Vincent and the Doctor is my absolute favorite episode by far from Season 5 with Matt Smith as the Doctor. It was a wonderfully written episode with the right enough of funny and somehow, it touches on Van Gogh’s depression like I’ve never seen before despite the mix of science fiction elements. Tony Curran’s portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh was amazing and it was absolutely moving.
I bawled like a freakin’ baby by the end of the episode.
Despite having only one appearance in the series, Curran as Van Gogh made a deep impact on plenty of people. During his panel, Curran said that he was at a Whole Foods market when a fan asked him if he played Vincent Van Gogh in Doctor Who. When he replied affirmatively to her question, the woman started to cry and told him about her own struggles with depression. I believe an actor, or any artist, should be proud of themselves the minute they’ve made such an emotional impact on at least one other person. It’s beautiful!
Personally, Vincent and the Doctor made me cry because it was easy to relate to the artist’s struggle and the constant self-doubt. Curran managed to embrace all of these emotions in a very strong and realistic way. I think Curran’s Vincent Van Gogh will become timeless and one of the more unforgettable Doctor Who episodes. It was definitely my favorite episode from the Matt Smith season.
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