The Doctor takes Amy and her fiancée, Rory, to Venice so that their relationship won’t be unbalanced by her having experienced the amazingness of travel through time and space and him not. Naturally, something dangerous is about to happen, this time with a finishing school which turns young girls into vampires.
Everything containing vampires is inherently a bit useless as they are nearly always character vacuums, sucking life out of the plot through unconvincing and inconsistent ‘rules’ and motivations. This episode also suffers from the makers feeling the need to make everything life-threatening but without giving the story time to make it so. This renders heroic acts contextless and self-sacrifice worthless. That said, there are some nice lines and fun scenes, Matt Smith is terrific and the story frame with Amy and her fiancée is a good, interesting one. It’s a shame writer Toby Whithouse wasn’t allowed or guided to stick closer to that and make this a more low-key episode with a fun and interesting story. Instead, it’s a poor adventure with fake peril, the worst kind.
This Doctor Who episode contains unpleasant scenes.