HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target This article contains spoilers for “For Tonight We Might Die,” episode one of Class season one.The Whoniverse is no stranger to spin-offs: Some failed (did anyone watch the K-9 and Company pilot?), some succeeded (The Sarah Jane Adventures lasted five seasons before star Elisabeth Sladen’s death; Torchwood lives on in audio tales).The fate of new offshoot Class, however, remains to be seen.Helmed by YA author Patrick Ness, the eight-episode series aired in the UK late last year, but only just made its US debut this weekend—following the Doctor Who season 10 premiere.The Breakfast Club-meets-Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a new generation, Class, follows students and staff at Coal Hill Academy.The London-based secondary school should be familiar to Whovians: It served as the backdrop for the first Doctor Who episode and appeared again 50 years later as the workplace of companion Clara Oswald (and her love interest, Danny Pink).Now, under the reluctant leadership of physics teacher Miss Quill, five very different students must band together to fight monsters and save the Earth—at the behest of the Twelfth Doctor.From left: Ram (Fady Elsayed), Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Tanya (Vivian Oparah) (BBC)“For Tonight We Might Die” kicks right off with excitement, mystery, and intrigue. And in true Doctor Who fashion, someone running for their life.“Everyone knows students at this school disappear,” a young pupil says of “missing” classmate Kevin Williams—an allusion to five decades of weird goings-on at Coal Hill. “They all just pretend it isn’t happening.”Williams’ absence is overshadowed by the impending Autumn Prom, decorating committee of one: April MacLean—”the answer to the question ‘Are spinsters born or made?’”A nice, Downton Abbey-loving girl without a date to the dance, April grins and bears sharp-edged Quill’s class. She is joined by Ram Singh (“the boy who hears silent applause every time he walks into a room”), Tanya Adeola (a 14-year-old child prodigy), and Charlie Smith (the posh newbie who had to Google “Idris Elba” on his phone).With obligatory character introductions complete, the episode finally pulls out of the gate as April and Tanya are each attacked by shadows—the same ones that killed Kevin Williams.Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly) and Charlie (Greg Austin) (BBC)At Quill’s urging, April tries to shoot the creature, but Charlie stops her; the blast grazes Smokey the Monster, expelling his heart, and replacing it with April’s, now shared between the human and alien. (It also seems to dissolve whatever was about to slash Tanya to dust.)By way of explanation, Charlie reveals his true identity: Prince of Rhodia.Distracted by a rebellion of the Quill—of which Miss was the opposition leader—the Rhodians were exterminated by the Shadow Kin (finally, a name for these fire-and-brimstone demons), leaving only Charlie and Miss Quill—sentenced for her sins to a lifetime protecting the prince.In a series of flashbacks, the pair tells of how they were saved by “a figure of legend, out of space and time itself,” dropped off at Coal Hill, and instructed to tell people they come from Sheffield.April takes the news in stride, the next day dolling herself up for prom. (It turns out British millennial galas look a lot different than my 2004 high school dance.) Everyone dressed in their Sunday best (Quill’s LBD is to die for), the ragtag group reconvene in the school gymnasium for “A Night Full of Promise”—and sword-wielding hellions.Enter the Doctor, making a cameo appearance to help defeat the Shadow Kin and close the rift through which they came. Well, at least he tried.Shadow Kin leader Corakinus and the Twelfth Doctor (BBC)“Coal Hill will continue to act like a beacon across all of spacetime, to any being who might want to make mischief with it,” he said, opening the door to a season of monster-of-the-weeks and undoubted adventure.“Time has looked at your faces, and time,” the Doctor continued, spotting the names “Pink, R. D.” and “Oswald, C.” on the school wall, “time never forgets.”Neither does Charlie, who ultimately unveils his greatest secret: the Cabinet of Souls is not empty, and in his bedroom, he holds a weapon powerful enough to destroy an entire species.An angsty teenage romp for modern viewers, Class (produced by Who boss Steven Moffat and exec producer Brian Minchin), pulls no punches when it comes to navigating high school while battling aliens.