7X07 The Rings of Akhenaten (Grading/Discussion) (SPOILERS!)

Discussion in 'Doctor Who' started by Samurai8472, Apr 6, 2013.

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Grade "The Rings of Akhaten"

Poll closed May 7, 2013.
  1. Geronimo!

    15 vote(s)
    11.7%
  2. Good

    50 vote(s)
    39.1%
  3. Average

    36 vote(s)
    28.1%
  4. Bad

    18 vote(s)
    14.1%
  5. Terrible

    9 vote(s)
    7.0%
  1. Konata Izumi

    Konata Izumi Commander Red Shirt

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    Making a story a tiny bit less fun to remove a part that causes trouble with many viewers, might sometimes be a wise move for the health of the show, especially after the quite unrelenting Series 6, even if it sets some poor example, but when you need to replace tons of stuff with banality to make the show work, there might be something wrong with the makers' ambitions and/or abilities, but at least that's not happening, when you look at the whole.
     
  2. Mr. Adventure

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    No one likes companions once they're gone, or so it seems.
     
  3. Shazam!

    Shazam! Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    I tire of all the domestics. I don't care where they live, if they're dating, who their parents are or any of that nonsense.

    Just pick up a companion and go and have some wacky adventures. I watch Doctor Who as an escape from real life so stop reminding me of it.
     
  4. Mister Fandango

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    I really don't know. To be honest, I don't know how or why people put so much emphasis on background music during a show. Sure, really, really bad music can slap you across the face if it's truly jarring, but the vast majority of the time it's exactly that; background music. I rarely even notice it because I'm usually paying attention to the story and what's going on, not desperately looking for any excuse to hate a show I keep trying to convince myself I like.

    I've also noticed that the people who bitch about background music also tend to be the same people who miss all the blatantly obvious things that are going on, asking questions that were addressed by the episode itself. Last week it was about where the Doctor got his "magic motorbike," for example. So, yeah, I feel pretty confident about this mini-rant.
     
  5. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

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    Which is funny to me, because while I definitely enjoy the whacky adventures, I watch Doctor Who for the people. The main reason I can forgive some of the nonsensical storytelling of Moffat's Silence/River/whatever arc is because I was so very moved by how those events affected the characters on an emotional level.
     
  6. The Grinch Doctor

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    I knew there was something I forgot to mention in my post. I loved that part. Maybe The First Doctor would have, but not anymore. This has become core for The doctor.
     
  7. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

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    I really enjoyed that as well, along with his follow up that they only run to protect something they care about.

    All that running he does isn't for him. It's to get his friends out of harm's way.
     
  8. Mr. Adventure

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    BTW, is the Doctor supposed to still be laying low?
     
  9. Timelord Victorious

    Timelord Victorious Vice Admiral Admiral

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    The sonic's ability to battle the closing door and the 3 guards was a bit to convenient, but consistent in this case.

    Technology in this society was sound based... hence all the singing.

    So it makes sense that a sonic screwdriver was the ultimate tool here.
     
  10. davejames

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    Overall I thought it was pretty charming and fun (especially the opening and seeing Clara's initial reaction to the world of Akhaten), but I agree all the stuff with the "Old God" on the asteroid didn't work as well, and felt decidedly cheap compared to the scope of the rest of the episode.

    I mean, seriously, if this god can't break out of a glass prison how terrifying can he be? Although I will say the three enforcer-type dudes were a really cool and creepy design. It's too bad the writer didn't ditch the god stuff and have THOSE guys chasing the Doctor and Clara around for the whole episode.
     
  11. jbny67

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    It was never mentioned in the episode, but I remember reading a plot synopsis, before it aired, that said the planet's rings had an atmosphere.
     
  12. Cutter John

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    A spacegoing jetbike would be pretty damn useless without a force bubble of some sort to keep the air in.
     
  13. davejames

    davejames Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Yeah to me the other Clara's seemed much more vibrant and exciting as well, but I have to admit with this episode I'm slowly starting to warm to the new version.

    There's something slightly mysterious and inscrutable about the way Coleman is playing her that I find kinda interesting. And I like that she actually regards the Doctor with a bit of healthy suspicion, and isn't immediately enchanted like most other companions.
     
  14. Captain_Amasov

    Captain_Amasov Captain Captain

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    Oh right, that's one damn impressive leaf. Maybe the Doctor should've had that as his companion this time round. :D
     
  15. Shazam!

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    It's only really a new series thing. Coincidentally when they stared introducing all the domestic crap...
     
  16. Captain_Amasov

    Captain_Amasov Captain Captain

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    I like Martha, or at least the idea of her. I just didn't like the character assassination that RTD performed on her throughout series 3.
     
  17. tomalak301

    tomalak301 Admiral Premium Member

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    That might be the most amazing part of Fandom. I do remember how popular Rose was, yet now it feels like revisionist history. Same thing is happening with the Ponds now.
     
  18. Shazam!

    Shazam! Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    What was the idea of her beyond hot chick who fancies the Doctor?
     
  19. Aldo

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    It is kind of annoying that all the companions nowadays have to have something spectacular happen to them for them to leave the Doctor. Whatever happened to the old days where they just got tired of it and wanted a change? Rose is off in another dimension, Martha joined Torchwood, Donna got her memory wiped clean and the Ponds got trapped in the past forced to live out their live (happily though).
     
  20. The Mirrorball Man

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    Are you really asking? Martha's story was about quite explicitly about unrequited love.