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07 June 2010 @ 05:51 pm
Vincent and the Doctor, take 2  
One random observation about Eleven: I posted about this before in more detail, but I continue to love the young/old juxtaposition they've got going on with him: in the first scene with the mirror gadget, Eleven is all, "ah, you crazy kids, with your rock-and-roll and your impressionism; give me a proper artist like Gainsborough," but he can't resist testing out the gadget by sticking his tongue out at the mirror.

Quick thought about "Vincent and the Doctor" and "The Shakespeare Code":

This season as a whole is taking a much more flexible approach to time, and "Vincent and the Doctor" is in keeping with that. The Doctor and Amy's trip back into the past changes two of Van Gogh's paintings, most notably the second one, which now reads "for Amy" (one could argue that with the painting of the church, they're just setting time to rights by making it so the face never exists). And that's just fine. By contrast, Ten hears the title of Love's Labour's Won and spends the episode trying to correct time (the very presence of the title is enough to alert the Doctor that something is "wrong"--the implication being that LLW never existed, as opposed to just not making it into the Folio or something to that effect). At the end of the episode, too, he's very careful to nudge Shakespeare into not writing down the play--"Better not, there might still be power in those words" (or whatever he actually says)--because that would change time, something that's presented as a problem throughout (though not exclusively: remember Harriet Jones?), until the climax of "The Waters of Mars." Season five has already rewritten time in a major way once (RORYYYYY), and I'm assuming that it's building up to another rewrite. What I wonder is whether this more cavalier attitude is because of the crack, or merely alongside it?

Also, I am totally ridiculous, because I spend all my time now worrying about whether they are going to do something like a) bring the memory of Rory back, but keep him killed off so that it can be just the Doctor and Amy aboard the TARDIS; or b) try really hard to bring Rory back, but fail in the attempt. Which would just be entirely too much for me to handle.
 
 
 
pink for pterodactyl: p:cherry blossomsignificantowl on June 7th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
try really hard to bring Rory back, but fail in the attempt.

aaaah I HAD NOT THOUGHT OF THAT.

*woes*
tempestsarekind: eleven and amytempestsarekind on June 7th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
I think about it ALL THE TIME. I can't help it!

*worries and frets*
Jay the Nerd Kid - Elitist Internet Royalty: moodswingers - angelbewarethespork on June 8th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
b) try really hard to bring Rory back, but fail in the attempt. Which would just be entirely too much for me to handle.

I WOULD CRY SO MANY BITTER, ANGSTY TEARS.
tempestsarekind: amy pondtempestsarekind on June 8th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
ME TOO.