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Doctor Who: Vincent and the Doctor

When the Doctor spots an alien in a Van Gogh painting, he and Amy travel back in time to visit the troubled artist and put an end to the menace.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x10
Airdate: Saturday June 05th, 2010
Special Airtime: 06:50 pm

Guest Stars
Tony CurranTony Curran
As Vincent (Vincent Van Gogh)
Chrissie CotterillChrissie Cotterill
As Mother
Nik HowdenNik Howden
As Maurice
Sarah CounsellSarah Counsell
As Waitress
Morgan OvertonMorgan Overton
As School Child
Andrew ByrneAndrew Byrne
As School Child

Bill NighyBill Nighy
As Dr. Black
Main Cast
Matt Smith (3)Matt Smith (3)
As The Eleventh Doctor
Karen GillanKaren Gillan
As Amy Pond


Vincent Van Gogh paints Wheatfield With Crows in the final months of his life...

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Episode Notes
On the episode's premiere, the BBC Action Line was listed on-screen and a voice suggested anyone interested in talking about depression and suicide should call.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
AthleteChancesVincent tours the museum

Episode Quotes
Vincent: 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.

Amy: I'm sorry you're so sad.
Vincent: 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: Oh, Amy. I hear the song of your sadness. You've lost someone, I think.
Amy: I'm not sad.
Vincent: Then why are you crying? It's all right. I understand.
Amy: I'm not sure I do.

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.

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."

The Doctor: Is this how time normally passes – really slowly, in the right order? If there's one thing I can't stand, it's an unpunctual alien attack.

Vincent: But you're not armed.
The Doctor: I am.
Vincent: What with?
The Doctor: Overconfidence, this, and a small screwdriver. I'm absolutely sorted.

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: Will you follow him?
Amy: Of course.
Vincent: I love you.

Vincent: 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.

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

The Doctor: Between you and me, in a hundred words, where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art?
Dr. 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 her) 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.

Episode References
Images of the first and second Doctors appear on the Doctor's mirror device when he scans his own face.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSteven Moffat  |  Beth Willis  |  Piers Wenger
ProducerTracie Simpson  |  Patrick Schweitzer
EditorJamie Pearson
Line ProducerPatrick Schweitzer
First Assistant DirectorJohn Bennett (2)
Second Assistant DirectorJames Dahaviland
MusicMurray Gold
Costume DesignerRay Holman
Make-upMorag Smith
GripJohn Robinson (3)
Camera OperatorIan Adrian
Set DesignerBen Austin
Location ManagerPaul Davies (3)  |  Gareth Skelding
Property MasterPaul Aitken
Production CoordinatorJess Van Niekerk
Assistant EditorBecky Trotman
Post Production SupervisorCeres Doyle  |  Chris Blatchford
Supervising Sound EditorPaul McFadden
GafferMark Hutchings
On-Line EditorMark Bright (2)  |  Matthew Clarke (2)
Director of PhotographyTony Slater-Ling
Stunt CoordinatorCrispin Layfield
Storyboard ArtistJames Iles
Post Production CoordinatorMarie Brown (2)
Production ManagementHolly Pullinger
Sound MixerJeff Welch
Script EditorBrian Minchin
Dubbing MixerTim Ricketts
Sound RecordistBryn Thomas
Third Assistant DirectorHeddi Joy Taylor
Costume SupervisorBobbie Peach
Boom OperatorDafydd Parry
Art Department CoordinatorAmy Pope
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Production AccountantCeri Tothill  |  Carole Wakefield
Camera AssistantTom Hartley  |  Jon Vidgen
Best BoyPeter Chester
Casting AssociateAndy Brierley  |  Alice Purser
Production ExecutiveJulie Scott (2)
Unit ManagerRhys Griffiths
Foley EditorHelen Dickson (2)
ColoristMick Vincent
ContinuityNon Eleri Hughes
Focus PullerSteve Rees
RunnerLaura Jenkins  |  Nicola Lynon Price
Prop BuyerCatherine Samuel
Casting DirectorAndy Pryor
Graphic ArtistJackson Pope
Makeup ArtistAbi Brotherton
Concept ArtistPeter McKinstry  |  Shaun Williams
Supervising Art DirectorStephen Nicholas
Construction ManagerMatthew Hywel-Davies
Standby PropsTom Evans (2)  |  Phill Shellard
"B" Camera OperatorMatthew Poynter
Production RunnerSian Warrilow
Associate DesignerJames North
Scenic ArtistJohn Whalley  |  John Pinkerton
Sound Special Effects EditorPaul Jefferies
Make-up DesignerBarbara Southcott
VFX EditorCat Gregory
Make-up SupervisorPam Mullins
Costume AssistantMaria Franchi  |  Sara Morgan
Crowd SupervisorLindsay Bonaccorsi
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