Vincent Van Gogh and Doctor Who

Well I must say, I have become quite enamored with the new Dr. Who. I remember being exposed to the show back in the early seventies when I was but a wee tiny toaster-thing. Who, and two other silly shows – The StarLost and Space: 1999 were seminal for me (sorry Star Trek, but you came to the table late in the game for this lad)…

I recently caught an episode of the new Dr. Who that just knocked me out. If anyone thinks Dr. Who is just a silly exercise in cheese you may want to stop and reconsider. In fact, this particular season is imbued with more humanity and pathos than an entire season of “CSI” or “Law & Order” (and it’s way more fun and presents a far more positive view of humanity than either of those popular shows).

Now, to be honest, I was never a fan of this show, at least not til this season.  I caught a few episodes from the last few seasons and really liked what I saw but frankly, at the time I was deep in geek-lust and love with the new Galactica to give anything else more than a passing glance.  Personally, I think this continuation of Dr. Who is great, and to be honest, the old show from 1963 to 1989 wasn’t half bad either in it’s own British video taped way.

Here’s the trailer for the episode that reached into my heart and squeezed til it was the consistency of Campbell’s Tomato soup. And yes, that music in the trailer was actually used in the episode itself during the climax – no bait and switch here. The song – ” Chances” – is by a band called Athlete (never heard of them before this episode of a “stupid cheesy nerdy science fiction show”) and while not the second coming, this centurion thinks it’s a damn good tune.  What the heck is it doing in a science fiction show??? Aren’t those shows about ray guns and rubber aliens and – er, well, this is Dr. Who after all…

It’s a very accurate portrayal of “biploar disorder”, and frankly, it’s just a sweet and beautiful piece of television. Check it out if you are so inclined. And if the final 15 minutes of this episode don’t leave you reduced to a pile of human rubble calling for your mama, then you deserve to be shown to ‘the airlock’.

Here’s a video to the song “Chances” featured in this episode, “Vincent and The Doctor”, by Athlete. Sorry there are no space ship battles or ray gun blasts in it, but it’s pretty gods damn frakking cool anyway.

Okay, excuse me now while I run to the store to restock on tissues.

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2 comments for “Vincent Van Gogh and Doctor Who

  1. RedEyeRogue
    August 26, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Morph Muscle Builder: It took you an hour to read through these posts? Um, maybe it’s time for a little “hooked on phonics” course (or maybe lay off the synthetic muscle builders for a bit). Silly human!

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