A Brush with Genius was the episode of Doctor Who Confidential broadcast in conjunction with Vincent and the Doctor.

Aspects of production covered[edit | edit source]

  • Filming of Vincent and the Doctor in Croatia.
  • Cast and crew discuss Richard Curtis coming onboard as a writer.
  • Recreating a café from one of Van Gogh's paintings.
  • One of the supporting artists discusses how the production coming to their area has been interesting and exciting for the local people.
  • Richard Curtis discusses Van Gogh as a person, and the importance about exploring as much depth as possible in the time available.
  • Tony Curran discusses his research into Van Gogh for taking on the role, and some of the struggles that Van Gogh faced in his life.
  • Tony Curran discusses some of the real Van Gogh paintings and his style as an artist with Scott Allan.
  • The challenges of acting a fight against a monster that is invisible.
  • Filming in a Welsh abbey for some of the story.
  • Filming the emotional climax of the story, where Van Gogh sees his work in the gallery, using a turntable and certain camera shots.

Additional topics covered[edit | edit source]

  • The seriousness of depression, and the exploration of it as a theme.

People interviewed[edit | edit source]

Music list[edit | edit source]

  • "Everyone's at It" by Lily Allen†
  • "You Could Be Happy" by Snow Patrol
  • "Lust for Life" by Iggy Pop
  • "Diferente" by Gotan Project
  • "Main Theme (from 'Jean de Florette')" by City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
  • "Hometown Glory" by Adele
  • "California Love" by 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman
  • "Hang You from the Heavens" by The Dead Weather
  • "Lifeboats" by Snow Patrol
  • "The Big Jump" by The Chemical Brothers
  • "Many of Horror" by Biffy Clyro
  • "Chances" by Athlete

†Full length version only, replaced with the following music for the cut-down version:

  • "Ghost" by Little Boots

Crew[edit | edit source]

Elements retained in Cut Down[edit | edit source]

to be added

Home video releases[edit | edit source]

Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series DVD cover.

The "Cut Down" version of this episode was included on the Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series DVD & Blu-ray box set released on 8 November 2010.

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45 minutes (full length)
11'30" (Cut Down) +