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Published on May 10th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

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More Vampires Reaction

Vampires of Venice has proved a popular episode of Doctor Who, particularly from a critical point of view – we’ve got more links to reviews of the episode from around the web for your enjoyment…

Doctor Who - Vampires of VeniceNo doubt the additional mainstream media attention came from the recent MediaWatch UK claims that the show was featuring “inappropriate” scenes, not to mention Sir Terry Pratchett’s recent comments in SFX which have been hugely misrepresented.

Certainly The Independent’s Tom Sutcliffe presumed an insight into the creator of Discworld’s enjoyment of Vampires of Venice, but at least it put him in a frame of mind to spot at least one inconsistency in Toby Whithouse’s script:

At one point, the vampire Page 3 babes shrunk from an ultraviolet lamp in classic vampire style. At the next, they were trolling about in the Venetian sunshine baring their lamprey fangs. The contessa’s son could wander around in broad daylight munching on passing wenches, but then was blown into slimy smithereens by a sunbeam angled off the sidekick’s vanity mirror. And again, I don’t give a damn about the inconsistency because I’m probably not going to be watching anyway. But Mr Pratchett was really grumbling by the end.

Den of Geek have provided a lengthy review of Vampires of Venice - convenient as the episode apparently overran the usual time slot, running to a little over 48 minutes. Beyond the realm of inconsistencies, DoG are focussing on the consistencies, the ongoing storyline of cracks, and silence

The growing theme continues to be the invasion of silence, which the Doctor gets to (not) hear for himself come the last scene of the episode (very effectively, we should add). Throw in too that we had another seemingly irrelevant chat about time being rewritten, and you can’t help but start dreaming up theories. Even standalone episodes in the middle of the series seem to be going somewhere this time round.

Finally, FlickFilosopher MaryAnn Johanson has noticed a key element to the new Doctor Who – who the Doctor is. Not in terms of the actor, or the character, but the focus.

Russell Davies, as a gay man, was in love with the Doctor, and so his tenure on the show was very much from the companion’s/fan’s perspective, because we’re all in love with him, too. Steven Moffat, as a straight man, is imagining himself as the Doctor, and what he’d get up to with all of time and space at his command, not to mention the Doctor’s charisma. The Doctor is a Mary Sue for Moffat. And I think it’s fantastic.

Read more at www.flickfilosopher.com!

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




2 Responses to More Vampires Reaction

  1. avatar Rick714 says:

    As much as I liked the episode, I’m actually wondering if Moffat felt obliged to run a theme through the series like each one in the past or if he was eager to do his own theme. Is it mandatory to have a theme each and every season? I really wouldn’t mind a series where it was only just goo stories without some big event tieing everything up at the end.

  2. avatar TimeChaser says:

    I hadn’t even thought about those inconsistencies, I was having too much fun enjoying the story. Although you could explain away Francesco walking around since he did have that cloak and a hat.

    @Rick714:

    Most TV shows these days have some kind of thread running through the whole season, no matter how subtle or obvious. I think with the shorter episode format of the new series, it’s good to have the arcs to pull everything together. “Flesh and Stone” would not have been the same without the huge influence of the time crack on the story. Personally I’m enjoying this season’s arc much more because we’re being given lots more hints, and the Doctor knows something is going on. I didn’t like that the Doctor remained completely oblivious to the story arcs in the last few seasons.

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