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Paint it black

There’s a mystery to solve in nineteenth-century France, as the Doctor and Amy have a brush with history when they meet Vincent van Gogh...

Well?” demands Michael. “Where are they then?” “Where are what?” says ‘‘ Will, puzzled. “The sunflowers!” chirps W Emma. “It’s Vincent and the Doctor,” says Chris, “and we know you like to / get into the theme of the episode when you come round.” Will shrugs. “There’s a tub of Flora spread in the fridge – put it out on the coffee table if you’re that bothered.” Michael huffs. “People just aren’t putting the effort into the Time Team that they used to. Is it any wonder we only came 10th in the DWM reader survey this year?” Will grins. “Still smashed the crossword though, didn’t we?” The team whoop and high five each other in a most unseemly manner, as the real action starts in a very familiar-looking wheatfield. “The style of painting is instantly recognisable. And I’m rubbish at art,” admits Will. “Is that an invisible something making crop circles?”

A golden frame appears around the scene, and we’re transported forward 100 years to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, where Vincent van Gogh’s painting now hangs.

“What a clever cut – and a surprise appearance by Bill Nighy as the curator!” cheers Michael.

Doctor Who has never done art before really, has it?” asks Michael. “Just the Mona Lisa in City of Death. Or have I forgotten something?” Will looks sadly at the portrait of Sophie Aldred as Ace in eighteenthcentury clobber that hangs proudly on his living room wall, but decides to say nothing.

But guys! You’re not going to believe who is also in the Musée d’Orsay!

“Oh, poor Doctor,” sighs Chris. “Feeling weirdly guilty for remembering Rory while Amy has completely forgotten him,” he adds, referring to the heartbreaking conclusion of the last episode, which saw Rory killed by a Silurian then gobbled up by a crack in time into the bargain.

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This issue, DWM celebrates 50 years of the one of the Doctor's greatest enemies: the Cybermen! Contents include: an interview with the woman who designed the original Cybermen, Alexandra Tynan; a look at every single Cyber-plan through the ages, as told by the Cybermen themselves; a new Cyberman comic strip by Alan Barnes with art by Adrian Salmon; a detailed look at how the Cybermen have evolved from their first appearance; Steven Moffat answers readers' questions; The Fact of Fiction puts the 1988 25th anniversary story Silver Nemesis under the spotlight; the Time Team watch 2010's Vincent and the Doctor; actor Jami Reid-Quarrell is interviewed about his monstrous roles (including Colony Sarff) in Doctor Who's 2015 series; a new comic strip adventure for the Twelfth Doctor – 'Moving In' by Mark Wright with art by John Ross; the Watcher praises Galaxy 4; plus reviews, previews, official news, competitions and much more!
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