Days left till the 50th: 33
Episodes watched: 70
Today’s Episode: Vincent and the Doctor
Writer: Richard Curtis
This is the second episode I tell people that are new to the Doctor to watch. It is a great episode all on its own. I believe this is largely due to the awesome talent that is Richard Curtis that wrote this episode, he’s written Blackaddler, Notting Hill, Love Actually and adapted Bridget Jones’s Diary. Such good writing!
Most of this episode is also about character development more than the monster of the week. The monster is indeed scary, because only Vincent can see it. Thus irony comes into play when it is discovered that the creature is blind, and the Doctor can’t see it, nor can it see the Doctor that wants to help it. “Sometimes winning is no fun at all.” was what the Doctor says after the poor creature was accidently killed. Although we feel bad for the monster, we also feel for Vincent and his inner monsters, due to his bipolar disorder and his depression. He does fight them… through art. The Doctor does say after he discovers the creature in the painting.. “Art can wait, this is life and death!”
The Doctor and Amy are at their best in this episode, as Vincent has a crush on Amy, so she uses that crush to get him to paint sunflowers and to go along with the Doctor’s plans, however hair brained they may seem.
Vincent in return gives awesome speeches…
The DOCTOR, AMY, and VINCENT lie down in the field, heads together. VINCENT reaches first for AMY’S hand and then the DOCTOR’s.
VINCENT: Hold my hand, Doctor. Try to see what I see. We are so lucky we are still alive to see this beautiful world.
The DOCTOR and AMY reach for each other’s hands.
VINCENT: Look at the sky. It’s not dark and black and without character. The black is in fact deep blue. (points with his hand entwined with the DOCTOR’S) And over there, lighter blue. (lets go of AMY’S hand and makes a sweeping motion) And blowing through the blueness and the blackness, the wind swirling through the air and then, shining, burning, bursting through – the stars! (the vision turns to VINCENT’S perception and becomes “Starry Night”) Can you see how they roar their light? Everywhere we look, the complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes.
DOCTOR: I’ve seen many things, my friend. But you’re right. Nothing quite as wonderful as the things you see.
VINCENT grips the DOCTOR’S hand tighter and pulls it to his chest. He looks at AMY’S closer, savoring the feel of her fingers.And the
Doctor in return gives advice..
As well as takes him into the future as well to show him how much he will be appreciated…
With this speech given by the curator, Doctor Black;
DOCTOR: Dr Black, we met a few days ago. I asked you about the church at Auvers.
AMY brings VINCENT closer.
BLACK: Oh, yes. Glad to be of help. You were nice about my tie.
DOCTOR: Yes. And today is another cracker if I may say so. But I just wondered, between you and me, in 100 words, where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art?
BLACK: Well, big question. But, to me, Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all.
VINCENT’S eyes are red as he begins to tear up.
BLACK: 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 magnificence 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.
VINCENT begins to cry outwardly. The DOCTOR notices and goes to him.
DOCTOR: Vincent. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Is it too much? (gives a comforting hug)
VINCENT: No. They are tears of joy. (goes to BLACK and gives him a Gallic kiss) Thank you, sir. Thank you. (hugs him)
BLACK: You’re welcome. You’re welcome.
VINCENT: Sorry about the beard. (goes back to the DOCTOR and AMY)
BLACK slowly walks away and quickly turns, wondering if the man he saw was truly Van Gogh. The man is gone and BLACK shakes his head.
You are pretty much weeping on the floor after that speech, with this song playing in the background..
And then when they head back to the museum to see if their pictures had any effect on his life.. and Amy’s sadness that he might have forgotten them… the Doctor replies with this amazing line that guts your feels even further..
AMY: So, you were right. No new paintings. We didn’t make a difference at all.
DOCTOR: (walks to her) I wouldn’t say that. The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. Hey. (hugs her) 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. (releases the hug but holds her head) And we definitely added to his pile of good things. And if you look carefully…(takes her to “Church at Auvers”) .. maybe we did indeed make a couple of little changes.
AMY: No Krafayis.
DOCTOR: No Krafayis.
While the DOCTOR studies the church, AMY walks to the center of the exhibit. Something catches her eye and she moves with a purpose across the room. The DOCTOR sees and follows at a distance. In its own alcove rests “Still Life: Vase With Twelve Sunflowers”. On the vase right above his signature it says “For Amy”. The DOCTOR comes up beside her and whistles.
AMY: If we had got married, our kids would have had very, very red hair.
DOCTOR: The ultimate ginger.
AMY: The ultimate ginge.
The DOCTOR laughs and AMY smiles.
AMY: Brighter than sunflowers.
As they stand together looking at the painting, the DOCTOR rubs her back and giver her a quick one-armed hug.
Only to realize that one of the greatest painters did remember and care about them.
I’m off to sooth my feelings with a nice warm hot bath.. till tomorrow when we hang out with James Corden and the Doctor has to pass for human. HA!