Somebody can’t spell Akhenaten?

It’s cold, it’s autumn.  Yes, I’m feeling that right now.  A background story introduces Clara’s parents.  Yes, I’m aware of the significance of the date on the tombstone.  It’s the date the mannequins attacked London in the first story of the re-imagined series.  Is there a connection between the Doctor’s return to Earth after the Time War and the Oswald family?

The sound of a TARDIS landing.  Cue a slow smile from Clara.

Where would you like to go? Well, if it had been my choice I would like to have travelled back to Eighteenth Century London and gone to a concert with Handel.  That would be nice.

Instead we arrive at the Rings of Akhaten.  There are supposed to be seven worlds which seem to be planetoid-sized and capable of supporting life in the Rings around a central star, and a gravity that appears normal for the Doctor and Clara.  Curiously enough all the buildings we see face the same way up on the worlds we see and that is the same as the angle that the TARDIS lands for our perspective of the Rings.

The Doctor last visited the Rings of Akhaten with his granddaughter.  That is probably a reference to his first travelling companion called Susan Foreman.  We know she came from the same homeworld as the Doctor.  Presumably she was of the Time Lord caste.  The Elder god of Akhaten is known as the Grandfather.  This is Science Fiction, never trust anything that calls itself a god.

Why did the TARDIS lock?  Is there something special about this child?

One thing you need to know, well apart from the blue box and the two hearts.  I don’t walk away.

The Doctor is very attached to his sonic screwdriver.  A bit of an issue on a world where objects of sentimental value counts as currency.  Come on, Doctor, give it the magic wand shtick.  You have managed without it in the past.

The Doctor makes a promise.  Cross my hearts.  Both of them.

What’s too much for a psychic vampire?  The secrets in the Doctor’s head?  An artefact that represents all the stories that cannot be fulfilled?

The Doctor refers to visiting a universe where the laws of physics are made by a madman.  Is that a reference to Omega, the architect of the Time Lords, forever trapped in an anti-matter universe?

Once again the Doctor stands in between the children and the monsters in the darkness who claim to be gods.  The ending became confused to me.  I don’t know if I trust this Doctor now.  He has all the secrets of the universe from its beginning to the end of time in his head.  He stands among the gods that he protects us from.  Never trust a hero who knows the things that should not be learnt.  They need to be challenged, why not?  Why should they say what’s good for us!

I am disappointed that so little time could be spent exploring the cultures of the Rings of Akhaten.  That part was over all too quick.