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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.



  • 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 πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    April 13th, 2013 - 2:41pm

    Well someone was high while watching this episode @the astronaut of death.

  • 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 clichΓ©s 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.

  • booboo

    April 13th, 2013 - 10:47am

    no sure i will have to ask Luke on that one

  • 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.


    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

  • Anonymous

    April 13th, 2013 - 12:31am

    To The 14th Doctor,

    Yes, we have seen ‘Dalek’, but that was not written by Mark Gatiss, who by the way wrote ‘Victory of the Daleks’. And we all know what paradigm of Daleks were in that episode!

  • Anonymous

    April 13th, 2013 - 12:23am

    Actually it’s Clara’s 3rd appearance. In Asylum of the Daleks she was called Oswin Oswald.

  • Anonymous

    April 13th, 2013 - 12:20am

    She’s younger than me by 13 months.

  • bow ties are cool xxx

    April 12th, 2013 - 10:07pm

    yeah hi me again
    take away the 3rd good episode in my list and replace it with the power of 3 xx

    so u r taking away partners in crime and replacing it with the power of 3

  • bow ties are cool xxx

    April 12th, 2013 - 10:01pm

    (from 9th doctor-11th doctor
    my top 5 good episodes (in that order)
    1. the reble flesh/the almost people
    2. end of time 1&2
    3. partners in crime
    4. the unicorn and the wasp
    5. the stolen earth and journeys end

    my top 5 not so good episodes (in that order)
    1. rose
    2. the library or silence in the library i think its called.
    3. fear her
    4. The doctor, the widow and the wardrobe
    5. the empty child 1&2 xx πŸ™‚


    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

  • bow ties are cool xxx

    April 12th, 2013 - 9:37pm

    and jay abbs i think the same lol xxx and yeah i loved david tennant (and still do)
    and i love matt smith 2 he so funny x

  • bow ties are cool xxx

    April 12th, 2013 - 9:31pm

    hey,Meka Gojira,
    im not being rude but doctor who is no were near like harry potter

    hear r points on doctor who:
    doctor who is about time travle and stuff about space

    the doctor travles in a space-ship called THE TARDIS

    here r points on harry potter:
    harry potter is stuff about magic and ……..stuff

    harry potter has nothing 2 do with time and space and harry potter hasnt got a space-ship to travle in

    but i get wit u r saying but yeah read my points and when we think about it DOCTOR WHO AND HARRY POTTER R NOT THE SAME by the way im not being rude to u xxxooo πŸ™‚

  • 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 =-)

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    April 12th, 2013 - 1:37pm

    Um, jay abbs, this is a Doctor fan site… EVERYONE here watches Doctor Who…

  • Dalek The Supreme

    April 12th, 2013 - 1:36pm

    I originally thought it was good concepts with a lackluster execution, but after a second viewing, I think it was much better than I originally thought

  • Geronimo2605

    April 11th, 2013 - 8:55pm

    She’s younger than me by just less than a year

  • Geronimo2605

    April 11th, 2013 - 8:49pm

    A three year old could have made those monster names up, unbelievable

  • Geronimo2605

    April 11th, 2013 - 8:39pm

    My 5 best episodes since 2005 (not necessarily in order) are:
    1. The empty child/The doctor dances
    2. Blink (it is scary)
    3. The power of three/the angels take Manhattan
    4. The stolen earth/Journey’ s End
    5. The parting of the ways

    My 5 worst episodes since 2005 (again, not necessarily in order) are:
    1. The doctor, the widow and the wardrobe
    2. Fear her
    3. The rebel flesh/the almost people
    4. Planet of the dead
    5. Gridlock

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • 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”.

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