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The Rings of Akhaten 

The doctor takes Clara to the rings of Akheten, A partly destroyed planet, where a religious ceremony is about to be carried out, but a darkness is stirring, a hungry darkness that could consume the rings of Akhetan and the universe.


Farren Blackburn


Neil Cross




Episode complete credited cast:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Jenna Coleman ... Clara (as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
Michael Dixon ... Dave
Nicola Thorp Nicola Thorp ... Ellie (as Nicola Sian)
Emilia Jones ... Merry
Chris Anderson Chris Anderson ... The Chorister
Aidan Cook ... The Mummy
Feth Greenwood Feth Greenwood ... Dor'een


Still not quite able to explain just who she is, the Doctor and Clara set off on their first adventure. He takes her to see the Rings of Akhaten and its famous pyramid. The residents of the 7 planets rotating around the same sun all believe the pyramid is the source of all life in the universe. There are quite a few visitors there for the Festival of Offering and Clara and helps a young girl, Merry, to have the confidence to perform an important ceremony to sooth and keep the Old God asleep. When Merry is drawn into the pyramid the Doctor and Clara go after her. When the Old God awakens, it's no match for the Doctor...or for Clara for that matter. Written by garykmcd

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The Doctor features minimally in the first act because Matt Smith was busy filming pick-ups or reshoots for Doctor Who: Nightmare in Silver (2013). See more »


Just after Clara (Jenna Coleman) says "somewhere awesome!", to the Doctor in the Tardis (at 5.00 to 5.10 mins), she and the Doctor rush to the controls. As the Doctor (Matt Smith) grabs a lever he can be seen pulling a section of the console out of place. See more »


The Doctor: Hey, do you mind if I tell you a story? One you might not have heard. All the elements in your body were forged many, many millions of years ago in the heart of a far away star that exploded and died. That explosion scattered those elements across the desolations of deep space. After so, so many millions of years these elements came together to form new stars and new planets. And on and on it went. The elements came together and burst apart forming shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages ...
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References Alice in Wonderland (1951) See more »


Ghost Town
( Jerry Dammers (as Dammers) )
Performed by The Specials
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The Ring of Meh
18 February 2019 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

This story is underwhelming but not bad. It has superb acting from Matt Smith, a very good performance from Jenna Louise Coleman, a nice insight into Clara's backstory, a decent attempt at thoughtful ideas, an effectively executed couple of scenes of emotion and a pleasant sight of a host of different aliens in another world. Unfortunately the focus on a boring character of a little girl and over emphasis of the singing of songs to appease a powerful parasite that inhabits a star let this story bog down in an unconvincing and unimpressive aspect which finishes with an overly convenient and hard to believe resolution. There are some dodgy scenes such as the Doctor interacting with a barking alien and very poor scenes of the Doctor and Clara travelling on a space scooter which look rubbish and beg the question as to how there is breathable atmosphere etc.

The acting of the two leads and some of the better ideas and scenes hold this off from being a bad episode but it is not a very good one either. 6/10.

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Release Date:

6 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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