Welcome back to Weekly Doctor Visits! As usual, I will steer clear from spoilers as much as possible.
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Episode: The Rings of Akhaten
What's it about?: The Doctor shows Clara something awesome, the Rings of Akhaten, a place in the universe that claims to be the origin of all life forms on all planets. In doing so, they encounter an evil that threatens to consume the Rings if its appetite is not sated.
How did Rick like it?: This the first adventure for Clara and it is fun. We get to know quite a lot about Clara and her family which helps endear the casual fans to her even more than before. The centerpieces of the episode however are a marketplace with just about the craziest assortment of aliens that I have seen since Episode IV of Star Wars and also a sequence that is simply beautiful with its operatic score. The villain is pretty creepy especially when we get t know its intentions. Definitely a strong episode for this half of the season. As usual, the performances and the humor are spot on. Especially with newcomer Jenna Louise-Coleman as Clara finally bringing it in a full episode as a main character.
Final Score: A
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