sophie hopkins on seeing through an alien’s eyes
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…