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What Did You Think of The Rings of Akhaten?

What Did You Think of The Rings of Akhaten?

Having found himself a new companion in the shape of Clara Oswald, the Doctor asks where she wants to go first – and her request for somewhere awesome takes the pair to the rings of the planet Akhaten, inhabited by all manner of amazing creatures.

Clara meets the young queen, who is about to take part in a ceremony called the Festival of Offerings – but what begins as a happy sing-song soon turns very grim. Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman star.

Now that the 2nd episode of series 7b has aired in the UK what did you think?, was it the best episode ever or just average.



  • TheDoctorGallifrey

    April 14th, 2013 - 8:11pm

    When the Doctor said ‘I have lost things you will never understand’, I shed a tear as I thought about the Ponds, Rose, Donna….

    • TheDoctorGallifrey

      April 14th, 2013 - 8:12pm

      P.S.(continued) So I won’t know much about classic Doctors

  • Mr Byzantium iPod

    April 14th, 2013 - 8:40am

    Booboo what did you think of this episode? I’ve watched it 3 times and I think it is much better than I originally thought

    • booboo

      April 14th, 2013 - 9:04am

      couldn’t get on with it

  • bow ties are cool xxx

    April 13th, 2013 - 6:54pm

    so did every-one watch cold war then i thought it was good but i didnt get the start of it oh well i have recorded it so i might watch it again 2-morro xxxx 🙂

  • Anonymous

    April 13th, 2013 - 10:25am

    Booboo, is there anyway of getting rid of the big blue banner which when you scroll down the page it follows you.

    • booboo

      April 13th, 2013 - 10:47am

      no sure i will have to ask Luke on that one

    • Rsteady

      April 13th, 2013 - 12:50pm

      This was definitely a miss. The acting was fine but the material was a mix and match of old episodes and instantly forgettable.

      What wasn’t so forgettable was the psychobabble and pseudo science.

      How can a sun be a vampire if it provides light and warmth to 7 planets as well as a gravitational centre to maintain the rings?

      So if you destroy said vampire using a lot of metaphysical holy water, as well sunlight ain’t going to do it, don’t you kill all the planets that depend on it?

      Also just like to say motorbikes are cool but followed by clichés such as space scooters are not. Also not cool is ex star war rejects and people breathing and singing in space. I know a large part of the audience are children but Dr Who is “science” fiction first with a bit of fantasy thrown in on the periphery.

      Watched it for over 45 years and this is how the show went into the wilderness last time.

      I boast to people about what a great show it is and in its return it did really well at first. Matt Smiths first season was exceedingly dodgie until he found his feet with the help of a fez but this is not about the actors this is about the quality of the scripts.

      I’d like to be boasting in 20 years time but unless things improve I doubt it. BTW Jenna-Louise is doing very nicely, keep up the good work.


    April 13th, 2013 - 9:36am

    These is my favourite episodes since the series came back not in order 1 the snowmen 2 the power of three 3 the bells of st john 4 victory of the daleks 5 night terrors 6 the wedding of river song 7 dalek 8 humman nature
    9 the curse of the black spot
    now my not so good episodes 1 the rebel flesh/the almost people 2 love and monsters 3 fer her 4 turn left 5 the family of blood 6 blink 7 the big bang


    April 13th, 2013 - 9:21am

    download me at once


    April 12th, 2013 - 10:00pm

    i dont know where i am help me please i dont know where i am !

  • Anonymous

    April 12th, 2013 - 9:58pm

    theres something in the wi-fi !!! beware

  • bow ties are cool xxx

    April 12th, 2013 - 9:42pm

    btw people im a girl repeat bow ties r cool is a girl
    just because i love doctor who that dont mean to say im a boy

    • Rsteady

      April 13th, 2013 - 10:32pm

      Yes it is the ISP’s choking your bandwidth even on unlimited accounts.

      They are also censoring the sites you can go to. So beware there are monsters out there. Muahahahahaha!!!!

  • dalek eternal

    April 12th, 2013 - 4:36pm

    anyone know that the monster behing the dr in the what did you think of the rings of akhaten? is from another show on cbbc cant remember what the show was clalled but their part human and convert humans to look like them

  • Big D

    April 12th, 2013 - 3:41pm

    Im sorry and I never ever thought I would hear / see myself saying this but Doctor Who has become boring.

    Having seen every episode since 1963, having got every dvd available and having a massive collection of merchandise, believe it or not I consider myself a bit of a fan…. BUT…. Im bored with it.

    I think that it could possibly be down to the emphasis the writers appear to be placing on the assistants, or perhaps the ‘humanising’ of the Doctor, or perhaps the romantic, kissy-kissy elements that we are inundated with, or maybe its just lacklustre, boring writing thats doing it, or it might be something else entirely. But. Im bored with it.

    I genuinely hope that they do the return of the Ice Warriors greater justice than they did with the Sillurians and that it reignites my passion for Doctor Who once more.

    Plus : I really hope they deliver on the 50th anniversary episode but somehow, I wont be holding my breath.

    Im sorry.

    • Stuart Morrison

      April 12th, 2013 - 5:16pm

      Come on Mate, keep the faith! I am the same as you, having every classic adventure currently available. I mean Colin Bakers run was nothing to write home about (No fault of Colins, I blame JNT)If you have every adventure available, you have Time and the Rani!, you have Timelash!

      Watch both of those and then watch Rings again, you’ll feel better!

      And Matt’s acting in this was stellar and there is the big reveal at the end of the series, as long as Steve dosen’t mess it up (No pressure Steve)

    • bow ties are cool xxx

      April 12th, 2013 - 9:14pm

      how could u say that about doctor who
      i mean i get what ur saying
      but its no-were near getting boaring (if u get what i mean)xx

    • bow ties are cool xxx

      April 12th, 2013 - 9:16pm

      btw i didnt mean to be rude to u when i said that comment xx =-)

    • Rsteady

      April 13th, 2013 - 10:36pm

      Not quite boring but the quality is dropping. No offense but Colin Bakers Dr was an arrogant, pompass ass and he didn’t need to keep telling us he was an alien as his attitude did not help a series in crisis.

  • fred fep

    April 11th, 2013 - 5:54pm

    Enough with the mezzo soprano boring annoying pseudo opera singing. How many episodes include this type of bad singing. At least try some other type, style of music.

    Come up with a new idea that does not include high voiced bad singing!!!

  • Cate

    April 11th, 2013 - 4:14pm

    Disappointing really. Barely even starting and then quickly ending without any good story core. Even a few funny dialogues can’t replace proper screenplay. And Doctor’s ‘confession’ of the end – absolutely unnecessary. It looked like an AA meeting: “just shout it out, maybe it’ll help”.


    April 11th, 2013 - 3:43pm

    i swear the leaf in TBOSJ and the leaf in TROA is different.

    • Anonymous

      April 11th, 2013 - 4:35pm

      That’s cos they are totally different leaves.

      Doctor Who Wiki says –

      The leaf that Clara has in this episode appears to be shaped differently, possibly even having come from a different type of tree than the leaf shown in the previous episode.

      I read on another site, can’t remember which, stating that there does appear to be a different leaf used in this story compared to the previous episode.

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