Doctor Who: Season 5, Episode 10

Vincent and the Doctor (5 Jun. 2010)

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Visiting a museum, the Doctor and Amy are especially excited with the gallery for Vincent van Gogh. Many of van Gogh pieces are displayed, including "The Church at Auvers (1890)". However ... See full summary »

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Visiting a museum, the Doctor and Amy are especially excited with the gallery for Vincent van Gogh. Many of van Gogh pieces are displayed, including "The Church at Auvers (1890)". However there is something irregular discovered on the painting - a small alien image within a window pane. The Doctor quickly takes Amy back to 1890 where they locate the troubled artist that upsets the locals, cannot pay his bills, and is able to see an invisible monster that no one else is able to see. Written by racliff

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The accordion player in the bar is clearly playing a version of 'I Am The Doctor' from the Series Five soundtrack. See more »

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The action is supposed to take place in Provence but the church that Van Gogh paints is in Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris. See more »

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The Doctor: I'm going in!
Vincent Van Gogh: I'm coming too.
The Doctor: No! You're Vincent Van Gogh. No.
Vincent Van Gogh: But you're not armed!
The Doctor: I am.
Vincent Van Gogh: What with?
The Doctor: Overconfidence, this
[pats bag]
The Doctor: and a small screwdriver. I'm absolutely sorted. I just have to find the right prozactic setting and stun him with it. Sonic never fails.
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References Field of Dreams (1989) See more »

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A Decent Narrative Would Have Been Nice...
6 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I approached this particular episode of Dr Who with some degree of cynicism and as I finally discovered, my initial cynicism was well founded...

Richard Curtis is fine with light comedy laced with a little bit of drama, but when faced with the sort of fast-paced, witty drama, mixed with clever plotting that a show like Dr Who demands, this where the writing and Curtis' lazy approach to narrative fall badly apart.

He takes an idea that had been floating around in his head for some time, then shoe-horns this into a Dr Who plot that never really works, clearly in this particular type of genre Curtis' is out of his depth - and it shows.

The 'monster-of-the-week' didn't work because this isn't really what Curtis was interested in and seems hastily inserted into the story as an after thought, or maybe at the behest of Head Writer/Executive Producer Steve Moffat, either way, it simply doesn't work.

The upside to this episode is the acting - from a lovely Bill Nighy cameo, to the charming Karen Gillan, to the sometimes variable Matt Smith and last (but not least) to the finely-tuned performance from Tony Curran, everybody seemed at their best in this story - and it is this fine standard of acting that elevates a fairly mediocre entry in the Dr Who canon to a higher level giving the substandard writing a strong emotional boost.

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