Title: The Rings of Akhaten
Air Date: 6th April 2013
Writer: Neil Cross
What can I say about this episode? Well it's very pretty, the scenery and outfits and cgi are all excellent, worth watching just for those if I'm honest. The story? Not so much.
Don't get me wrong, it's a great idea; saving the world with a story, with memories. It just wasn't executed quite as well as it could have been. Matt and Jenna are on fine form as always and it's their acting that brings life into the script. There are moments of genuine heartache and sorrow and the wonder that Clara feels is something so strong that we can feel it too.
But this episode isn't without it's moments of mystery, especially the first five minutes, and you will be left thinking "well, we're still no closer to finding out who Clara is" at the end. Apart from that, it's a very light and fun-filled romp with aliens who look light they've stepped straight out of the Mos Eisley cantina on Tatooine.
Well, up until the end it is. That's when this script shines. The sheer raw emotion Matt brings to the Doctor at that moment is an image that encapsulates exactly the frame of mind this broken man is in right now. He's lost his friends, he's found a woman who's died twice in front of him, he is scared and confused and lost. For a young man, Matt Smith does an incredible job of portraying all that baggage.
So in short, it's good. A good episode that doesn't have a hidden agenda (that I can see anyway) and just has it all laid out neatly. It was needed and really, we could do with a few more of these.