Review: Class – Secret Diary of a Rhodian Prince

Review by Cavan Gilbey

Big Finish did the impossible; they made Class one of my favourite Doctor Who spin-offs.  Prior to hearing Secret Diary I was well accustomed to the first two volumes of the audio stories set within Coal Hill Academy, and I absolutely adored them and hold them up as a pair of Big Finish’s best New Series era boxsets. They have stories which explore new ideas, really interesting small scale sci-fi threats, and have outstanding character development and characterisation. As of time of writing I am yet to hear the later two series of stories, I have been put off due to the recasts, but the finale of Volume 4 was penned by one Blair Mowat; composer extraordinaire who has done Big Finish’s best musical suites as well as composing the excellent score for Class’ TV series. In recent years he has stepped into the world of writing, first with Queen of Rhodia and now with Secret Diary of a Rhodian Prince. Which, with no word of exaggeration, is the best Class story and an easy early contender for favourite release of 2023.

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Casting announcements for new series of Doctor Who

The BBC has announced today that Anita Dobson and Michelle Greenidge will join the next series of hit SciFi show Doctor Who

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BBC to release more Doctor Who ‘lost’ stories animations for 60th anniversary

The Daily Mirror reported today (2nd January) that the BBC plans to release more ‘lost’ Doctor Who episodes in animated form. The BBC have not confirmed this at time of writing.

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New ‘Doctor Who’ companion announced

The BBC has revealed who will be the first companion to Ncuti Gatwa’s Fifteenth Doctor in the hit sci-fi show Doctor Who which returns next year. It was recently announced that the new series will be available to view worldwide on Disney+. Check out the announcement below:

Millie Gibson (Coronation Street) has been announced as new companion ‘Ruby Sunday’.

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Disney+ to become new global home for upcoming seasons of Doctor Who outside the UK & Ireland

Today the BBC and Disney Branded Television – two giants of entertainment – have come together to transform Doctor Who into a global franchise for UK audiences and the rest of the world.

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101 Films announces release of Ghostwatch (1992) on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK and US

This Halloween 101 Films are releasing Ghostwatch (1992) on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK and USA – A BBC production that terrified Britain on 31st October 1992.​

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Retrospective: Doctor Who – Scream of The Shalka (2003)

Written by Cavan Gilbey

2003 saw the celebration of Doctor Who’s fortieth anniversary, but the show was still off air with only the audio dramas, books and occasional animation on the website to satisfy the demands of fans. Luckily enough it was announced that year that Russel T Davies would be bringing the show back to television with Christopher Ecclestone and Billie Piper headlining the series, but to just slap the cherry on top of this sweet pie; 2003 would see the first completely animated Doctor Who serial called Scream of the Shalka.

Now barely anyone actually talks about this story, mostly because it’s one of the more niche bits of Modern Who history but it does seem to get a hell of a lot of love despite its status as a strange bit of non-canon material. Although it probably now is cannon given the reveal seen in The Timeless Children from a couple of years ago. But putting that garbage aside for a second, Scream of the Shalka is genuinely delightful and is a superbly written story that never overstays its welcome but instead leaves you wanting more, but the only other material we have from this Doctor is a novelisation and a short story (which is pretty good by the way).

So without further ado let’s delve into what makes this story so good, naturally all opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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Doctor Who: The Abominable Snowmen cover art and special features revealed

The cover art and special features of the animated version of the missing Doctor Who adventure, releasing on DVD, Blu-Ray and Steelbook on 5th September 2022, have been revealed.

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BBC announces the next Doctor Who actor

The BBC has today announced Ncuti Gatwa will be the next actor to take on the iconic role of the ‘The Doctor’ in Doctor Who and will become the 14th Doctor following the departure of Jodie Whittaker. Ncuti is best known for his critically acclaimed performance in Sex Education asEric Effiong, for which he was awarded Best Actor Award at the Scottish BAFTA’s in 2020 as well as numerous nominations including Best Male Performance in a comedy programme at this year’s BAFTA’s.

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