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I rather enjoyed that. In fact I really enjoyed that.

The monster was fairly standard Who fair, but it works reasonably well. There is no explanation as to why Vincent can see it (an artist sees things no one else does?), but that's easy enough to hand wave. The Doctor looks super dorky with his mirror detector...thing. This part of the story is mostly an excuse for the TARDIS team to go meet Van Gogh. This might have bothered me, but the Van Gogh plot is wonderful.

Yes, there are obvious set pieces: the cafe, the room, irises ect. I don't care, it works. The colour pallet of the episode is almost entirely made up of blues and vibrant yellows, it's beautiful. The Vincent-Doctor-Amy dynamic is great. I felt the relationships between them really worked (I've often felt a discrepancy between what the script is telling us and what we actually get). There will be shipping, I suppose. The interactions between Amy and Vincent and especially Vincent and the Doctor are very sweet. I loved the scene with the three of them, watching the night sky. I suppose the performances really sell it. Did I mention I loved the performances? There is a melancholy feeling about their interactions, as we know Van Gogh's history will not actually change. I loved the Doctor taking Vincent to the future (it was predictable, but I don't think it was any less effective for that). Totally crazy, definitely not something he should have done, but sometimes he just can't help himself. This seems very much like wish fulfillment on the writer's part, but once again I don't care. *Warning: my crazy imaginings follow* I've imagined doing stuff like that so many times. Too many geniuses died alone and unappreciated. In my fantasies I go around showing them how Awesome they are./imaginings

Ongoing arc stuff:

Once again the Doctor seems to be putting off dealing with the crack. This is problematic in terms of dramatic tension. It seems very stupid on the Doctor's part, but I wouldn't say it's uncharacteristic. Apart from his general tendency to put things off as long as possible, there might be something going on we don't know about. Alternatively, (this is what I'm going with at the moment) he's putting off dealing with the crack because he has no idea what to do about it. I think the emotional aftermath of Rory's death was handled well, considering the limitations. The Doctor felt so old (performance!). I like how the temporary team up with Van Gogh underscores the fact there is a space for a third person there that is...vacant. Amy is unaware of this, but there is a feeling of absence there. Amy was much better used here then in the last two parter and she felt very natural to me. After the mini storm in the fandom around Amy's character this past week, I find I still feel the same about her. I like Amy. I don't think she's the awesomest companion ever, but she's fun and I can identify with her (though I'm very different from her), even when she makes bad choices.

I'll probably notice stuff to pick at when I re-watch (or others will do it for me), but I don't really want to. There are probably historical inaccuracies (although research was clearly done). I'm willing to chuck it up to dramatic license. In short, I loved the episode, but it made quite sad.

Random randomness: the TARDIS translates Scottish accent into Dutch accent? LOL She has such a quirky sense of humor.
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