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5.10 - Vincent and the Doctor

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Reviewed By: EcclestonSmithReview Date: 1/30/19 9:30 pm
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Im not crying your crying 😭
This is the best meeting a famous person story ever, nothing can best it
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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 1/9/19 12:47 pm
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With the exception of the wonderful multi-Doctor 50th Anniversary Special 'The Day of the Doctor' I would say this episode is the peak of the Matt Smith era. It is not perfect but it is at times beautifully moving and at other times fun and interesting so you could not ask for much more.

The story is that Amy and the Doctor visit the Musee d'Orsay in Paris where the Doctor sees a 'scary face' in one of famous artist Vincent Van Gogh's paintings and decides to travel back to the time Van Gogh was about to paint the picture to investigate. They find Van Gogh in 1890 and befriend him whilst encountering the creature the Doctor was looking for. The creature is invisible but Van Gogh can see it as he sees differently to others.

The creature itself is the weak point of the story as it is not very convincingly realised with slightly below par effects. That is not the kind of thing I judge too harshly though otherwise many great Doctor Who stories of the would be marked down for the limited effects of the time. I do think the creature could have been done better but the quality of other aspects of this story make up for it. The only other criticism I would have are that Van gogh was painting sunflowers a few years before 1890 and of course did not add "For Amy" to any of them, especially as he would not have written "For" in English. I will accept that this was a change purely in the Doctor Who universe and not be grumpy about it but I bet that if this happened in a new episode now online commentators would trash writers for "inaccuracy" so it would be nice if other episodes were given the same acceptance that this one is.

There is humour, fun and joy in many scenes in the Doctor and Amy's interactions with Vincent who is magnificently portrayed by Tony Curran who depicts his brilliance and his struggles with mental illness as well as anyone could hope. The fabulous Bill Nighy also puts in a terrific uncredited appearance as museum art expert Dr. Black. It is a hugely enjoyable set of performances which entertain and educate.

The incredible scenes when they show Vincent the impact his work and his talent have over a hundred years later are emotional and delightful making you wish the Doctor really had been around in real life to allow Van Gogh such an insight which he would surely have deserved.

This is a great 10/10 episode.
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 12/17/17 2:42 am
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Probably one of the most beautiful doctor who tales there is. The unexpected gem of season 5!
Vincent is a tormented and lovely character addressed perhaps better than any other history figure in new who!

It’s a fun , sweet and emotional story that won’t be forgotten!