Behind the Scenes of Class with Fady Elsayed

Created by YA author Patrick Ness, the Doctor Who spinoff began filming in Cardiff in April.

The eight-part series will premiere in the UK on BBC Three this autumn and in the US on BBC America later this year.

Class will also air on BBC One in the UK following its online debut.

The show’s cast includes Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah as four Sixth Formers, with Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street) playing a “powerful” teacher at Coal Hill School and Doctor Who actor Nigel Betts reprising the role of Mr Armitage.

Peter Capaldi is also believe to have filmed a cameo role in Class as the Doctor.


I want to inform you that this shall be known as one of our soft and precious anthems! I welcome you to treasure it as much as I do~


Doctor Who Stories: Elisabeth Sladen

I feel like doing a Doctor Who complete watch:

the original series

k9 and Company

nu who

sarah jane adventures



Which is a lot of watching but I love it.

I have a decent amount of the classic DVD’s and the whole classic on my hard drive

I’ve got too much other stuff to watch and I’ve already done two great who-a-thons, 1 including the spinoffs and 1 just the main series 

But damn it sounds nice

We will see


I’m up to season 23 of my Dr Who rewatch but I finally found a decent copy of K9 & Company to show on a projector. Everyone involved should have been shot (‘cept Elisabeth Sladen. I like Elisabeth Sladen). Knowing how impossible it was to even have the K9 prop function correctly much less manuver well enough to be an actual part of the show, this shouldn’t have even been presented as a series. The episode is actually not bad; the storyline is clear and the acting is by far better than the hammy characters Doctor Who gave us during that same time period. But a virtually immobile (he sits in the same room almost the entire episode) dog as the star? A parody, maybe, which is a slot the opening titles filled rather well. The Australian show from 2010(?) figured that out and made him mostly CGI so he could fly around and not be total shit.

Can’t wait to get to Torchwood.

So now I’m picturing this alternate universe where K9 and Company got picked up to series and we got to see seasons worth of Sarah Jane having fabulous 1980s adventures, building up a whole network of friends and allies and contacts and enemies, her faithful tin hound always at her side. Aunt Lavinia would drop in now and then, and Brendan would visit in school holidays, and Ian Marter would’ve been a very special guest star from time to time, with Sarah roping Harry in on her escapades whenever he’s available, and he’d bring with him tantalising hints about what he’s been up to in between, on missions variously with NATO and MI5 and back at UNIT or even just with the Navy, and they’d be the perfect best friends, getting into scrapes and enjoying wacky hijinks and commiserating one another on their disastrous love lives, always flirting with the idea of, but never quite actually, getting together, and it would’ve been funny and dramatic and silly and touching by turns…

…come on, we all know it would’ve been amazing!

Just set “Revenge of the Cybermen” and “Terror of the Zygons” to sync to my Kindle via Dailymotion. For some reason, they only seem to be available on Dailymotion, and in pretty awful quality, if the icons are anything to go by. Which is odd especially given that “Terror” was released on DVD just last year (probably due to the fact that the Zygons were appearing in the 50th anniversary special).

It’s odd period that I should have to watch any of Tom Baker’s episodes illegally, since given how popular he is you’d think all his episodes would be available for streaming legally. Granted, most of them are; in fact he’s the best represented Doctor on Hulu/Netflix/Amazon, etc. It’s only a handful of episodes I have to watch on Dailymotion - the two noted above plus “The Face of Evil” (Leela’s first ep) and “Image of the Fendahl.” I’m going to double check that those last two haven’t been added to Hulu in the interim, as Hulu has added eps since I first checked.

Speaking of Hulu, the 1981 Christmas special “A Girl’s Best Friend” (the pilot for a proposed spin-off series starring Sarah Jane and K-9 called K-9 and Company) has also been added to Hulu. You can find it in the Clips section of the regular Doctor Who show (New Who, not Classic). Just in case you want to watch it before you buy it (it’s included on the DVD of “The Invisible Enemy,” K-9’s first episode). I intend to watch it after “The Hand of Fear,” Sarah Jane’s last episode, for continuity reasons. (Also, if you want more K-9 fun, the newer spin-off K-9 is now available on Amazon Instant Video).


Today we celebrate the life of Elisabeth Sladen!

Elisabeth Clara Heath-Sladen(1 February 1946 – 19 April 2011) was an English actress best known for her role as Sarah Jane Smith in the British television series Doctor Who. She was a regular cast member from 1973 to 1976, alongside both Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, and reprised the role many times in subsequent decades, both on Doctor Who and its spin-offs, K-9 and Company and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Sladen was interested in ballet and theatre from childhood, and began to appear on stage in the mid-1960s, although more often as a stage manager at this time. She moved to London in 1970 and an appearance in the police drama Z-Cars led to her being selected for a part in Doctor Who. She stayed as a regular cast member alongside Pertwee and Baker until 1976. She subsequently starred in other roles on both television and radio, before semi-retiring to bring up a family in the mid-1980s.

She returned to the public eye in the 2000s with more Doctor Who related appearances, which culminated in taking a regular lead role in The Sarah Jane Adventures. The show earned the Royal Television Society 2010 award for Best Children’s Drama. She also made regular guest appearances on the main television series, and provided voice-over commentaries for its releases to DVD.

Sladen died of cancer on 19 April 2011. Her death made national and international news headlines, and major television stations and newspapers paid her tribute.