Warning â€“ Mild Spoilers May Be Contained Below.
â€œStop talking. Brain thinking. Hushâ€
After last weekâ€™s much debated and, to some short minded people, controversial ending we find the Doctor and Amy returning to Earth where love is in the air, well sort of anyway. Yes weâ€™re back to â€œnowâ€ and for some of those concerned itâ€™s a bit of a shock. The official blurb is as follows:
Dessicated corpses, terror in the canal and a visit to the sinister House of Calvierri â€“ the Doctor takes Amy and Rory (Arthur Darvill) 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 (Helen McCrory) may have other plans…
The tone of The Vampires Of Venice is light hearted for much of the story but it does have some rather sinister moments of darkness. Trying not to spoil things too much (and Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ve all seen the trails anyway which give quite a bit away anyway) this vampiric tale from Toby School Reunion Whithouse is a Hammer Studios style romp with nice science fiction touches. We have three in the TARDIS for a change and the dynamic works wonderfully. The Doctor is in full flow here landing in 1580â€™s Venice and doing his best to impress his new guest.
Cue lots of smugness.
Matt Smith is hitting perfection here working his body and hands in a way normally reserved for Jeff Goldblum. Supported very amiably by both Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, playing a couple lost, not in time but with each other. This is not another Rose and Mickey relationship; this is more mature, more grown up and more needy.
Direction by Jonny Campbell – with more than a nod to those glorious golden days of Hammer (minus the heaving bosoms) – cranks up the pace to a rather dialogue driven story. There are lovely tunnel shots lit by burning torches, wonderful set dressing with sumptuous costumes. Talking of props and stuff look out for a real neat touch that will have fans whistling in delight. Effects-wise the episode is a tad ropey with some obvious CGI taking your eye off the main happenings. The humour doesnâ€™t spoil the drama, instead it gives the more serious situations slightly more edge.
On the whole this is a good entry into the series, with a new variety of baddie that does make its mark.