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Published on May 8th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

“Venice is all Starbucks”

Doctor Who scriptwriter Toby Whithouse has dismissed the Venice of 2010 as a shadow of its former self, and nothing like the romantic location featured in Vampires of Venice.

Some Vampires of Venice - Doctor WhoAfter being asked to set the story somewhere romantic, Southend-born Toby – who also wrote 2006′s School Reunion and is the creator of Being Human - chose Venice, although it seems he had no idea the Doctor Who production team would travel abroad to film location work.

“I was thrilled when they told me about filming in Croatia, and then felt rather guilty, because they went and did this ridiculously expensive foreign shoot.

“I think the city of Trogir, which we made to look live Venice, looks absolutely fabulous. I couldn’t be happier with it.

“The thing is, the Venice of 2010 looks absolutely nothing like the Venice of 1580. Now, sadly, it’s all Starbucks and mask shops.

As we’ve seen a glimpse of Trogir in the trailers for this weeks episode, it certainly seems to have the expected, classic Venice look – tune in at 6pm tonight to see the Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) take on the Vampires of Venice!

Wondering why Doctor Who is featuring vampires? See our article, The Vampire Situation, for information on the series’ long association with the undead…

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About the Author

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 “Venice is all Starbucks”

  1. Carn says:

    Starbucks are an alien force taking over the world! Actually I’ve nothing against them as such but it’s actually not an exaggeration to say that in some areas you can’t walk a few minutes away from one Starbucks before you see another…and another…

  2. Rick714 says:

    My wife an I were in Italy a few years ago and while in Venice for 3 days, we didn’t see any Starbucks—they must have multiplied like rabbits n the last 4 years —-but then again, that’s really what Starbucks does….

    …and I loved the episode…

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