|Place of origin:||Earth|
|Appearance:||Vincent and the Doctor|
|Main actor:||Bill Nighy|
Dr Black was an art expert who worked at the Musée d'Orsay on a Vincent van Gogh exhibition. Dr Black held Vincent in high regard, considering him not only one of the world's greatest painters, but one of the greatest men to have ever lived.
While visiting the Musée d'Orsay, the Eleventh Doctor noticed a strange figure in one of the paintings of Vincent van Gogh. Using his psychic paper, he told Dr Black that Amy Pond and he were from the Ministry of Art and Artyness. He asked Dr Black when work was painted. Dr Black said it was between the 1st and 3rd of June in 1890, less than a year before van Gogh committed suicide. Before leaving, Dr Black and the Doctor complimented each other's respective bow ties.
The Doctor and Amy returned to the museum a few days later from Black's perspective, with van Gogh in tow. The Doctor urged Dr Black toward them whilst Amy turned van Gogh's back to hide his face. At the Doctor's request, Dr Black shared his opinion of the painter. He commended him for his command of colour and "transform[ing] the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty"; that van Gogh was the first, and probably the last, artist to use "passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world." Van Gogh was reduced to tears. He hugged and kissed Dr Black to his bemusement, thanking him for his kind words before leaving. For a moment, Dr Black seemed to realise whom he had just met, but then dismissed the idea.
Behind the scenes Edit
- Bill Nighy, who plays Black, was not credited in the episode. His credit comes from media announcments.
- The episode's writer, Richard Curtis, executive produced Steven Moffat's 1999 Doctor Who charity special, The Curse of Fatal Death. Bill Nighy co-starred in Curtis' film, Love, Actually.