For Tonight We Might Die

ClassShadows stalk the students of Coal Hill School in Shoreditch, London. For some, it’s the shadow of loneliness, while for others, it’s the shadow of their parents’ expectations and lack of understanding. For Charlie, however, it’s a more literal threat, an alien race called the Shadow Kin who wiped out the entire species he ruled over as its prince. A soldier of a rival species, the Quill, is beholden to protect him for the rest of his life. Rescued from the last days of the Shadow Kin’s genocide against Charlie’s people by a time traveler called the Doctor, Charlie and “Mrs. Quill” are quietly dropped into Coal Hill School as enigmatic student and short-fused teacher. The Doctor believed both of them could learn much from each other, and from humanity. But when the Shadow Kin rip open a tear in the fabric of space and time, allowing them to run riot at Coal Hill on prom night, time may be up for Charlie, for Mrs. Quill, and for the entire human race unless the Doctor intervenes again.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Patrick Ness
directed by Ed Bazalgette
music by Blair Mowat
theme song “Up All Night” by Alex Clare

Cast: Katherine Kelly (Miss Quill), Greg Austin (Charlie), Fady Elsayed (Ram), Sophie Hopkins (April), Vivian Oparah (Tanya), Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jordan Renzo (Matteusz), Ben ClassPeel (Coach Dawson), Shannon Murray (Jackie), Aaron Neil (Varun), Natasha Gordon (Vivian), Anna Shaffer (Rachel), Paul Marc Davis (Corakinus), Nigel Betts (Mr. Armitage), Pooja Shah (Miss Shah), Alex Leak (Kevin), Laura Jane Hudson (Mrs. Linderhof), Satnam Bhogal (Counter Clerk), Ellie James (Student 1), Moses Adejimi (Student 2), Assay Hagos (Student 3), Shalisha James-Davis (Student 4)

ClassNotes: Long-suffering Coal Hill head teacher Mr. Armitage, played as always by Nigel Betts, previously appeared in the Doctor Who episodes Into The Dalek, The Caretaker, and Dark Water. Due to a year-long hiatus in the show as a result of the changeover from Steven Moffat’s production team to that of incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall, this was – apart from a specially-made trailer to introduce new companion Bill – Peter Capaldi’s only in-character appearance as the Doctor between the 2015 and 2016 Doctor Who Christmas episodes; he is not expected to be a recurring fixture of Class.

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The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo

ClassRam is having difficulty adjusting to the artificial leg given to him by the Doctor to replace the leg severed by the Shadow Kin. His once-promising soccer performance suffers as a result, but psychologically he’s still suffering from the trauma of seeing the Shadow Kin on a killing rampage. As he changes after soccer practice, he’s convinced he sees evidence of another horrifying death, but can’t do anything about it. Later, he witnesses an otherworldly being snatch a cleaning lady from the school grounds, but can’t prove it happened. Worried that Ram is becoming increasingly isolated from them, Charlie, April and Tanya take their case to Mr. Armitage, only to see him snatched away by the same being Ram saw earlier. They turn to Miss Quill for protection, but she is preoccupied – almost obsessed – with an “observer” sitting in on her classes.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Patrick Ness
directed by Ed Bazalgette
music by Blair Mowat

ClassCast: Katherine Kelly (Miss Quill), Greg Austin (Charlie), Fady Elsayed (Ram), Sophie Hopkins (April), Vivian Oparah (Tanya), Jordan Renzo (Matteusz), Ben Peel (Coach Dawson), David McGranaghan (Assistant Coach Carroll), Aaron Neil (Varun), Nigel Betts (Mr. Armitage), Jami Reid-Quarrell (The Inspector), Cally Lawrence (Cleaner)

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Nightvisiting

ClassDaddy’s home. That comes as a bit of a shock to Tanya, since it happens on the second anniversary of his death. And he’s not quite the same – maybe it’s the constant pleading for her to take his hand, or maybe it’s the vine-like root connected to his back, snaking out the window and connecting to a network of similar tendrils, all of them connected to others who have apparently risen from the dead. Ram sees his late girlfriend and runs rather than trying to reconnect with her, meeting up with April in the process. Even Miss Quill has a visitor who seems to be from the other side, though she is skeptical about it all. What has taken root across London and brought the dead back to their loved ones?

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Patrick Ness
directed by Ed Bazalgette
music by Blair Mowat
“Nightvisitor” written & performed by Jim Moray

ClassCast: Katherine Kelly (Miss Quill), Greg Austin (Charlie), Fady Elsayed (Ram), Sophie Hopkins (April), Vivian Oparah (Tanya), Jordan Renzo (Matteusz), Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Jasper), Natasha Gordon (Vivian), Anastasia Hille (Orla’ath), Anna Shaffer (Rachel), Andrew Frame (Man), Janie Booth (Old Woman)

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