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Doctor Who XXXI.10: Vincent and the Doctor (in short)

June 5th, 2010 (08:48 pm)

I hadn't expected to watch this at the time of broadcast, but I had to forsake a place on a punt; I will be rejoining the punters later at widsidh's to see it in full. What I saw impressed greatly, though, with a sensitive guest lead performance from Tony Curran, beautiful photography, and a sense that the audience might come away feeling that they have learned something. Patrick Mulkern at the Radio Times blog has pointed out that the discussion about sunflowers is as much misinformation, historically, as Barras and Napoleon meeting to plan the takeover of France within hours of the fall of Robespierre; but Vincent and the Doctor is certainly in a place to claim some poetic truth there.

The call has come and the boat-travellers are off-river; so back I go.


Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: June 5th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)

But the sentimentality!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 6th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)

I didn't think that it was too sentimental, and it carried off what it did well.

Posted by: segh (segh)
Posted at: June 6th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)

I was embarrassed to death when Bill Nighy was gushing about how great Vincent was and his eyes were filling with tears. I was also made acutely uncomfortable by the Doctor's constantly worrying about Amy at the beginning.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 6th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)

I thought both moments were carried off well, really; I liked the attention to Amy this story, as I think she's been underwritten for the last few weeks.

Posted by: Susan (lil_shepherd)
Posted at: June 6th, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)

I agree with you, and I am someone who gets embarrassed for and by TV characters all the time. Also really, really agree about Amy, who I thought was brilliantly written and very well played.

Posted by: meirion (meirion)
Posted at: June 6th, 2010 07:02 am (UTC)

This is an episode I am saving to watch at a time when I feel I can do it justice. I agree with the premise that van Gogh is the world's greatest artist ever (a position few people agree with, but art rarely moves me, and a few of his paintings do) so it makes me happy that this episode has been made.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 6th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)

I hope that you approve of the episode; I've seen a post elsewhere which shows how much liberty it takes with van Gogh's chronology, but such liberties crept into Doctor Who's treatment of history early on.