It’s Class time!

So, we now have the official announcement of Class coming to Big Finish, over two sets and with the core cast (plus extras), as many of us have already mentioned. I gave some early thoughts on this a couple of days ago (Back to Class for Big Finish) and my initial thoughts are largely unchanged, but…

Katherine Kelly leads the Class

The BBC has announced casting details (and a bit more) for new Doctor Who spin-off Class. Centre stage is a new teacher played by Katherine Kelly (pictured). Katherine has appeared in many recent dramas (Happy Valley, Night Manager, Mr Selfridge) but I am most familiar with her work from a period of watching Coronation Street some years ago, where she…

New Doctor Who spin-off Class announced

A surprise announcement of a new Doctor Who spin-off series; no, not The Paternoster Gang but a show called Class set in Coal Hill School. The project is the creation of Patrick Ness (see picture, and blog) who also wrote the Fifth Doctor Puffin story Tip of the Tongue (review here). The announcement is on the BBC website, and the show will…

Is Maisie Williams playing Susan?

Time for more speculation. I read a piece on Doctor Who TV speculating on the return of Susan Foreman to the new series of Doctor Who. The piece is called Susan Who? This led me to wonder various things, including this — could Maisie Williams be playing a future regeneration of Susan? (I already have an is she Clara post!)

In the Forest of the Night review

Frank Cottrell Boyce wrote the eco-friendly In the Forest of the Night, the latest Twelfth Doctor adventure. Various described as mythic, wonderful or irritating on the forums and other places I felt both pleased and disappointed by this story…

The Caretaker reviewed

Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat gave us the sixth of twelve episodes of this series of Doctor Who in the form of The Caretaker. With a sideshow of an alien killing mega-robot to contend with, just how would Clara find the time to introduce her boyfriend to the Doctor? Can Coal Hill survive? Find out…

Thoughts ahead of The Caretaker

So, once again Coal Hill School is the centre of events having featured in Unearthly Child, Remembrance of the Daleks and several Big Finish titles. This week’s The Caretaker is a Gareth Roberts / Steven Moffat script and promises us love, monsters and more!

Into the Dalek reviewed

Season 8 roared on with Into the Dalek, a story written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat. At one level this was a full-on pastiche of Star Wars with a hefty dose of Fantastic Voyage; on other levels it was much, much more…

Some thoughts ahead of Into the Dalek

The BBC has stepped up its promotion for the Twelfth Doctor‘s next story, Into the Dalek. If you visit the episode’s page on the BBC website, you will see the newest mini-trailer (And this is your patient…) and the focus is all on the Daleks, the Doctor and the space mercenaries (my name) who feature in…

Sue Chesterton joins the TARDIS! (April Fool)

As part of the next series of Doctor Who there will be another new companion; this time it’s fifteen year-old schoolgirl Sue Chesterton. As you might guess from the surname Sue (full name Susan!) is Ian Chesterton’s granddaughter. No word yet on casting but we do know how Sue gets involved with the Twelfth Doctor.

In the (Danny) Pink with Samuel Anderson

The BBC is keeping up the interest in Peter Capaldi’s first season as the Twelfth Doctor with a continual series of mini-announcements. This week we learn that there will be a new companion in the TARDIS – Danny Pink played by Samuel Anderson (History Boys + others). The BBC blog story is: Rising Star Joins Doctor Who…