Passion beyond the cinema, but including the small screen. Movies can transport you anywhere in the depth of your imagination, a good television show as well. But before those were even a distant dream, you had to rely on fine art to give you the feels. The artist who beyond speaks to me is the timeless Vincent Van Gogh, no other artist’s use of color, brush strokes, or vision come anywhere near the eye and talent of Van Gogh. Lets be honest here, one of his most famous Sunflowers is a simple painting of a vase full of sunflowers. How does a man have so much passion for his craft that he can turn such a simple thing into a masterpiece.
Which brings me to one of the most heart swelling, tear jerking episodes of TV I have ever experienced. Now as previously stated I am a browncoat firefly loving nerd, however another great passion of mine is that I am 200% Whovian. The world of Doctor Who is a polarizing topic and one that will be greatly discussed in later posts. But the episode in the fore front today is Vincent and the Doctor, from Matt Smith’s first season, season 5 episode 10 of 2005. Just a quick recap of Doctor Who, the Doctor is a timelord, traveling through time and space in the TARDIS, which stands for Time And Relative Dimensions In Space, otherwise known as the big blue police box. As he travels he picks up companions, not to be confused with the type of companion Inara was in Firefly. For this time the companion happens to be my personal favorite Amy Pond played by the amazingly talented and quite lovely Karen Gillian. Since the TARDIS can travel through anywhere in time and space, the adventures can go literally anywhere. This fine episode starts with Amy making the doctor take her to an art museum featuring classic works be Van Gogh himself. A special treat for this episode the man giving informational tours is none other than Bill Nighy, in my humble opinion one of the best British actors to ever bless our screens, with his comedic perfection and at times heart wrenching feels. While noticing something amiss in Van Gogh’s “The Church at Auvers” the doctor decides to bring Amy to meet Vincent played by Tony Curran. They find him miserable, broke, and completely unappreciated, and being driven mad. Following the adventures of the show and the danger averted, The Doctor decides to bring Vincent back to the present to hear what history has to say about him. While Amy entertains Vincent, who is in awe of the view of his life’s work, The Doctor grabs the tour guide to ask the question that will change a man forever, ” where does Van Gogh rank in the history of art?” with Vincent listening Bill Nighy gives the most touching, sincere, and heart warming answer of which shows that Vincent is indeed the best artist in history. As the tears swell in Vincent’s eyes he embraces the tour guide with a new sense of self and swelled heart. If you can watch this episode with out a knot in your stomach and an uplifted feeling in your heart, then I worry for your soul. Check it out, even if you think that you don’t understand Doctor Who, or you just don’t care for British television, don’t worry you can make it through. It will change your perspective on life, beauty, and your self, and maybe even art itself.