YMMV / Doctor Who S33 E7 "The Rings of Akhaten"

  • Broken Base: The fandom creamed this episode in a popularity poll taken in Doctor Who Magazine. Lowest-ranked overall out of any Eleventh Doctor stories at the time, and one of the lowest on the list, period.
    • In particular, the infamous leaf scene in the climax has been rather...controversial with fans. Some argue it's a powerful scene which gives Clara's character a chance to shine; others argue that it's a Tastes Like Diabetes ending (in an already sugary sweet episode) which completely undercuts the Doctor's epic speech moments earlier.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: The Doctor's casual mention of having a granddaughter threw some viewers unfamiliar with the Classic Series for a loop, as it was the first explicit reference to Susan Foreman in the revived series at that point.
  • Ham and Cheese: The story is incredibly cornball to many and very contrived with the leaf, but there's a beauty in watching the Doctor give an oratory assault on a flaming ball of doom. Even the episode's detractors point to Matt Smith's "Akhaten Speech" as one of his best performances.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Doctor's angry bowtie-fix and Declarative Finger have spawned the "Listen here you little-" reaction image, despite neither captions being said in the episode. What sparked it was that if one pauses the episode at just the right moment, the Doctor is caught in mid-blink with his lips pursed, making him look incredibly dopey.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The biggest reason why this episode is shredded by critics is because the story is relentlessly sweet and sentimental to the point of overstaying its welcome.