The Doctor and Amy Pond bring Vincent van Gogh to the present, and take him to a Van Gogh Exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay.
They enter the exhibition and Vincent looks around in wonder. The walls feature many of his most famous works, beautifully framed, and admired by many onlookers.
The Doctor raises his arms, as if to say, “There you are … admiration and success …”
He turns to the art curator, Dr Black who is conservatively dressed and sporting a bow tie.
We met a few days ago. I asked you about ‘The Church at Auvers’.
Oh, yes. Glad to be of help. You were nice about my tie.
Yes, and today is another cracker, if I may say so. But I just wondered, between you and me – in a hundred words – where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art.
Amy has turned Vincent toward the Doctor, so he is aware of the conversation.
Well… ah… big question… but, to me, Van Gogh is the finest painter of all.
Certainly the most popular great painter of all time, the most beloved.
His command of colour was magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion 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 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.
The Doctor smiles with satisfaction, but looks to Vincent, who is overcome with emotion.
The Doctor embraces him.
Doctor: Vincent! Sorry – sorry, if this has been too much.
Vincent: No, they’re tears of joy.
Vincent walks over to Dr Black, kissing him on both cheeks, and giving him a hug.
Vincent: Thank you!
Dr Black (confused): You’re welcome.
Vincent: Sorry about the beard.
Dr Black steps away, thinks for a moment, then turns his head swiftly back, but Vincent has gone.
He turns back, shakes his head a moment, clearing the thought that the man was really him.
Doctor Who portayed by Matt Smith (Eleventh Doctor)
Amy Pond portayed by Karen Gillan
Dr Black portrayed by Bill Nighy
Vincent Van Gogh portayed by Tony Curran