For Tonight We Might Die
By Patrick Ness
So here we are with the beginning of a new spin off series of Doctor Who with Class. Doctor Who has had two successful spinoff series with Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures and now we have Class written by Patrick Ness and available on the streaming channel that is BBC 3 and iPlayer. Class is the creation of Young Adult author Patrick Ness and Steven Moffat has tapped him to come up with this series of eight episodes that takes place in Coal Hill School.
For those not familiar with Coal Hill School it was first introduced in 1963’s An Unearthly Child. The Doctors granddaughter Susan was enrolled there and caught the curiosity of two of her school teachers Ian and Barbara and well you know the rest of the story. Coal Hill School would be featured again in 1988’s Remembrance of the Daleks and would be a focal point in NuWho as Clara would have a teaching job there. So now we have a new series taking place at Coal Hill School with a bunch of students and one teacher as its protector all with The Doctor’s blessing.
Class wasn’t really what I was expecting. For one I wasn’t expecting it to be as violent as it was and wasn’t expecting to see so much blood. I for one thought this was young adults but I guess I was wrong. Well it sure isn’t for kids that’s for sure. It also was pretty darker than I imagined it would be also which isn’t a bad thing as I enjoy darker stories from time to time. As a first episode it more or less did what it was supposed to do as it did set up the characters that would be lumped together and the way they did it wasn’t bad as they had to help each other against the Shadow Kin.
With that said I really did enjoy seeing Peter Capaldi in “For Tonight We Might Die” even though I thought it wasn’t really needed. They didn’t need The Doctor for the beginiging of Torchwood and Sarah Jane Adventures as The Doctor guest starred in Sarah Jane well after it was established and never appeared in Torchwood. So why have him in Class? Where they really that concerned that no one would get the fact that this was a Doctor Who spinoff? I don’t know but having The Doctor asking this group to defend Coal Hill School why he isn’t around was good to get people to watch Class since it is only a streaming channel show.
Class has started and so far episode one of eight was ok and nothing we haven’t seen before and actually much better but it does have time to grow and get better and hopefully the characters grow too as they seem to be just stereotypical kids that you would not really see in any high school.