Vincent and the Doctor
Series 5 Episode 10
Terror lurks in the cornfields of Provence, but only a sad and lonely painter can see it. Amy Pond finds herself shoulder to shoulder with Vincent Van Gogh, in a battle with a deadly alien.
- The song which plays in the final scenes is 'Chances' by Athlete.
- Dr Black: (About Wheatfield with Crows) This is one of the last paintings Van Gogh ever painted. Those final months of his life were probably the most astonishing artistic outpouring in history. It was like Shakespeare knocking off Othello, Macbeth and King Lear over the summer hols. And, especially astonishing because Van Gogh did it with no hope of praise or reward.
- Amy: Thanks for bringing me.
The Doctor: You're welcome.
Amy: You're being so nice to me. Why are you being so nice to me?
The Doctor: I'm always nice to you!
Amy: Not like this. These places you're taking me! Arcadia, the Trojan Gardens... now this. I think it's suspicious...
The Doctor: What? It's not. There's nothing to be suspicious about.
Amy: Ok, I was joking! Why aren't you?
- Dr Black: Each of these pictures now is worth tens of millions of pounds, yet in his lifetime, he was a commercial disaster. Sold only one painting, and that to the sister of a friend. We have here, possibly, the greatest artist of all time, but when he died, you could've sold his entire body of work and got about enough money to buy a sofa... and a couple of chairs.
- Amy: (About The Church at Auvers) Look! There it is! The actual one!
The Doctor: Yes! You can almost feel his hand painting it right in front of you. Carving the colours into shapes... Wait a minute.
The Doctor: Well, just look at that.
The Doctor: Something very not good indeed.
Amy: What thing very not good!?
The Doctor: Look. There. In the window of the church.
Amy: Is it a... face?
The Doctor: Yes. And not a nice face at all. I know evil when I see it, and I see it in that window.
- The Doctor: Excuse me. If I can just interrupt for one second. Sorry everyone, routine inspection! Ministry of Art and... Artiness.
- The Doctor: Do you actually know when that picture of the church was painted?
Dr Black: Ah, well, what an interesting question! Most people-
The Doctor: I'm going to have to hurry you. When was it?
Dr Black: Exactly?
The Doctor: As exactly as you can. Without a long speech, if poss. I'm in a hurry.
- The Doctor: Nice bow tie. Bow ties are cool.
Dr Black: Yours is very...
The Doctor: Oh, thank you!
- The Doctor: We need to go.
Amy: What about the other pictures?
The Doctor: Art can wait. This is life and death. We need to talk to Vincent Van Gogh!
- The Doctor: Right, so, here's the plan. We find Vincent and he leads us straight to the church and our nasty friend.
Amy: Easy peasy!
The Doctor: Well, no. I suspect nothing will be easy with Mr Van Gogh...
- Van Gogh: That accent of yours. You from Holland like me?
The Doctor/Amy: Yes/No.
The Doctor: She means yes.
- The Doctor: Hello, I'm the Doctor.
Van Gogh: I knew it!
The Doctor: ... Sorry?
Van Gogh: My brother's always sending doctors. But you won't be able to help!
The Doctor: No, not that kind of doctor.
- The Doctor: Let's talk about you then. What are you interested in?
Van Gogh: Well, look around.
Art! It seems to me there's so much more to the world than the average eye is allowed to see. I believe, if you look hard, there are more wonders in this universe than you could ever have dreamed of.
The Doctor: You don't have to tell me.
- Van Gogh: It's colour. Colour that holds the key. I can hear the colours. Listen to them! Every time I step outside, I feel nature is shouting at me. "Come on! Come and get me! Come on! Come on! Capture my mystery!"
The Doctor: ... Maybe you've had enough coffee now.
- The Doctor: Right. Amy, make Mr Van Gogh comfortable. Don't let any invisible monsters in through the front door!
Amy: But it could be outside! Waiting!
The Doctor: Don't worry, I'll risk it. What's the worst that could happen?
Amy: You could get torn to pieces, by a monster you can't see!
The Doctor: Oh, right. Yes. That. Don't worry. I'll be back before you can say, "Where's he got to now?"
- Amy: (About the sunflowers) I thought I'd brighten things up to thank you for saving me last night.
Van Gogh: Ah!
Amy: I thought you might like, you know, possibly to perhaps... paint them, or something? Might be a thought.
Van Gogh: Yes, well, they're not my favourite flower.
Amy: You don't like sunflowers?
Van Gogh: No, it's not that I don't like them. I find them... complex. Always somewhere between living and dying. Half-human as they turn to the sun. A little disgusting. But, you know, they are a challenge.
The Doctor: And one I'm pretty sure you will rise to.
- The Doctor: This is risky.
Amy: Riskier than normal?
The Doctor: Well, think about it. This is the middle of Vincent Van Gogh's greatest year of painting. If we're not careful, the net result of our pleasant little trip could be the brutal murder of the greatest artist who ever lived. Half the pictures on the wall of the Musée d'Orsay will disappear. And it will be our fault.
- The Doctor: Vincent, can I help?
Van Gogh: It's so clear you cannot help. And when you leave, and everyone always leaves, I will be left once more with an empty heart and no hope.
The Doctor: My experience is that there is, you know, surprisingly, always hope.
Van Gogh: Then your experience is incomplete. I know how it will end. And it will not end well.
- The Doctor: Just months from now he'll... take his own life.
Amy: Don't say that. Please.
- Amy: I'm sorry you're so sad.
Van Gogh: But I'm not. Sometimes these moods torture 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.
Van Gogh: Oh, Amy. I hear the song of your sadness. You've lost someone, I think.
Amy: I'm... not sad.
Van Gogh: Then why are you crying? It's all right. I understand.
Amy: I'm not sure I do...
- The Doctor: I remember watching Michaelangelo 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, mate!"
The Doctor: 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? Reeeeally slowly. In the right order.
- The Doctor: I'm going in!
Van Gogh: Well, I'm coming too!
The Doctor: No! You're Vincent Van Gogh. No!
Van Gogh: But you're not armed.
The Doctor: I am.
Van Gogh: What with?
The Doctor: Overconfidence, this, and a small screwdriver. I'm absolutely sorted.
- The Doctor: One simple instruction. Don't follow me, under any circumstances.
Amy: I won't.
Van Gogh: Will you follow him?
Amy: Of course!
Van Gogh: ... I love you.
- The Doctor: Can you breathe a little quieter, please?
- Van Gogh: We are so lucky we are still alive to see this beautiful world. Look at the sky. It's not dark and black and without character. The black is, in fact, deep blue. And over there, lighter blue. And blowing through the blueness and the blackness, the wind, swirling through the air and then shining, burning, bursting through... the stars! Can you see how they roar their light? Everywhere we look, the 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.
Van Gogh: I will miss you terribly.
- Van Gogh: Amy, the blessed, the wonderful!
Amy: Oh, be good to yourself. And be kind to yourself.
Van Gogh: I'll try my best.
Amy: And maybe give the beard a little trim before you next kiss someone!
Van Gogh: I will! I will. And if you tire of this Doctor of yours, return, and we will have children by the dozen!
Van Gogh: Doctor, my friend. We have fought monsters together and we have won. On my own, I fear I may not do as well.
- The Doctor: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Amy: I was thinking I may need some food or something before we leave!
The Doctor: Well, no, you're not thinking exactly what I'm thinking...
- The Doctor: I just wondered, between you and me, in 100 words, where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art?
Dr Black: Well, big question! But, to me, Vincent Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly, the most popular, great painter of all time, the most beloved. His command of colour the 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 magnifience 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.
- Van Gogh: You've turned out to be the first doctor ever actually to make a difference to my life!
The Doctor: I'm delighted. I won't ever forget you.
- Van Gogh: You are sure marriage is out of the question?
Amy: This time!
I'm not really the marrying kind.
- Amy: Time can be rewritten. I know it can!
- Amy: Oh, the long life of Vincent Van Gogh! There'll be hundreds of new paintings!
The Doctor: I'm not sure there will.
- Amy: So, you were right. No new paintings. 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, the good things don't always soften the bad things, but, vice versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things, or make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things.
- Amy: If we had got married, our kids would have had very, very red hair.
The Doctor: The ultimate ginger.
Amy: The ultimate ginge. Brighter than sunflowers.
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Written by: Richard Curtis
Directed by: Jonny Campbell
First transmitted on: Saturday 5th June 2010
Running Time: 50 minutes
Setting: In 2010, the Doctor and Amy visit the Musée d'Orsay museum in Paris, where, in the Vincent Van Gogh gallery, they spot a mysterious face in the window of his painting, The Church at Auvers. Confused and intrigued, they travel back to Auvers-sur-Oise in 1890 to speak to the man himself.
Scenes set in France were filmed in Trogir, Croatia. In January 2010
, the cast and crew filmed on Cardiff Bay, which doubled as the entrance to the Musée d'Orsay.
- Vincent Van Gogh (Tony Curran)
- Dr Black (Bill Nighy)
- Maurice (Nik Howden)
- Mother (Chrissie Cotterill)
- Waitress (Sarah Counsell)
- School Child (Morgan Overton)
- School Child (Andrew Byrne)