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The Vampires of Venice

Sooner or later I guess we’ll see the Doctor confront most of our demons.

I can’t wait for the dinosaurs in series 7 (and I have always thought Rory would make a fine zombie).

Really, I like that there is someone out there who can deal with the worst we can imagine and better still that he shows up whenever we find it all too much to handle by ourselves.

In (5:6) Vampires of Venice, the vampires turn out to be fish from space but that’s not necessarily a good thing as the Doctor says, “Makes you wonder what’s so bad it doesn’t actually mind us thinking it’s a vampire!”

It’s 1580 and Signora Rosanna Calvierri and her son Francesco have opened a school in Venice. Their aim is not higher education but complete transformation of Venice’s eligible young women into wives for the 10 000 husbands (the surviving males of their race) waiting hungrily in the canals.

Their home planet Saturnyne (gloomy at the best of times) has been swallowed up by one of the many cracks appearing in the universe and fallen victim to the Silence, the end of all things. Signora Rosanna, as any good mother should has decided to ‘bend the heavens’ to save her race; unfortunately that means sinking Venice and 200 000 Venetians (who have so far been blind to her plan).

For all that, Rory (quite correctly) is more worried about the Doctor’s influence on Amy than he is about vampires/fish from space.

That’s why they are in Venice. It’s a date, or as Who later tells Rosanna, a wedding present (it was this or tokens). The Doctor’s intention is that this should rekindle the flickering spark of true love which is flickering because Amy, besotted with all of time and space (not to mention you know Who) is obviously inclined to postpone the wedding indefinitely; and she kissed the Doctor.

Rory’s concerns are practical as well as romantic, “I’m getting married in 430 years. If we cancel now, we lose the deposit on the village hall and the salsa band.”

Well, Venice is saved; Rosanna and Francesco die. I have no idea what happened to the 10 000 bachelor fish from Saturnyne. I guess they may still be in the canals of Venice. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Oh, and Rory and Amy will be traveling together in the TARDIS for a while. She must choose soon, mustn’t she?

For all that, I still like that the Doctor, who can deal with all our worst fears, keeps on showing up when we helpless Earthlings need him.

Vampires are the least of my worries, and fish from space run a close second. I do have other issues though, like sin that separates me from God or rather that did until he came into my world in Christ and died to save me when I couldn’t save myself.

‘As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ Ephesians 2:1-10

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