After seeing something strange in one of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings, the Doctor and Amy go to visit him in order to find out what it is.

Cast and Crew

Matt Smith as the Doctor
Karen Gillan as Amy Pond
Tony Curran as Vincent
Nik Howden as Maurice
Chrissie Cotterill as Mother
Sarah Counsell as Waitress
Morgan Overton and Andrew Byrne as School Children

Written by Richard Curtis

Produced by Tracie Simpson and Patrick Schweitzer

Directed by Johnny Campbell

Originally aired on the 5th of June 2010 on BBC One/BBC HD in the United Kingdom.

Premise

Visiting an exhibition of Vincent Van Gogh with Amy, the Doctor spies an ‘evil’ face in the window of a church in one of the paintings. Fortunately, being in possession of a time machine, they’re able to go and visit Van Gogh in order to find out why it’s there.

High Points

  • Invisible monsters are fun.
  • Van Gogh’s description of sunflowers.
  • “Sometimes winning is no fun at all.”

Low Points

  • Explaining Van Gogh’s Scottish accent as an effect of the TARDIS translation seemed a bit of a cheap shot to me. Why not have an actor who can do a Dutch accent?

The Scores

Originality: While I usually find episodes in which a famous historical figure is encountered to be rather contrived, this one is slightly better than the norm. At least this time they go deliberately knowing there’s something amiss. Four out of six.

Effects: Invisible monster effects can’t be easy, and they were pretty good. Visible monster was also good, although perhaps slightly too chicken-shaped to make it truly worrying. Five out of six.

Story: I was enjoying it until the end, which got a little oversentimental before almost redeeming itself. Four out of six.

Acting: Five out of six.

Emotional response: Four out of six.

Production: A good construction of some scenes familiar from Van Gogh’s paintings, and good integration of the invisible monster. Five out of six.

Overall: Four out of six.

Vincent and the Doctor receives a grand total of thirty-one out of forty-two.