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Vincent and the Doctor 

The Doctor and Amy travel back in time to meet Vincent Van Gogh and face an invisible monster that only the painter can see.


Jonny Campbell


Richard Curtis




Episode complete credited cast:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Karen Gillan ... Amy Pond
Tony Curran ... Vincent
Nik Howden Nik Howden ... Maurice
Chrissie Cotterill Chrissie Cotterill ... Mother
Sarah Counsell Sarah Counsell ... Waitress
Morgan Overton Morgan Overton ... School Child
Andrew Byrne Andrew Byrne ... School Child


Visiting a museum, the Doctor and Amy are especially excited with the gallery for Vincent van Gogh. Many of van Gogh pieces are displayed, including "The Church at Auvers (1890)". However there is something irregular discovered on the painting - a small alien image within a window pane. The Doctor quickly takes Amy back to 1890 where they locate the troubled artist that upsets the locals, cannot pay his bills, and is able to see an invisible monster that no one else is able to see. Written by racliff

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Release Date:

5 June 2010 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Croatia See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Bill Nighy filmed his key cameo in a day. See more »


Amy brings Vincent sunflowers, suggest that he paint them. However, the sunflowers were done about a year before the "Church at Auvers". This error pops up again at the end when "for Amy" appears on "Vase with Twelve Sunflowers." See more »


Amy Pond: You do have a plan, don't you?
The Doctor: No, I have a thing. It's like a plan, but with more greatness.
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Doctor Who Theme
Written by Ron Grainer
Arranged by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Some people are reading too much into this
7 June 2010 | by josh_parishSee all my reviews

I thought this episode was excellent. OK, so maybe the history may be a bit off (what? You mean Van Gogh wasn't tormented by an invisible chicken?!!) but the story telling and the poignant ending are first class as is the acting. The whole accent thing is irrelevant as is the language. Doctor Who history shows that the TARDIS translates all languages, hence it might be that on this occasion Mr Gogh's native tongue is translated in such a way it sounds Scottish. On the whole though, who cares? The story went at a fast pace, the characters were believable and the ending was extremely sad (even the death of the monster). You really feel for Van Gogh's illness and realise that he can't be saved. As the Doctor said, some points are fixed in time. My 12 year old, one of the lads, son was in tears. Any programme that can do this has to be a winner.

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