The Doctor Who Spin-off Class Gets Its Cast And An Unlikely Comparison

Doctor Who is considered a classic British show, with the BBC’s resurrection of the series leading to a whole new generation of Whovians watching the show in eager anticipation. While the series is on hiatus for a year (with people still waiting for the news about the next companion), more details have been announced about the Doctor Who spin-off, Class.

Class is not the first Doctor Who spin-off, with series like Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures exploring the lives of the doctors companions after their interactions with the Doctor. It’s been known for a while that Class will target a younger audience, with the show set in Coal Hill school, a scene that Whovians from the older generation will recognise from back in 1963.

The official teaser for the show starts with a simple description that just makes us wish it was already on our TV’s:

What if your planet was massacred and you were the sole survivor?
What if a legendary figure out of space and time found you a place to hide?
But what if the things that want to kill you have tracked you down?
And worst of all, what if you haven’t studied for your exams…?

With everything from family, friends, school work, and the everyday issues that being a teenager throws at you meeting with interplanetary secrets and dark mysteries the fate of the very world may, in fact, rest with, and end, with a bunch of teenagers.

With newcomers Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah starring alongside their soon to be teacher played by Katherine Kelly, an actress well-known for her roles in Coronation street and Happy Valley, as they fight to save the world and their grades from aliens.

Does any of this sound familiar? While many may think Power Rangers, executive producer Steven Moffat has a different opinion on what the show could be like. “Class is dark and sexy and right now. I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy – it’s taken the brilliant Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen”. That’s right, Steven Moffat himself has compared the show to a “British Buffy”, something that can only be seen as the highest of praise from fans on both Buffy and Doctor Who.

I don’t know about you but I am excited to see how the series comes out, with it airing on BBC Three in the UK and BBC America within the US, we only have to wait on time now.

Doctors Notes Is What Happens When Doctor Who Meets Social Media

Doctor Who is a science fiction show that has spanned generations, with multiple actors coming and going as both supporting and main characters featuring some of the biggest names in their credits and having inspired more than a few minds. It recently celebrated the ending of the 9th series, the 35th season to air in total after a 16-year break split the series in two. So why not celebrate it by rewatching the 9th season with some added content?

Doctor Who has spread from being a show from the BBC to a show enjoyed by people all over the world. The show is set to re-air on BBC America with a small twist, that is you can watch the whole series again, week by week with a little extra content. Ranging from comments from Twitter or Tumbler, with artwork and images laid over top of the show you can enjoy the series with all the extra content you could ask for, including little pieces of trivia like you can see in the trailer below at 0:14. With the series starting on January 30th, you could soon find yourself rewatching the series in the meanwhile as you wait for the next series later this year.

Do you think shows should have extra content like this laid over top of the show or should they focus on the show and avoid distracting you from the show?

Peter Jackson to Direct Episode of Doctor Who

A year ago we released an article stating that Peter Jackson could direct a future episode of Doctor Who. The time is nigh.

Peter Jackson is very active with his facebook, posting snippets from behind the scenes and regarding causes he actively supports. While he is well known for his work on the J.R.R Tolkien films such as the Lords of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies, Jackson is well known for supporting and looking out for anything that he could be creative with. Doctor Who is just one of those shows and as a video posted on his facebook shows, he is not one to shy away from announcing his activity in the show in the near future.

While there are no real details and this may be premature, there is hope that this could mean in the near future, maybe next season, we could see an episode with the Jackson touch. While famous for its big guest appearances there is rarely a guest producer or director, especially one known for his large films. As if that wasn’t mean enough for the Doctor Who fans, Tolkien fans may notice the Silmarillion (yet another one of Tolkien’s books set in Middle Earth) marked with post-it notes and an inserted page. Because teasing one fan base is just not enough.

Did BBC Just Release 10 Episodes of Doctor Who on BitTorrent?

BBC has been known to be very helpful in providing access to the latest Doctor Who content in the past. Even so, the company seems to take its content to a whole new level of sharing.

10 episodes of the most recent season have been made available via BitTorrent. Now we know that ‘free’ associated with the word ‘torrent’ means a whole different thing on the internet, but BBC appears to embrace the latest content sharing technique regardless of its never-ending debates.

The episodes are said to come with a short intro video featuring the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi, as well as a preview of the first instalment, namely ‘Rose’. Fans who desire to get more than that need to pay $12 to get the rest.

There is no mention regarding their quality, but looking at the previews, it seems to be quite high. The episodes can be streamed directly or downloaded to be viewed offline from here.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information

New Trailer for Doctor Who Premier Released

The creators of Doctor Who have been cruel this year, giving us such tiny bits of information to go on as we await the first full episode featuring Peter Capaldi as The Doctor.

The latest trailer is as vague as ever, but at this time time around we actually get to see some of the characters, sets and other sneaky details to get us excited for the official season premier later this month.

With less than two weeks to go until the start of season 8, as well as the start of the fourth doctor since the shows return (five doctors if you could War Doctor). Check out the trailer for episode one “Deep Breath” below and let the excitement build for the Peter Capaldi, dinosaur, steampunk robo-men, Victorian London filled first episode.

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Thank you Nerdist for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Nerdist.

All of River Songs Scenes In Her Order = 9 Hours 22 Mins of Awesome

Some people simply have too much time on their hands! Which is no bad thing, because if you’re one of those people and you’re looking to kill the next 9-10 hours watching clips from Doctor Who, then boy have I got a treat for you!

YouTuber Todd Partridge has been hard at work, for what I suspect was a very long time, editing together every scene from Doctor Who that features River Song, but he’s been smart and put them together in her order. As many of you will know, Rivers time line is backwards to the end viewer and now you can chart her journey through the stars from birth to death.

I did notice a few folk on YouTube who were quick to point out one or two flaws in the epic video, as he missed some obscure bonus scenes from DVD extras and other features, but he’s already hard at work splicing those moments in! Some people just never sleep I guess.

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Enjoy the video, let us know what you think in the comments… although I suspect that will not be for a good few hours yet.

Thank you CultureBox for providing us with this information.

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Peter Jackson Could Direct a Future Episode of Doctor Who

While early rumours had surfaced that Peter Jackson could direct an episode of Doctor Who, it may not be very possible that the Lord of the Rings director could take the time lord reigns in a future season.

While speaking with SFX, Doctor Who Executive Producer Steven Maffat confirmed that he had discussed the possibility with Jackson, the only real thing stopping Jackson from getting stuck in to the sci-fi series would be his already busy schedule, since work on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies is still far from over.

““I think it will happen at some point. He’s still incredibly busy on The Hobbit. I’ve spoken to him face to face, and he would like to do one. I mean, he can do what the hell he likes – he owns New Zealand!”

Moffat also added that Peter Jackson was expecting “no money” for the work he could do on Doctor Who, “He’s a nice guy, he quite often drops me a line after a show goes out. He’s into it – it’s just ‘Can you make it work?'” said Moffat, “We give him a Dalek and then he’ll direct an episode,” he said. “That’s what he wants.”

Jackson already owns two Daleks and has already suggested a plot featuring the New Zealand national rugby team, the All Blacks. So, would you want to see what Jackson could do in the Doctor Who director seat? I know I do! Although I’d much rather it involved Orcs and stuff, not rugby players.

Thank you Hollywood Report for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Hollywood Report.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer Leaked

Doctor Who television programme is one of the most anticipated shows, and a 50th anniversary trailer appears to have been leaked online. A BBC Latin America Facebook Page received a post with the video. New footage from the series dubbed in Spanish can be viewed when playing it.

Previous trailers have teased huge revelations in the upcoming special, including the reappearance of Rose and the possible revelation of the Doctor’s name. The new trailer also features David Tennant, the 10th Doctor, with the special promising to be Matt Smith’s last episode playing the character, pending the hand-off to Peter Capaldi.

The BBC has stated that Day of the Doctor will truly be a global event, having the special episode air simultaneously in more than 75 countries across the globe. In the UK it’s scheduled for November 23rd at 7:50PM. Fans can have a sneak peak at the leaked trailer below.


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Video courtesy of Daily Motion and image courtesy of BBC America