Re: 5x10 Vincent and the Doctor (Grading/Discussion) SPOILERS!!
I've said this before (on io9) and I'll say it again.
Vincent and the Doctor is the best episode not only of season 5, but of the entire revival. I can't speak for the old series because I've only seen the Genesis of the Daleks, but I seriously doubt anything could top it. I mean it ranks above almost every single episode of all three Stargate series, all five Star Trek series, and every piece of Star Wars to flow down the tube in my book.
Hmm. I don't know. Personally, I still think "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood" beats it. And my personal favorite remains "The Girl in the Fireplace." But we're pretty much comparing one form of perfection to another at this point.
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