Doctor Who

Season 5 Episode 10

Vincent and the Doctor

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Jun 05, 2010 on BBC America
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Episode Summary


Terror lurks in the cornfields of Provence, but only a sad and lonely painter can see it. Amy Pond finds herself shoulder to shoulder with Vincent van Gogh, in a battle with a deadly alien.

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  • Great ending

    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:

    June 1890

    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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Vincent van Gogh cut off his own ear on December 23, 1888. Even if, as some claims say, he only removed part of the lobe, some or all of his left ear should be missing during the time frame of this episode, June 1890.

    • Amy mentions that the Doctor took her to Arcadia. The planet Arcadia was featured in the New Adventures novel "Deceit", and the 'fall of Arcadia' was mentioned as one of the events of the Time War in "Doomsday".

    • When the Doctor tests his machine by scanning himself, the TARDIS' typewriter prints out a piece of paper with the faces of his first two incarnations on it.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Vincent Van Gogh: (after seeing the TARDIS interior) How come I'm the crazy one, and you two have stayed both sane?

    • The Doctor: Amy, only one thought. One simple instruction: Don't follow me under any circumstances.
      Amy: I won't
      (The Doctor enters the church)
      Vincent Van Gogh: Will you follow him?
      Amy: Of course!
      Vincent Van Gogh: I love you.

    • The Doctor: I remember watching Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. Wow, what a whinger! I kept saying to him "Look, if you're scared of heights, you shouldn't have taken the job then." And Picasso, what a ghastly old goat! I kept telling him, "Concentrate, Pablo. It's one eye, either side of the face."

    • Amy: You do have a plan, don't you?
      The Doctor: No, I have a thing. It's like a plan, but with more greatness.

    • Amy: I'm sorry you're so sad.
      Vincent Van Gogh: I'm not. These moods torment me for weeks, for months, but I'm good now. If Amy Pond can soldier on, then so can Vincent Van Gogh.
      Amy: I'm not "soldiering on". I'm fine.
      Vincent Van Gogh: Oh, Amy. I hear the song of your sadness. You've lost someone, I think.
      Amy: I'm not sad.
      Vincent Van Gogh: Then why are you crying? It's alright. I understand.
      Amy: I'm not sure I do.

    • Vincent van Gogh: It seems to me there's so much more to the world then the average eye is allowed to see. I believe, if you look hard, there are more wonders in this universe then you could ever have dreamed of.
      The Doctor: You don't have to tell me.

    • Vincent Van Gogh: Hold my hand, Doctor. Try to see what I see. We're so lucky we're still alive to see this beautiful world. Look at the sky. It's not dark and black, without character. The black is in fact deep blue. And over there, lighter blue. And blue and through the blueness and the blackness, the wind swirling through the air. And then shining, burning, bursting through through the stars. And you see how they throw their light. Everywhere we look, complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes.
      The Doctor: I've seen many things, my friend, but you're right. Nothing... quite as wonderful as the things you see.

    • The Doctor: Between you and me, in a hundred words, where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art?
      Mr. Black: Well... um... big question, but, to me Van Gogh is the finest painter in the world. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved, his command of color most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world's greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.

    • Amy: We didn't make a difference at all.
      The Doctor: I wouldn't say that. The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. Hey. (hugs Amy) The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.

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