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I finished series five of the new Doctor Who today-- and after watching "Vincent and the Doctor" last night, I... legit cannot stop thinking about how awesome it was (a few people on Plurk can attest to this). It's a time-travel episode in which the main characters go back and meet Vincent Van Gogh-- and the last few minutes even made my mom cry, and she isn't a fan of sci-fi and thus doesn't watch the show. I've been trying to find a link just to that bit so I can post it here, but no cigar.

While I did really like the metaphor of the entire plot (and I also loved the scene where Amy, Vincent, and the Doctor are lying on the grass and the sky above them transforms into his painting The Starry Night), I won't describe the entire episode because really, what made it for me was the ending. After spending time living with, getting to know, and becoming close to Van Gogh, and seeing just how misunderstood and pushed aside he was in his own time, the Doctor and his current companion bring him onto the TARDIS and take him to 2010's Musée d'Orsay... where there's an exhibition of all his paintings, finally being viewed and appreciated. They talk to a tour guide, who says that he believes that Van Gogh is not only the best artist of all time, but one of the best people of all time-- and Vincent just starts crying. Looking around at reviews online, there's definitely a segment of the fandom that thought the scene was overly sappy, but... I don't know. There was just something so incredibly moving about it for me. And like I said, I cannot. Get it out. Of my head. It's something that really would be wonderful to be able to do in real life-- take historical figures who were particularly tortured or unjustly maligned, and bring them into the future to say, "Look! See! We appreciate you! No matter what happened to you in your time, you weren't forgotten, and now you're going to be loved forever."

Definitely my favorite episode of the series-- old and new. Even better than "Midnight"... just for that ending.
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Because I a) am a huge geek, and b) have recently come into possession of quite a few classic Doctor Who DVDs, I'm using my good ol' LJ to catalogue which ones I own. This list will presumably (hopefully?) be added to as time goes on.

First Doctor
008. "The Reign of Terror" (incomplete)
014. "The Crusade" (incomplete)
017. "The Time Meddler"
018. "Galaxy 4" (incomplete)
020. "The Myth Makers" (incomplete)
021. "The Daleks' Master Plan" (incomplete)
024. "The Celestial Toymaker" (incomplete)
026. "The Savages" (incomplete)
028. "The Smugglers" (incomplete)
029. "The Tenth Planet" (incomplete)

Second Doctor
030. "The Power of the Daleks" (incomplete)
031. "The Highlanders" (incomplete)
032. "The Underwater Menace" (incomplete)
033. "The Moonbase" (incomplete)
034. "The Macra Terror" (incomplete)
035. "The Faceless Ones" (incomplete)
036. "The Evil of the Daleks" (incomplete)
038. "The Abominable Snowmen" (incomplete)
040. "The Enemy of the World" (incomplete)
041. "The Web of Fear" (incomplete)
042. "Fury from the Deep" (incomplete)
043. "The Wheel in Space" (incomplete)
049. "The Space Pirates (incomplete)

Fourth Doctor
078. "Genesis of the Daleks"
082. "Pyramids of Mars"
087. "The Hand of Fear"
105. "City of Death"
109. "The Leisure Hive"

Fifth Doctor
128. "The King's Demons"

Sixth Doctor
136. "The Twin Dilemma"

Seventh Doctor
148. "Remembrance of the Daleks"
153. "Ghost Light"
155. "Survival"

Ninth Doctor
157. "Rose"
158. "The End of the World"
159. "The Unquiet Dead"
160. "Aliens of London"/"World War Three"
161. "Dalek"
162. "The Long Game"
163. "Father's Day"
164. "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances"
165. "Boom Town"
166. "Bad Wolf"/"The Parting of the Ways"

Tenth Doctor
167. "The Christmas Invasion"
168. "New Earth"
169. "Tooth and Claw"
170. "School Reunion"
171. "The Girl in the Fireplace"
172. "Rise of the Cybermen"/"The Age of Steel"
173. "The Idiot's Lantern"
174. "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit"
175. "Love & Monsters"
176. "Fear Her"
177. "Army of Ghosts"/"Doomsday"
178. "The Runaway Bride"
179. "Smith and Jones"
180. "The Shakespeare Code"
181. "Gridlock"
182. "Daleks in Manhattan"/"Evolution of the Daleks"
183. "The Lazarus Experiment"
184. "42"
185. "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood"
186. "Blink"
187. "Utopia"/"The Sound of Drums"/"Last of the Time Lords"
188. "Voyage of the Damned"
189. "Partners in Crime"
190. "The Fires of Pompeii"
191. "Planet of the Ood"
192. "The Sontaran Stratagem"/"The Poison Sky"
193. "The Doctor's Daughter"
194. "The Unicorn and the Wasp"
195. "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead"
196. "Midnight"
197. "Turn Left"
198. "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End"
199. "The Next Doctor"
200. "Planet of the Dead"
201. "The Waters of Mars"
202. "The End of Time"

Eleventh Doctor
203. "The Eleventh Hour"
204. "The Beast Below"
205. "Victory of the Daleks"
206. "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone"
207. "The Vampires of Venice"
208. "Amy's Choice"
209. "The Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood"
210. "Vincent and the Doctor"
211. "The Lodger"
212. "The Pandorica Opens"/"The Big Bang"
213. "A Christmas Carol"
214. "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon"
215. "Curse of the Black Spot"
216. "The Doctor's Wife"
217. "The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People"
218. "A Good Man Goes to War"/"Let's Kill Hitler"
219. "Night Terrors"
220. "The Girl Who Waited"
221. "The God Complex"
222. "Closing Time"
223. "The Wedding of River Song"

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