For those in the UK that did not see the new Doctor Who spin-off ‘Class’ at the end of 2016 when it premiered on BBC Three/BBC iPlayer now is your chance to catch it.

The 8-part series from young adult writer Patrick Ness will air on BBC One tonight from 10:45pm featuring a double bill of episodes 1 and 2.

The show received a mixed reaction when it first appeared in October 2016, for many reasons and the lateness of tonight’s time slot has also brought with it a few grumbles. But no matter what time it airs it is still worth a watch.

Those of us here at Blogtor Who enjoyed the show first time round. It filled a little bit of the gaping void left by the current Doctor Who hiatus. Especially with Peter Capaldi’s appearance in the first episode. We enjoyed seeing the fresh young cast act their socks off alongside established TV stars such as Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge). Kelly plays kick ass teacher Miss Quill.

We hope those watching it for the first time have not been spoiled by the chatter on the internet and can enjoy what they see.

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

‘Class’ stars Greg Austin, Sophie Hopkins, Fady Elsayed and Vivian Oparh, assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly) who are charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) to guard against the creatures of nightmare that wants nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.

Episode 1 – For Tonight We Might Die
Class - Ep1 (No. 1) - Picture Shows: Ram (FADY ELSAYED) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Simon Ridgeway
Class – Ep1 (No. 1) – Picture Shows: Ram (FADY ELSAYED) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Simon Ridgeway

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 the monstrous Shadow Kin, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them.

Charlie, April, Ram and Tanya, assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill, are now charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as ‘The Doctor’: to guard against the creatures of nightmare, who want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.

And this incursion is only the beginning…

Episode 2 – The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo
Class - Ep2 (No. 2) - Picture Shows: Coach Dawson (BEN PEEL) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Simon Ridgeway
Class – Ep2 (No. 2) – Picture Shows: Coach Dawson (BEN PEEL) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Simon Ridgeway

Following the tragic events at the Prom, a devastated Ram isolates himself from the other three as he struggles with his new reality. Desperate to hold himself together on the football pitch, when he thinks he witnesses someone getting skinned alive he’s convinced he’s cracking up.

But when Tanya, Charlie and April are all confronted with the same thing: a horrific, monstrous, skin-peeling dragon, they know that they’re under attack. The gang must pull together to fight against the monster, and try to keep Coal Hill safe.

The show is executive produced by current Doctor Who show runner Steven Moffatt, Patrick Ness and Brian Minchin. Derek Ritchie is the shows producer and Ed Bazalgette (Poldark, Doctor Who) directs.

‘Class’ is a BBC Cymru Wales production, co-produced with BBC America and BBC Worldwide.

Episode 3 and 4 will broadcast on Monday, January 16th from 10:45pm.

For pictures, videos and reviews see our ‘Class’ dedicated pages.
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4 COMMENTS

  1. The BBC bungled the publicity for this show than shoved it on an online only channel, now they’re airing it on a terrestrial channel with virtually no promotion in a late night slot. The series itself was watchable and half the episodes were quite good but the BBC in it’s treatment of this show have ensured that it hasn’t had a chance to gain a following outside of the Doctor Who fan community. The low online watching figures are not going to be helped by the 10.45pm Monday night slot it’s been allocated. It seems to me that the BBC has decided already to axe the show and is going through the motions which is a shame because it probably means it’s not going to get a second series.

  2. I think the reaction from those willing to stay up is going to be pretty much the same. Too much gore and sex, unlikeable characters and unoriginal storylines. I didn’t know they were airing two episodes a week. That pretty much confirms this is a “burn off”, coupled with the fact I bet a lot of people forgot it was even airing as none if the fan sites have really written anything about the replay until now. Maybe they’re gambling on people recording it because I can’t see many staying up till nearly 12:30 on a work/school night.

  3. CLASS is so terrible I find it difficult to understand why anyone would bother commissioning it. I have not exactly been overwhelmed by the buzz around this failed curio even from the fan community. The characters are horrible, the script as limp, banal and soggy as a dead fish. Let’s be glad that the BBC messed up the publicity – smart move! CLASS needs to be buried hurriedly and un-mourned so the wasted resources and talent can be channelled elsewhere.

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