Matt Smith as the Doctor in Order: S7 Episode 7 The Rings of Akhaten

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Matt Smith as the Doctor in Order: S7 Episode 7 The Rings of Akhaten

The lat­est in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doc­tor Who years

Sum­mary: The Doc­tor takes Clara on her first trip to another planet but will a fun cul­tural cer­e­mony mean doom?

Plot: After trav­el­ing through Clara’s pass The Doc­tor takes her they enjoy a mar­ket place and a cer­e­mony where Clara meets and befriends the young girl at the cen­ter of the event, when the event starts to go wrong the Doc­tor and Clara find them­selves the only thing between not only a young girls life, but of thou­sands of others.

Writ­ing: The odd­est thing about Neil Cross’ story is just how for­mu­laic is it. Watch­ing it was like watch­ing so many run of the mill episodes of the series over the decades, won­der, dan­ger, threat impos­si­ble task, res­o­lu­tion, except the actual fin­ish frankly seems weak.

Act­ing: This is an odd one to judge, there are no bad per­for­mances in this episode yet absolutely noth­ing that stands out. This is not the result you want as an actor.

Anniver­sary Flash­back 1st Doc­tor: The Ref­er­ence to his granddaughter.

Mem­o­rable Moments: the ball, the “taxi”

Odd­i­ties: The doc­tor hes­i­tates giv­ing up his sonic screw­driver but it’s well estab­lished that not only can build him­self another one but the TARDIS can too.

Pet Peeves: If the poten­tial of an unlived live was too much for the vil­lain to man­age doesn’t that mean almost any­one could have destroyed it?

Great Quote:

The Doc­tor: I have lived a long life and I have seen a few things. I walked away from the last great Time War, I marked the pass­ing of the Time Lords, I saw the birth of the uni­verse and I watched as time ran out, moment by moment until noth­ing remained, no time, no space, just me. I walked in uni­verses where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a mad man.I watched uni­verses freeze and cre­ations burn,I have seen things you wouldn’t believe, I have lost things you will never under­stand — and I know things, secrets that must never be told, knowl­edge that must never be spo­ken… knowl­edge that will make par­a­site gods blaze! So come on then! Take it!

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Final Ver­dict: 3 12 stars not a bad episode, not a great episode very ordinary

Rank­ing of Sea­son 7 8th of 9

1. The Bells of St. John
2. The Power of three
3. The Snow­men
4. The Doc­tor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
5. Dinosaurs on a Space­ship
6. A Town Called Mercy
7. Asy­lum of the Daleks
8. The Rings of Akhaten
9. The Angels Take Manhattan

Rank­ing in Matt Smith Era to this point (top 10 shown)

1. The Bells of St. John
2. Let’s Kill Hitler
3. The Girl who waited
4. The Doctor’s Wife
5. The Pan­dor­ica Opens
6. A Good Man Goes to War
7. The Eleventh Hour
8. The Big Bang
9. The Lodger
10. A Christ­mas Carol

The latest in my series of Reviews of the Matt Smith Doctor Who years

Summary: The Doctor takes Clara on her first trip to another planet but will a fun cultural ceremony mean doom?

Plot: After traveling through Clara’s pass The Doctor takes her they enjoy a market place and a ceremony where Clara meets and befriends the young girl at the center of the event, when the event starts to go wrong the Doctor and Clara find themselves the only thing between not only a young girls life, but of thousands of others.

Writing: The oddest thing about Neil Cross’ story is just how formulaic is it. Watching it was like watching so many run of the mill episodes of the series over the decades, wonder, danger, threat impossible task, resolution, except the actual finish frankly seems weak.

Acting: This is an odd one to judge, there are no bad performances in this episode yet absolutely nothing that stands out. This is not the result you want as an actor.

Anniversary Flashback 1st Doctor: The Reference to his granddaughter.

Memorable Moments: the ball, the “taxi”

Oddities: The doctor hesitates giving up his sonic screwdriver but it’s well established that not only can build himself another one but the TARDIS can too.

Pet Peeves: If the potential of an unlived live was too much for the villain to manage doesn’t that mean almost anyone could have destroyed it?

Great Quote:

The Doctor: I have lived a long life and I have seen a few things. I walked away from the last great Time War, I marked the passing of the Time Lords, I saw the birth of the universe and I watched as time ran out, moment by moment until nothing remained, no time, no space, just me. I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a mad man.I watched universes freeze and creations burn,I have seen things you wouldn’t believe, I have lost things you will never understand – and I know things, secrets that must never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken… knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze! So come on then! Take it!

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Final Verdict: 3 1/2 stars not a bad episode, not a great episode very ordinary

Ranking of Season 7 8th of 9

1. The Bells of St. John
2. The Power of three
3. The Snowmen
4. The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe
5. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
6. A Town Called Mercy
7. Asylum of the Daleks
8. The Rings of Akhaten
9. The Angels Take Manhattan

Ranking in Matt Smith Era to this point (top 10 shown)

1. The Bells of St. John
2. Let’s Kill Hitler
3. The Girl who waited
4. The Doctor’s Wife
5. The Pandorica Opens
6. A Good Man Goes to War
7. The Eleventh Hour
8. The Big Bang
9. The Lodger
10. A Christmas Carol