WARNING: This episode contains spoilers from episode five
Episode four of class was the best one yet. As the halfway point of the series, it had everything for a mid series finale (part 1). It had loads of shocks, suprises and thrills. This episode was anticipated in my opinion, but the question I will ask is did it stand up to expectations?
Well I'm sad to say that it didn't. This episode was a bit of a disappointment. After the great episode build up that had happened from episode four, I don't think this episode was as good as it could have been. It felt a bit lacking in comparison to the last episode, and it's sad to say that. But I must say, it still delivered some very good stuff in it.
I love the growing part of the parents. It's great that they moan for silly little things at the kids, whilst the alien invasion is happening in the background. And all the characters have been developed further. April and Ram are still the most developed characters, although we do have some stories for the other characters meanwhile.
As April and Ram venture the realm of the shadow kin, Charlie has to face a dangerous decision. He has to decide if he should destroy the flower petals to save the Earth with the cabinet of souls. But then he would risk loosing all of the rhodians and Mattuez.
The story is clumsly wrapped up I believe, although it's clever to wrap in the shadow kin stories alongside the stories set up with the shadow kin. And the ending was pretty predictable as well.
This episode was okay, but failed to deliver in terms of quality. I just hope that the rest of the series is just as great as episode 4. And one positive I can say is how epic this two parter was. It defiantly felt like the big finale one. But we'll have to see what that delivers soon.
Now to our rankings section.
Overall I would give this episode a 7.9
Overall, here are the ratings of the series:
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WARNING: This episode contains spoilers for episode four.
Class seems to be getting better and better every single week. Here we see that the fourth episode continues to improve on such a strong series so far. There are some brilliant stories set up here for the future of the series, and is a really intresting episode.
As the first and only proper two parter of the series, we see here set up an epic and brilliant story. The focus splits on two things. To start with, we see April and the effects of sharing her heart with Corakinus. April is one of the most developed characters in the series so far as I believe, as her personality changes are effected here. And as I said about the first episode, the shadow kin are great, and they have a welcome return in this episode.
Ram and April's relationship also develops in this episode. Ram is the other character who I feel has been developed a lot since the first episodes. He isn't the most likeable, but he has shown some strong improvements in character.
Meanwhile, Dorothea (Pooky Quesnel) makes an introduction in this episode. She is the new headmistress of coal hill academy, after the tragic death of Mr Armitage. She is a very mysterious character, and works well with dynamics of Mrs Quill, who is shaping up to be a great character.
The flower petals are here as well. These are an interesting idea, as you wouldn't think they would be threating, but they prove to be. An absolutely fantastic episode is improved by this story.
However, in this episode, the strongest part is April and her connection to the shadow kin. The episode ends with a cliffhanger, that left it open for episode 5, brave-ish heart. I just hope that this episode isn't disappointing in comparison to this one.
New to our reviews now, an overall rankings section.
I would give this episode an 8.8
Overall, here are the rankings of the episodes so far.
Join us soon for our reviews of the second half of the season.
The synopsis for this years Christmas special has been released:
This Christmas sees the Doctor join forces with a masked superhero for an epic New York adventure.
With brain-swapping aliens poised to attack, the Doctor and Nardole link up with an investigative reporter and a mysterious figure known only as The Ghost. Can the Doctor save Manhattan? And what will be revealed when we see behind the mask?
Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Justin Chatwin (Grant), Charity Wakefield (Lucy), Tomiwa Edun (Mr Brock), Aleksandar Jovanovic (Dr Sim) and Logan Huffman.
The episode will air on Christmas day 2016.
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Here, you can view all sorts of exclusive information about class that you cannot see on this page. You can see the links to all of the episodes of class as well as loads of exclusive videos including behind the scenes, trailers, clips and interviews from the cast and crew.
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Doctor who is 53 years old today!
At 5.16pm on the 23rd November 1963 the BBC premiered An Unearthly Child and UK television viewers were introduced to the incredible world of Doctor Who for the first time.
Doctor who has been through such a history over the years. We have seen 53 years worth of adventures with doctors of a variety of personalities. We have seen monsters from cybermen to daleks and from silurians to sontarans. And we have been going for over a century.
To the next 53 years!
We're back again every Friday to take a look at some of the key pieces of news that were released in the worlds of doctor who and class in the last seven days, and key videos from the account.
Runa Munro returns to doctor who
Rona Munro is returning to pen a Series 10 story.
Munro, who previously wrote the 1989 Seventh Doctor adventure Survival, is back for Episode 9 of the 2017 run. The current title for which is “The Eaters of Light“.
The guest cast includes Rebecca Benson, Daniel Kerr, Juwon Adedokun, Brian Vernel, Ben Hunter, Aaron Phagura, Sam Adewunmi and Billy Matthews.
Also revealed is the writer of Episode 5: Jamie Mathieson (Mummy on the Orient Express, Flatline and The Girl Who Died).
Mathieson says his newest episode is “Very, very scary. Like, seriously so. ‘Let’s go behind the sofa and just stay there until it’s over’ scary. It’s got more shocks and tense scenes than anything I’ve ever written. It’s also a taut thrill ride, a gag test, a pitch black satire and, for the first time I’m writing for Bill and Nardole!”
The guest cast includes Kieran Bew, Justin Salinger, Peter Caulfield, Mimi Ndiweni and Karen Brayben.
Episodes 5 and 9 are filming as part of Block 4 now.
Clean slate season 11 rumours
Insiders say the Broadchurch writer will have a “clean slate” to start afresh for his first series – rather bad news for actress Pearl Mackie, who plays new assistant Bill in Steven Moffat’s last run, currently filming for next year.
Pearl, 29, yet to be seen by viewers, is said to have been signed on a one-year contract and is expected to depart with Peter Capaldi , 58, and Moffat after 2017’s Christmas special.
The replacement Time Lord is likely to be played by a younger actor in a bid to help boost the flagging sales of dolls, books, DVDs and toys.
Our source says: “BBC management wants a return to the format from the David Tennant era, when you had a dashing male lead and young female companion.
“Merchandising has dropped off sharply in recent years and there is a strong desire to boost the show’s popularity among kids.”
One way to do that, of course, is by returning to its traditional tea-time slot, rather than the post-Strictly position it languished in last year.
Next year’s show is expected to air in spring rather than autumn, to avoid the Saturday clash with Strictly.
Chibnall, putting the finishes to the third and final series of ITV’s Broadchurch, will very soon put together his own team of writers and producers for Doctor Who. They are expected to work in parallel with Moffat’s unit, who finish up in the late spring of next year.
BBC chiefs have also stressed that they want a full series every year (there hasn’t been one at all in 20
Rumours for season 10 monsters
Tucked away at the bottom of the recent Mirror article were rumoured details on some of the new monsters coming up in early on in Series 10.
Obviously these are far from official, but some of it does align with things we know from filming.
Spoilerphobes read on at your own risk…
Return of doctor mysterio in US cinemas
BBC Worldwide North America and Fathom Events have announced that they plan to show this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio in movie theatres across the United States at 7:00pm on Tuesday 27th December and Thursday 29th December.
Join the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, as he teams up with an investigative journalist, played by Charity Wakefield (Wolf Hall, The Player), and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat. Written by Steven Moffat, the special stars Justin Chatwin (Orphan Black, Shameless) as Grant, along with Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland, Bridesmaids), Adetomiwa Edun (Lucifer, Bates Motel), Aleksandar Jovanovicand Logan Hoffman.
As well as the episode itself, the event will include two exclusive bonus features:
The Return of Doctor Mysterio will be an excellent way for fans to celebrate the holidays in true Whovian style.
Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh said:
Doctor Who fans are one of our most dedicated audiences, and we expect they will show up in full force for this holiday special. There’s no better way to enjoy this content than on the big screen and among fellow fans.
Tickets for the Special will be available to purchase online from tomorrow, 18th November via the Fathom Events website or participating theatre box offices.
The episode is due to air on BBC America on Christmas Day.
Class episode five: Brave-ish heart
Finally, catch up on the first five episodes of spin off class below. Episode five, brave-ish heart was released last Saturday, and tomorrow episode six, detained, will be released.
See all episodes here
See episode 5 here
The fan show
Christel Dee is joined by monster voice actor Nicholas Briggs to discuss the daleks in this week's episode of doctor who: The fan show.
Doctor who time and space #185
In this week's podcast, it's the fifth part of the six episode challenge as we discuss our top 6 monsters and villains in the show. We also review classic fourth doctor story city of death and the fifth episode of class, brave-ish heart. Plus, we have the latest news and we reveal what we have been watching next week. Clue: An anticipated animated event involving the daleks.
Next week, we will be back for another round up. But until then, it's goodbye from us
Hello. I'm Lewis Moon. This is the blog with all the doctor who news as well as MLMA updates.
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