April’s Pow­ers

so­phie hop­kins on see­ing through an alien’s eyes

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Class -

What’s April like? In ev­ery bit of her be­ing she wants to do good and help oth­ers. She’s the sole carer for her mum, so she’s strong and wise be­fore her years. She’s a bit of a mother hen. She tries to keep ev­ery­one to­gether. We gather she has a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with the chief alien threat. An ac­ci­dent oc­curs which means that there’s a blast, and April and the leader of the Shadow Kin end up shar­ing a heart – so I be­come half Shadow Kin. It’s in­tense! She’s so pure, and to have pure evil nestling in­side her… It takes over at cer­tain points. It’s re­ally beau­ti­ful, the jour­ney that she takes and the growth within the char­ac­ter, deal­ing with hav­ing a badass alien be­ing part of her.

What would you say to any Who fans ner­vous about an­other spin-off?

Class is some­thing fresh, and it’s com­pletely not what any of us ex­pected. Pa­trick’s writ­ing is very funny and very true, and there’s some­thing re­ally hon­est and beau­ti­ful about the way the char­ac­ters are por­trayed. So have trust in the Doc­tor Who fam­ily that we’re gonna do them proud and they’re gonna love it.

If only there was a Time Lord on hand…

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