April 23rd, 2016
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The moment we have been waiting for is HERE!

The BBC has announced that Pearl Mackie will be stepping aboard the TARDIS as the Twelfth Doctor’s new companion.

Her character, Bill, was introduced in the form of a new trailer, aptly titled Friend from the Future, in which Peter Capaldi and his incoming co-star came face to face with the dreaded Daleks. Bill has been described as “cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in” and she will accompany the Doctor throughout Series 10 in 2017.

Filming on her string of adventures will begin in Cardiff next month, and Pearl has revealed that she cannot wait to get started. “I am incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family,” she said. “It’s an institution so I couldn’t be prouder to call the TARDIS my home.”

Above - Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie as the Twelfth Doctor and his new companion, Bill.

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Peter, meanwhile, added: “It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who. A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she is a refreshing addition to the TARDIS and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to the Doctor’s adventures.”

New adventures. New companion. Same Doctor! Read the latest Series 10 news…

October 23rd, 2016
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After the series premiere got the ball rolling with a bang (and then some), Episode 2 of Class slows things back down as Ram takes the spotlight in a battle against his own personal demons, but it’s a battle that’s just as important – if not more so – as his showdown with Corakinus.

You’re always left to wonder where a series will go to next after the first episode, and more importantly whether or not it will be able to maintain the pace and momentum of its opening story. You needn’t worry about that in the case of Class, though, as The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo, while a very different kind of tale, still manages to draw you into the aftermath of the horrifying events of the Autumn Prom.

It is Ram who gets most of the attention in this episode, which is the least they could’ve done when you consider just how traumatic and psychologically damaging his experiences at the Prom actually were. It’s no surprise, then, that he’s struggling, both emotionally and psychically, to accept the sheer scale of his ordeal, and not even the distraction of his favourite pastime can help him this time. 1-0 to the Shadow Kin… or is it?

Described as a “football jock” in the official character bios, Ram proves here that he is far more than just a soulless sportsman. The story gave us the opportunity to crack away at his hard-faced exterior to delve deeper into the inner-workings of his mind, something which we’re sure we’ve still only touched the surface of. Fady Elsayed’s performance perfectly conveyed Ram’s overwhelming sense of mourning and grief, whilst highlighting his desperation to perform well on the pitch in what he feels is his only platform in which he can truly succeed.

Patrick Ness said that Class would be character driven, and an episode like this one just reaffirms it. The rest of the cast had their fair crack at the whip, too, as this story brings them one step closer to accepting their new found responsibility as Earth defenders. We’re sure they’ve all pretty much got their heads around the crack in time and space now (that is, just as soon as they’ve settled on a name for it – we’re getting ‘Bunghole of Time’ on a t-shirt!), and no doubt the rest of the protagonists will each get their chance throughout the series to rise to the challenge and escape the confines of the social stereotypes in which they are currently confined.

In a nutshell, The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo was a well-paced story with an interesting premise, although after such an intriguing build up, we couldn’t help but feel that the climax was somewhat anticlimactic. At least Ram got to find some form of acceptance, though, in a sci-fi ‘your football coach is skinning people alive’ sort of way. Miss Quill was on hand to offer some well-timed comic relief, too, as she got tongues wagging with a second, separate adversary who had taken the guise of an ominous Ofsted inspector. It looks like it’s only just the beginning of that particular arc, so it was a nice little teaser of what’s to come. Suffice to say, you’ll never look at your own coach in quite the same way again. Don’t worry, though. You are in control.

October 23rd, 2016

Charlie Brooker has revealed his Doctor Who episode that never was in a recent interview with the Independent.

The writer, whose latest series of the dystopian drama Black Mirror has just been released worldwide on Netflix, confirmed that he previously came close to penning an adventure for the Time Lord before having to decline the invitation due to other commitments. “That would’ve been a really good gig,” he said. “I was approached but just didn’t have the time. It was really annoying, and they haven’t asked me again since. It was like the Home Office asking you to do something.”

Would you like to watch a Doctor Who episode from Charlie Brooker? Let us know below…

October 22nd, 2016
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While we all celebrate the arrival of Class today, let’s not forget that this date - 22nd October – also marks the anniversary of another Doctor Who spin off.

It was on this day back in 2006 that everything changed when Jack Harkness returned to our screens as the star of his very own series, Torchwood. The show broke ratings records with its premiere on BBC Three, so much so that it was upgraded to BBC Two, and then BBC One, and went on to run for four successful series (or three successful series and Miracle Day, depending on your personal views…).

Whether or not you loved or loathed its last televised adventure, it’s still safe to say that Torchwood took us an epic journey to become a fully-fledged franchise in its own right. It still lives on in the form of audiobook and comic adventures, however we’ll just have to wait and see to find out if the gang (or what remains of it) will ever make it back to the screen, where they belong. It’s been one hell of a decade, though, with Torchwood giving us some of the bravest and more powerful storytelling that the sci-fi world has ever known.

To commemorate the landmark, share with us your cherished Torchwood memories below, and let us know if you’ll be watching any episodes to honour the occasion. Fans can rest assured that John Barrowman is working his little socks off to get Torchwood back on the air, so hopefully it’s only just a matter of time. After all, there’s life in the immortal dog yet!

October 22nd, 2016
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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.

Class finally hit the airwaves today and it was a double whammy of drama as we got two episodes for the price of one. Now, you can’t say the good ol’ BBC never give us anything…

As the adventures at Coal Hill School continued in The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo, we rejoined our new gang of honourable heroes as they struggled to accept the traumatic events of their Autumn Prom, as well as their new found responsibility as Earth defenders.

Admittedly, some members of the group were finding it harder to adjust than others, as football jock Ram stepped into the spotlight to face up to his personal demons at the hands of his over bearing coach. There were otherworldly forces at work as he refused to admit defeat, while Miss Quill was dealing with an altogether very different kind of threat, Ofsted. Basically, the end of the stinkin’ world was nigh. But alas, nothing was quite as it seemed…

So, two episodes in and what are you making of Class so far? Who are you loving? Which storylines are intriguing you the most? And did this latest episode change how you feel about your own sports coach? Leave your ratings and reviews in the comments section…

October 22nd, 2016
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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.

After months of build up and anticipation, the brand new Doctor Who spin off has finally landed. It’s a new term. Fear is coming. Tragedy is coming. But was Class worth the wait?

The first episode of Patrick Ness’ 8-part series took us back to Coal Hill School on the eve of their Autumn Prom, but finding a date was the least of the students’ worries (maybe not for April!) as the corridors were being haunted by sinister shadows and the mysterious disappearance of a fellow pupil was the first in a series of extra terrestrial occurrences that forged the rise of the almighty Shadow Kin. Where is the Doctor when you need him, eh?!

Well, just a stone’s throw away, as it turns out, as everybody’s favourite Time Lord was on hand to help save the day from the malevolent Corakinus, though it is our new generation of honourable heroes that stole the show as an unlikely allegiance was formed to defend Earth and its inhabitants from the horrors that reside inside the crack in time and space…

Under the, albeit reluctant, watch of the devilish Miss Quill, April, Ram, Charlie and Tanya are already a force to be reckoned with, but did For Tonight We Might Die turn out to be the introduction you were hoping for? Share all your thoughts and initial reactions in the comments below. It’s kind of like writing an essay but it’s fun and you’re not being judged (disclaimer: you totally are). You can also read WhovianNet’s review of the episode here.

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Thanks to BBC Books, we’ve a set of the new Class tie-in novels to give away. To be in with the chance, all you have to do is rate the episode and leave your review in the comments below. Please ensure that the email address is correct, as this will be used to contact you if you’re the winner. The competition will close, and the winner contacted, on Saturday 29th October 2016.

October 20th, 2016
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One episode in and Class has already secured its status as its very own beast to be reckoned with – but it’s the beast that the Doctor Who franchise has been waiting for.

Believe it or not, but it was just over a year ago that the BBC announced that Patrick Ness had signed up to helm his very own Doctor Who spin off, and now the new term – and, as such, a new era – is finally about to begin. And oh, what a shining new era it looks set to be! If the premiere episode is anything to go by, we really are in for a treat…

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 12 months, here’s the premise of Class in a nutshell. Set at the pre-established Coal Hill School, which has been given a swanky revamp to become the prestigious Academy since its last on screen appearance over in the main show, the series follows the day to day lives of a dynamic group of sixth formers as they battle their way through the trials and tribulations of puberty and exams. Oh, and the odd extra terrestrial excursion, of course. You know, all the usual stuff.

The stars of the show – that’s Greg Austin as Charlie, Sophie Hopkins as April, Fady Elsayed as Ram and Vivian Oparah as Tanya – are instantly watchable, relatable and likeable, all of which were vital ingredients in establishing their authority as the Whoniverse’s next generation of honourable heroes. There’s a lot to get through in the opening episode but not one member of the ensemble feels wasted or unnecessary – they are each there to add something special and unique to the overriding and developing story arcs (of which there are many) and the narrative offers the right amount of insight into their personal demons to keep us intrigued enough to find out more, whilst reassuring us that these valiant teens definitely deserve our blessing. A special mention goes out to Sophie Hopkins as April, who gets way more – like, way, way more – than she bargained for when a night of prom preparations turns into a literal fight to the death. It escalates really quickly. Oh, and we take our hat off to Fady Elsayed, too, who loses two things very dear to him in the space of 5 minutes. Don’t worry, though. He gets one of them back.

Speaking of the prom, it’s the circumstances surrounding the gang’s unlikely but inevitable alliance that ultimately makes this episode such an enjoyable – if completely bonkers – ride. The party setting is the perfect backdrop for the events that escalate within the confines of the school corridors, which are being haunted by sinister shadows. A student has gone missing and we won’t say anything more about that, but suffice to say that the brilliant backstory and its accompany adversary – the terrifying Shadow Kin – is so rich, powerful and well crafted that it could warrant a spin off of its very own…

…which brings us to Katherine Kelly as the devilishly decadent Miss Quill. We recommend that you try to go into the episode with as little knowledge about her cryptic character as possible, as the reveal of her identity is definitely worth the surprise. What’s more exciting is where she’ll go next, as a vengeful villainess who, not through choice, is having to adjust to a life that uses words instead of weapons. Katherine is effortlessly fantastic and relishes every ounce of the role, which is one that will undoubtedly put her in good stead to go down as one of the most formidable female foes that this genre has ever seen. Watch this space, folks.

So, what genre is Class, exactly? Well, we know that it’s Young Adult and anybody familiar with Patrick Ness’ previous works won’t take long to feel at home in terms of its style and pacing. What’s particularly noteworthy, however, is that Patrick has managed to make it accessible for all. His snappy dialogue and one liners bring the story to life and it’s already clear that he’s created something that’s exactly like Doctor Who in every way… apart from the fact that it’s completely different. The timely appearance from Peter Capaldi as the Doctor himself only serves to remind us that it’s all part of the same mythology, however his guest spot – while appreciated – is fleeting and the episode would’ve worked just as well without it.

The premiere episode of Class shines a new light on a world that is already familiar to us, whilst planting the seeds for the stories and drama to come. It all kicks off with an awesome pre-titles sequence that wouldn’t have looked out of place in an episode of Buffy, and the theme tune totally rocks. Basically, we’ve never been so excited to go to school.

The first two episodes premiere on BBC Three at 10am on Saturday 22nd October.

October 20th, 2016
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Catherine Tate reflected on her tenure in Doctor Who during an interview on ITV’s morning chatshow Lorraine today.

The actress was first introduced as Donna Noble in the 2006 Christmas Special, The Runaway Bride, before returning as the Doctor’s full time companion in Series 4. She made her last appearance in David Tennant’s final story, The End of Time, which she credits for tying up all the loose ends. “I don’t know if I ever could come back now though, with the way Donna’s story ended,” she admitted. “But anything can happen. They could go back in time to before I was in it.”

Despite leaving the show over half a decade ago, Catherine – who is about to embark on a nationwide tour featuring her popular comedy creations – added that the TARDIS remains a very big part of her life. She said: “I will hopefully keep going to all the conventions until I’m in dire straits. You don’t realise how far reaching it is until you’re in West Virginia, in a Walmart, and then somebody says, ‘Are you Donna Noble?’. The fans are lovely and loyal.”

Earlier this year Catherine reprised the role for a series of original Big Finish adventures.

October 20th, 2016
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The BBC has today published their advanced schedule for the first week of November which will see the release of Class’s fourth episode, Co-owner of a Lonely Heart.

It will be available online on BBC Three on Saturday 5th November 2016, Time TBC, and you can read its official spoilery synopsis below.

April starts to feel effects of sharing her heart with Corakinus, and his attempts to sever the attachment only make it stronger.

When April’s estranged father makes a startling appearance she confronts him with Shadow Kin force, manifesting traits of the Shadow Kin leader.

Frightened by this extraordinary new-found power, April seeks comfort in Ram, and vows to reclaim her heart as her own.

Meanwhile, something strange is happening to the others – London is slowly being infested with unusual, sinister flower petals.

The first two episodes premiere on BBC Three at 10am on Saturday 22nd October.

2 days to go! Read all the latest developments about Doctor Who’s new spin off…

October 19th, 2016
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Patrick Ness has revealed that the Class narrative is largely driven by its characters, with the sci-fi element serving as the backdrop for their relationships and personal journeys.

The new Doctor Who spin off, which lands this weekend, will introduce us to an ensemble of sixth formers, the “mother hen” April, “baby of the group” Tanya, “football jock” Ram and Charlie, an “intergalactic prince” who is hiding out on Earth following the destruction of his home planet. Its creator and writer explained to i News: “Young Adult drama is all about teenage agency. Their concerns are taken seriously.”

He continued: “It’s not a show about an adult watching teenagers do stuff. So it is slightly to the side of Sarah Jane and Torchwood, but YA is always to the side. You couldn’t pretend it’s for teens when it’s actually for adults. If you do it correctly, it’s appealing for everyone.”

The premiere episode – For Tonight We Might Die – will feature a cameo appearance from Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, however Patrick affirmed that viewers shouldn’t expect any further crossovers from the main show, adding: “I wanted to do something of my own. It’s part of the tapestry and universe, but it’s also got to work on its own terms.”

The first two episodes premiere on BBC Three at 10am on Saturday 22nd October.

3 days to go! Read all the latest developments about Doctor Who’s new spin off…

October 18th, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner which means that it’s time for us to get into the spirit of the season once again with the return of our Who’loween Spooktacular!

Over the years our frightfully fun festivities have included a countdown of the Scariest Episode and the Scariest Enemy, both of which were taken home by the Weeping Angels with landslide majorities of the votes. In fact, we even held a rematch back in 2014 which they won again, so they really are the ones to beat. That could all change this year, though, as we bring you… the Scariest Scene!

But we need your help to find out what that is. Doctor Who is acclaimed for traumatising generations and, while there’s admittedly only so much it can get away with at 7pm on a Saturday night, it’s safe to say that the series has become progressively darker over recent years and it never shies away from pushing the boundaries of teatime telly to the extreme.

With that in mind, we want to know what YOU think has been the scariest scene in Doctor Who to date. It’s been on for over 50 years so you’re definitely not stuck for choice, but we’ve all got that one scene or sequence that caught us off guard and still succeeds in sending a shiver down our spine. All right, so there’s more than one. Narrow it down, ok?!

Your scene can be from any episode, from any series, from any Doctor, and all you have to do is post it in the comments below, or tweet us @WhovianNet. Next week we’ll open up a poll featuring your most popular suggestions for the final round of voting, which will close on Halloween. So, what are you waiting for, eh?! Leave your comments below, if you dare…

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