The Rings Of Akhaten
Written by: Neil Cross
Directed by: Farren Blackburn
Produced by: Denise Paul
Executive Producers: Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner
Broadcast date: Saturday 6th April 2013 at 6:15pm on BBC One.
Reviewed by Tom for The Gallifrey Times.
The Gallifrey Times have seen Series 7, Episode 7: The Rings Of Akhaten and have put our spoiler-free preview together:
After the modern city adventure that The Doctor & Clara had in The Bells Of Saint John, The Rings Of Akhaten takes the duo to... The Rings Of Akhaten, funnily enough.
|The Doctor and Clara.|
This is a really nice episode for Clara to be introduced properly to The Doctor and fans of the show. It has a likeness to the Russell T Davies episodes such as The End Of The World and The Fires Of Pompeii where Rose and Donna were taken on their first adventure respectively. We get a nice little scene where Clara is amazed that the TARDIS is.... yes you guessed it, bigger on the inside!
After we find out more about Clara's leaf, The Doctor asks her what she wants to see, to which she replies "something awesome". Clinging on to her book, 101 Places to See, the pair set off to the mysterious rings of Akhaten.
|Festival Of Offerings.|
|Special effects are superb.|
make-up teams have done an extremely good job with all of the new aliens, especially Dor'een! (There's a funny moment when The Doctor speaks to Dor'een after 'she' starts grunting at Clara.) Also of a very good quality in this episode are the special effects, courtesy of The Mill. They always seemed to deliver in all of the effects they did for Doctor Who and this episode is no exception with the Rings looking absolutely beautiful.
|The singing is perfect.|
|Merry, Queen Of Years.|
Merry, who is the Queen Of Years, is just one of the succession of choristers who have been involved with The Long Song, a lullaby that keeps their Old God asleep. Emilia Jones (Aled Jones' real life daughter), who plays Merry, does a great job on both the acting and singing sides of the role. Because of Merry, we also get to see Clara's very empathetic side.
|The Doctor & Clara bond.|
The Gallifrey Times Rating: 7/10
Thanks to the BBC for the images.