The Rings of Akhaten

Hello! I’m here, I’m back and I’m writing!  (thanks for waiting!)

Now I get to finally talk about this episode! 😀 so here we go!

Since I’m in a bit of a hurry, and I promised that this blog would be out before the next episode, I’m not going to take notes, instead I have the show opened up in another window,  so I will watch, pause, blog, repeat. 🙂 let’s hope this sucker is coherent!

*presses play button*

LEAF!! told ya! told ya! I knew it would be in here! the one from the book! oh squee! (although, I did get it wrong, thinking that she got the leaf from this planet. they wrote a better answer, more sentimental. good. I like it. 🙂 I approve. )
I absolutely loved the scenes where the Doctor watched Clara grow up, meeting her parents! daww!
having watched this episode once before, It’s interesting how when Clara’s father is talking to his lovely lady about the most important leaf in human history, it sounds a lot like what the Doctor was telling the Queen of Years when he starts talking about how she is unique in the universe. something special, a little nugget.

Another thing, super sad moment, the death of Clara’s mother, Ellie Ravenwood, I’m writing this down for my sake as much as yours, (dates are important to me) she was born September 11, 1960 (three years before Doctor Who first aired) and she died March 5, 2005 (the year of the, for lack of better words, “New Who” (although I consider it all the same show))

“She’s not possible.” – The Doctor
I have an idea, what if, the Doctor hadn’t met Clara at that exact moment in that exact time, and exact place, maybe she wouldn’t have existed three different times as one person. what if the reason Clara is the way she is is because of the adventures and happenings of traveling with the Doctor, after all, he seems to be looking at time as a strict progression of cause to effect. But actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey… stuff. does he remember this?

Clara could be another life somewhat like River, backwards/ wibbly-wobbly and crazy. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. But I think it’s the Doctor’s fault in the first place that Clara is the way she is.

Anyway to the Rings!
It was the first time we’ve seen an alien planet in a long while! quite refreshing! 🙂 It felt a bit like starwars though. 🙂 all the strange noises, the humanoid aliens and funny a names, still loved it though! did anyone else notice the mixed alien? there was one alien, the one that Clara ran into while she was chasing the Doctor around the corner. the creature had the face of the monster from “Love & Monsters” in series 2 (my least favorite episode ever), it was wearing a green things infront of it’s mouth that was what the Hath from “The Doctor’s Daughter” in series 3, and it had a bit of “Ood noodle” strings coming out from underneath.
there’s a reference to the three companions in one alien. interesting and just fun. 🙂
(and the Ultramanta made noises like the Cyberman. hmm)

I loved how the Doctor mentioned his granddaughter! ❤ sadly, I haven’t seen hardly any of the first Doctor, but I would love to see the old take on the planet and creatures, and the similarities between the two.

Much later in the episode, when the three are in the holy area with the sleeping vampire/alarm clock/ ugly thing, the Doctor tells the story to Mary about how she is special, and the only one, Clara seemed to notice that it was something a lot of what her parents probably told her a lot, which would lead to why she asked him later if he was there at her mother’s funeral.

(the Vigil are absolutely creepy! ish! right up there with the Silence for me. to much whispering. ick)

I’ve seen a few things here and there about this episode being “the worst episode ever” but I don’t think it is. it’s not as much about the adventure as it is about learning more about the Doctor, we get to hear him say his rules, if you well, Never walk away. When you have something precious run, run until you’re out of the shadow.
we’re learning about the Doctor, it’s a very sentimental episode. it’s about history, setting the stage. I mean goodness he even mentioned his granddaughter!
This episode is about the people, not the adventure.

“Okay then. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll tell you a story. Can you hear them? All these people who lived in terror of you and your judgment. All these people whose ancestors devoted themselves, sacrificed themselves to you. Can you hear them singing? Oh you like to think you’re a god. But you’re not a god. You’re just a parasite. Eat now with jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss and birth and death and joy and sorrow, so… so come on then. Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you’re got a big a big appetite. Because I’ve lived a long life. And I’ve 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 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 madman! And I watched universes freeze and creation 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! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!”

This was definitely a favorite part of mine. It was very precious, it made my mind flash back to all the companions before, the love, the loss. this part made the Doctor personal. he’s always just a mad man in a blue box who lives in a protective bubble of distracting adventures. but we got to see him just for a little bit here. it was wonderful!

I also really liked what Clara said later to the Doctor,

Well whoever she was, I’m not her. Okay? If you want me to travel with you that’s fine. But as me. I’m not a bargain basement stand-in for someone else. I’m not going to compete with a ghost.

Very well said. of course at the beginning we all think of the other Claras and Oswins, but she she talks about not competing with a ghost my mind instantly shot to Rose.
This time with Clara right after the Ponds could have easily become a sort of Rose and Martha thing, where the Doctor is so sad about losing Rose that he doesn’t even notice Martha. He could easily do that with the Ponds and Clara, bumbling along being sad that the Ponds are gone.
I’m glad Clara set him straight. I mean I’m pretty sure that the Doctor wouldn’t do that, but still, there’s a risk.

I really really enjoyed this episode! It was sweet, refreshing, and very feely.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the episode as much as I have. 🙂 I would love feed back and thoughts.
What are your thoughts about this episode? Good? Bad? Love to hear it!