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I wasn't quite prepared for this episode. I'm not sure I really like the idea of the Doctor taking such a famous historical figure to see his impact on the world, and that song montage was a bit out of place on a show like this, but I can't deny that the meandering melancholy of this episode, or the raw emotion in those final scenes, cut right at me. I guess I can't I blame the Doctor for wanting to give this impossibly sad man something to hold on to.

VINCENT: Hold my hand, Doctor. Try to see what I see. We're so lucky we're still alive to see this beautiful world. Look at the sky, it's not dark and black and without character. The black is in fact deep blue. And over there! Lighter blue. And blowing through the blueness and the blackness, the wind swirling through the air, and then shining, burning, bursting through - the stars! And you see how they roll their light. Everywhere we look, complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes.

DOCTOR: I've seen many things, my friend, but you're right. Nothing quite as wonderful as the things you see.

I will miss you terribly.

Date: 2010-06-07 04:45 am (UTC)
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The Starry Night scene was amazing. Gah. Well done there, Doctor Who.

Date: 2010-06-07 04:47 am (UTC)
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So great! I was kinda blind-sided by it, too. I just watched the ep again, and pretty much cried from there on through to the end.

Date: 2010-06-07 05:08 am (UTC)
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I want to cry again.

Date: 2010-06-07 03:21 pm (UTC)
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I wanted to cry again until I looked at your icon. :)

Date: 2010-06-07 05:50 am (UTC)
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Did you watch the Confidential? They did a bit of a montage to Adele's Hometown Glory and I cried more at that than at the montage in the actual episode. It was just such a poor choice of a mediocre song (and it was SUCH a stereotypical-sounding song for a montage, if that makes any sense) that it just ruined my emotional reaction to the end.

But the Starry Night scene, oh, my heart.

Date: 2010-06-07 03:42 pm (UTC)
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I haven't watched it yet, but that's the plan for tonight! I mostly don't get using a pop song in Doctor Who at all, or why they didn't think Murray's score could do the trick there. Also, YES, definitely a stereotypical montage song, that makes sense. I can't even remember what it sounded like, it left so little an impression, other than to take me out of the moment. Although, Hometown Glory does make me tear up all Pavlovian-like (thank you Cassie Ainsworth and Chris Miles) so I do wonder if it would have made a difference in the episode.

But yes! The Starry Night scene was just so ridiculously beautifully done.

Date: 2010-06-07 11:04 am (UTC)
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That was such a great sequence and I loved the special effects they did on the sky, a very convincing way to get his perspective across.

Date: 2010-06-07 03:51 pm (UTC)
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The sky effects were gorgeous! Everything about that scene, from Vincent's impassioned speech to the quiet music to the Doctor and Amy reaching for each other at the same time - just GORGEOUS.

Date: 2010-06-07 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Your icon, ahhh! I was so sure that when Amy and Eleven got back to the museum, everything would be all screwed up because they took Vincent somewhere he shouldn't have gone, but instead they went much sadder, and then the painting for Amy! AHHH!


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