overall it was still very good.

DrWhoClone221b
DrWhoClone221b

6/10 for me. It's a well-written episode, it just doesn't do it for me. It's very forgettable except it's Rory's first real episode as a companion. 

The Mind Probe
The Mind Probe

I really loved this story - it's my favourite Toby Whithouse script! 9/10

sushigal007
sushigal007

8/10. Loved it. I knew it was going to be a treat right from the beginning when the Doctor popped out of the cake and brought a completely unimpressed Rory onto the TARDIS and I wasn't disappointed.

SEDAKRO XIV
SEDAKRO XIV

I've watched this episode several times so far, and have enjoyed it every time. I would give this one about a 8.5/10...



Polyphase
Polyphase

It's a fun episode, I rate it similarly to Curse of the Blackspot. Dodgy Monster/Villain, resolution and a totally unrealistic characterisation of Amy

5/10

Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

This episode has great comedy moments throughout, but not much great else. I wouldn't vet thought of it too bad, but considering the standards set by the previous five episodes I have to give it a 5/10

Oodkind is foretold...
Oodkind is foretold...

This episode doesn't have any big flaws, and nothing jumps out as me as bothersome or unbelievable. (at least in the context of the show). It continues the Crack narrative, and is overall a well done story. Overall, solid.


I, personally, didn't find it particularly fun. It was about average, to me. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't an episode that I would necessarily watch over and over or think about. It had it's moments, and seemed very classic-series-y.


8/10 for quality, 6/10 for personal interest. I'll give it a 6.5/10 out of all.

Jack Johnstone
Jack Johnstone

I gave it an 8, it wasn't great but i enjoyed it quite well.

the doctors name is bob
the doctors name is bob

In my opinion the vampires of Venice is a good story with some good and okay characters and really funny moments but I thought bringing in the whole Silence ark in at the end was a bit forced

8\10

Electric_Tuna
Electric_Tuna

7/10, it was a good episode but I wasn't really impressed with the progression or the conclusion of the episode, it's an average one at best.

awkward912
awkward912

9/10. Toby pulled it out the bag big time, as he has done every year since. Witty and compelling story-telling, and also what is indisputably the best timed pre-titles sting of all time.

Kiki Kiki
Kiki Kiki

I'm sorry, I jut didn't like it.  6/10.

I've had an Accident
I've had an Accident

9/10. So under-rated. It suprised me at how good it was when it first aired.

Anthony Retondo
Anthony Retondo

Like Time/Flesh I think "Vampires in Venice" is one of the most under-appreciated episodes. It has all of the right elements of a fantastic Doctor Who episode to me. Not only is it possibly the funniest ("No, I kissed her mouth," "Yours is bigger than mine.") but it also has some great character moments with Rory turning on the Doctor to let him know how dangerous he is and the Doctor putting his foot down and being more responsible with her. 


Whithouse is my favorite Who writer for sure. He seems to understand how to write both a thrilling story, while at the same time studying the characters. We also have a terrific villain with Rosetta. I always loved how she was one of the few filler villains throughout Smith's run who actually knew who the Doctor and the timelords were. That scene where he talks to her on the throne is terrific. I've always felt sort of alone in my adoration of this episode. It is  such a fun story, albeit with some slow moments and lame side characters, but still a really exciting episode that fits everything in 45 minutes perfectly. 

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

7/10. Excellent episode, with a solid plot. It just wasn't very memorable.

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

(other than the eleventh hour) This episode is my favorite off the whole matt smith era. Just Perfect, I even remember looking forward to this month's before its release, 10/10 is what it deserves.

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

I love this episode for a number of reasons. One the opening was hilarious "That sounded so much better in my head than it came out"

This episode had hilarity, horror, exotic locale and a good old fashion bug eyed monster!

But the best part was Rory. The level headed, non hero worshiping companion who wasn't afraid of calling the Doctor out! It also highlighted and contrasted the relationship dynamic between the three.

Over all a well written story, while offering a big insight of the type of Companion Doctor chooses to travel with and what effect it has on them!

"I've got my spaceship, I got my boys. My work is done here!"

"We..are not her boys!"

"Yeah we are."

guyroul
guyroul

I must say I found the imperfections in the CGI rather endearing. We were reminded that this truly was the show that began the sixties. This episode was a classic in my opinion, Matt Smith was brilliant. Lets not forget that this episode was also a turning point in the series, as Rory was promoted to a TARDIS regular in some style.






GregChipman
GregChipman

The Venice setting is very nice, and Matt continues to excel. Some nice dialogue and isolated moments, but there's nothing particularly new or exciting here.

3/5.

Recap:

The Eleventh Hour - 4/5

The Beast Below - 2/5

Victory of the Daleks - 2/5

The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone - 3/5

The Vampires of Venice - 3/5

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

Gave it a 7/10 here. It was a fun little romp and all, but it lacked the story and effects to become a truly spectacular episode.

Nice acting, though, as always.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Doctor Who at its most average. Nothing greatly memorable about this one, other than Rory becoming a companion. 5/10.

Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@DrWhoClone221b  I agree. There's nothing particularly wrong with it, but it just seems to blend into the middle of series 5 without really standing out in its own.

StephenAHayes
StephenAHayes

I completely agree. This is the first 5 I have given. Everything prior (and beyond) almost ranks 9 or 10.

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

Same. I found it solid, with some nice moments, but not memorable enough for a higher score.

RecycledCompanion
RecycledCompanion

@RomanaOnCaprica @DrWhoClone221bI felt the same -- not bad, but not particularly outstanding. 6/10 for this one from me, as well. (Though I do really like Rory -- liked him increasingly over the course of his tenure as a companion and wasn't as fond of Amy, though she had a few stand-out episodes that I liked her in.)