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Newly Discovered Vincent Van Gogh Painting Totally Has The TARDIS In It

OK, fine. Fine. That’s not really a TARDIS in the upper-left corner of “Sunset at Montmajour,” which the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam just authenticated as the work of the legendary artist/ginger/friend of the Doctor/bane to the feels of Whovians everywhere Vincent Van Gogh. Because Doctor Who is “fictional.” Whatever. I’ll tell you what. I’m gonna zoom in behind the cut, and you can decide for yourself.

Wait… what is…?

I knew it.

(via: Nerd Approved)

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  • Anonymous

    You forgot to mention the Krafayis. It’s right there front and center.

  • Pascal

    Whovians are becoming like those people who see Jesus in toast.

  • Anonymous

    If I were a really bold criminal, I would sneak into a museum, add “For Amelia” under the signature of one of his sunflowers pieces, and just…wait.

  • Anonymous

    I’m taking that as a compliment.

  • Anonymous

    It is so obnoxious how much this whole TARDIS in the Gogh painting is going around tumblr. Just… just stop. I love who as much as the next guy but does everything need to automatically reference it?

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Nobody “needs” to. Nobody “needs” to watch Doctor Who or do 99% of the stuff people do on the Internet in the first place. Let us have our fun.

  • Lindsay Beaton

    Thank you! I’m a Whovian and all, but once I got done chuckling I wanted to know what it really was…and I couldn’t see anything but the darn TARDIS (psychology BAH) behind a blue house. Now I can see the castle–I was missing that tower on the left. :)

  • Tabi Walters
  • Rebecca Pahle

    Well thanks for calling the people who found this funny “cretins!” Do you feel better about yourself?

  • Anonymous

    Never said you couldn’t. Also never saw anywhere that other people weren’t allowed to criticize this. Our priorities simply differ greatly. I am excited to see a new piece of Gogh’s work, while others apparently are getting high off of misinterpreting a Building.

  • Brittany K

    Boy just don’t point it out on tumblr, there’s a post going around about it that’s gotten some ridiculous vehement comments. I get it, fandoms can be kind of annoying sometimes, but, it’s not hurting anyone to point out that something kinda sorta looks like the Tardis.

  • Joanna

    Dude, that is SO the TARDIS.

  • Mina

    I thought it looked more cathedral-y maybe?

  • Mina

    That would be amusing but also horrifying, so thank you for not being a really bold criminal. Art vandalism is sad. Once the deed is done, the original piece can never be seen again.

  • Anonymous

    Marvin Acme’s disappearing re-appearing ink?

  • Hailey Ferraro

    Yup. Totally the TARDIS.

  • William J. Hamilton

    It was a wonderful TV episode. So many of the scenes and backgrounds came right out of his paintings. It’s the single best TV episode I’ve seen in years. The scene where they’re watching the stars and the sky resolves into Starry Starry night is very memorable. It talked about Art, suffering and seeing things which aren’t there.

  • Uncumber

    Somebody has a case of nofunsarrhea! Why on earth can we not simultaneously bask in the beauty of a newly-discovered masterpiece AND enjoy a silly TV reference? Also, who put you in charge of deciding what is geekiness and what is cretinism?

  • Anonymous

    i copslayed van gogh at gallifrey one a couple years ago, a con at which tony curran was appearing…he had his people come hunt me down and drag me kicking and screaming to meet him, as he’d never had anyone dress as him before. it was mortifying, but exciting as well.

  • Robert Paske

    I think that did it. I think that use of the word “feels” as a noun was the straw that finally broke the camel’s back. The number of times I’ve seen it and just let it go is beyond counting, but it has now become a pet peeve, and I’m starting to cringe every time I see it.

  • Anders Vesterberg

    dude really? take that stick out of your arse for starters. and secondly just calm down already before anyone gets butthurt and starts with worse comments about you.

  • Anonymous

    fyi – i screen grabbed your text, flipped it 90 degrees and then changed the text to totally looks like the tardis.

  • Lou G

    Yes, but our savior is real.

  • Anonymous

    You’re talking about the Doctor right?

  • Lou G

    Of course!

  • Robert Vary

    “Oh, your savior came back from the dead *once*? That’s cute.”

  • Anonymous

    Well writing “Just… just stop.” suggests you ARE saying people can’t have their fun to be honest. Maybe you didn’t intend it that way but it came across as pretty mean-spirited.

    And I don’t think anyone is genuinely misinterpreting the building in the photo. It’s a silly fun joke; we all know it’s not really a TARDIS… *

    * it’s totally a TARDIS though!!!

  • Anonymous

    This is the first time I’ve read anything about the Doctor Who connection since reading the news of the discovery of this painting a few days ago. Okay, perhaps it’s because I don’t frequent Tumblr or Facebook but as far as I can tell there has been no “eclipsing”.

    I found the news of the painting discovery delightful and interesting. I then read this post and laughed at the joke of the TARDIS being in the painting. I don’t think the two things are at odds – this can become and internet meme AND be hugely important in the art world.

    To me it’s similar to Rocky Horror Picture Show fans always associating ‘American Gothic’ with that film… And if you think it’s just “geeks” who get obsessive with connecting things to what they like – or indeed you think that’s a new thing – I could point you in the direction of a lot of RHPS fans who’d show you what that was REALLY like! My sister has been a fan for almost 30 years and pretty much everything in her life connects to it in some way, from her film choices to her career choices. And she’s all the better for it, I’d like to add!

  • Anonymous

    For those of you who are petrified that Doctor Who fandom has subsumed the art world, go Google the phrase “new van gogh”.

    In the first two pages of news items, exactly one of them mentions the TARDIS, and it’s eleventh in a page of twelve articles.

    Also, there are no plans by the museum in Amsterdam that has it to sell fezzes and long knit scarves to take advantage of the hordes of whovians who are already lining up down the block, completely blocking the lingonberry smoothie stand.

    The interest in the perceived time capsule is safely contained in the ghetto of comics and sci-fli sites. And tumblr.

    And if you’d look outside of that ghetto on occasion, you’d have already known that.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, I think maybe we just disagree on what the geek reaction actually is, then. I don’t think finesse has anything to do with it personally… And if I’m honest, being “rubbed up the wrong way” by this seems a little snobbish in my opinion. I don’t even think it’s particularly a geek thing, just something that’s popular. I personally wouldn’t make the leap between this and potential new Who fans but that’s maybe just me… Or maybe it’s just because I’m British and Doctor Who is kinda just a popular family TV show that is watched by geeks and non-geeks alike. Most folk here are aware of it and what it’s about even if they’ve never seen it so I can’t imagine their interest being piqued by someone pointing out the Van Gogh connection. I could be wrong, just how I see it.

    Also, I honestly wouldn’t think it would be beyond a bunch of RHPS fans Time Warping in an art gallery but I don’t see how that equates to internet memes. Unless I’m missing something that either happened or in your argument, but I thought your issue was that art lovers who weren’t Doctor Who fans were upset at the immediate connections made between the painting and the TV show all over the internet, not that an art gallery had been flooded with Doctor Who fans (which, if that happened, isn’t something I’m aware of and I may have missed a point somewhere).

    Anyway. Generally I don’t really see what the issue anyone has with this is all. I guess others disagree.

  • Brittany K


  • Anonymous

    Just get a museumkaart and go to both, c’mon. :)