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I haven't commented on a Doctor Who episode in a while, which is a shame, but then I didn't have much to say until this one.

Thing is, most of the last few episodes have left me cold. It's not that I didn't like them, I found them really enjoyable, but I didn't love them and I was a bit sad because I felt like I'd moved on from my Who love.

But this episode is the one that has effected me most since The Eleventh Hour (little Amy sitting and waiting for the Doctor gets me every freaking time).

I'll stick my hand up and say that I've been effected by someone close to me suffering from depression of the incapable of getting out of bed and contemplating suicide level and as a result I was sceptical about how Who would deal with the subject, whether there would be lip service, whether it would be skirted around.

I will forever love this episode for tackling it head on. For showing van Gogh that he would be appreciated in the future, making all his dreams as an artist come true, and then having him still take his own life. Because he was ill, and there's no easy fix. Cheering a person with depression up will not cure them and that's the hardest thing to understand.

Thank you, Who, Curtis, Moff and everybody else involved.

So other things I loved:
1. The set design was amazing. Seeing those paintings as real places was magnificent. Van Gogh is my favourite painter and this episode was a real treat.
2. Bill Nighy! He's so fantastic. Such a small part, but utterly perfect.
3. Loved the pop song. I was wondering what Richard Curtis would bring to Who, of course it was a pop song playing over the climax.
4. Tony Curran was fantastic as Van Gogh.
5. I totally ship Van Gogh/Amy
6. Amy and the sunflowers, that the cutest thing.
7. The Doctor's Rory guilt was heartbreaking. I actually felt this episode dealt with it better than the last episode.
8. The scene, when the night sky changed into swirls before their eyes, it was beautiful.
9. And just, the scene, with Bill Nighy's character's speech, with Van Gogh crying, surrounded by his paintings...maybe it was overly sentimental, but for me it was just right.

This was easily one of my favourite episodes ever.

Date: 2010-06-06 11:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] erinpuff
Yes yes yes yes yes. <3 I'm so glad people are generally having the same sort of response to it that I did - when something really affects me, I always worry that everyone else is going to be all "lol whatever, that was corny as fuck." :o

Date: 2010-06-06 11:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I worry about that too. And this episode was a difficult one, because it's such a fine line between moving and over-the-top cheese-fest sometimes. But it was on the right side of the line for me, namely because Bill Nighy and Tony Curran were both just amazing in that scene.

Date: 2010-06-06 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Omg that scene was beautiful, with that perfect touch of ridiculous added by his muttering "Sorry about the beard."

Date: 2010-06-06 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes. Love the beard remark. It's those little touches of the ridiculous that make me love Who so much.

Date: 2010-06-06 04:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Ohhh, reading this made me want to watch the episode again. It walked such a fine line between moving and hopelessly ridiculous, and hardly faltered. (I wasn't thrilled about the use of contemporary music, since it's just going to end up dating the episode, but at least it was well used.)

Amy's belief at the end that they'd fixed everything was so sweet and so sad all at once. That's a rough lesson in the reality of mental illness, and I'm really glad the show went there. Ha, trust Doctor Who to use Vincent van Gogh and an invisible chicken of death to create a Very Special Episode that doesn't even feel like one. Fuck, I love this show.

Date: 2010-06-06 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Ha, trust Doctor Who to use Vincent van Gogh and an invisible chicken of death to create a Very Special Episode that doesn't even feel like one."

XD Omg yes.

Date: 2010-06-06 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I liked the music for the "LOL! Richard Curtis!" factor (it's really, for better or worse, his signature)

Amy at the end, that was heartbreaking. I love her so much for being so hopeful that they could make a difference and being so despondent when she realised they didn't. Thinking about it makes me want to hug her so much and tell her she did everything she could.

Date: 2010-06-07 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
While I have been enjoying this series a lot, this episode has probably been my favourite thus far, I have to say I am eating my words big time as I wasn't sure about Richard Curtis writing for the show, but I take it back. Tony Curran was amazing.

Date: 2010-06-12 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I wasn't that excited about Richard Curtis writing an episode either - I'm so glad it worked out. And now I'm extra excited about Neil Gaiman's episode next season.


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