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Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Patrick on Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:56 pm

The Doctor apparently succeeds in convincing Clara Oswald to travel with him in the TARDIS. "Where do you want to go?" He asks in the previews to the episode. "Somewhere awesome," the twice dead lady answers. Well, at the risk of being a bit overbearing, I think we'll be the judges of how 'awesome' this story is. So, what did you think of "The Rings of Akhaten"?

Standard disclaimers apply: this thread will remain locked until transmission of the story in the UK. Which mean for North American viewers, if you wonder in here before the episode is shown on the western side of the Atlantic, don't complain if the responses in this thread give the story for you. That would be what you call a Spoiler Warning.

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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by The Browncoat Cat on Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:23 pm

Not impressed by the story, a monster defeated by singing Coldplay songs. Oh dear. Visuals and production values on the other hand were incredible on a BBC budget.
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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Johnstone McGuckian on Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:44 am

What the gentleman above said really.

Interestingly, I was loving it up until the actual story started. I would happily sit and watch the Doctor and Clara wandering around an alien city with no monster/baddie/child for a whole 45 minutes.
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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Rich Flair on Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:55 am

That was the best one since Moffat took over. I've never seen anything by Neil Cross before, having not watched Luther, but I'll happily allow him to take over when the Moff retires.
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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Dave Webb on Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:29 am

Not quite sure what to make of that - some bits I liked very much,other bits I wasn't too keen on. So all in all, not bad at all! Smile

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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Patrick on Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:43 am

Let's compare & contrast The Rings Of Akhaten with The Beast Below and The End Of The World.

All three episodes feature an element of a queen of some sort. All three take place in an environment completely alien to the companion, as their first adventure travelling in the TARDIS. All three offer some truly impressive visuals.

And most crucially, all three feature- in fact, focus upon- the new companion. They were all featured as a way to cement the relationship between the Doctor and the new companion.

Now, in Rings, the key difference is that the story is actually overwhelmed by the relationship dynamic. I certainly like the Spencer & Hepburn dynamic of Matt Smith's Doctor and JLC's Clara. In fact, I think that dynamic was even more compelling than the story itself.


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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Zoltar on Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:59 pm

Dave Webb wrote:Not quite sure what to make of that - some bits I liked very much,other bits I wasn't too keen on. So all in all, not bad at all! Smile
That about sums up my reaction.

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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by The Co=Ordinator on Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:38 am

Having given things time to sink in, here are a few thoughts.

Basically nothing happens for 20 minutes. Then something happens, though I'm not sure what, that involves singing and a big macguffin. Then, before you know it, the TARDIS is back on earth without even the merest hint of an explanation of what happened to any of the (poorly drawn) characters.

It was derivative of so much, from Flash Gordon to Star Wars to numerous NuWho episodes - but it was basically worthless, bringing nothing to the show in its "50th Anniversary Season". I'm giving The Rings of Akhaten 2/5, but only because I'm fearful that Moffat could actually give us worse.

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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Rich Flair on Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:00 am

The biggest delight this episode gave me was to have a look round the forums and see the apoplexy it's caused - in the thread in Tony's other forum the pain was almost unbearable. Grown men crying!
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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Dave Webb on Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:14 am

Rich Flair wrote:The biggest delight this episode gave me was to have a look round the forums and see the apoplexy it's caused - in the thread in Tony's other forum the pain was almost unbearable. Grown men crying!

Apoplexy? Grown men crying? Has fandom got to the dogs and cats living together stage yet? In terms of fandom rage, how big is the Twinkie?

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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Nick Barlow on Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:17 am

I think there were some good ideas in there, but the execution didn't let them out. It was trying to be something like Gridlock - one of my all-time favourite Who episodes - but didn't quite make it. Still, I'd much rather the series attempt to pull off big ideas and fail, and this episode did try to create something properly alien.

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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Patrick on Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:04 am

I agree, Nick. I'd much rather the show attempt to be ambitious, even if it occasionally fails, than be utterly milquetoast on a regular basis.

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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Rich Flair on Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:43 pm

The Doctor should have sung his speech.
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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Dave Webb on Mon Apr 08, 2013 2:09 pm

Rich Flair wrote:The Doctor should have sung his speech.

I could get into that. I think what we came close to on Saturday was the Doctor Who musical episode.

And I think we should have had that episode.

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Post by Nick Barlow on Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:36 am

Rich Flair wrote:The Doctor should have sung his speech.
"Singing clearly isn't working here - what we really need to combat this thread is rapping! TARDIS, lay me down some beats!"

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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Patrick on Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:37 am

Nick Barlow wrote:
Rich Flair wrote:The Doctor should have sung his speech.
"Singing clearly isn't working here - what we really need to combat this thread is rapping! TARDIS, lay me down some beats!"

You do realize what form of catastrophe you're inviting: Simon Cowell to become a critic of Doctor Who. Just what we need.

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Re: Rate: "The Rings Of Akhaten"

Post by Nick Barlow on Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:17 pm

Patrick wrote:
Nick Barlow wrote:
Rich Flair wrote:The Doctor should have sung his speech.
"Singing clearly isn't working here - what we really need to combat this thread is rapping! TARDIS, lay me down some beats!"

You do realize what form of catastrophe you're inviting: Simon Cowell to become a critic of Doctor Who. Just what we need.
The Twelfth Doctor - as played by David Hasslehoff - will have no problems in overcoming the threat posed by the Cow-Ell.

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