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It had a great ending, that's for sure. And that nearly bumped it up to an 8 for me. But between the monster's silliness, and the (I guess) slight underdevelopment of Van Gogh... something about the bulk of this episode just left me cold. (And, to quibble, it's another example of why you can't change history, because the ending sets up a paradox. Also, it's completely out of character for the Doctor, who would never risk setting up such a paradox... But oh well.moreless
Vincent and the Doctor
Vincent and the Doctor was a perfect and very entertaining episode of Doctor Who. I really enjoyed watching because the story was awesome, intriguing and touching. It was cool to see The Doctor and Amy visit a Van Gogh exhibit and then go meet the man himself. Their adventures in alien hunting was full of action and surprise. I liked how Amy and Vincent interacted. The ending was absolutely brilliant and made me feel all sorts of good feelings along with a touch of sadness. I look forward to watching what happens next!!!!!!!!!moreless
The most worthwhile use of a time machine ever
The most worthwhile use of a time machine eve.
The Doctor transports Vincent Van Gogh into the future and lets him learn first hand how much people will come to value his contribution to human civilization.
Tony Curran, the actor who plays Van Gogh delivers a wonderfully moving performance.
If anyone ever deserved to learn that he would be vindicated by history, it is Vincent Van Gogh.
Drawn-out and largely uninteresting
This new Doctor has a knack of letting us down in the potentially biggest episodes.
First there was the Churchill/Daleks episode which stank to high heaven, and now we have the Van Gogh episode largely wasted.
The hunt for the strange animal was anything but exciting, with loads of mis-timed efforts, and all in all, it seemed to have been just thrown in there anyway.
Van Gogh visiting his own museum was a good terjerking touch, but the whole ordeal of saying goodbyes was incredibly drawn out.
Compare it to the Tenant episode with Shakespeare. See now?
The best parallel that I could think of is that this was a Dr. Who episode for soccer moms in America. Please try not to repeat it.moreless
Best one Yet.
Best Episode of the season.
I may be a bit biased as I have suffered in the past from chronic depression and this episodes touch was just magnificent.
The actor, Tony Curran, who plays 9and looks like Van gogh) was amazing.
The summary I had on the Webpage for the Arizona Doctor Who fan club:
What kind of actual monster is lurking in the paintings of one of the human race's
greatest and most tortured artists, Vincent Van Gogh.
The Doctor wants to see for himself. The Krafayis though, is not so keen to be seen.
A simpler, more character based episode, done magnificently!
10 out of 10moreless
This is one of my favorite episodes. I've always loved Vincent van Gogh's paintings, and to see him meet the Doctor is great. The visuals are stunning, and the story is poignant and stirring.
I love the historical episodes, and wish there were more like this. Enough with the Daleks already! The Krafayis plot wasn't that interesting, but I loved the interaction between the characters, and the way they recreated the settings of some of van Gogh's most famous paintings.
Spoilers: Is Vincent the first historical figure to travel in the TARDIS? I love that the Doctor actually takes Vincent through time to see how his work is received in the 21st century, and that though it didn't change his disease or his eventual death, it did make a difference and add some happiness to his life. It kind of makes me wish they had taken Vincent away in the TARDIS right before he killed himself, gotten him some proper medication, and looked after him. He could have seen and painted things from all over the Galaxy. If "for Amy" can appear in a sunflower painting, then they could make it look like he died, so history would still say he killed himself. This is what I love about Doctor Who--anything can happen.moreless
This is the start of Matt Smith bringing a depth of character into the Doctor.
Loved this episode... brought the usual humour, but also a depth and a caring of character into the Doctor. Love it! What The Doctor does for Vincent in this episode is wonderful - a caring ... that may not alter the events that were to occur, but made a difference to the man ... and his perception of life. Absolutely beautifully executed! Smart, funny, intelligent, and now with a reality of character befitting his 907 years! Well done to the writers, and well done to the cast in pulling it off... and making this the best season so far. Absolutely wonderful!moreless
Under a full night sky two travellers walk the rounded cobblestones of a sleepy village. Ahead, framed in an orange glow, a small cafe springs to life. This night they undertake to solve the mystery of the beast that only an obscure Artist can see.
Delving into the last years of Vincent Van Gogh's life this delightful addition to the new canon of Doctor Who is a true gem.
Seen through the eyes of an artist this Doctor Who was a little, well, askew. Bridging the sometimes too wide a gap in these types of shows, Vincent and the Doctor allowed us an emotional and visual insight into a remarkable historical figure through Amy's instant bond with the postumously famous artist. In one scene, Vincent Van Goghs' art is brought to life in a magical way and is one of those on-screen moments that capture the essense of the story. Technically speaking, more elements regarding the structure of the new DW were subtly introduced in this episode. We've been given the hint since the series started that in this Whoniverse the Doctor doesn't necessarily take the leading role in solving problems - in fact - we are seeing a bumbling Doctor who isn't able to rely on any of his old tricks and a Doctor who prefers his companions to step up to the challenges and help him help us. Frankly, it is an overdue change - with the franchise stalling under the previous regime. And while the window into Van Goghs' life was wonderful i have to reiterate my desire for some other worldly action. An episode that leaves an impression.moreless
Gets one point taken out for hammy use of music, nine given for the best writing yet this season.
Ok, so it's filler. Who cares? It is one of those episodes that you throw in to pad the season a bit, to give characters some space after a traumatic event and before you ramp up to the season finale.
The thing is, in Doctor Who, these are very often the highlight of the season. Cue generic Blink appreciation.
Also, it's kind of an edutaiment episode. Most historical celebrities show up in Who in a playful manner, for fun and a mild history lesson. Using Van Gogh raises a few more issues, as the quintessential period of his life is... well, the bit just before he shoots himself. So yeah, treading lightly is a must.
But, to its credit, the episode deals with it surprisingly in depth, without ever losing track of its characters to preach or teach. The weight of the issues also returns some of the gravitas to the show that I've been missing this season. People still die and things are still kind of serious, but something in the way the emotional payoff is delivered so far has been a bit too cynical, with a little too much postmodern emotional distance. The connection was much stronger this time.
Sure, the monster was a blind giant invisible space chicken, they deface a painting with graffitti for the least subtle message through the ages ever and they go *there* and use a pop song for emotional impact in what amounts to a Baywatch montage. So not perfect, then. But close.
Next season, I kind of hope they look at what they did here and take some lessons out of it. To begin with, that putting time and effort in the payoff of things... well, pays off and that it's important to show things happening when they happen, even if it's just a goofy man swinging a stick.moreless
When they find one of the great Vincent Van Gogh's paintings containing a threat waiting back in the year before his final works, the Doctor and Amy head back in time to meet the man himself to keep him alive for the great works of art in the museum.
Vincent and the Doctor. Sounds like a sitcom. Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
The Doctor's alien 11th self is made more humanish in comparrison to the overly caffinated Vincent yelling about the colors. Yet, in the end the Doctor uses his telepathic powers to allow himself and Amy to breifly share Vincent's veiw of the world. As a reward for his bravery against the Krafays, the Doctor takes Vincent to 2010 to the museum his works of art are being displayed in thier own exibit, even asking Dr.Black to tell where Vincent stands in history. The positive things that he hears about himself, make Vincent extremely happy, even vowing to have a brighter outlook on life. Though this promise is not kept to to his vision of the Tardis blwoing up driving him mad, he dedicates his sunflower picture to Amy.moreless