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June 11th, 2017
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It’s safe to say that the response to Class was far from overwhelming, so much so that Patrick Ness himself has decided to cut ties after just one series

With Series 2 already in doubt even before its creator’s departure, it looks like any plans of a return to Coal Hill Academy have now been eternally banished to the realms of forlorn fantasy. But where did it all go so wrong for the latest Doctor Who spin off, which initially landed with so much promise and potential? And how do you feel now that it’s over before it had truly begun?

Our Discussion is now open for you to share all your thoughts and reactions to the latest developments. Do you think the right decision has been made, or were you hoping to see more from Charlie and the gang? We’re basically asking, did you enjoy Class? And if not, what about it failed to leave a lasting impression? Let us know in the comments below…

December 3rd, 2016
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Facing an impossible choice, our heroes must use all they’ve learnt to save Earth. But how far are they prepared to go? And will they have to pay a price? This time, not everyone will make it out alive.

After two months of high octane drama, detention and debauchery, it was the end of term this week as Charlie and the gang joined forces to save Earth in the series finale of Class

…and after last week’s epic cliffhanger, it’s safe to say that none of us really knew what to expect from our final journey to Coal Hill Academy. Patrick Ness pulled out all the stops for the climactic conclusion which continued to push the boundaries in the only way that a Young Adult drama set within the Doctor Who universe knows how. It was loud, it was mad and it was full of shocks and surprises, but was it the ending that you had been hoping for?

All good things must come to an end so wipe away those tears and let us know what you thought of The Lost, as well as your feedback on the first series of Class in general. As we await news of a second series (its creator is certainly “optimistic”!), discuss what you’d like to see next and what ramifications you think the finale’s Earth-shattering events will have on our honourable heroes… Whatever the future holds, it has been one hell of a ride!

Rate & Discuss Previous Episodes » Ep 1. For Tonight We Might Die | Ep 2. The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo | Ep 3. Nightvisiting | Ep 4. Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart | Ep 5. Brave-ish Heart | Ep 6. Detained | Ep 7. The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did

November 26th, 2016
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With the gang trapped in detention and out of the way, Miss Quill accepts Dorothea’s astonishing offer: to help remove the Arn from her head, and to reclaim her freedom.

As Class reached its penultimate episode, there were shocks and surprises waiting behind every metaphysical corner when Miss Quill reaffirmed that she is war itself. To put it lightly.

But just who is she when she’s free? The latest episode – The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did – gave us all the answers as Miss Quill went AWOL with our Classmates stuck in the world’s most death-defying detention. Things weren’t exactly rosy for their teacher, either, as she put her trust in Dorothea to help remove the Arn once and for all…

And man, did things get gruesome! Now that you’ve all had a chance to watch it, feel free to let us know what you thought of the episode and its accompanying thrills below. As we prepare for the grand finale, what do you think lies in store? After that huge cliffhanger, it’s impossible to predict, but go ahead and have a go anyway. After all, it’s more fun that way.

November 19th, 2016
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The whole gang is thrown into detention by Miss Quill. Locked in her classroom, they are terrified when an explosion propels them out of space and time: trapped, claustrophobic and floating in blackness with no way of escape.

As Class continued, the gang were thrown into the detention to end them all when an alien fragment sent them to the edge of nowhere. Coal Hill School will never be the same again.

Last week we got an epic sci-fi venture on another planet and this week we got an intimate yet claustrophobic tale set within the confines of a classroom. That’s the basic premise of Class in a nutshell, really, but Detained proved that they can both be just as dramatic as the other as the gang were pushed to their limits (and then some) and a ‘Meteor of Truth’ forced them to examine their own unconventional friendships and underlying insecurities…

Things went from bad to worse and an AWOL Miss Quill was nowhere to be seen (but more on that next week!) as the ruthless rock revealed some ugly home truths, but what did you make of the latest episode and its accompanying shocks and surprises, of which there were plenty? This week’s discussion is now open for you to discuss your reactions, so get typing!

November 12th, 2016
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Battling through the Shadow Kin realm, April knows that there is no going back: she has to defeat Corakinus. On Earth, the invasion of the petals is rapidly snowballing. Confronted with the threat of the planet’s extinction, new headmistress Dorothea attempts to force Charlie into making a transformational decision. But Miss Quill has other ideas for him.

Class continued this weekend as April and her ever Brave-ish Heart found themselves in a whole new world and Miss Quill’s dangerous new alliance with the headmistress put the future of an entire race at stake. It was business as usual and April was really p*ssed off.

Well, wouldn’t you be, if you were sharing your heart with a murdering alien and had to cut a hole into his world in order to destroy him? This episode was an epic, sci-fi jaunt that transported us on a journey that took us underneath the universe itself, but it wouldn’t be the show we have grown to know and love if things weren’t just as bad here on Earth, too.

As the invasion of the flesh-eating flowers continued, our heroes were forced to re-examine their priorities and Charlie in particular was faced with an impossible choice that looks set to have long-lasting ramifications for those he holds dearest. Back in the Shadow Kin’s realm, April joined forces with Ram to kill the King once and for all, but it was to be a mission that neither of them could expect to get out of alive. We hope they’ve done their homework.

So, what did you make of the latest episode?

November 6th, 2016
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It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the first series of Class, but it just goes to show that time really does fly when you’re having fun. Or rather, when you’re being chased through school corridors by dragons and robots and Shadow Kin, oh my…

So, what’s your verdict thus far, then? The first four episodes have been one hell of a ride, firmly establishing this latest era in Doctor Who’s ever-expanding mythology as its own force to be reckoned with. We’ve met new friends and foes alike, but has Coal Hill School Academy been worth going back to?

While Charlie’s been getting to grips with life on Planet Earth, Ram’s been splattered with blood (more than once), Tanya’s had a chinwag with her deceased father and April’s been battling her inner demons as the co-owner of a lonely heart. Oh, and Miss Quill has been keeping herself busy too, though it looks like there’s lots more from her to come, if this dramatic new trailer previewing the rest of the series is anything to go by. Yup, it’s just one thing after the other for our honourable heroes, but how have they been holding up?

Let us know how you’re feeling at the halfway point of the series in the poll below, and don’t forget that you can also delve deeper into the drama in our individual Discussions for every episode. What and who are you loving? What’s disappointed you? And what are your hopes going forward? We wanna know, so start talking/voting, right… about… now!

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November 5th, 2016
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April starts to feel effects of sharing her heart with Corakinus, and his attempts to sever the attachment only make it stronger. Meanwhile, something strange is happening to the others – London is slowly being infested with unusual, sinister flower petals.

It’s that time of the week again when we head back to Coal Hill School for yet more drama and debauchery. Fireworks aren’t the only thing going off today as we reach the halfway point of Class with an almighty bang. Get ready for Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart!

Suffice to say, we wouldn’t want to be in poor old April MacLean’s shoes right now, as the connection between her and Corakinus grows ever stronger and the Shadow Kin’s influence consumes her beating heart. Her friends are starting to notice that she has been becoming much more volatile as of late, so it’s bad news for her father when he shows up upon his release from prison and April’s anguish only fuels the evil that has been bestowed upon her.

If you thought that meant that the end of the world was nigh, the rest of the students are bracing themselves for parent’s evening and there’s a brand new headmistress in town in the form of the dashingly dangerous Dorothea. Meanwhile, there’s something wrong with the flower petals and the squirrels better watch out. Won’t anybody think of the squirrels?!

So, that’s another episode in the bag, and now the time has come for you to let us know what you made of it! Rate and discuss the adventure in the comments below.

October 29th, 2016
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London is infiltrated by an eerie alien with the ability to morph into the shape of lost loved ones. Confronted with these emotional encounters, the team must overcome the persuasion of this strange new threat, and battle through the streets to stop Tanya from being lost forever.

Class continued this weekend as our heroes found themselves being kept up all night by a tantalising, tentacled temptress (try saying that three times when you’re drunk!). Basically, it was business as usual – but was Nightvisiting a tale worth Charlie & Co staying up for?

The latest episode took place on the second anniversary of Tanya’s father’s sudden death, so obviously the last person she was expecting to see at the end of her bed was her father himself. Was it just teenage angst, or the end of the world? Well, a bit of both, as it turns out, though leaning more towards the latter as it was all an evil ploy by the luring Lankin.

This story was definitely Vivian Oparah’s time to shine, although the other Classmates got a fair crack at the whip, too. As Charlie and Matteusz took their relationship to the next level (*ahem*), April revealed just why she’s always so god damn sensible, and it was third time lucky for Ram who, for the first time this series, didn’t get splattered in blood. (He did get covered in goo, of course, but this is definitely a step in the right direction!)

Ultimately, however, Nightvisiting was a powerful episode with an intriguing premise, but what did you take away from its exploration of death and deception? You can read our review here, but we would love to know if you agree or disagree in the comments below…

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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