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In the new teaser for Doctor Who’s next episode, “The Rings of Akhaten,” viewers may be reminded of Rose and the Ninth Doctor.

Since this season is building up to the 50th anniversary in November, it does make you wonder if Steven Moffat was paying a deliberate homage to the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler in this episode.

In the second episode in the reboot era back in 2005, the Ninth Doctor takes Rose to see the end of the earth as the sun supernovas to destroy it. It’s Rose’s first proper trip with the Doctor, and the first time she sees a space-station. Rose is entranced by the stunning things she sees.

In the video below, in “The Rings of Akhaten,” the 11th Doctor takes Clara on her first proper journey with him to a space-station to see an alien sun.

The official synopsis from the BBC states:

Clara wants to see something awesome, so the Doctor whisks her off to the inhabited rings of the planet Akhaten, where the Festival of Offerings is in full swing. Clara meets the young Queen of Years as the pilgrims and natives ready for the ceremony. But something is stirring in the pyramid, and a sacrifice will be demanded.

Do you think there is a deliberate parallel between the two episodes?

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    The Rings of Akhaten reminds me of a cross between The End of the World, The Fires of Pompeii, and The Beast Below.

    • BlueBronze

      So basically, almost every companion’s first trip to the future/an alien planet.

      • Steven Legits

        Rose went to a space station…not an alien planet
        Martha went to see Shakespeare
        Donna went to Pompeii
        Amy went on another space station
        Clara’s the first

  • Elphaba Thropp

    Moffat? Playing homage to the RTD era? Hmm…

  • Gary65

    Having just watched the 2nd sneak peek, it reminds me more of the 9th Doctor’s first visit to Satellite 5 than it does Rose’s first trip.

  • http://twitter.com/MowTheFrontLawn Juan Pedia

    I don’t think the parallel is deliberate. It was also written by Neil Cross, even if Steven Moffat asked for an alien planet episode.

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    slightly off topic: Although David Tennant is my favorite Doctor, I think Christoper Eccleston is really under appreciated. I thought he did a really good job and I liked that he was older, like how it was in the originals. He was wacky and strange but also haunted by his past; he set up well for Tennant’s time. I’ve talked to some of my friends about him and most don’t care for him and some haven’t even seen all of his episodes. And they usually refer to him and the short haired guy with big ears. I think, at least among teenage girls, he’s not as popular because he’s not conventionally handsome. I personally thought he had a unique charm to him and he was funny.

    Anyways, pertaining to the article, I don’t think the parallel is on purpose. There are so many Doctor Who plots and companions that I think some aspects are bound to be similar. Every time there’s a new companion, there’s the scene where they are awed and amazed by whatever fantastic world the Doctor shows them.

  • Emma Morris

    There have been a lot of parallels like this so far in the season. I know it’s only the 2nd episode, but if this keeps up, there is no way it’s a coincidence.

  • Sorbo the Greek

    The same thing happened with Amy Pond, when he took her to see Starship UK in the second episode of Series 5 (her first off-world trip). Somewhere I heard Moffat talking about that formula (sorry I can’t give a specific reference), where the Doctor takes them to a fantastic space site for their first adventure, then back in the past (The Unquiet Dead, Victory of the Daleks, Cold War). It couldn’t be a connection just between Clara and Rose because he did it with Amy as well.

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