Vincent and the Doctor
Episode / March 14, 2016

Aired 5 June 2010 Following the bombshell that concluded ‘Cold Blood,’ Doctor Who wisely slows things down and offers a more character-driven piece that steps aside from the underlying mysteries of this series, in the process delivering another wholly entertaining and deeply satisfying episode. The Doctor, presumably in an attempt assuage his conscience over the seeming death of Rory, is spoiling Amy, picking up at the Museum d’Orsay in Paris. While Amy has clearly forgotten that Rory ever existed, there are very strong implications that that is not the case for the Doctor, but it’s a strange shadow- one the Doctor senses is evil- within Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Church at Auvers during this innocent trip that provides the impetus for another adventure. Once more, vision becomes a central concept within a Doctor Who story, following in the paths of not blinking with the Weeping Angels and looking out of the corner of the eye for Prisoner Zero. Here, though, it’s van Gogh who proves to have a greater visual acuity than others, seeing a great range of things that others simply cannot. While this applies to the villain of the piece, it is best exemplified as the Doctor…