A miniseries, especially a BBC miniseries comes with an annoying amount of pressure. Class comes with the Doctor Who pedigree, a novelist head writer and the expectations of it’s built in fanbase.
The BBc 3 show has a lot to live up too, other Doctor Who spin off like Torchwood and Sarah Jane won critical acclaim. Class is the flagship for the BBc’s digital crossover, even if they refuse to give it a proper marketing budget, Class has a lot of expectations.
Essentially, Class could fuck up very easily. But so far I’ve enjoyed it and this episode marked a turning point in the series as the characters felt a little more fleshed out and in a world on intrusive aliens, they were a little more human.
Parts of the episode felt very much like Russell T Davies era Doctor Who, we’re dealing with real problems it just so happens that there’s an alien there as well.
Class has an element of self awareness that grounds the show in reality, but it can only take it so far after all this is a show about aliens and a man in a blue box. I can’t help thinking this show could have worked better if it was introduced in early Rory and Amy/11 era before the show got too story heavy.
The episode primarily revolves Tanya, on the anniversary of her father’s death she still finds herself without closure. We see her parents lives played out in a vaguely UP style montage and the devastating moment her father’s dead body is chartered away after his stroke. And exactly two years later, he appears at the end of her bed.
Meanwhile Charlie and Matt take their relationship to the next level and Matt moves in after his strict parents kick him out for falling in love with a boy. The two contemplate the concept of love, Charlie never really knew it from his parents whom viewed him more as a piece of property than a family member and Corak doesn’t feel like anyone accepts him.
Ram continues too be a little bit of a prick, attempting too contact Tanya on the anniversary of her father’s death because he doesn’t understand the physics homework. But he’s visited by the alien ghost of dead girlfriend, noticeably she doesn’t have the same vine attached to her.He contacts April and the two begin to realise there are twisting vines coming out of everywhere.
Not seeing an alien in the real sense of the word works incredibly well for this episode, instead having them appear in human form with an unsightly twisted vine sticking too them makes the whole thing all the more creepy.
Tanya’s dad isn’t the only alien ghost trying to capture a victim, Ms. Quill’s sister is trying to convince her too come with her. Ms. Quill still remains a standout in the show and even without the ability too use weapons she’s still a force to be reckoned with.
The show ends with a face off and the realisation that the dead may be gone but that doesn’t mean the closure and what you have in the moment is better than wrestling with ghosts.
Class ends with no one else remembering what happened, it’s a very typical Doctor Who technique and it allows our scooby gang to grow closure.
Out of the three episodes so far this one was easily the best, the characters worked and we saw their motivations, it was beautifully shot and leads us too a whole new dynamic. It truly felt like the YA Doctor Who it was billed as and I can’t wait for the next episode.