Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

It’s time for another year-of-women mini-arc, y’all! Join Deb, Erika, and Lynne as we begin to focus on villains. Our first foray into the territory of lady baddies starts in Venice in 1580: Rosanna Calvierri in “The Vampires of Venice”.

What do you think of this story, this villain, her motives, her species, her biology, and (most importantly) her collar? Let us know in the comments!


Also covered:

Bonus links:
Verity! ep 40 (our year-of-villains ep about women)
Joanna Russ’ We Who Are About To

Download or listen now (runtime 1:00:37) 

Comments on: "Ep 160 – The Villainess of Venice" (5)

  1. Excellent discussion – I’ve always really liked Vampires of Venice and Helen McCrory makes a great villain.

    My inner fandom pedant is forcing me to add that Helen McCrory played Narcissa Malfoy in HP… Bellatrix was Helena Bonham-Carter. *hides* Still, siblings!

    Also, the times that collar has been reused in tv/film is at 🙂

    • Here’s a fun fact, Helen McCrory actually was cast as Bellatrix in the 5th film but had to pull out as she became pregnant. Obviously she got reconsidered for the role of Narcissa Malfoy née LeStrange

    • Yes! I misspoke! Which I realized after I listened. :facepalm:

  2. Steven Manfred said:

    Here are some classic series villains who also intentionally committed suicide after their plans were foiled:
    Azal in “The Daemons”
    Noah in “The Ark in Space”
    Li Hsen Chang in “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”
    Max Stael in “Image of the Fendahl”
    The Oracle in “Underworld”
    Omega in “Arc of Infinity”
    Mawdryn and his friends in “Mawdryn Undead” (were they truly villains though?)
    The Malus in “The Awakening”
    Timanov and the other elders of Sarn in “Planet of Fire”
    Kane in “Dragonfire”
    Lady Peinforte in “Silver Nemesis”
    Light in “Ghost Light”

    I might check the new series later…

  3. Surprised that not once, as far as I can remember did you mention who wrote the story, one Toby Whithouse. It’s interesting he had a vampire story to tell as his other main TV series, Being Human, was at the height of its popularity at the time this went out.

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