Rate & Discuss: For Tonight We Might Die

October 22nd, 2016
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

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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10 comments on this article
  1. Patrick Rogers
    October 22nd, 2016 at 3.06pm | #1

    A good episode, with good characters and I think it has a lot of potential and Kathrine Kelly as Miss Quill is brilliant

  2. Matthew Wright
    October 22nd, 2016 at 3.49pm | #2

    When I first saw the trailer to class I wasn’t excited for it, I just didn’t get the feel for it. However after watching the first episode I will have to say “Sorry” because it was amazing. I couldn’t believe it. All the actors and Actresses played there roles well and the script was amazing. I can’t wait for the other episodes and the crew and team did an amazing job.

  3. George Ridley
    October 22nd, 2016 at 4.21pm | #3

    Patrick Ness has given just what The Whoniverse needed. A wonderfully produced introductory episode to a Spin-Off. This pilot episode was perfect for setting up the next 7. Beautifully introducing each character in only 50 minutes, each of them likeable in their own way. I found myself enjoying Miss Quill and Charlie the most. Their dynamic is unique and very entertaining. The re-watch factor is high as I have seen it twice already and enjoyed it even more on a second viewing. Can’t wait to see where the future of this show takes us after starting well on a bang. I have high hopes. 8/10

  4. JC
    October 22nd, 2016 at 5.01pm | #4

    My review for the episodes is posted here: /2016/10/class-review-for-tonight-we-might-die/comment-page-1/#comment-26290

    I posted my review before this Rate and Discuss was posted, sorry about that.

  5. JoshRrr
    October 22nd, 2016 at 11.26pm | #5

    YES! This show at first sounded like a recipe for disaster but thanks to great writing,directing, characters, premise and more, this first episode has me hooked! Would still be great even if it wasn’t Doctor Who related, but that being said I grinned ear from ear seeing the 12th Doctor again, strolling in and treating the main characters with respect and warm enthusiasm, just like the tenth Doctor did in Sarah Jane Adventures! Still miss that show but have a feeling Class will be a wonderful replacement!

    Love that it’s mature, whereas Doctor Who is sadly trapped in a state where it feels like it should be more mature but the studio strives it to be family/kid friendly, it was great seeing and hearing mature stuff that makes it more realistic. Finally, someone swears in an intense situation! Finally there’s proper blood! Finally a gay couple that aren’t camp.

    So in summary a really, really solid start! Can’t wait for more! Tempted to watch episode two now even though it’s late. After only 50 minutes these characters already feel well defined, very curious to see where Patrick will go from here!
    P.S, did anyone else get Power Rangers vibe from the title sequence?

  6. Bigsi2k8
    October 23rd, 2016 at 4.07am | #6

    Ill be honest…when I first saw the trailer I thought it was going to be more directed at children…but after watching the first and second episode on Iplayer I gotta say…I love it and it gives of a torchwood feeling to it….not its a week til episode 3

  7. Richard Lloyd
    October 25th, 2016 at 10.01pm | #7

    A very strong start to the series with some very interesting new characters, and a fantastic guest appearance from the Doctor that didn’t feel to rushed or drawn-out. I can’t wait to see what Class does next!

  8. Freddy Jones
    October 26th, 2016 at 8.07pm | #8

    That was the worst thing I have ever had the misfortune to watch.

  9. Andy Cordy
    December 20th, 2016 at 8.18pm | #9

    I hope Freddy got over himself. I was drawn into these characters’ lives immediately. Love the cracking pace and the shock tactics.

    My only gripe? The front title music. Trash, mishmash. Everywhere else the music and sound design is exemplary as always but the half-rap vocal, however well done, is just not relevant.

  10. Freddie Jones
    February 2nd, 2017 at 9.54pm | #10

    @Andy Cordy
    I still haven’t gotten over how terrible Class is, no.
    Apparently someone spouting out catchphrases is a character to you people? Whatever… Glad Patrick Ness isn’t taking over Doctor Who. He should be arrested for this writing.

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