Vincent and the Doctor

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PRODUCTION INFO

Name

Vincent and the Doctor

Series 5

Episode 10

First Transmitted

5 June 2010

Final Ratings

6.29m

BOXSET RELEASE

Series 5 Set

DVD RELEASE

Series 5 Volume 3

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CAST

Regular Cast

Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy)

Guest Cast

Tony Curran (Vincent van Gogh), Bill Nighy (Dr Black – uncredited), Chrissie Cotterill (Mother), Morgan Overton and Andrew Byrne (School Children), Nik Howden (Maurice), Sarah Counsell (Waitress)

CREW

Written by Richard Curtis
Directed by Johnny Campbell
Produced by Peter Bennett

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During a visit to an art gallery with Amy, The Doctor’s interest is caught by a painting of a church by Vincent van Gogh. There’s a face in the church’s window, a curious, shadowed, creepy face with a beak and nasty eyes. The Doctor is sure it’s evil and that it may pose a threat to the great artist. There is only one thing for it: a trip in the TARDIS to 1890 so The Doctor can find out from the artist himself.

NOTES


  • The action is supposed to take place in Provence but the church that Van Gogh paints is in Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris
  • Both of Van Gogh’s ears are intactat least part of his left ear was cut off in December 1888, more than a year and a half before his encounter with The Doctor and Amy.
  • Doctor Black says that Van Gogh likely painted the church between June 1st and June 3rd, 1890 “less than a year before he killed himself.” While this is technically true, Van Gogh actually killed himself the following month.
  • After the broadcast in the UK, a special announcement broadcasting a suicide prevention number was made.
  • Bill Nighy was asked to play The Doctor in the 21 Century Series, but passed saying the role “had too much baggage”.
  • Pictures of the First and Second Doctors are printed on the TARDIS‘ typewriter.
  • The accordion player in the bar is clearly playing a version of ‘I Am The Doctor’ from the series 5 soundtrack.
  • When visiting the museum for the final time, the Krafayis is still slightly visible in the painting
  • The paper placed on the exterior of the TARDIS is incinerated once it is brought into the time vortex.

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