Vincent and the Doctor

Vincent and the Doctor

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Vincent and the Doctor

Season 5, Episode 10
Airdate: 5 June 2010
Writer: Jonny Campbell
Director: Richard Curtis
Notable for: Richard Curtis wrote the scripts for Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill, and Love Actually (which he also directed).

Vincent and the Doctor – Fan Trailer

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Vincent and the Doctor – Chances, by Athlete

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Vincent and the Doctor Review

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This is a huge testament to the main cast that they can portray a wide range of emotions extremely convincingly. But then you would expect that from leading actors Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, so what’s more impressive is the casting of Tony Curran as Vincent Van Gogh. What a stoke of luck that the Doctor Who production team were able to hire an actor who looked like a dead ringer for Van Gogh and who can act his socks off…

Full credit must go to writer Richard Curtis, of whose vast body of work I am not that familiar with outside of Blackadder. But just like Steven Moffat before him, his Doctor Who work proved to me that a good writer is a good writer. Pitching a Doctor Who story of an impressionist painter with depression and actually making it all the way to filming on that idea shows true conviction by the artist and his work. Which parallels nicely with Vincent Van Gogh. He knew his pieces were worthy; otherwise he would not have continued painting and trying to sell them. – Kasterborous

Doctor Who 5.10: Vincent and the Doctor

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"Vincent and the Doctor" is an absolutely lovely episode of Doctor Who – simple, kind, and bittersweet–featuring an extremely moving performance by Tony Curran as the greatest painter to ever live and an uncredited cameo by the great Bill Nighy as a museum curator. What it lacks in plotting complexity, it makes up for in characterization and sheer artistry. For example, the scene in which Amy and the Doctor lie on the ground in a circle with Van Gogh and look up at the sky, in order to discover the colors and patterns that make up the world that otherwise only he can see, their shared view bursting into the dazzling colors and swirls of "Starry Night," is one of the most profound and beautiful moments in the new series’ history, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this were true for the entire span of Doctor Who. Meanwhile, the sets, which recreate landmarks of Van Gogh’s life depicted in some of his most famous paintings, are lovingly detailed and beautifully executed. – Rob Will Review

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