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01 July 2010 @ 11:33 pm
DW S05E10 - Vincent and the Doctor  
As stated in the last post, I simply had to do a separate post for this one because it was UNBELIEVABLY BRILLIANT. In my opinion, this episode belongs with the absolute best of Who. Just fabulous. It's now become the second episode in this series that I want to keep and cherish ("Amy's Choice" is the first). butterfly, if you decide to not watch this series, I beg of you, at least watch this episode. It is sheer magnificence. Oh, and this is probably the one that you heard about; I know I heard nothing but raves about it ... and frankly, the raves didn't do it justice. It's that good.

Wow. I -- I just have no words. Well, obviously, I'll find some, but nothing that I can say can do this episode justice. I was enjoying the first 38 minutes or so very much. The story, dialogue, pacing, direction, all were wonderful. Tony Curran was brilliant, funny, vulnerable and so very real as Vincent Van Gogh. Amy was adorable. The Doctor was his usual, wonderful, fantastic self. Seriously, every time I think I've reached the upper limit of my love for Matt Smith and Eleven, he goes and charms anew to even greater heights. I absolutely adore him. I'm sorry, David Tennant and Ten, I do love you. I do, I do, I do, but Matt Smith and Eleven have officially become my second favorite Doctor. And, lord help me, if Matt keeps up this high level of adorable-ness and mad talent, he might (eek!) surpass Nine. I KNOW! But I love him SO MUCH! And I knew I would.

I said all along that I was bummed about not watching this series because Matt Smith just appeared so adorable. I knew he would win my heart. I just didn't realize to what degree he would win it. But, boy, has he ever. LOVE HIM SO MUCH. And, yeah, I'm pretty much at the point where I will watch this series no matter how annoying Moffat gets (because seriously, other than "The Eleventh Hour," so far my favorite episodes are non-Moffat episodes, and the only two that I actually love -- and would put alongside RTD's era -- were not written by Moffat and don't feel Moffat-y at all) ... I love Matt Smith/Eleven that much. I'm sold, hook, line and sinker. And this episode pretty much solidified that.

I can not rave about it enough. The little touches --

- Amy being sad, but only Vincent seeing it because of how much he sees.

- The Doctor accidentally saying Rory's name. Stab me in the heart, why don't you!?! RORY!

- Amy's constant joy at seeing Van Gogh's work.

- The Doctor fighting with the monster in the wrong area, but really giving it a good go!

- The Doctor's scream when he turned the corner and Amy was there, followed by his remonstration to not do that again. And then when she did it again, beginning to tell her to not do it again, before deciding to shelve the conversation. (Trust me, it was just the awesome way that Matt Smith played it.)

- The Doctor's "No, don't!" when Vincent casually painted over a painting, and then how he (the Doctor) tried to nonchalantly cover the pain of that painting now gone forever. Again, Matt Smith is awesome.

- The Doctor so bored with real time. Hah!

- When the Doctor clasped Amy's hand while the three were lying on the ground. Ah! Chemistry. Yes, I'm going there. As fantastic as the Eccleston/Piper chemistry was, as great as the Tennant/Piper chemistry was, I do think that Smith/Gillian have the best chemistry I've seen on this show. Damnit, why can't they be romantic?! (Yes, I'm a complete chemistry whore. Besides, Rose would totally love Amy. TOTALLY! Besides, she's got TenII.) Don't get me wrong, I love Rory/Amy, but my God, the Smith/Gillian chemistry is to die for!

- And on display again in the final scene in the museum when he comforted her over nothing having changed, the way they hugged, the looks, the words, the voice. Guh! Just, I am gutted.

- The three of them lying on the ground, holding hands while Vincent showed them how he sees colors. And how the sky transformed into Van Gogh's "Starry Night" painting was sheer, directorial and story-telling wonder. From the regular night sky to this ...


It was simply breathtaking.

- Hee! Vincent sticking his head out of the TARDIS was hilarious.

- The flyers mostly gone and in flames outside the TARDIS after they landed in 2010 with Vincent, nice little touch.

- Bill Nighy in the small, but beautifully acted role of the museum dude. :)

Then there were the big things. The madness/depression of Van Gogh was so perfectly illustrated with quirks of dialogue, performance and mood. Excellent job by writer Richard Curtis (bless you, you are a genius!), director Jonny Campbell, and of course, our trio of actors, the magnificent Matt Smith, Karen Gillian -- doing a lovely job, and the brilliant, afore-mentioned Curran as Vincent. Also, the quiet, heartbreaking beauty of the creature's death scene. How the Doctor tried to soothe it, how Vincent felt such sorrow and shame, and was able to empathize with this monster's existence, finding common ground with his own. Just so much utter brilliance encapsulated into 38 minutes.

Then came minute 39 and from that point on, I was pretty much an emotionally-wrecked basket case of gooey OMG! I went from being broken-hearted as Vincent told the Doctor that he wasn't sure he'd manage as well without him and Amy, to hope that the Doctor was going to show Vincent his future reputation, to laughing at Vincent's reaction to the TARDIS, to being an uncontrollable sobbing mess once he got to his section of the museum. When the museum guy was describing what Vincent had achieved as an artist, it was overwhelming. Such beauty, such eloquence, such heart and soul. It was just, gah! Words seriously can not do it justice. I haven't cried this hard at an episode since "Doomsday," and "The Parting of the Ways" before that. And then the tears calmed down, and I was able to just relax, and then Amy was devastated that showing Vincent this hadn't changed the course of his life, and the Doctor took her in his arms, cupped her head in his hands, rested his forehead against hers and gave his speech, well, the tears started again. Then Amy turned and saw the sunflowers, "For Amy" and I was a sobbing mess again. Oh my.

This is one of THE finest episodes of television I've ever seen. Period.
 
 
 
irlandesakirlandesak on July 2nd, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
You make me want to see it.

Just this episode, though. I can't seem to watch Who with regularity. I tried for CE's Nine (who I absolutely adored) but the futurist stuff isn't my cup of tea. The eppies when they traveled into the past, however, were right up my ally.

So this one probably would be as well.
Arabian: Dr Who (Nine)arabian on July 2nd, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, you really don't need to know anything else (just that Rory, Amy's fiance, died in the previous episode, but due to a crack in time, Amy doesn't remember his existence) about the show.

It's just sheer brilliance. :D
Kelly: Rory Amylavendergaia on July 2nd, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
I'm really glad that you're enjoying this season! And this episode, though I wish I had liked it as much as everyone else.
Arabian: Dr Who (Eleven)arabian on July 2nd, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
I really didn't think I would get to the point where I was really enjoying it, but the last batch of episodes have really started to do it. I'm still not a fan of Moffat (and see plenty o' flaws in his writing -- note, the last batch of episodes were not written by him), but I am enjoying the series overall.

Aww, you didn't love this episode? Sorry. I just, gah, it ripped me apart in a great way. Loved it.
Kelly: Doctor Jefflavendergaia on July 2nd, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)
I think it's because, other than Sally Sparrow, Rory is my favorite character in all of Who and I watched this right after he died and anything that was not everyone else mourning with me just wasn't going to be good enough.
Arabian: Dr Who (Nine)arabian on July 2nd, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
Ah, gotcha. See I know what happens with Rory so I only cried a little over him and I'm not mourning him cuz, well, I know what happens. But I get where you're coming from. Even with the two years distance, I still don't love "The Christmas Invasion" as much as most Doctor/Rose fans because it's the episode after I lost my beloved Nine.
Jessica: who. ot3. take all your chances.galfridian on July 2nd, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
I don't know that I have ANYTHING to say in reply to this entry except “THIS”! I don't know that there was anything in this episode that wasn't perfect. I mean, some people complained that the monster-of-the-week was lame, but I think it fit with the story so well. Its inability to see paralleled with Van Gogh's superior ability to see quite well.

Tony Curran was BRILLIANT as Van Gogh. I can't even handle how brilliant he was. His happiness, his joy, his sadness, his despair. All of it was so well portrayed. Also, Richard Curtis is a BRILLIANT writer. I think every season of Doctor Who from now on should have an episode written by him.

Really though, I am so in love with this episode--and the new pairing it gave me! A+!
Arabian: Dr Who (VatD)arabian on July 2nd, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
How can you complain about the monster?!?!? It was so clearly, but subtlety a metaphor for Van Gogh! It was perfect; this episode was utter and complete perfection.

Just, GAH!!!!!
Jude: 11/Amy holding handsdanceonstardust on July 2nd, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
How can you complain about the monster?!?!? It was so clearly, but subtlety a metaphor for Van Gogh! It was perfect; this episode was utter and complete perfection.

I bet the majority who complained are guys. IA about this. Your idea of Van Gogh and monster is spot on.
Arabian: Dr Who (VatD)arabian on July 2nd, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
Aww, Eleven/Amy hand-holding. :D
ThroughAnAmberFocus: Eleven and Amyamberfocus on July 2nd, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think this is my favorite episode of the season. Well, maybe the 12th episode as well. It's a tough call. I adored the bit where they were in the museum with Vincent and he got to see his impact on the future. It teared me up a lot. I definitely had to reach for the Kleenex box. I think for an artist who wasn't appreciated much in life he had to have felt just this wonderful surge of joy to know that he endures and people think his work is magnificent one day.

There was a lot of joy in this episode and it was so good to see it. I like joy in Who.
Arabian: Dr Who (Eleven)arabian on July 2nd, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
YES!!

There was joy! Even with all of RTD's sturm und drang, there was almost always joy -- moments big and small -- sprinkled throughout his episodes, and the series, and this one had that mix of angst and joy. Honestly, it reminded me so much of the RTD-era Who.
Jude: 11/Amy holding handsdanceonstardust on July 2nd, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
GAH!!! I knew it!!! Richard "the brilliant" Curtis effect. He did it to me on "Love, Actually" and he did it again! He does the music as well, how I knew it was a full on R.C. awesome episode. You got to have a complementary music to play at least a few times. He did it once in this episode with Vincent seeing his masterpieces. Just amazing episode. T_T

I'm sorry, David Tennant and Ten, I do love you. I do, I do, I do, but Matt Smith and Eleven have officially become my second favorite Doctor. And, lord help me, if Matt keeps up this high level of adorable-ness and mad talent, he might (eek!) surpass Nine. I KNOW! But I love him SO MUCH! And I knew I would.

I have to say, again, yes, 10 is my damn doctor but I love 11 more because as a freaking Classic!Who fanatic as well, damn it, 11 fills in that spot brilliantly.

The Doctor fighting with the monster in the wrong area, but really giving it a good go!
Laughed so hard I actually snorted. xD

The Doctor's scream when he turned the corner and Amy was there, followed by his remonstration to not do that again. And then when she did it again, beginning to tell her to not do it again, before deciding to shelve the conversation. (Trust me, it was just the awesome way that Matt Smith played it.)
God the acting in that part was BRILLIANT. I mean, I really believe that was an actual reaction from the Doctor. Again, I laughed so freaking hard.

When the Doctor clasped Amy's hand while the three were lying on the ground. Ah! Chemistry. Yes, I'm going there.
Can I tell you, I flailed like a total freaking fan girl when that scene happened? I basically squeed in that scene because of course, in Art Class, I did the Van Gogh 'Starry Night' as a Final Piece, got a B because I can't draw but my coloring was perfection (at least to my teacher).

As fantastic as the Eccleston/Piper chemistry was, as great as the Tennant/Piper chemistry was, I do think that Smith/Gillian have the best chemistry I've seen on this show. Damnit, why can't they be romantic?! (Yes, I'm a complete chemistry whore.)

fhaoidjfipfh IKR?!?!? You're already know how I feel about River and RORY, I ADORE BECAUSE HE'S AWESOME. But I ship 11/Amy. I love them, I can't help it. That chemistry just draws me in. My mom even said something about it. She loves their dynamic!!

Besides, Rose would totally love Amy. TOTALLY! Besides, she's got TenII.) Don't get me wrong, I love Rory/Amy, but my God, the Smith/Gillian chemistry is to die for!
She WOULD. I would love to see them in a fic chatting over tea or something. XD I love them too but yeah, their chemistry is just undeniable.

This is one of THE finest episodes of television I've ever seen. Period.
THIS. My favorite out of all of them.

Okay, I just watched "Amy's Choice" again and I'm liking it better. I think I was just annoyed by Rory's death AND yeah my granduncle dying. :/

Edited at 2010-07-02 05:26 am (UTC)
Arabian: Dr Who (Painting)arabian on July 2nd, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
And, see, I'm not even a huge Love Actually fan at all, I just loved this episode, though, so much.

I am trying so HARD to not ship Eleven/Amy, but the chemistry is SO THERE. I'll see how I feel after the finale.

Aww, glad you like AC a bit more. It really is a strong episode.

Edited at 2010-07-02 04:49 pm (UTC)
Jude: 11/Amy holding handsdanceonstardust on July 2nd, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
And, see, I'm not even a huge Love Actually fan at all, I just loved this episode, though, so much.
He also did Bridget Jones, I don't know if you liked that movie... xD Anyway, he's genius k?

I am trying so HARD to not ship Eleven/Amy, but the chemistry is SO THERE. I'll see how I feel after the finale.
Psh I tried for a while to but I couldn't help it. I'm weak. *waves white flag*

Aww, glad you like AC a bit more. It really is a strong episode.
Yeah yeah yeah. Still not my favorite episode but I like it more that's it.


Edited at 2010-07-02 09:11 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Dr Who (Eleven)arabian on July 2nd, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
I liked BJD.

Well, I finished the season, I don't really ship anyone, but I probably will watch some Amy/Eleven episodes. Maybe.
Jude: Elevendanceonstardust on July 2nd, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
*checks that post out*
Taylah: doctorx_rose_tyler_x on July 2nd, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
Great review! We might not agree in many things on this show, but about this episode - completely agree. It's one of my favorites, too, it just seemed to take back the spirit of the first series of New Who, and it was just beautiful.

About Eleven/Amy...well, I started shipping them like whoa. My love for Rory/Amy has surpased them, though, just because I think their relationship is adorably written and beautiful, but it's true that Matt and Karen have amazing chemistry. Of course, they need to get married and have beautiful babies.

Let's see how much you like "The Lodger". Pretty standalone episode but it's one of Matt Smith's finest works in this series just because he's HILARIOUS and humanized and just pure brilliance (I think I might be falling in love with him, lol)
Arabian: Dr Who (Eleven)arabian on July 2nd, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
it just seemed to take back the spirit of the first series of New Who, and it was just beautiful.

Yes, it was just so reminiscent of the best of New Who to me.

About Eleven/Amy...well, I started shipping them like whoa. My love for Rory/Amy has surpased them, though, just because I think their relationship is adorably written and beautiful, but it's true that Matt and Karen have amazing chemistry.

I think by the end of the series this is where I will be.

Ahhh! I can't wait to watch "The Lodger" because I've been hearing it's Matt Smith-eriffic! And I love him!
ruby_casparruby_caspar on July 2nd, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
Same here, I loved this episode, and I was also crying at the end at the bit in the Musee d'Orsay... it was so sweet! And Bill Nighy was the museum guy - AWESOME.

Is this as far as you've seen? I'll be interested to see what you think of the finale. :D
Arabian: Sheldon & Penny - Duckarabian on July 2nd, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
I knew that was Bill Nighy, but his name wasn't in the credits and I was too lazy to check elsewhere, LOL!

Yes, I'm writing my thoughts up as I go along. I have four episodes left. I'm actually not thinking I'll be horribly impressed with the last two episodes because I believe Moffat wrote them, and, well, I REALLY do not like Moffat's style. The two episodes that I've loved were very un-Moffat like (this and "Amy's Choice"). Just not a fan of the man and his writing. But, we'll see. As long as I don't analyze too deeply, I may like it.
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Arabian: Dr Who (Eleven)arabian on July 2nd, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, even knowing what happens with Rory (well, vaguely), I still cried at the end of "Cold Earth." This one was just fantastic. Alas, I feel my uber-enjoyment will be at an end after ep 11 because it's back to Moffat-penned scripts, but we'll see. And yes, I adored Nine and loved Ten so much, I never could have imagined how quickly and completely Eleven has captured me, but he sure has!
S.: dw; eleven/amyartic_fox on July 2nd, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
And not to mention the presence of BILL THE AWESOME NIGHY :D
Arabian: Dr Who (Painting)arabian on July 2nd, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Yaeh, I thought that was him, but didn't see his name in the credits, and was too verklempt after the episode to go searching. I should add that in now.
S.: mr knightley; arrow through the heartartic_fox on July 3rd, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
Bill Nighy is like Stephen Fry here in the UK. Both too awesome to need to be credited :D
Ashley Rae: DW_Nine/Roseloves_bitch1301 on July 3rd, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
I'm tearing up now just remembering that speech. This was a beyond fantastic episode. Nine has always been my doctor, but I'm really loving Eleven as well. It sounds so wrong to say it, but I also think he's becoming my favorite.
Arabian: Dr Who (Nine)arabian on July 3rd, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
I know, right!??! I've been a Nine-fan first for so long because he's so awesome, but Eleven (and Matt Smith) have really captured my heart. I still love you plenty lots my beloved Nine!