Thursday, 27 October 2016

Now that we've seen the first two episodes of Class, naturally everyone has questions, some of which we're sure we've all been thinking too. We've compiled a list of our five top questions we're wondering about the future of the series so far.

"Who are The Governors?"

Apparently the Governors wouldn't want an Ofstead inspection, and something makes us think this is for a bigger reason than bad teaching or grades. Something else is going on at Coal Hill, and after the Governors sent in a robot disgused as an inspector, it makes us wonder quite who they are, and more importantly - what they want, and why they spied on Quill?

With ex-Sarah Jane Adventures star Cyril Nri set to appear in this weeks episode "Nightvisting" credited as 'Chair', perhaps he is the Chair of Governors - time will till.

"Will Tanya succeed in hacking into UNIT's files?"

Tanya may have downloaded the file from Reddit, but perhaps there could be more to this than is implied. Is she telling the truth? And is she clever enough to actually get it to work? If the latter is proven correct, the gang would have access to thousands of files on aliens, planets, invasions and more, which would be a great use to them when faced with problems in the future.

"Will there be any students or staff left by the end of the series?"

After the brutual deaths of several members of staff in the first two episodes, and a passing student commenting how "students disappear all the time" in episode one, suggesting disapearences have been going on for months, there must be more to come surely - so just...don't get attached to any characters just yet...

"When should we expect to see The Shadow Kin back?"

With actor Paul Marc Davis listed as having a reccuring role in the series, it is only a matter of time before his character, Corakinus, reappears with the rest of the Shadow Kin. But, it's more a case of how will they defeat them this time, preferably for good, sooner rather than later. And will April get her heart back? Let's hope so.

"Is there another reason behind Coal Hill's building renovation?"

If you'd have looked very closely at the signage in front of Coal Hill, there's a little bit of detail that just stands out as something that's got to be deliberate and a clue; if it isn't i'll eat my hat. As you'll have noticed, Coal Hill has been renovated and turned into an academy since it was on screen last (which for the record, is perfectly normal in modern Britain) but, it has a sponsor: "EverUpwardReach Ltd". Is this something more sinister? They modernised the school, but for what purpose?

Class airs weekly on BBC Three, avaliable via the BBC iPlayer in the UK. Episodes become avaliable to watch from 10am Saturday.

Amazon has listed the DVD and Blu-ray release for the new Doctor Who spin-off 'Class', with the retail price of £19.97 for DVD and £24.99 for Blu-ray. Due for release on 2nd January 2017, the boxset with consist of all eight episodes.

It isn't currently known if the release will contain any extras, such as cast interviews, behind-the-scenes videos or deleted scenes. When clarification comes, this post will be updated.

“Time has looked at your faces now. And time never forgets…”

It’s a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack from deadly monsters, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them.

Like all teenagers, these four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires. They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence. And this incursion is only the beginning…

Charlie, April, Ram and Tanya, under the watchful eye of Physics teacher Miss Quill, are now charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as The Doctor: protect Coal Hill and guard against the creatures of nightmare that want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.

You can pre-order the DVD here, and the Blu-ray here.

From the world of Doctor Who comes the 'Mindgame Saga' which includes Mindgame and Mindgame Trilogy, featuring actors and characters from Doctor Who.

In Mindgame, a classic “prison cell” drama from the late '90s, three diverse life forms are mysteriously transported to a cell somewhere in time & space and forced to fight. A human played by Sophie Aldred ('Ace' in Doctor Who), a Sontaran and a Draconian (played by Miles Richardson).

Mindgame is the first and only time Sontarans (first featured in the Jon Pertwee Doctor Who story The Time Warrior) and Draconians (also first seen in a Jon Pertwee story Frontier in Space) meet.

The two-disc set also includes Mindgame Trilogy, the sequel to Mindgame, in which we find out what happened to the three combatants after the battle!

 From the pen of Doctor Who writer and Script Editor Terrance Dicks! Directed by Keith Barnfather (Downtime, Daemos Rising).

DISC 1 -

MINDGAME: The classic prison cell drama. Three warriors are forced to fight by an evil alien intent on testing the combat skills of creatures from our dimension. Can they trick him and escape back to their own timelines?

MINDGAME TRILOGY: Continuing the individual stories of the three warriors;

BATTLEFIELD written by Terrance Dicks. Field-Major Sarg is in trouble. Trapped, wounded and alone on a battle-scarred planet, he is forced to accept he may die … but at least it will be a glorious death – or so he hopes;
PRISONER 451 written by Miles Richardson. To be or not to be, that is the question! On trial for subversion, Commander of Brigade Merc faces the ultimate penalty;
SCOUT SHIP written by Roger Stevens. A dying ship drifting in space. The human mercenary pilot faced with certain death. Time may be relative… but it still runs out!

DISC 2 -

EXTRAS: Mindgame Saga Retrospective (NEW), Making of Mindgame, Making of Mindgame Trilogy, Mindgame & Mindgame Trilogy Slideshows, Mindgame script (including missing scenes).

Mindgame Saga is avalaible on 2-disc DVD from 14th November 2016 and can be ordered from Amazon now.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat discuss the upcoming Christmas Special of Doctor Who in this new video from BBC America. Take a watch to see how it will not only capture the spirit of a superhero movie but also our annual Who Christmas instalment.

This Christmas the Doctor teams up with a comic-book superhero in New York for a heroic special written by Steven Moffat, "The Return of Doctor Mysterio". Doctor Who will return on Christmas day as the Doctor (Peter Capaldi), teams up with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player), and a superhero (Justin Chatwin) to save New York from a deadly alien threat.

Charlie Brooker, writer and creator of hit dystopian anthology Black Mirror has revealed he almost wrote a story for Doctor Who after being recently being1 approached by production bosses.

Brooker confessed while speaking to The Independent the he didn’t have the time to contribute to the new series which is set to be screened in April 2017, according to Peter Capaldi. "I was approached for Doctor Who and I just didn’t have time. It was really annoying. I was really busy and they haven’t asked me again since. It was a bit like the Home Office asking you to do something," Brooker said.

With Black Mirror described as "a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected" it seems like we'd of been in for a treat with Series 10 of Doctor Who. Fingers crossed that the bosses manage to snatch him up for Series 11, maybe?

Black Mirror debuted recently on Netflix with a third series, the first since the show’s move from Channel 4. While Doctor Who returns 25th December for a Christmas Special titled "The Return of Doctor Mysterio".

After the announcement of the Class tie-in novels last month, and the series starting to air last week - it's almost time for the physical and digital release of the novels, and the final information has been released.

Information had previously been held back to avoid spoilers about characters that debuted in the first two episodes of the series.

BBC Books will publish the three novels Thursday 27th October 2016 – Joyride by Guy Adams, The Stone House by A.K. Benedict and What She Does Next Will Astound You by James Goss - that follow Patrick’s vision for the series and provide a thrilling extension of this new fictional universe.

"Poppy is a quiet girl, right up until she steals a car and drives it through a shop window. Max is a nice guy, but then he kills his whole family. Just for fun. Amar always seems so happy, so why is he trying to jump to his death from the school roof?

Some of the students of Coal Hill School are not themselves. Some of them are dying. Ram has just woken up in a body he doesn't recognise, and if he doesn't figure out why he may
well be next."

"There’s an old stone house near Coal Hill School. Most people hurry past it. They’ve heard the stories. But, if you stop, and look up, you’ll see the face of a girl, pressed up against a window. Screaming. 

Tanya finds herself drawn to the stone house. There’s a mystery there, and she’s going to solve it. But the more she investigates, the more she realises that there’s a presence in the house. One that wants her.  Something is waiting for Tanya in the stone house. Something that has been trapping others in its web over the years. Something that is far worse than any ghost."

"At Coal Hill School, things have started to get public. Kids have become obsessed with a website that demands you perform risky stunts, or tell it your most painful secrets. And Seraphin, everyone’s favourite vlogger, wants you to get involved. All in the name of charity.

At first people just get hurt. Then their lives are ruined. Finally, they disappear. As April’s fragile group of friends starts to fracture, she decides she’s going to uncover the truth behind this site herself. Whatever it takes, whoever she hurts, April’s going to win. 

But then, to her horror, she wakes up and finds her whole world’s changed. What she does next will astound you."

BBC Books will publish these novels on the 27th October and will be avaliable from all good book and online retailers.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Today the BBC have released images from this weeks episode of 'Class', the new Doctor Who spin-off. Images from episode 3 'Nightvisiting' give us only a slight indication at what's to come, but from what we can see, those once thought lost seem to have returned...

Class Episode 3 will be online on BBC Three, available on the BBC iPlayer from 10am on Saturday 29th October 2016.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

BBC Books are set to publish three companion novels that tie into the first series of Class, the new Doctor Who spin-off, created and written by award-winning and bestselling Young Adult author Patrick Ness.

Airing commences on Saturday 22nd October on BBC Three, the new Doctor Who spin-off show is set at Coal Hill School, which has a special significance for Doctor Who fans: it’s not only the primary school where the Doctor’s most recent companion, Clara Oswald, taught but it featured in the very first Doctor Who episode in 1963. Class centres on the adventures of an all-new group of students at Coal Hill, and will have the action, heart and adrenaline of the very best YA fiction - dangers breaking through the walls of time and space, a darkness coming to a London unprotected, a new group of heroes to root for, and new villains to hide from behind the sofa.

BBC Books will publish three novels – Joyride by Guy Adams, The Stone House by A.K. Benedict and What She Does Next Will Astound You by James Goss - that follow Patrick’s vision for the series and provide a thrilling extension of this new fictional universe.

BBC Books Senior Editorial Director, Albert DePetrillo said "Patrick Ness is simply one of the finest writers working today – in any genre – and his new television series has all the hallmarks of his dazzling fiction. Class is a hugely exciting new brand for the BBC list, and we’re delighted to be working with Patrick and the production team at BBC Wales on these official tie-ins."

The three Class novels will be published 27 October 2016.
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