073 – Vincent and the Doctor

This is the one where the Doctor and Amy meet Vincent Van Gogh! Vincent is the only one who can see a deadly creature rampaging through town. Together, the three of them are able to defeat the monster, but not the demons inside Vincent himself.

Opening 

Live from Master Closet Studios, you’re listening to the only podcast on the internet that doesn’t really like sunflowers: Noobs and the Whovian! 

This is the podcast that introduces a whole new generation to Doctor Who by watching an episode each week and discussing it from the perspective of a dad who’s seen it before, and two sons who haven’t.  

Welcome to Episode 73 covering series 5 episode 10, Vincent and the Doctor.

Super-short Recap

This is the one where the Doctor, and Amy meet Vincent Van Gogh! Vincent is the only one who can see a deadly creature rampaging through town. Together, the three of them are able to defeat the monster, but not the demons inside Vincent himself.

Remember that one?

Production notes

  • Story # 210
  • Originally aired June 5, 2010 to 6.76 million viewers
  • Written by: Richard Curtis – only writing credit to date on Who
  • Directed by: Johnny Campbell – did Vampires of Venice

Misc Trivia

  • Another weird closing – this is the first episode since 1963 to cut to black at the end.

Cast

  • Vincent Van Gogh – Tony Curran
    • Character actor that has been in a ton of movies and shows
    • Datak Tarr on the SyFy show Defiance

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Checklist

  • Creature of the week
    • Krafayis – a stranded animal, abandoned by its pack. This one happened to be blind and scared.
      • They have some kind of psychological camouflage 
  • Bad CGI
    • The Krafayis wasn’t great. Good for it’s time, but not great.
  • Jiggery Pokery
    • TARDIS 
      • Papers on the outside were incinerated while going through the time vortex. Captain Jack rode on that!
  • The Crack 
    • The closest thing we get here is some allusions to Rory

Who’s Who?

  • Who is Rory? 
    • He dead
  • Who is Amelia?
    • She’s sad but doesn’t know why.
    • Tripp thinks she’s happier without Rory.
      • Corbin says “carefree” is a better word than “happy”.
    • She’s not the marrying type.
  • Who is The Doctor? 
    • “What do you have?” “A sense of overconfidence, a gadget, and a screwdriver. I’m absolutely sorted!”
    • Every life is a pile of good things and bad things. 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.

Other stuff we noticed

  • The intro to the episode

Classic Who Connection

  • When the Doctor uses this gift from his godmother, the one with bad breath, to identify the Krafayis he tries it on himself first and it shows pictures of the first two doctors.
  • Amy talks about all the wonderful places that the Doctor has taken her recently. He’s doing this to keep her happy after Rory died (even though she doesn’t remember him). 
    • The Fifth Doctor did the same thing after Adric died.

Overall impressions

  • Overall rating out of 10
    • Jared – 7 ginger beards
    • Austin – 9 invisible claws
    • Corbin –  7.5 sunflowers
    • Tripp -8.5 Van Goghs 
  • Creep Level – out of 500
    • Jared – 100 
    • Austin – 150
    • Corbin – 125
    • Tripp – 135

Theories

  • Corbin thinks The Crack will appear feature in every episode story and that either the Master or the New Paradigm Daleks or Davros are responsible for it and the Silence.
    • Maybe it’s not the Daleks. 
    • The Doctor will blow up the TARDIS 
  • Tripp thinks The Crack is the end of the universe like the end of the sidewalk. The Crack is in the Wall of the Universe.
    • He also thinks that when the Doctor messed with it in Eleventh Hour that it changed it and caused the problem.
  • Tripp thinks the Star Whale is significant and we’ll see it again.
    • Not yet…
  • Tripp thinks the Doctor is going to find a way to bring back Rory, and this will cause the TARDIS to explode which causes the Crack.
    • When Rory comes back, Amy won’t remember him and will have to fall in love again. 
  • Corbin thinks Rory is coming back. They will find a way to stop the explosion which will cause Rory’s never having existed to not have existed.

Listener Input  

  • We’re still on our mission to get a new review each month. So here’s a challenge: leave us a review in the month of your birthday. So, if your birthday is in September, it’s your turn! If you do, send me an email saying you left your birthday month review and we’ll not only read the review but we’ll wish you a happy birthday on the show!

The Game Plan 

  • We’re chuggin along through series 5!
  • The next special episode will be a Classic Who Rewind featuring the Third Doctor story The Terror of the Autons which is the first appearance of The Master.
Be sure to catch the Classic Who episode by starting your free trial with BritBox on Amazon Prime Video!

Next Time…

Join us next time as we discuss Series 5 Episode 11, The Lodger.

Closing

Noobs and the Whovian is a production of Master Closet Studios, where it’s always smaller on the inside. Your Senior Producer is Austin Reason. Our Audio Engineer is Tripp Reason. Corbin Reason is our Production Editor. Special thanks to tardis.wikia.com for the trivia, Jared for the Classic Who Connection. Shout outs to Victor and Jared for their Patreon support.

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