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The Teen Show Class Is Not Just For Doctor Who Fans

You'll enjoy this Doctor Who spin-off even if you don't know the first thing about Doctor Who.
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Do you like your heroes all kinds of beautiful, all shades of brave, yet flawed, oh-so flawed? Your heroines to be doing the saving? Your guardians and mentors to be the first to break the rules? Your teen mystery darker and bloodier than most? Your TV show steeped in history, a new chapter of a saga that is half a century old?

 

Well then, Class is now in session. While Doctor Who, the beloved British legacy it is based on, is meant to be seen by everyone, from little kids to kids at heart, Class isn’t afraid to be meaner and bloodier. It’s centered on a group of Sixth-formers (basically the British equivalent of high school students) at Coal Hill (a familiar place to Whovians), who are thrown together by freaky extraterrestrial circumstances. They represent familiar archetypes and they all smash preconceived notions as the show goes on: the conceited jock turns out to have a heart of gold under all that swagger; the meek girl turns out to be made of steel and very capable of taking care of herself; the awkward new kid turns out to be the king and the last of his kind that was wiped out in a devastating war, and his guardian happens to be the lone survivor of the other side, ironically bound to protect him at all costs.

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So that was a mouthful, and it’s a credit to the writers of the show for making the exposition flow (for the most part). The show’s self-awareness is also a refreshing counter to its out-of-this-world elements, which range from rips in space and time to flesh-eating petals to dragon tattoos that come alive. At one point, adults get involved, one of them saying something along the lines of, “What? You expect teenagers to save the world?” Well, yes, and they do save the world at the end of the hour—and even manage to find love in a hopeless, alien-infested place.

 

TL;DR: You don’t have to know the first thing about Doctor Who to enjoy this spin-off that will remind you of Misfits, Teen Wolf, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If you are, however, a Whovian, you’ll be pleased to find lots of Easter eggs and special appearances. There’s an episode left in season one, so sit back and take notes—this is one Class you won’t want to miss.

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Stalks celebrities, watches TV, marathons movies, curls up with books, and flails at concerts for a living. Also: semi-hardcore Whovian.
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When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

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Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

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