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 information the printer gives The Doctor on the Krafayis is as follows: Krafayis (kra-fay-iss) Summary: Planet of origin
  • Uncertain

Social structure:
  • Nomadic pack animals.

  • Strict dominance hierarchy.

  • Huge territories, several solar systems wide.

Preferred Habitat:
  • Planets with oxygen and nitrogen based atmospheres.

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Amy brings Vincent sunflowers, suggest that he paint them. However, the sunflowers were done about a year before the "Church at Auvers". This error pops up again at the end when "for Amy" appears on "Vase with Twelve Sunflowers." See more »


Vincent Van Gogh: [of the TARDIS console] What do these things all do?
The Doctor: Oh, a huge variety of things. Uh, this one here, for instance, plays soothing music.
[music plays and the Doctor and Amy dance]
The Doctor: Uh, while this one makes a huge amount of noise?
Amy Pond: [nods, whispers] Yeah.
[pulls the control and a noise is produced]
The Doctor: And this one makes everything go absolutely tonto.
[the console room shakes as the TARDIS takes off, throwing Vincent off balance, and they laugh]
Vincent Van Gogh: [reaching for a control] And this one?
The Doctor: [alarmed] That's the ...
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References Field of Dreams (1989) See more »


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Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Some people are reading too much into this
7 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I thought this episode was excellent. OK, so maybe the history may be a bit off (what? You mean Van Gogh wasn't tormented by an invisible chicken?!!) but the story telling and the poignant ending are first class as is the acting. The whole accent thing is irrelevant as is the language. Doctor Who history shows that the TARDIS translates all languages, hence it might be that on this occasion Mr Gogh's native tongue is translated in such a way it sounds Scottish. On the whole though, who cares? The story went at a fast pace, the characters were believable and the ending was extremely sad (even the death of the monster). You really feel for Van Gogh's illness and realise that he can't be saved. As the Doctor said, some points are fixed in time. My 12 year old, one of the lads, son was in tears. Any programme that can do this has to be a winner.

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