Saturday, October 08, 2016

Doctor Who & Class: Spoilers From NYCC 2016

The last few the casts for both Doctor Who and Class have been at New York Comic Con and as a result, some genuinely tantalising information has finally been unveiled for both shows. A rundown of said information.

First of all, we've finally got a title for Christmas 2016 - The Return Of Doctor Mysterio! Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Ed Bazelgette, the 60 minute special will star Justin Chatwin (Shameless US) as a superhero named Grant/Doctor Mysterio who teams up with the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and an investigative journalist (Charity Wakefield) to battle an invading alien force in New York during Christmas. The special which also sees the return of Nardole (Matt Lucas) will also feature  Adetomiwa Edun, Aleksandar Jovanovic and Logan Hoffman. I have to admit a superhero themed episode certainly seems a little odd (though the idea was previously explored in The Mind Robber) but the look of Chatwin's costume and the preview clip for it certainly has piqued my interest for this upcoming episode.

Elsewhere and with the show debuting in exactly two weeks time on BBC3, two trailers were unveiled for spin-off series, Class. The first trailer focused more on Peter Capaldi's Doctor but the second trailer gave us more of a look into the main characters themselves - Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly), Charlie (Greg Austin), Ram (Fady Elsayed), April (Sophie Hopkins), Tanya (Vivian Oparah) and Mattheusz (Jordan Renzo). References to certain television shows, hooks up among certain characters and that impending sense of doom aside, I do think both trailers helped to really sell the show. While Class certainly feels closer to Torchwood than The Sarah Jane Adventures, I do think both trailers helped to sell the show somewhat better and it looks like it will be a worthy addition to the Doctor Who universe.

As for the upcoming tenth series, while we didn't get any trailers for it (aside from the Christmas special footage), we did get some intriguing bits though from cast and crew. Pearl Mackie who plays Bill did mention that her character will be "geeky, have a big heart and a bit of a temper" while Steven Moffat hinted that Nardole will be something of a valet for the Doctor but could also have a "sinister" side to him. Peter Capaldi also let slip that a haunted house episode will appear in the upcoming series and there's currently rumours that a writer from the Classic Series will be scribing an episode for the show.

Christmas 2016 Press Release:
Class Trailers:

Doctor Who will return with The Return Of Doctor Mysterio on Christmas Day on BBC1 and BBCAmerica. Class will air Saturdays from October 22nd on BBC3 and on BBCAmerica from Spring 2017 with Series 10 of the main show.

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