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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.




    April 11th, 2013 - 3:43pm

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

  • Anonymous

    April 11th, 2013 - 10:38am

    He wasn’t paying attention. It is not an insignificant leaf. The reason it stopped the real god (not the mummy) was because it is such a significant leaf.

  • James marshall

    April 10th, 2013 - 11:53pm

    I loved this the rings of akhaten I have now watched it 18 times its that good

  • jay abbs

    April 10th, 2013 - 7:54pm

    hi my name is jay Abbs i love doctor who my best doctors are David tenant and Matt smith are the best. i think doctor who should be watched thanks for reading

  • MekaGojira

    April 10th, 2013 - 12:38pm

    Doctor Who != Harry Potter

    They need to put more science back into this science fiction show.

  • the eternal doctor

    April 10th, 2013 - 10:37am

    my 5 best episodes since it returned in 2005 are

    .angels take Manhattan
    .rings of akhaten & end of time part 1/2
    .the fires of Pompeii
    .smith and jones & blink
    the power of 3

    my worst 5 since 2005 are
    there are no worst episodes for me
    also I disagree with curse of the black spot and stolen earth and journeys end also rebel flesh and the almost people being on the bottom 5 the other two fear her and love and monster probably around 30-34

  • Scott Mitchell

    April 9th, 2013 - 6:22pm

    I thought the episode was good but some parts of it could have been better like the start of the episode was boring until the Doctor and Clara got to Akhaten Market and after that it was good. I would have to say the Bells of saint John was better than the Rings of Akhaten but I liked the Mummy and Vigils. Can’t wait for the Cold War with the Ice Warriors returning.

  • Katie

    April 9th, 2013 - 5:03pm

    I loved the episode it is always good when he brings his new companion on to the scence and that Lullaby was sooo sweet i loved how he said ‘we never walk away’ and it is so true it’s the best i never also get tired of a impssiable thing like Clara she cant be so that is one of the best things as well

  • Dalek Sec

    April 9th, 2013 - 3:52pm

    Agree with you no who.

  • the astronaut of death

    April 9th, 2013 - 2:45pm

    how can you find blink not scary it has been voted the second best ep of all time

  • the astronaut of death

    April 9th, 2013 - 2:44pm

    well first of all the god had just took in all of the doctors memories and that would have made him very full because the doctor has 1 thousand years worth of memories . so the god only needed one more thing that would make him so full and go BOOOM! so Clara gave him the most important leaf in human history and the god took it then BOOM!

    and the point of mummy was like an alarm clock it would wake the god up when needed

  • Stuart Morrison

    April 9th, 2013 - 9:56am

    The Rings of Akhaten…after initially being pretty impressed with the special effects and the Mos Eisley Cantina feel of the aliens, I started to feel a little bored waiting for something to happen, then the special effects took a hit on the scooter journey to the pyramid and it started to go downhill fast.

    I was considering going to make a cup of tea, but then we had a hint of what was to come, the touching speech the Doctor gave to Mery was excellent, with Matt Smith apparantly channeling Brian Cox! I found a lump in my throat for the first time in a long time.
    Really good performance from Matt Smith here, I don’t paticularly like him, but he was on top form in this episode.

    But what an ending…….The ending was genius and really emotional. The sillouete of the Doctor standing in front of the “parasitic god” a perfect cue to the audience that things were about to get epic.

    The fact that in his heart he knew he didn’t have “enough in the tank” to stop a creature of this power, he was out of ideas, but wouldn’t turn his back on those he had promised to protect. And then the speech, better than the speech in the pandorica opens, better than any speech that has come before possibly, delivered with real emotion by Matt. I think The Doctor has an idea at this point he dosent have enough but has made a decision to go out fighting.

    A tweak of the bow tie……Come on then! again from the Pandorica opens a phrase the Doctor seems to use when he is aware that there is a very real possibility of death, and he always seems more aincient, more dangerous when his back is to the wall.

    And then Clara showing her worth in the rescue! Despite only being in the tardis for 1 day she has enough courage to stand up to a god

    I didn’t have an issue with the whole leaf stops giant floting sun thing to be honest.

    For long time fans of the show like me the suspension of disbelief is something we had to do on a regular basis, when sets wobbled when aliens bumped into scenery…you pretend you dont see it, your here for the limitless possibilities, the performances.

    In my mind the leaf represents the future that Clara was robbed of…a future that she has imagined over and over again, in her mind. Imprinting the leaf with a universe of infinite possibilities, that was enough to cause the god a bit of indigestion….

    Felt a bit of an anticlimax after the ending, I would have preferred to see how the aliens reacted to the loss of their god instead of…Tardis goes home ending that we got. But hey I was blown away….anyone else feel the same as me? Because I’ve read a lot of negative reviews and my friends hated it lol.

    I thought the refrences to Susan, the Mind Robber and Utopia were exactly what the 50th anniversery needs more of, more refrences to the shows past to reward long time fans of the show for their loyalty through the years.

    To Sum up in my opinion epic moments like this define the show and the character. Clara is shaping up to be an excellent companion and next week the Ice Warriors return, bring on episode 3!

  • PedroPete

    April 8th, 2013 - 9:11pm

    The doctor was reading the beano! yay!

  • Dalek The Supreme

    April 8th, 2013 - 7:12pm

    They are bringing her back, unfortunately (Sorry, I can’t stand Rose), along with David Tennant and the Zygons. Hopefully we’ll see the 4th and 7th Doctors and the Daleks as well.

  • run you clever boy and remember

    April 8th, 2013 - 7:10pm

    did u actaully watch the episode

  • run you clever boy and remember

    April 8th, 2013 - 7:09pm

    my mates were dissapointed, but i fought that it was great. definatley (to me) one of the best episodes since 2005, the bells of saint john was great as well, as im expecting hide, journey to the centre of the tardis,the crismon horror, nighmare in silver and especcialy the finale. Clara is the best companion to me even though she has only been in 4 episodes so far. I loved the leaf scene at the beginning and the knew tardis

  • Dalek The Supreme

    April 8th, 2013 - 7:08pm

    My best 5 since the show’s return:
    1. The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
    2. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
    3. Vincent and the Doctor
    4. A Town Called Mercy
    5. Dalek
    My worst 5 since the show’s return:
    5. The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End
    4. The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People
    3. The Curse of the Black Spot
    2. Fear Her
    1. Love and Monsters

  • Anonymous

    April 8th, 2013 - 6:58pm

    The episodes feel rushed and over the top now.

  • Joethewhovian

    April 8th, 2013 - 6:49pm

    Thought the singing in the gunfighters was better than this. I cringed all the way! How could 1 insignificant leaf stop a massive, sentient star? If the real enemy was a burning ball of gas, what was the point of the vigil and the mummy?

  • Anonymous

    April 8th, 2013 - 6:42pm

    Emilia jones is actually older than me and she’s eleven!

  • Ian c

    April 8th, 2013 - 5:10pm

    I couldn’t agreed more, easily the worst episode of the modern era!

  • PedroPete

    April 8th, 2013 - 4:39pm

    It was! 🙂

  • PedroPete

    April 8th, 2013 - 4:39pm

    Thanks for telling us!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • PedroPete

    April 8th, 2013 - 4:35pm

    which episodes did you hide behind the sofa?

  • PedroPete

    April 8th, 2013 - 4:33pm

    My top five BEST episodes (in order) since 2005:
    1) The end of the World
    2) Love and Monsters
    3) The Bells of Saint John
    4)The End of time
    5) Amy’s Choice

    My top five WORST episodes (in order) since 2005:
    1) The impossible Planet / The Satan Pit
    2) The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances
    3) The Rebel Flesh / The almost People
    4) Blink (NOT SCARY AT ALL!!! – JUST STUPID)
    5)Fear Her

    What Do You Guys think?

  • Anonymous

    April 8th, 2013 - 4:32pm

    1st = best
    8th = worst


  • Lizzy

    April 8th, 2013 - 4:21pm

    I’m fairly disappointed so far…Everything seems to be getting sorted and over with very quickly…there’s no danger, no fear, no excitement. You think they are building up to something, then its all over and nothing actually happened…I love Matt Smith and think he is a really great Dr, definitely living up to those before him, however the story lines are just no that great…Please bring back the action! I miss hiding behind the sofa! :'(

  • the astronaut of death

    April 8th, 2013 - 4:08pm

    guys have you heard the news Kate Stuart from the power of 3 is going to be in the 50th !

  • outnumbered

    April 8th, 2013 - 3:46pm

    yeah the monster should of hand on the bike and grabed the little girls leg and clara saved her by kicking the monster of the bike


    April 8th, 2013 - 3:31pm

    Agree with Joanne D

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