Ms. Quill is the only character who has a reasonable expectation of surviving any of these weekly alien encounters. Her history as soldier/assassin/bodyguard gives her at least a fighting chance against what comes through the Whoinverse’s answer to the Hellmouth. The same cannot be said for the rest of the gang, in fact, they seem extremely vulnerable. This is a narrative choice that is starting to pay off. The British Scoobies are all broken or deficient in one way or another as we find out in greater detail in this episode. I’m actually starting to care about them, which is a good thing.
All of them seem to have Daddy issues. Charlie was merely a pawn in his family’s political machinations. Tanya is still consumed with loss and rage over the death of her father and April, in the most surprising reveal so far, confesses that it was her father who deliberated caused the accident that paralyzed her mother and is in jail as a result.
The story of some creature that feeds off of the power of grief is of sufficient interest and has enough suspense to make for a good episode, but it is the backstories that we get to see, all about love and loss, that makes this a show worth watching.
Class is all about the people who live in the Doctor’s universe and have to deal with its hazards when he is not around. None of them are particularly heroic by nature, but they are relatable, and they are rising to the occasion. Class adds a new perspective to the fifty-year-old franchise and does so with the freshness of a twenty-first-century point of view. So far so good, and I look forward to seeing how far they can go with this.