Who Sunday: Vincent & the Doctor, Richard Curtis
You know, this isn’t a great episode, plot-wise. It suffers, as so many of the Doctor-Meets-Somebody-Famous-in-History plots do, from having to work within the established framework of somebody’s life. In this case, there’s a monster that’s an analog for Van Gogh stuck in the middle of a lot of settings from his paintings. So why bother with this one?
Because of the ending. If you can sit through the recognition of a tortured artist that he will one day be celebrated the world over and not sob helplessly, you’re missing a piece. Or maybe you’re just not an artist or writer who lives with the schizophrenic heaven-and-hell that creative work drags you through. No,that’s not it; that ending is for everybody.
Also Bill Nighy.