The first proper space adventure is a momentous occasion for any "Doctor Who" companion, and Clara's request that the Doctor show her "something awesome" paid off in a mostly delightful fashion in "The Rings of Akhaten."
After last week's somewhat bumpy third introduction to new co-star Jenna-Louise Coleman, this week's installment wasted little time sending the Doctor and Clara off on a life-or-death escapade in a far flung section of the universe. We also learned a bit more about Clara, the Doctor's obsession with her and that leaf Clara referred to as "page one."
This was the first "Who" episode written by "Luther" creator Neil Cross and above all showcased a childlike sense of wonder that may have seemed unexpected coming from a man known for dark detective drama. (It's a little less unexpected if you consider Cross' work as a co-writer on the recent Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film "Mama, »
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