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Doctor Who "Bigger on the inside..."

View Poll Results: What's your verdict?
Excellent 100 63.29%
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Old June 6 2010, 06:31 PM   #106
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I'd like to know the ratio between those who found it boring and only started watching the show when RTD brought it back and those who enjoyed it and were fans of classic Who beforehand.

Not having a go or anything, I'm just being curious.
For myself, I mostly enjoyed this episode. I'm not old enough to have seen Dr Who since the beginning, but started to watch in the Tom Baker era. (I have older ones than that on dvd now however)
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Old June 6 2010, 06:32 PM   #107
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Well no, in the original run he specifically states he has no control over where the TARDIS goes.
Add that to the list of other untruths he's stated that were convenient to him. In the original run he's never had a problem getting to exactly where he wants to go when he wants to.

This has lead to many companions getting stuck with him, and him not being able to return them home.
More unwilling than unable. The Doctor has always had his own agenda, and he's never been afraid to use other people to accomplish it.

It is a common theory though that over time, the Doctor has gained greater control of the TARDIS, able to pin point where he wants to land, and this episode that has really come true he's able to go to the past, the future and the past again exactly when he wants to.
Which is clearly bollocks. Any time he's wanted to go somewhere specific, he's made it exactly where he wants to go. Anytime someone else wants to get somewhere and he doesn't feel like it, "Oops the TARDIS is acting up". Total nonsense. The Doctor is a habitual liar, nevertheless he's the greatest hero in the history of the Universe.
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Old June 6 2010, 06:46 PM   #108
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As for that rest of the story, there were a few things that really resonated with me. One was the music that was played during Van Gogh's museum scene. Doctor Who has never had a music piece before, and I was a bit caught off gaurd by it.
I see we've decided to block out the Britney Spears fiasco of 2005. Probably for the best.

The crack hasn't wiped the incident from youtube though:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eIQ-Nbnd7I

^ It's 1 minute into the clip, if anyone's a glutton for punishment.
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Old June 6 2010, 06:47 PM   #109
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There was a LOT to love about this episode, but for me the thing that stands out the most is just how odd and quirky and charming it all was. From the gorgeous Parisian setting, to the Doctor's goofy little contraption, to Vincent Van Gogh battling invisible monsters...

There was such a different tone and feel to this episode, and I found myself wishing the show could always be this way.

I will say though, I wish they delved a bit more into Van Gogh's depression. I understand they were trying to soften things a bit for kids, but it still felt a bit too simplistic. If you didn't know better, you would think it all just came down to Vincent feeling "unappreciated" or something. I wish there was a little more acknowledgement of some deeper psychological problems at work.

Still though, this was definitely one of the best episodes of the series. With one of the most magical endings I've seen in quite a while. Bringing Vincent into the future to see his work in the museum was absolutely inspired.
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Old June 6 2010, 06:51 PM   #110
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I see we've decided to block out the Britney Spears fiasco of 2005. Probably for the best.
And The Sound Of Drums. However, they're diegetic examples so not quite the same as in this episode.
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Old June 6 2010, 06:52 PM   #111
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It's so odd to read complaints of how "slow" or "boring" it was...as if you were shown nothing but paint drying for the entire episode!
I'd like to know the ratio between those who found it boring and only started watching the show when RTD brought it back and those who enjoyed it and were fans of classic Who beforehand.

Not having a go or anything, I'm just being curious.
For whatever it's worth, I only started watching Doctor Who during the RTD years and was never bored once this entire episode. "Vincent and the Doctor" is one of the very few Doctor Who episodes I'd award 5 out of 5 stars -- right up there with "Father's Day," "The Girl in the Fireplace," "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood," "Midnight," and "Turn Left."
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Old June 6 2010, 06:53 PM   #112
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Well no, in the original run he specifically states he has no control over where the TARDIS goes.
Add that to the list of other untruths he's stated that were convenient to him. In the original run he's never had a problem getting to exactly where he wants to go when he wants to.

This has lead to many companions getting stuck with him, and him not being able to return them home.
More unwilling than unable. The Doctor has always had his own agenda, and he's never been afraid to use other people to accomplish it.

It is a common theory though that over time, the Doctor has gained greater control of the TARDIS, able to pin point where he wants to land, and this episode that has really come true he's able to go to the past, the future and the past again exactly when he wants to.
Which is clearly bollocks. Any time he's wanted to go somewhere specific, he's made it exactly where he wants to go. Anytime someone else wants to get somewhere and he doesn't feel like it, "Oops the TARDIS is acting up". Total nonsense. The Doctor is a habitual liar, nevertheless he's the greatest hero in the history of the Universe.
I disagree with pretty much everything you just said, I see it differently, but ok.
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Old June 6 2010, 06:55 PM   #113
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As for that rest of the story, there were a few things that really resonated with me. One was the music that was played during Van Gogh's museum scene. Doctor Who has never had a music piece before, and I was a bit caught off gaurd by it.
I see we've decided to block out the Britney Spears fiasco of 2005. Probably for the best.

The crack hasn't wiped the incident from youtube though:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eIQ-Nbnd7I

^ It's 1 minute into the clip, if anyone's a glutton for punishment.
Even though that scene was played for a joke I've always liked how that song actually works there. The music goes particularly well with the scene of the space station rotating.

It's funny watching that clip to notice how *un*manic Eccleston is compared to his successors.
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Old June 6 2010, 07:04 PM   #114
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I disagree with pretty much everything you just said, I see it differently, but ok.
We can agree to disagree.

It's just that by my reckoning, he's piloted the TARDIS successfully far too many times for any other explanation to make any sense.

Of course, I am not afraid to have unusual and/or unpopular ideas about the show. I'm the guy whose pet theory is that the Doctor has always been a "Special Forces/James Bond" type of agent fighting the Time War, for the entire duration of the series beginning in 1963. Yes, even though RTD didn't invent the concept until 2005. Every episode of the original series was a "mission", we simply weren't privy to that knowledge. Quite a bit of the original series makes much more sense to me when viewed in that light.
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Old June 6 2010, 07:08 PM   #115
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I see we've decided to block out the Britney Spears fiasco of 2005. Probably for the best.
And The Sound Of Drums. However, they're diegetic examples so not quite the same as in this episode.
There's also the song Sunshine by Arrested Development (by the band, not the show) from the opening of Smith and Jones, too. I thought it was nice given that the band isn't as widespread as Britney Spears, the Scissor Sisters, or arguably Athlete.
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Old June 6 2010, 07:20 PM   #116
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^That was my take on it.

I really enjoyed this episode; I thought the scene with Vincent in the museum was very, very touching. Hubby just kinda shrugged and said, "Well, not much going on in this one."

Maybe it's a gender thing.
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Old June 6 2010, 07:23 PM   #117
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^That was my take on it.

I really enjoyed this episode; I thought the scene with Vincent in the museum was very, very touching. Hubby just kinda shrugged and said, "Well, not much going on in this one."

Maybe it's a gender thing.
I'm male (as is, for that matter, Richard Curtis); I doubt it's a gender thing.
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Old June 6 2010, 07:27 PM   #118
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^^ It is a character piece though more than a plot-driven one, I could see that not appealing (or working) for everyone as it relies on one getting invested in the characters.
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Old June 6 2010, 07:30 PM   #119
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^That was my take on it.

I really enjoyed this episode; I thought the scene with Vincent in the museum was very, very touching. Hubby just kinda shrugged and said, "Well, not much going on in this one."

Maybe it's a gender thing.
Also male, and after a bit of a slow start I loved it.
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Old June 6 2010, 07:40 PM   #120
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^^ It is a character piece though more than a plot-driven one, I could see that not appealing (or working) for everyone as it relies on one getting invested in the characters.
Exactly. This episode's appeal is more based on whether a given individual can enjoy a story that's character-oriented rather than plot-oriented, not on gender or original series fanhood.
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