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Best of Matt Smith: Vincent and the Doctor

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Across the next couple of months Doctor Who TV is running a series of polls to celebrate Matt Smith’s era. We want you to cast your votes on every episode and at the end we’ll be comprising a list to find the top scoring.

We continue with 2010′s Vincent and the Doctor. All you have to do is rate the story with your score out of 10, so get voting and join us again tomorrow for the next episode.

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SEDAKRO XIV
SEDAKRO XIV

I gace this episode 10/10 as for me it's probably the best episode from this series... 

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

Vincent Van Gogh became my favour painter and artist in general after this episode. I think that should suffice to explain my 10/10? The psychological profile of Van Gogh, the monster-that-wasn't-evil-after-all, the mention of synesthesia ad its incredible use in the plot, the relationship between Eleven, Vincent and Amy... Oh my goodness, this was a perfect chapter in Matt Smith's era!

eddiescthomas
eddiescthomas

It is one of those episodes in which all the positive verbs you can use cannot even describe how stupendously magical and dramatic Vincent and the Doctor is. 10/10

Jamesss
Jamesss

Best episode by far of the Moffat era. 8/10

DawnTime
DawnTime

I can see this one at the top of the tree. Brilliant episode. !

loopeedeedo
loopeedeedo

I don't care the monster wasn't A+. This show did what few other sci-if shows have EVER done... Portrayed depression realistically. Touched me.

10

Polyphase
Polyphase

8/10,  As good as the Smith era gets :)

JJ2000
JJ2000

6 - It was very good indeed! :)

OnceTheDoctor
OnceTheDoctor

10/10. A pure brilliant Doctor Who episode with emotion, a good old unique monster and a spin on a very popular figure in history - Vincent Van Gogh. Brilliant episode from Richard Curtis! Really hope he returns if not for Series 8 but 9 sometime soon.

Jamesssss1
Jamesssss1

THE BEST Episode of the Matt Smith era. Nothing tops it. 10/10.

TheCyberDoctor is Undead
TheCyberDoctor is Undead

8/10 - The episode on the whole was brilliant, and I thought the story was very moving and highlighted the true nature of mental illness. The writing was excellent as RC was able to make VVG come to life and be relatable to the audience, and he certainly managed to provide an outstanding story. It also showed the pain and loss felt within a lifetime, and also how the good things in life can't always outway the bad.

However, whilst the tale of VVG was exceptional, the monster was unnecessary and just seemed to have been input to make the episode more 'sci-fi'. Plus, the CGI for the creature wasn't great and seemed like it had been a last minute job. This, and the attempt to subdue the creature whilst it was invisible was laughable, and took away from the poignant nature of the story.

Finally, the fact that Amy was upset and didn't know why suggested that she could almost remember Rory. This also seemed to tie into the episode itself, with its undertones of loss.

Series 5 so far:

TEH - 10/10




TBB - 8/10

VOTD - 7/10

TTOA/FAS - 9/10

VIV - 7.5/10 (8)

AC - 7/10

THE/CB - 6/10 

VATD - 8/10




Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese
Wibbly-Wobbly is John Reese

Considering I've given everything except Victory 10 so far (it got 8), this deserves even more.


10/10

KingOrokos
KingOrokos

Perhaps one of the most unanimously popular stories in Who's recent history - and it's easy to see why. Vincent and the Doctor connects with its audience on a level which very few Who stories even bother attempting to reach, addressing the issues it raises with unprecedented sensitivity and maturity. Smith and Gillan are on top form as usual, but Curran is the real showstealer here, giving a performance that is by turns both uplifting and heart-breaking. The production for this episode is not only of an extremely high quality, it is also remarkably intelligent, drawing from the works of Van Gogh to present a world which could've been pulled straight out of one of the artist's paintings. The script, perhaps, is the most impressive aspect of all; Richard Curtis is a famous name for a reason, and he delivers here a story of the highest calibre, filled with subtle metaphor and wonderful little epigrams on the nature of being human. The Krafayis is the only flaw in the episode - though an intelligent metaphor in its own right, it finds itself overshadowed by the real adversary of the story, Van Gogh's tragic mental deterioration, and as such feels under-developed as a threat. This is, however, only a minor complaint, as it would have been an unwise decision to divert too much attention to a creature which was, ultimately, only an incidental part of this masterfully crafted story of good things and bad things. 9/10.

HisNameIsTheDoctor
HisNameIsTheDoctor

An amazing episode showcasing my favourite artist. Although the monster wasn’t great, and was killed in an also ‘not great’ way, I still give it high marks.



So far:



The Eleventh Hour - 10/10


Best Moment: “I am the Doctor. Basically, run.”


The Beast Below - 7/10


Best Moment: Amy saves the Star Whale.


Victory of the Daleks - 4/10


Best Moment: “I am the Doctor and you are the Daleks!”


The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone - 8/10


Best Moment: “There’s one thing you never put in a trap...me!”


The Vampires of Venice - 6/10


Best Moment: Amy and Rory vs. Francesco


Amy’s Choice - 7/10


Best Moment: “I loved him and I never even told him!”


The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood - 6/10


Best Moment: “I knew it would be you. The one with the most to lose, the weakest.”


Vincent and the Doctor - 9/10


Best Moment: “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.”

firstdavros1975
firstdavros1975

A well deserved 10/10 for me, one of the best new who episodes to be written, I still feel nostalgic of when it first aired :'(

iAmKelsey
iAmKelsey

10/10 - Absolutely wonderful and brilliant. Hands down my most favorite from this season and absolute all time favorite from Matt's era. Also one of, if not that, THE best in all of NuWho IMO!

Electric_Tuna
Electric_Tuna

I never got why everyone loved this story, it's a good episode but it sure isn't great- no offense to all you Vincent fans.  I've never liked episodes of television that base a story around 'famous' people..  It just seems so unnecessary to put praise on people who are spammed in history books all over the world; I don't watch Doctor Who to see an alien from another planet go all fangirl over one human from one small era of one tiny planet, I couldn't stand it with Shakespeare and I'm not going to with Van Gogh either.


YES, it was emotional and it did give a good look into the life of a very gifted but none the less, unfortunate individual, but Doctor Who has done so better then this over the year- 6/10 is what I say this is. 

JamesCresswell
JamesCresswell

Yes, this infamous one. Personally, I could never understand the hype for this episode. To me it was just an emotional wreck of a story. No point to it whatsoever. Fine, it may have made many people cry like a six month old, but apart from that was it any good? 

It certainly didn't keep children happy, as many I know got bored after the first five minutes. So the younger viewers aside, did the adults enjoy it? 

Again a negative on that one. Unless you're a weepy teenager, emotional or mentally unstable, I suggest you skip this episode. It's not Doctor Who.

JailBanksters
JailBanksters

The ending just brings out my girlie side and makes me a bit teary eyed


TheOncomingFish
TheOncomingFish

Brilliant episode- 10/10. Powerful, emotional and a very sensitive portrayal of mental illness. Great acting too. Definitely one of the more mature episodes of Doctor Who.

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

This was a perfect episode: good monster that wasn't a cookie cutter villain. A wonderful acting by all of the players. Tony Curran was fantastic as Vincent: sensitive, smart and visionary.

A truly bittersweet ending, a fantastic guest appearance by Bill Nighy, and the beautiful, beautiful visualization of Vincent Starry Night.

No question: powerful, wonderful episode of Doctor Who. A wonderful show period.

Ryan Nicholson
Ryan Nicholson

10/10 the cgi is poor but the overall acting was fantastic. I love how this episode explored some dark themes like depression and rejection form society.

RecycledCompanion
RecycledCompanion

The tenth story gets a 10/10 from me. It was the first of the Eleven Doctor's stories that I absolutely loved, and I've seen it several times since. Every time, I love it as much. The acting was superb, the story was exciting, touching, multi-faceted, and I think it's one of the best episodes of any television show I've ever seen. It's my favourite episode from the Matt Smith era, excluding, perhaps, the last couple of specials.

Marscruiser
Marscruiser

10/10.  Historical figures in sci-fi are a cliche.  And time traveling to see a historical figure is a sci-fi chestnut--even showing them what an impact they made on the world has been done before.  However, that just makes Richard Curtis' story all the more amazing for the well-worn clay from which it comes.  Some people grumble about the monster.  Yes, the monster is minimal.  It's a McGuffin to get Amy and the Doctor into an adventure.  But the monster isn't the point.  What that smaller monster made room for is a story that breaks the heart with its sensitive portrayal of mental illness, wonderful chemistry between Amy and Vincent, and the glorious revelation to Van Gogh of how his work lives on.

And that revelation wasn't through the rote throwaway exchange we've heard before:  "So tell me, will my work live on..?"  No, instead, they didn't tell him at all.  They showed him.  They showed him a museum exhibit dedicated to his work, filled with people, and even got the local bowtie-wearing expert to state how warmly the world regarded his work.  Validation on that kind of level would reduce anyone to tears.  And then, the emotional kicker: Even with that knowledge, it made no difference to Vincent's lifespan, or amount of work produced.  Only the dedication of The Sunflowers to Amy remained to suggest that they had added to his pile of good things in his life.  Heartbreaking?  Yes.  But this ending was truer to his mental condition than any "new painting" or other proof of happiness would have been.  Genuinely one of the best ever.



Heisenberger
Heisenberger

10/10. When Vincent goes to the present...that scene is perfection. Absolutely wonderful episode.

DoctorPotterHolmes007
DoctorPotterHolmes007

It would have been better without the monster/alien in my opinion but defiantly a 10/10!

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

Next to The Day of the Doctor, this is my favourite revival episode and my fifth favourite episode overall. 10/10!

The Finn
The Finn

10/10 definitely. "But I just wondered between you and me in 100 words where do you think Vincent and The Doctor rates in the history of Doctor Who episodes?"

 "Well... big question, but to me, Vincent and The Doctor is the finest episode of them all; certainly the most popular great episode of all time: The most beloved; it's portrayal of beauty; the most magnificent. It transformed the pain of van Gogh's tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use van Gogh's depression 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 episode that roamed the TV screens was not only the world’s greatest episode, but also one of the greatest Doctor Who episodes that has ever been broadcast."





MaraBackman
MaraBackman

This is one of the few episodes I'm actually going to give a tenner, without hyperbole. Excellent stuff!

yoshfiction
yoshfiction

Aaah, finally. This one. What do I say about this one? I love it. Others find this episode sad, but Vincent and the Doctor fills me with intense happiness. The episode is very touching, the monster is creative, and the last scenes were magical. This isn't just an episode of a television show. It is so much more. This is art. Truly wonderful art. I wish there were more shows with episodes like this. The Doctor spends this entire episode helping the soul of one man. In other episodes he has to save entire planets, stop entire Dalek fleets, but here he is. Just helping one person to be a little happier near the end of his life. And that is just as important. 10/10 




Kiki Kiki
Kiki Kiki

9/10 for me.  It could've been 10/10 if not for the Krafayis, which was not used to its full potential.

Oodkind
Oodkind

I think in a exceptional episode, you need to bring out two types of emotions: strong emotions and weaker emotions. 

Strong emotions are ones like thrill, devastation, horror, anger, or euphoria. These emotions last longer, and even when the episode is over you continue to feel them. If it ended happily, you are happy. If it was devastating, you feel sad.

Weaker emotions are ones like compassion, sadness, happiness, and similar. They may be good sentiments, but it doesn't leave you with anything, except perhaps thinking it was a very realistic episode. 


This episode brought out the latter set, but not the the former. There was nothing that would make you afraid or happy, or anything of that sort, and while it made you a bit sad and made you feel bad for Vincent, it didn't stir up enough excitement.

Oodkind
Oodkind

I thought it was a good episode. I will never understand, however, why so many people think of it as the greatest ever. Yes, it explored history and had some really wonderful moments, and the sentiment was very good. It was not, however, the most interesting storyline, in regard to the alien. 

 

I give it an 8/10. It was a great thought. However, sentiment isn't everything for me-- it also needs to be exciting, which it wasn't.



Handles
Handles

9/10. An instant classic for me, albeit more as a drama exploring one of the eponymous characters than as an episode of sci-fi. I believe that the only thing which stops this episode from being a ten is the Krafayis - it obviously wasn't meant to be much of a threat or the main focus of the episode, but I feel they could have found a better way of doing it. Tony Curran was superb, though, and I love how Curtis got around the issue of his Scottish accent. This episode also displayed excellent acting from Karen and, of course, Matt. Oh, and we also got to see Bill Nighy praising bow ties.

TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

Truly one of my favourites of S05. Definitely within my top three! The episode was nothing short of a masterpiece when it comes to each character and their dynamics. Tony Curran, not only an excellent likeness to Van Gogh, but also an exceptional actor. He played the part with absolute brilliance, capturing Gogh's mental illness and calm, caring nature - sometimes both at once - perfectly. He really made you feel for the character. The Doctor's wariness of Gogh was also a joy to watch. He knew that Van Gogh was a treasured person in history and that so much beauty and inspiration that he conveyed was at stake. The Doctor truly believed that his meddling was even more deadly here. The story of the Krafayis was very touching during its conclusion. The fact it was a blind, helpless and lost creature killed by the hands of our heroes was touching.


Richard Curtis, I commend you! 10/10

Eradallion
Eradallion

Gave it at 7/10. I'll admit the ending is quite beautiful and tragic (EXCEPT FOR THAT ONE SHOT WHERE THEY ARE STANDING ON A SPINNING FLOORBOARD OMG THAT'S SO STUPID) *inhale* *sigh*.. but I wouldn't say the episode is outstanding, it's just good. 

Scootersfood
Scootersfood

@Electric_Tuna I was never a fan of art before this episode. After this episode aired I wanted to learn more about him. Eventually I went to Paris and saw his artwork in an actual museum and it literally took my breath away. The beauty of the episode is equally as beautiful as his paintings. 10/10 for the episode and Van Gogh's work xD

TeganAndSara
TeganAndSara

@Electric_Tuna  Interesting view Electric_Tuna.  Might there also be a case to say that by focussing on a single person the story is able to highlight something magnificent about being human?  





Romanadvoratrelundar
Romanadvoratrelundar

@JamesCresswell Interesting opinion, and I respect it and agree with it to an extent. But to be totally honest I never thought the Doctor meeting an extremely famous historical figure never really worked that well (except maybe Queen Victoria) until I saw this episode. I think a lot of people were touched by the idea that someone so amazing had so many "relatable" problems (even though we all knew it, seeing it on screen is something else).








And "it's not Doctor Who"? Really? Have you seen the show at it's various stages over the past five decades? Pick a purely-historical story from early in the First Doctor era and measure it against Vincent on your apparent scale of "Doctor Who-ness". As far as I'm concerned as long as it contains the Doctor and the TARDIS then it will always be Doctor Who.











blueboxgirl
blueboxgirl

@JamesCresswell  well, from a personal point of view, its a definite favourite in our house, and my kids, who are in single figures, loved it. We saw the van gogh that is hanging in the cardiff museum of art a couple of years ago and they remembered all about the episode, so it clearly struck a chord with them. 

lukashcartoon
lukashcartoon

It's sort of explained in the episode: Life is a pile of good stuff and bad stuff. One can't really undo the effects of the other one. The doctor pointed out the definitely added to the pile of good stuff.

Plus in a later episode we see that Vincent had vision of the TARDIS exploding...

smallaustralian
smallaustralian

@BadWolf2  because mental illness just doesn't work like that. depression isn't something that can just be fixed, despite The Doctor and Amy's efforts. that's what makes it so emotional.

Mad-Mad With A Box Productions
Mad-Mad With A Box Productions

I think it has a very special place among Doctor Who episodes. Most Doctor Who stories consist of several elements (monsters, drama, etc) that come together to form a singular story of the program. We have grown used to this normality over time, so that's why Vincent and the Doctor is such a standout for us. It is different. It is unique. It's strange and mad and beautiful and sad and joyous all at the same time, much like Van Gogh's paintings in that respect. Is Vincent and the Doctor the finest Doctor Who episode of all time? It's a difficult question, one no-one can really, ever truly answer. Because there are better Doctor Who episodes. There are funnier episodes, scarier episodes, more thematic episodes, episodes with better pacing... Those episodes are all amazing, but they're not Vincent and the Doctor.

And I just realised you were quoting the episode this whole time... Oh well.

The Finn
The Finn

What spinning floorboard?

Eradallion
Eradallion

@ICEFinn  i1244.photobucket .com/albums/gg561/ sicsempertyrannosaurusrex/tumblr_mc3jpnDjjm1rta39t.gif (remove the spaces)

The Finn
The Finn

@Eradallion @ICEFinn  Oh that scene. That's not really a spinning floorboard (in any sense), just a way the camera brings life to a scene IMHO.