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8 May 2010

Viewing Figure: 7.68M


In Venice 1580 Rosanna Calvierri keeps a secret hidden in the canals, why is she looking for young girls to attend her school?


Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Arthur Darvill (Rory), Helen McCrory (Rosanna), Lucian Msamati (Guido)

Alisha Bailey (Isabella), Alex Price (Francesco), Gabriella Wilde, Hannah Steele, Elizabeth Croft, Sonila Vieshta

Gabriela Montaraz (Vampire Girls), Michael Percival (Inspector), Simon Gregor (Steward)

Uncredited Crew

Tanja Tafra, Mirela Muzinic, Mariza Pavic, Marizla Aralica, Marina Jerkovic, Deni Zizic, Maja Bedalov, Samantha Bennett

Claire Darcy Bowen, Jade Harris Cupit, Melissa Moore, Rachel Bond, Gemma Bigsby, Jo Johnson (Vampire Girls)

Gabriejela Palinic (Bianca [Flower Seller])


Toby Whithouse (Writer), Patrick Schweitzer (Producer), Jonny Campbell (Director), John Bennett (1st Assistant Director)

James DeHaviland (2nd Assistant Director), Heddi Joy Taylor Welch (3rd Assistant Director)

Nicola Eynon Price, Laura Jenkins (Runners), Gareth Skelding (Location Manager), Rhys Griffiths (Unit Manager)

Holly Pullinger (Production Manager), Jess van Niekerk (Production Co-ordinator), Claire Thomas (Production Management Asst)

Sian Warrilow (Production Runner), Carole Wakefield (Asst Production Accountant), Brian Minchin (Script Editor)

Non Eleri Hughes (Continuity), Ian Adrian (Camera Operator), Matthew Poynter (B Camera Operator)

Steve Rees (Focus Puller), John Robinson (Grip), Tom Hartley, Jon Vidgen (Camera Assistants), Dafydd Parry (Boom Operator) 

Jeff Welch (Sound Maintenance Engineer), Mark Hutchings (Gaffer), Pete Chester (Best Boy)

Ben Griffiths, Steve Slocombe, Bob Milton, Alan Tippets (Electricians), Crispin Layfield (Stunt Co-ordinator)

Gordon Seed (Stunt Performer), Stephen Nicholas (Supervising Art Director), James North (Associate Designer)

Amy Oakes (Art Dept Co-ordinator), Ben Morris (Production Buyer), Keith Dunne (Set Decorator), Catherine Samuel (Props Buyer)

Tristran Peatfield (Standby Art Director), Ben Austin (Set Designer), James Iles (Storyboard Artist) 

Richard Shaun Williams, Peter McKinstry (Concept Artists), Jackson Pope (Graphic Artist), Phill Shellard, Tom Evans (Standby Props)

Will Pope (Standby Carpenter), Keith Freeman (Standby Rigger), Ellen Woods (Standby Painter), Paul Aitken (Props Master) 

Matt Wild (Props Chargehand), Martin Broadbent, Rhys Jones (Dressing Props), Penny Howarth, Nicholas Robatto (Props Makers)

Albert James (Practical Electrician), Matthew Hywel-Davies (Construction Manager), Scott Fisher (Construction Chargehand)

Mark Hill (Workshop Manager), John Pinkerton, John Whalley (Scenic Artists), BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics)

Framestore (Title Sequence), Bobbie Peach (Costume Supervisor), Linda Bonaccorsi (Crowd Supervisor)

Sara Morgan, Maria Franchi (Costume Assistants), Pam Mullins (Make-Up Supervisor), Abi Brotherton, Morag Smith (Make-Up Artists) 

Andy Brierley, Alice Purser (Casting Associates), Becky Torman (Assistant Editor), Cat Gregory (VFX Editor)

Chris Blatchford, Samantha Hall (Post Prod. Supervisors), Marie Brown (Post Prod. Co-ordinator), Tim Ricketts (Dubbing Mixer)

Paul McFadden (Supervising Sound Editor), Paul Jefferies (Sound Effects Editor), Helen Dickson (Foley Editor)

Mick Vincent (Colourist), Matthew Clarke, Mark Bright (On-line Conform), with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Ron Grainer (Original Theme Music), Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director), Julie Scott (Production Executive)

Ceri Tothill (Production Accountant), Bryn Thomas (Sound Recordist), Ray Holman (Costume Designer)

Barbara Southcott (Make-Up Designer), The Mill (Visual Effects), Real SFX (Special Effects), Murray Gold (Music)

James Pearson (Editor), Edward Thomas (Production Designer), Tony Slater Ling (Director of Photography)

Patrick Schweitzer (Line Producer), Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Heddi-Joy Taylor-Welch, Daniel Krizanovic (2nd Assistant Director), David Chalstrey (3rd Assistant Director), Sian Lewis, Jenny Morgan

Nikola Burada, Marko Drazenovic (Runners), Natasa Petrovic (Production Manager), Maja Mijikovic (Production Co-ordinator)

Denise Uljevic (Production Runner), Mani Paliwala Blaxter (Focus Puller), Clive Baldwin (Grip), Ramon Pyndiah (Boom Operator)

Clive Johnson, Steve Guy (Electricians), Ivo Husnjak (Standby Art Director), Zvonko Vrbanac, Ratko Bilus (Standby Carpenter)

Dave Mountstevens (Standby Rigger), Josip Bauk, Josip Rodbinic (Standby Painter), Nenad Drijaca, Danijel Markus

Vid Simunjak (Props Master), Sasa Spoljaric (Construction Manager), Maxine Brown, Martina Karla Franic, Ana Kalafatic Kovaceic

Charlotte Mitchell (Costume Assistants), Ros Wilkins, Cathy Davies, Snjezana Gorup, Stefanija Roso, Alison Singh (Make-Up Artists)

Jeff Matthews (Sound Recordist), Drago Poldrugac, Marko Poldrugac (Visual Effects)


Filming Locations

  • Bows Inn, Bowls Terrace, Caerphilly

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 1, Trefforet

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 2, Trefforest

  • Quayside, Trogir, Croatia

  • Romeo Square, Trogir, Croatia

  • Romeo Street, Trogir, Croatia

  • Cathedral, Trogir, Croatia

  • Petars Place, Trogir, Croatia

  • Pantan Jetty, Pantan, Trogir, Croatia

  • Alley, Trogir, Croatia

  • Atlantic College, St Donats Castle, Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan

  • Llancaiach Fawr, Gelligaer Fawr, Gelligaer Road, Nelson, Treharris

  • Caerphilly Castle, Castle Street, Caerphilly

  • Castle Coch, Tongwynlais, Cardiff

  • Venice, Italy [Plate Shots]


  • Rosanna [eaten by Saturnyns]

  • Guido [killed when he ignites gunpowder]

  • Isabella [eaten by Saturnyns]

  • Francesco [explodes when exposed to sunlight]

  • Vampire Girls [killed in an explosion caused by Guido]

Production Days

  • 18 Days between Wednesday 25 November 2009 - Saturday 13 February 2010

Production Errors

  1. Whilst The Doctor climbs the pillar on top of the bell tower, we can see the white sky, despite the fact that the sy sky should be filled with grey rain clouds 

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]


The series goes back to producing at least one historical adventure with a plot which combines mythology and science-fiction in a nice little blend. The episode has a little bit of everything, a good script, wonderfully filming locations and a new alien races. Rory is dragged along for the ride after a surprisingly out of place scene where The Doctor confesses to snogging Amy. Much like the Peter Davison era where there three companions, Rory is not given that much to do, and he feels really out of place. Rory is a capable character, but all his usefulness is sadly sucked dry. The Doctor shows a more compassionate side where he attempts to reason with the villains instead of resorting to violence and death. The episode is plagued with a few silly moments which drag the final product down. A decent episode. ***​


Number of Production Days: 5

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