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5 June 2010

Viewing Figure: 6.76M


When The Doctor notices a strange creature in one of Van Goghs' paintings he takes Amy to France to get some answers


Matt Smith (The Doctor), Karen Gillan (Amy Pond), Tony Curran (Vincent van Gogh), Bill Nighy (Dr Black), Nik Howden (Maurice)

Chrissie Cotterill (Mother), Sarah Counsell (Waitress), Morgan Overton, Andree Byrne (School Children)

Uncredited Cast

Jolanda Tudor (Waitress), Jelena Jaksic (Giselle [Dead Girl])


Richard Curtis (Writer), Tracie Simpson, Patrick Schweitzer (Producers), Jonny Campbell (Director)

John Bennett (1st Assistant Director), James DeHaviland (2nd Assistant Director), Heddi-Joy Taylor-Welch (3rd Assistant Director)

Nicola Eynon Price, Laura Jenkins (Runners), Gareth Skelding (Location Manager), Rhys Griffiths (Unit Manager)

Holly Pullinger (Production Manager), Jess van Niekerk (Production Co-ordinator), Claire Thomas (Production Management Asst)

Sian Warrilow (Production Runner), Carole Wakefield (Asst Production Accountant), Brian Minchin (Script Editor)

Non Eleri Hughes (Continuity), Ian Adrian (Camera Operator), Matthew Poynter (B Camera Operator)

Steve Rees (Focus Puller), John Robinson (Grip), Tom Hartley, Jon Vidgen (Camera Assistants), Dafydd Parry (Boom Operator) 

Jeff Welch (Sound Maintenance Engineer), Mark Hutchings (Gaffer), Pete Chester (Best Boy)

Ben Griffiths, Steve Slocombe, Bob Milton, Alan Tippets (Electricians), Crispin Layfield (Stunt Co-ordinator)

Stephen Nicholas (Supervising Art Director), James North (Associate Designer), Amy Oakes (Art Dept Co-ordinator) 

Ben Morris (Production Buyer), Keith Dunne (Set Decorator), Catherine Samuel (Props Buyer), Tristran Peatfield (Standby Art Director)

Ben Austin (Set Designer), James Iles (Storyboard Artist), Richard Shaun Williams, Peter McKinstry (Concept Artists),

Jackson Pope (Graphic Artist), Phill Shellard, Tom Evans (Standby Props), Will Pope (Standby Carpenter)

Keith Freeman (Standby Rigger), Ellen Woods (Standby Painter), Paul Aitken (Props Master), Matt Wild (Props Chargehand) 

Martin Broadbent, Rhys Jones (Dressing Props), Barry Jones (Props Fabrication Manager)

Penny Howarth, Nicholas Robatto (Props Makers), Albert James (Practical Electrician), Matthew Hywel-Davies (Construction Manager)

Scott Fisher (Construction Chargehand), John Pinkerton, John Whalley (Scenic Artists), BBC Wales Graphics (Graphics)

Framestore (Title Sequence), Linda Bonaccorsi (Crowd Supervisor), Bobbie Peach (Costume Supervisor)

Sara Morgan, Maria Franchi (Costume Assistants), Pam Mullins (Make-Up Supervisor), Abi Brotherton, Morag Smith (Make-Up Artists)

Andy Brierley, Alice Purser (Casting Associates), Becky Torman (Assistant Editor), Cat Gregory (VFX Editor)

Ceres Doyle, Chris Blatchford (Post Prod. Supervisors), Marie Brown (Post Prod. Co-ordinator), Tim Ricketts (Dubbing Mixer)

Paul McFadden (Sound Supervisor), Paul Jefferies (Sound Effects Editor), Helen Dickson (Foley Editor)

Mick Vincent (Colourist), Matthew Clarke, Mark Bright (On-line Conform), with thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and 

Martha Freud [Writer's PA]Emma Freud (Script Editor), Ron Grainer (Original Theme Music), Andy Pryor CDG (Casting Director)

Julie Scott (Production Executive), Ceri Tothill (Production Accountant), Bryn Thomas (Sound Recordist)

Ray Holman (Costume Designer), Barbara Southcott (Make-Up Designer), Murray Gold (Music), The Mill (Visual Effects)

Real SFX (Special Effects), James Pearson (Editor), Edward Thomas (Production Designer), Tony Slater Ling (Director of Photography)

Patrick Schweitzer (Line Producer), Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger, Beth Willis (Executive Producers)  

Uncredited Crew

Heddi-Joy Taylor-Welch, Daniel Krizanovic (2nd Assistant Director), David Chalstrey (3rd Assistant Director), Daniel Wheatley

Jenny Morgan, Nikola Burada, Marko Drazenovic (Runners), Maroje Zanetic, Smijan Tolj, Pero Koja (Location Managers)

Natasa Petrovic (Production Manager), Maja Mijikovic (Production Co-ordinator), Denise Uljevic (Production Runner)

Martin Stephens (Camera Operator), Mani Paliwala Blaxter (Focus Puller), Clive Baldwin (Grip), Pete Cartwright (Camera Assistant)

Clive Johnson, Steve Guy (Electricians), Ivo Husnjak (Standby Art Director), Zvonko Vrbanac, Ratko Bilus (Standby Carpenters)

Dave Mountstevens (Standby Rigger), Josip Bauk, Josip Rodbinic (Standby Painter), Nenad Drijaca, Danijel Markus

Vid Simunjak (Props Master), Sasa Spoljaric (Construction Manager), Maxine Brown, Martina Karla Franic, Ana Kalafatic Kovaceic

Charlotte Mitchell (Costume Assistants), Ros Wilkins, Cathy Davies, Snjezana Gorup, Stefanija Roso, Alison Singh (Make-Up Artists)

Sasa Pirolic (Casting Associate), Jeff Matthews (Sound Recordist), Drago Poldrugac, Marko Poldrugac (Visual Effects)

Graham Frake, Simon Archer (Director of Photography)


Filming Locations

  • Llandaff Cathedral, Llandaff Village, Cardiff

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 1, Trefforest

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 2, Trefforest

  • National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff

  • Olive Grove, nr Vrsine, Croatia

  • Café, Gradska Ulica, Trogir, Croatia

  • Track outside Vrsine, Croatia

  • Vrsine, Croatia

  • Capo Junction, Trogir, Croatia

  • Alley, Trogir, Croatia

  • Pantan, Trogir, Croatia

  • Sutton Farm, Sutton Road, LLandow

  • Neath Abbey, Neath

  • Millennium Square, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay

  • Upper Boat Studios: Studio 5, Trefforest

  • LLancaiach Fawr, Galligaer, Fawr, Gelligaer Road, Nelson, Treharris


  • Giselle [ripped to shreds]

  • Krafayis [impaled with an art easel]

Production Days

  • 21 Days between Tuesday 24 November 2009 - Friday 19 March 2010

Production Errors

  1. When running through the streets, The Doctor screams 'Ahh' but his mouth his not synced with his screaming

  2. Amy's tight appear and disappears throughout the serial 

  3. Whilst looking at the painting of the church near the beginning of the episode, The Doctor scratches his head with his right hand. When the camera cuts to the front of him, he is seen using his left hand 

  4. The wires which helped Matt Smith collide with a church wall can be briefly seen 

  5. Whilst visiting the museum for the final time, the Krafayis is still slightly visible 

Working Titles

  • [no known working titles]


Overrated, dull, and nonsensical. The opening and closing scenes raises so many questions, why does The Doctor have to ask Van Gogh about his church painting? What danger does the Krafayis pose? Nothing terrible has happened between 1890 and 2010 so what is the matter? The Krafayis only kills a young girl probably because its scared so why did it have to die? What is with the Sunflower Painting being dedicated to Amy? Why does Amy fantasies that she and Van Gogh could have married at the end?  The plot spends too much time telling the audience what a great artist Van Gogh was and that Van Gogh loves art. Whilst Amy acts like a totally suck-up. The plot tries to make us feel sorry for the unfortunate artist but scene transitions where he slips from one emotion to another is inconsistent and has no flow to it. Amy is totally unwatchable sucking up to Gogh in every scene they are together, give it a rest already. The whole story never really arrives. There are some brutal, uncalled for moments and an ending which is just cringeworthy. Tony Curran shines but that is it. If it was not a little aesthetically pleasing then it would be best if this episode could turn invisible. **


Number of Production Days: 5

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