Coal Hill School has been a feature of Doctor Who (1963) since the first episode, but now we get to see the day-to-day adventures of the students coping with intrusions from space and time.
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 Miss Andrea Quill (8 episodes, 2016)
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 Charlie Smith (8 episodes, 2016)
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 Ram Singh (8 episodes, 2016)
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 April MacLean (8 episodes, 2016)
Vivian Oparah ...
 Tanya Adeola (8 episodes, 2016)
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 Matteusz Andrzejewski (8 episodes, 2016)
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 Varun Singh (5 episodes, 2016)
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 Dorothea Ames (4 episodes, 2016)
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 Corakinus (4 episodes, 2016)
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 Jackie MacLean (4 episodes, 2016)
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 Vivian Adeola (3 episodes, 2016)
Moses Adejimi ...
 M. B. Okonjo (3 episodes, 2016)
Ellie James ...
 Female Student / ... (3 episodes, 2016)
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 Coach Tom Dawson (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Rachel Chapman (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Huw MacLean (2 episodes, 2016)
Nigel Betts ...
 Mr. Frank Armitage (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Miss Shah (2 episodes, 2016)

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Coal Hill School has been a feature of Doctor Who (1963) since the first episode, but now we get to see the day-to-day adventures of the students coping with intrusions from space and time.

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The series premiered on October 22, 2016, the tenth anniversary of Torchwood (2006). See more »

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Likable teenage fantasy - bad pacing
26 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

The main influence of this series isn't Doctor Who but Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There is a long list of similarities, from the high-school grounds being the center of adventures, to the teen angst, and to easy parallels between the two monster-fighting gangs (prime example: the reluctant ally who would hurt the main characters if it wasn't for a brain implant). The show does well to openly acknowledge this influence (mentioning the similarity to Buffy's "Hellmouth" in the very first episode), which is actually part of a very good start: at first, the show doesn't seem to take itself too seriously, throwing in lots of jokes and pop-culture references.

This good start is later spoiled by the very wrong pacing, which makes the show run out of steam and out of ideas remarkably quickly. It's as if the creators decided to condense 22 episodes into 8. The development of the characters and of the dynamics among them skips several steps, there's hardly any bonding, team-building and character-developing episodes, since almost every single episode past episode 3 addresses the main story arc and feels like a finale. The rushed nature of the whole season is so obvious that I can't help but thinking it was for external reasons (budget cuts leading to a much shorter season than originally planned maybe?). In any case, a good opportunity has been missed in this show. It *could* recover if a second season returns to a normal pace, but there are a lot of rushed plot lines that need to be fixed for this to work.


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