Matt Smith as The Doctor in Order: S5 EP: 10 Vincent and the Doctor

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Matt Smith as The Doctor in Order: S5 EP: 10 Vincent and the Doctor

The lat­est in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doc­tor Who years

Sum­mary: Some­thing Van Gogh­ing on 1890 and the Doc­tor is going to find out what.

Plot: The Doc­tor notices some­thing Amis in a paint­ing by Van Gogh and decides he and Amy must find out what is going on.

Writ­ing: I really expected bet­ter of Richard Cur­tis of Black Adder fame. While there are sev­eral really humor­ous moments the story itself doesn’t invoke really have the feel of a Doc­tor Who episode. It just may not be the type of thing for him. Over time it has grown on me because of the num­ber of good indi­vid­ual bits but put it together, meh.

Act­ing: Tony Cur­ran is not bad as Van Gogh but doesn’t have a lot to work and Bill Nighy works well in his bit part. All in all the actors do well with the mate­r­ial he has.

Mem­o­rable moments: The Doctor’s images 1st and Sec­ond, “I buy my own drinks” The “I’ll be there will be hun­dreds of new paint­ings scene” The Bow Tie Appre­ci­a­tion Society

Odd­i­ties: Where exactly does Amy get all those sunflowers?

Pet Peeves: Seri­ously Van Gogh has a paint­ing that’s been out there for­ever and it isn’t till his 11th regen­er­a­tion that the doc­tor rec­og­nizes? Please.

Great Quote:

The Doc­tor: Nice bowtie!

The Doc­tor: [to Amy] Bowties are cool!

Cura­tor: Oh! Well, yours is quite…

The Doc­tor: Oh, thank you,

Final Ver­dict: Three Stars.

Rank­ing in Series 5 to date 9th out of 10 I once ranked this episode dead last but it grew on me over the years.

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Time of the Angels
3. The Vam­pires of Venice
4. Amy’s choice
5. Flesh and Stone
6. Cold Blood
7 The Hun­gry Earth
8. Vic­tory of the Daleks
9. Vin­cent and the Doc­tor
10. The Beast Below

Rank­ing in Matt Smith Era (top 5 out of 10)

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Time of the Angels
3. The Vam­pires of Venice
4. Amy’s choice
5. Flesh and Stone

The latest in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doctor Who years

Summary:  Something Van Goghing on 1890 and the Doctor is going to find out what.

Plot: The Doctor notices something Amis in a painting by Van Gogh and decides he and Amy must find out what is going on.

Writing:    I really expected better of Richard Curtis of Black Adder fame. While there are several really humorous moments the story itself doesn’t invoke really have the feel of a Doctor Who episode. It just may not be the type of thing for him. Over time it has grown on me because of the number of good individual bits but put it together, meh.

Acting: Tony Curran is not bad as Van Gogh but doesn’t have a lot to work and Bill Nighy works well in his bit part. All in all the actors do well with the material he has.

Memorable moments: The Doctor’s images 1st and Second, “I buy my own drinks” The “I’ll be there will be hundreds of new paintings scene” The Bow Tie Appreciation Society

Oddities: Where exactly does Amy get all those sunflowers?

Pet Peeves: Seriously Van Gogh has a painting that’s been out there forever and it isn’t till his 11th regeneration that the doctor recognizes? Please.

Great Quote:

The Doctor: Nice bowtie!

The Doctor: [to Amy] Bowties are cool!

Curator: Oh! Well, yours is quite…

The Doctor: Oh, thank you,

Final Verdict: Three Stars.

Ranking in Series 5 to date 9th out of 10 I once ranked this episode dead last but it grew on me over the years.

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Time of the Angels
3. The Vampires of Venice
4. Amy’s choice
5. Flesh and Stone
6. Cold Blood
7 The Hungry Earth
8. Victory of the Daleks
9. Vincent and the Doctor
10. The Beast Below

Ranking in Matt Smith Era (top 5 out of 10)

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Time of the Angels
3. The Vampires of Venice
4. Amy’s choice
5. Flesh and Stone