With just over two weeks until its debut, the BBC is amping up promotion of the upcoming Doctor Who spinoff, Class. TWO new trailers have hit the web today, and both promise a dark and forbidding narrative. With sex. Because it wouldn’t be an ‘adult-ish’ Doctor Who spinoff without sex, right? Hopefully it’ll fare better than Torchwood’s debut run.
Class will begin on Saturday 22 October with a double bill comprising of ‘For Tonight We Might Die’ and ‘The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo’. The official synopses read as follows:
‘For Tonight We Might Die’
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…
‘The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo’
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.
Peter Capaldi will guest star in ‘For Tonight We Might Die’ as the Twelfth Doctor, and he can be heard saying, ‘I can travel through space and I can travel through time, but I can’t always be there when you need me. Sometimes you have to take survival upon yourselves. What would you do when the shadows come and you can’t turn away from the darkness ahead? For time has looked at your faces. And time never forgets.’ That sounds ominous enough – thanks for that, Doctor!
The second full-length trailer shows glimpses of new monsters, a glimpse at an overbearing (and perhaps overtly religious?) mother, and Greg Austin’s Charlie locking lips with a guy. All in all, it looks a lot better than we at Vada originally thought. Give the full trailer a look below.
In related news, the title of the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special has been revealed as ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’, which guest stars Charity Wakefield as the companion, Justin Chatwin as a superhero (yes, you read that right), and Matt Lucas as Nardole. The official synopsis reads as follows:
This Christmas on BBC One, the Doctor joins forces with a comic-book superhero in New York for a heroic special written by Steven Moffat, titled ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’.
The family favourite will return on Christmas day as the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, joins forces with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player) and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat.
Steven Moffat, writer and Executive Producer, says: “I’ve always loved superheroes and this Christmas Doctor Who dives into that world. My favourite superhero is Clark Kent. Not Superman, Clark Kent.”
Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black, War of the Worlds) plays Grant in the special, he says: “Working with the amazing people at Doctor Who has been one of the most fun and rewarding projects I’ve ever had the pleasure of being involved with.”
Matt Lucas (Nardole) will also be joining the cast of the special with Adetomiwa Edun (Lucifer, Bates Motel), Aleksandar Jovanovic and Logan Hoffman.
The 60-minute Doctor Who Christmas Special will air on BBC One and is written by Steven Moffat, Executive Produced by Brian Minchin, Produced by Peter Bennett and Directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark), it was shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales Roath Lock Studios.
Check out a teaser below, and return to Vada later this month for our reviews of Class.