Television: Doctor Who and the Rings of Akhaten

"The Rings of Akhaten"

Clara wants to see something awesome, so the Doctor whisks her off to the inhabited rings of the planet Akhaten, where the Festival of Offerings is in full swing. Clara meets the young Queen of Years as the pilgrims and natives ready for the ceremony. But something is stirring in the pyramid, and a sacrifice will be demanded.

The Doctor is going to fight a giant jack-o-lantern. That pretty much sums up the whole episode–and my disappointment with it.

I don’t know what I was expecting, just that it wasn’t much. I’ve learned stem my excitement and expectations over the years. But this episode of Doctor Who was absolutely boring. There’s the word. Boring.

Sure, we get that one magnificent scene with Matt Smith as he fights off the monster-of-the-week. And Jenna-Louise Coleman held her own too. But at the end of the whole episode, we don’t really get anything. Except that Clara, the character Jenna-Louise plays, is very much willing to lose the most important thing in her life to save the lives of many. Noble, yes. Yet very frustrating at the same time. Why?

Spoiler alert–that’s all it takes to defeat the big bad.

I’m all for love saves the world at the end of it all. But when you’re fighting a giant ball of fire with a jack-o-lantern face, you’d expect the battle to be a bit more epic. Well, more epic than just standing while holding a dead leaf. It might have looked good on paper, not so much in execution.

What was actually more interesting in this episode was the Doctor going through Clara’s life–trying to make sense of how this girl twice-died is possible. It took up the first few minutes, and a minute at the end. And it only underlines the fact that the mystery of the Doctor’s companion was more intriguing and engaging than the entirety of the episode.

I think this might be the first time I’m actually disliking an episode of Doctor Who. Well, from recent memory anyway. And that’s because The Rings of Akhaten is just not interesting.

What about you? What are your thoughts?

2 thoughts on “Television: Doctor Who and the Rings of Akhaten

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