Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Class: Nightvisiting Preview And Ten Exclusive Teasers

Nightvisiting - the third episode of the Doctor Who spinoff Class - is quite a contrast from the opening two episodes. Now that the characters, themes and style of the show has been established, it's time to learn more about our lead characters; we uncover their secrets and dig deeper into their family lives.

The episode has a much slower pace, with more emphasis on the emotions and psychological games as opposed to big explosions and shouty monsters. As is often the case in some of the best Doctor Who stories (yes, I'm going to keep mentioning it, this is a Doctor Who news site after all!) emotions are a strong theme in this episode, which not only shows how we as humans struggle with grief, but how we use other emotions and different methods to overcome sadness.

The alien in Nightvisiting is an interesting concept. Similar to the Weeping Angels or the Empty Child, touch them and it's game over. The team are separated for the most part, leaving them vulnerable, but near the end there's a brief burst of action and we get, in my opinion, a solution that's a little two obvious and over too quickly.

Overall, the episode shows another side to Class and although it is often slow and has what seems like a bit of an unnecessary subplot involving Charlie, it's another strong episode that might just win over those who prefer the darker, deeper tone.

If that's not enough to whet your appetite, here's ten exclusive teasers and a bonus from the next episode:
  1. "Alien invasion or teen angst?"
  2. Cracks in the universe
  3. Suspiciously sentimental
  4. An alien concept of love
  5. The great trunk
  6. "Souls can never be forced, they can only be persuaded."
  7. Puddle
  8. "The world isn't sensible, haven't you noticed?"
  9. A screwdriver and a pair of secateurs
  10. Not glass
BONUS Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart trailer teaser (highlight to read)
  • A broken plant pot and a bowl of petals.

Nightvisiting will be available on BBC iPlayer on Saturday 29th October.
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Capaldi And Moffat Discuss The Christmas Special

BBC America have released a video in which Twelfth Doctor actor Peter Capaldi and Executive Producer (and writer of the Christmas special) Steven Moffat talk about the upcoming Christmas special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio.

You can watch the interview, which includes the previously released behind the scenes video, below.

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Monday, 24 October 2016

Class: For Tonight We Might Die Review

This weekend saw the launch of the new Doctor Who spinoff, Class. With very little Doctor Who on screen, this has come at the right time for us Whovians and the team here at TGT were just as excited as anyone to see how the new spinoff would fare. So, let’s take a look at the first episode, For Tonight We Might Die. Be warned, there will be spoilers!

The series starts with a few ominous shots of school corridors, a glimpse of Miss. Quill with a student and an alien appearing from a rift. This immediately sets the tone for the show, which has frequently been described as ‘young adult’ and ‘more gory than Doctor Who’.
The title sequence, for me, feels a bit underwhelming and slightly ‘art school’, with cutouts of the main characters over psychedelic clouds, backed by Up All Night (by Alex Clare). Given the highly acclaimed music on Doctor Who and the impressive titles of its other spinoffs (Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures), this title sequence doesn’t have quite the same impact and the choice of 'pop' music over an original theme feels very lazy.
We are quickly introduced to the main characters - April, Tanya, Charlie, Ram and Miss Quill. We know straight away that the four children are our leads, because they’re the only ones in the classroom that talk. Despite being set in a school, we rarely get anything from any of the other pupils or other teachers. It's also a little underwhelming how the four come to be friends, just randomly talking to each other rather than something bringing them together. We do get a few insights into their home lives and parents. Whereas in Doctor Who the parents are often around more for comic effect, the parents in Class are more real, with April’s disabled mother, Tanya's strict mother and Ram’s protective but caring father.

The reveal of Charlie and Miss Quill being aliens is an interesting twist for the characters. I always like having alien characters as it adds possibilities for comic misunderstandings and a different view of human behaviour. Though we don’t learn much about their race, I’m sure we will over the course of the series.
The story centres around the kids preparing for a poorly organised prom - seriously, one bag of decorations to transform a whole hall and a few handwritten banners made mere hours before the event! The lacklustre event is quickly overshadowed (literally) by the arrival of Corakinus and his Shadow Kin army. As the first alien villains of the show, they are not too bad. The shadow concept is clearly borrowed and not as well executed as the Vashta Nerada, but they stand up as a well designed alien with a clear motive.
Finally, we have the appearance of the Twelfth Doctor. Unlike Captain Jack or Sarah Jane, this team is inexperienced and somewhat unwilling. The Doctor giving them the task of defending the planet from aliens is a great idea and Capaldi, as expected, is perfect in his cameo. The setup and explanation for why the alien encounters will be entirely localised within the vicinity of the school and surrounding areas is plausible and greatly appreciated.
Overall, Class has kicked off with a strong episode. There is a lot of promise, with a good story, decent characters and strong drama. I look forward to seeing how the series develops and what thrills lie in store for us.
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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Episode Discussion & Poll - Class: For Tonight We Might Die

The first two episodes of spin-off Class have dropped on BBC Three - and we invite you now to share your thoughts of the series opener in The Gallifrey Times' Episode Discussion & Poll!

You can vote in our poll below and the results will be revealed on Saturday 29th October:

You can comment below using a variety of services including Disqus, Facebook and Twitter! If you've not yet seen the episode, we recommend that you don't take part or look at the comments below until after you've seen it.

Thanks and we look forward to hearing your views on For Tonight We Might Die! The poll for episode two can also be found on the site.
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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Class Cast To Attend London Comic Con

The BBC have announced that the writer, producer and cast of the new Doctor Who spinoff Class will be attending the MCM London Comic-Con at ExCel London later this month.

Patrick Ness and producer Derek Ritchie will be joined by the show’s principle cast, including Fady Elsayed (Ram), Greg Austin (Charlie), Sophie Hopkins (April) and Vivian Oparah (Tanya). The team will talk about Coal Hill Academy's first term in the Whoniverse giving give con-goers an insight into the series as well as presenting an exclusive screening of episode three.

The talk will take place at 3pm on the Saturday of Comic Con, which runs from 28th - 30th October.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Class: For Tonight We Might Die - 10 Exclusive Teasers

The Gallifrey Times have seen the Class series opener, For Tonight We Might Die, and have put together our set of spoiler-free teasers, which you can see below!
    1. “The schools in Sheffield are very different.”
    2. Partial eclipse of the heart
    3. Who you gonna call?
    4. Freedom fighter. Not a terrorist.
    5. “What’s the Cabinet of Souls?”
    6. You might die tonight, so don’t do anything stupid!
    7. A familiar theme is electrified
    8. Chairs, again, are useful
    9. “Isn’t this great? The two of us. Talking. About something other than what the white people are doing.”
    10. “You.” “You.” “Who?” “Who?
    We'll have 10 spoiler-free teasers for episode two, The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo, tomorrow!
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    Class: For Tonight We Might Die - First Clip

    With the series premiere of Class just a few days away, the official Twitter account for the show has released the first sneak peek clip from the first episode, For Tonight We Might Die. You can view it below:
    Class begins on BBC Three with a double-bill premiere on Saturday 22nd October, dropping at 10am UK time.
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    Monday, 17 October 2016

    Class: Nightvisiting Synopsis Released

    The BBC has released a synopsis for episode three of the new spin-off, Class, titled Nightvisiting.

    The synopsis contains spoilers some readers may want to avoid.
    London is infiltrated by an eerie alien with the ability to morph into the shape of lost loved ones. Tanya has an unexpected visitor come to her window in the dead of night - and she's not the only one, as Ram and Miss Quill face their own startling visitors.
    Nightvisiting drops on the BBC Three website on Saturday 29th October.
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    Friday, 14 October 2016

    The Power Of The Daleks To Be Shown In US cinemas

    BBC America have announced that, in partnership with Fathom Events, the new animated version of The Power of the Daleks will be shown in cinemas across the United States on 14th November 2016. The showings will also feature bonus content, including interviews with members of the original cast.

    The episode will then debut on television on 8:25pm on 19th November.

    Kymberli Frueh, Vice President of Programming at Fathom Events, said:
    We’re pleased to continue our long-standing and successful partnership with BBC AMERICA to bring more fantastic Doctor Who content to the big screen The Whovians are always one of our biggest and most passionate groups of fans at the cinemas.
    Soumya Sriraman, Executive Vice President of Franchise and Digital Enterprises at BBC Worldwide North America, added:
    Ahead of the premiere on BBC AMERICA, it is a rare treat to be able to bring the lost episode, Power of the Daleks, to life using modern animation techniques. Doctor Who cinema events have been incredibly successful, and this is extraordinary opportunity to allow a new generation of fans the opportunity to experience this classic adventure for the first time.
    Tickets will be available from the Fathom Events website and at participating cinemas from 14th October.

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    Tuesday, 11 October 2016

    Doctor Who Meets Roger Hargreaves In New Book Series

    The much loved children's book range of Mr. Men books is now being given the Time Lord treatment, with a series of books that see each of the Doctor's reimagined in Roger Hargreaves' distinctive style.

    The books are being made through a partnership with BBC Worldwide and Sanrio Global Ltd, the company that owns the rights to the Mr. Men characters. The first four books to be released will be: Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh and Dr. Twelfth.

    Penguin Young Readers will be publishing twelve titles, one for each Doctor. The first four titles will be available in Spring 2017. Click on the pictures above to pre-order your copy!

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