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The Saturnyns, Saturnynes or Saturnynians, were an aquatic species from the planet Saturnyne. The females of the species were also known as Sisters of the Water.


The Saturnyns had human, fish and crustacean traits. They had a humanoid upper body, a fishlike head with sharp teeth and a lobster-like lower body.

Though they could survive on land, they needed a lot of water, which they could drain from other creatures. They also had a strong sensitivity to ultraviolet light and were incinerated by large amounts.


On Earth, the Saturnyns used a variation of perception filter technology to disguise themselves. Though it gave them the appearance of humans, it accidentally gave them vampire-like qualities. Since the technology couldn't hide reflections and the human brain couldn't process the two conflicting pieces of information, they had no reflections in mirrors. Their fangs would also be seen when they fed, due to the human subconscious perceiving danger and attempting to alert the conscious mind.


Saturnynians in human form, using the perception filter. (TV: The Vampires of Venice)

The Saturnyns were capable of gradually converting humans into Saturnyns by draining them of their blood and replacing it with Saturnyn blood. They could also control the weather, causing storms and earthquakes. (TV: The Vampires of Venice)


During the Time Lords' war with the Great Vampires, the Saturnyns were caught in the crossfire, and the whole species were turned into vampires. (PROSE: The Multi-Faceted War) Alternatively, River Song stated that the Saturnyns were not really vampires but matched their traditional description. (WC: Monster File: Vampires)

According to a collection of data on aliens, the planet Saturnyne was a forgotten casualty of the Last Great Time War: the former water world was hit by a shockwave of the War's temporal disruption; the world went from a planet filled with sealife to one where its inhabitants evolved without natural laws of evolution, becoming strange looking beings that could move from the darkest depths of the seas and onto dry land. Upon looking at their new forms, the unnatural creatures cursed those who were responsible for their new, semi humanoid forms. (PROSE: The Monster Vault)

Some time in the species' history their homeworld was besieged by the cracks in the universe, ranging from small cracks to cracks that consumed the planet's sky. At first the cracks appeared to pose no danger and the Saturnyns were able to observe other worlds through some and "silence" and the "end of all things" through others. Finally, the true nature of the cracks became apparent and Saturnyne was lost. Deciding to take their chances with the cracks that showed other worlds, the Saturnyns fled to worlds with oceans like their own planet. (TV: The Vampires of Venice) The Eleventh Doctor came to understand that the cracks were caused by the Silence's attempt to destroy the TARDIS. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)

According to a time traveller's diary, reports differed on whether Vlad the Impaler, the 15th century Earth conqueror, was a vampire, a rogue Saturnyn or a particularly vicious human. (PROSE: Time Traveller's Diary)

One group made it to Venice in 1580, led by a female known as Rosanna Calvierri, along with her children. Only the male children survived, though there were ten thousand of them. To rectify this problem and save their species, Rosanna lied about an outbreak of the plague, quarantining the city. She took in young girls under the pretence of providing them an education. Once amongst them, Rosanna and her son would drain them of blood and replace it with Saturnyn blood, converting them into Saturnyns. Rosanna also intended to create a tidal wave that would sink the city of Venice, providing them a habitat to live in.

When they took in Isabella, they attracted the attention of the Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and Isabella's father, Guido. Amy went undercover and enrolled into the school, but was captured after she opened a trapdoor to let the others in. With Isabella's help, they escaped, though Isabella was dragged back and later killed for treason. Rosanna sent the converted girls and her son Francesco to stop the Doctor and his friends while she started the process to sink Venice. The female Saturnyns were all killed when Guido blew up his house when they were attacking, and Francesco was killed by Amy.

The Doctor disabled Rosanna's weather device, thwarting her attempts to sink Venice. With her plans stopped and her converted women dead, Rosanna Calvierri came to the realisation that her species was doomed when her version of a perception filter would not deactivate. With only male Saturnyn in the canal, she was the last female - and her children would not recognise her upon returning to the water. Despite the Doctor's attempts to convince her not to do so, Rosanna jumped into the water and her children devoured her. Rosanna's last words had indicated that her children and indeed her entire race, would then die, as she asked if the Doctor's "conscience [could] carry the weight of another dead race". (TV: The Vampires of Venice)

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The Doctor considered his encounter with the Saturnyns particularly memorable. He mentioned them while describing Rory and Amy's time in the TARDIS. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War) He also mentioned them again later. (TV: Let's Kill Hitler)

Amy Pond also made several references to the Saturnyns. (PROSE: The Glamour Chase, COMIC: Attack of the 50ft Rory)

Rory also made references to the Saturnyns. (PROSE: Paradox Lost)

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