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Class Volume 2

23/10/2018 - Class, Nu Who
Class Volume 2
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2.1 Everybody Loves Reagan by Tim Foley a curious tale, a story about the desire to be liked at the cost and expense of anything, even the very destruction of someone else stability seems to be the core here. Everybody thinks they love Reagan, a visitor with Cole Hill, who wants to take the thunder of all by making them like her to the point of it being an obsessive and unhealthy desire. Reagan seems to have everyone eating out her hand, at her beck and call, apart from one. It is the stalwart April. April seems to see right through her, and her manipulation and her lies, her falsehoods, he ability to make people’s own history appear to be intertwined with hers. This however all breaks down, and we learn a very old lesson here, that those whom appear to be the strong, through their intimidation and almost bullying qualities are at the very most the ones with the least ability to be that for which they portray. It is a interesting exercise in watching someone fall from their elevated own self importance, down to earth, as April finally gets not only to work out what makes Reagan tick, but how to actually understand that she is more damaged than most. The first story in the second volume of Class, kicks off with a rather deeper than normal storyline and one that makes you think about similar encounters you may have had in your own life that parallel this parable (almost!). A level up I think as occurred in this story, and so we move on to 2.2 Now You Know… by Tim Leng this almost is a continuation of a theme from the first story, with the theme being established as the person who is the one that is the aggressor is the one with the most to loose rather than gain. There was a quality about this story that seems to have a rather engrained and modern slant, that, is a reflection of the society we live in, where, the behaviour of others can lead long term to the serious issues that effect us in later life. We clearly see that pain inflicted on a Cole Hill student is now being extracted through his ability to manipulate those whom feel it perfectly acceptable to be the unwarranted aggressor to others, justification of his retribution however, is somewhat questionable, does the end meet the means, and the truth is no, therefore this is a personal, and darker, more uncomfortable scenario. 2.3 In Remembrance by Guy Adams the final story in the trilogy of tales in this second edition of the Class is a mashup of ACE and Class, and of course we have a healthy dose of the pepperpots in here as well. There are lot of flashback incidents to those related to the 7th Doctor adventure Remeberence of the Daleks. However we are robbed of actually having a Doctor in this adventure. For Adams story we are treated to an almost Back to the Future style story, with ACE playing the all knowing and all willing to sort out the Daleks incursion into the Coal Hill school. The proceeding make this a suitable ending to the first of what I would have thought will be the initial box set release of this range. It is obvious that if Big Finish have done the homework, this will bring a new customer into the fold, appealing to the new NU Whovians as well as those old stalwarts. Class Volume 1 and 2 are excellent audio science fiction drama’s that are just enough of an enticement to bring in people who will no doubt take a look at the other ranges that Big Finish have to offer. For me I enjoyed this first outing of the drama’s and found them entertaining to the max.

Written By: Tim Foley, Tim Leng, Guy Adams
Directed By: Scott Handcock
Cast: Katherine Kelly (Miss Quill), Greg Austin (Charlie Smith), Fady Elsayed (Ram Singh), Sophie Hopkins (April MacLean),Vivian Oparah (Tanya Adeola), Jordan Renzo (Matteusz Andrzejewski), Taj Atwal (Reagan Harper), Anson Boon (Peter Dillard), Shvorne Marks (Michelle), Wilf Scolding (Chris Richards) with Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer Scott Handcock
Script Editor Scott Handcock
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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