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The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo was the second episode of Class. It was written by Patrick Ness, directed by Ed Bazalgette and featured Greg Austin as Charlie Smith, Fady Elsayed as Ram Singh, Sophie Hopkins as April MacLean, Vivian Oparah as Tanya Adeola and Katherine Kelly as Miss Quill.

It was released at the same time as For Tonight We Might Die, on BBC Three.

It saw the death of Coal Hill Academy head teacher Mr Armitage, who began as a recurring character in Doctor Who's Into the Dalek two years prior.

The story focused heavily on Ram, and how he dealt with the events that unfolded in the previous story.

A subplot involving a robot inspector emerged in this episode. It was later revealed that the robot had been sent by a mysterious organisation, who seemed to be interested in the activities of Miss Quill.

This is the only episode where Matteusz is not present during the alien incursion, apparently being "grounded".


Ram Singh has seen too much. His girlfriend's dead, he lost his leg, and now he sees a gruesome corpse in the locker room. Meanwhile, he has trouble adapting to his new prosthetic leg, screwing up in football. Someone else dies. Is it all in his head, or is this the work of a skin-peeling dragon?


Ram is in the middle of a football game, but fails to perform well due to new alien leg, disappointing his trainer Coach Dawson, and his father Varun.

In the changing rooms, Coal Hill's assistant coach Caroll is brutally mauled and skinned alive by a dragon like creature. It leaves through a space-time tear, just before Ram enters the room and discovers Carroll's skinned body. Horrified, and remembering Rachel's death, he locks himself inside a toilet cubicle. When he emerges, he finds all traces of the murder gone. Dawson appears, ready to go for a shower. Still angry at Ram, Dawson mocks him and tells him to go home. When Ram leaves, he is shown to have a large dragon tattoo covering most of his back. He finds a drop of blood on the shower floor, and wipes it away with his foot, as the dragon tattoo on his back blinks.

The next day at lunch, Charlie, April and Tanya sit on the staircase, musing about how the rest of the students seem to have forgotten about the Shadow Kin attack at the prom. They come to the conclusion that the other students are simply pretending that the events didn't happen, as it is easier for them to not acknowledge what happened. Ram passes back and Tanya questions the possibility about speaking to him, as he has refused to do so thus far.

At the entrance of Coal Hill, Miss Quill is informed by Mr Armitage that the school is going to be inspected today and that this inspection will include Quill's class. This information annoys her, but Armitage is confident that she will do fine.

Charlie tries to speak to Ram, but Ram pointedly insists that he isn't Charlie's friend and knocks Charlie's books to the ground before walking off.

to be continued


Uncredited cast[]


General production staff

Script department

Camera and lighting department

Art department

Costume department

Make-up and prosthetics


General post-production staff

Special and visual effects


Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.


  • April, Charlie and Tanya discuss what to call the tear in space-time: "Membrane of Time? Chasm? Fracture." Tanya: "Bunghole." April later carries on calling it the Bunghole of Time, to which Charlie objects.
  • Our Universe Live is an event that takes place between 23 May and 31 May.
  • Ram suggests that the male dragon make Coach Dawson's skin into leather, "make a chair or something".

Coal Hill School[]


  • Mr Armitage says that the education secretary thinks all teachers are monkeys.
  • Ram smokes.
  • Ram's father, Varun, continues to come to his football practices. He first taught Ram to play, and encourages him to practice with his new prosthetic leg until he gets it right.
  • Miss Quill asks Ram whether he was watching porn while doing his homework. Ram sarcastically answers that he was masturbating and that he had to do homework one-handed.
  • Ram thinks he may be suffering from PTSD.
  • When trying to find the Inspector online, Quill at first found a Paul Smith who was not him.
  • The Inspector poses as being from Ofsted.
  • Mr Armitage asks Miss Quill not to misbehave in front of The Inspector as the Coal Hill governors would not like it.
  • April plays the violin, mostly folk music.
  • Tanya has two brothers: Jarvis and Damon, with whom she plays Xbox.
  • April's dad calls her, but she doesn't pick up.
  • While inspecting the robot parts that was the Inspector, Miss Quill discovers them to be property of the Governors, and wonders who they might be.


  • Tanya's computer uses Windows Vista.
  • Tanya is trying to hack into UNIT's database.
  • Ram and Tanya use Chat to video call again, as do April and Charlie later on.
  • Miss Quill remarks, of the internet, "Have you seen what this species puts about themselves online? So much genitalia."
  • At home, Charlie has an iMac computer.
  • Tanya downloaded the UNIT hack attempt off Reddit.
  • April has an iPhone and a keyboard.

Foods and beverages[]

  • Tanya eats an apple.
  • Ram tries to hit a water bottle with a football. With his father's support, he succeeds in knocking it over.

Story notes[]

An image of the Inspector's report on Miss Quill that was released on the official Class Facebook page.

  • A working title for this episode was Skinned. [4]
  • The title is a play on the novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
  • During the scene when the sixth formers go to find Coach Dawson, "Y.A.L.A." by M.I.A. can be heard.
  • During the scene where April declines her Dad's phonecall, she is playing Amerikanische Wald Idyllen by Edward MacDowell on her violin.
  • The morris dancing clip that Charlie finds when searching it up is audio of a morris dancing sequence from The Dæmons.
  • The music under the scene where Mr. Armitage is killed by the Leaf Dragon is a deliberate pastiche of Bernard Herrman's score for Psycho.


Filming locations[]

  • Pinewood Studios Wales - filming for the gym hall, social/staircase area and Charlie's bedroom.
  • Haydn Ellis Building, Cardiff University - exterior and some interior filming for Coal Hill Academy
  • Roath Lock Studios

Production errors[]

If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.

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Home video releases[]

DVD releases[]

  • The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo was featured in the series one DVD boxset, which was released in the UK (Region 2) on 16th January 2017, followed by a Region 1 release on 11th July. The Region 1 release contained an additional blooper reel and various deleted scenes that were not present on the Region 2 release.

Blu-ray releases[]

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External links[]


  1. Thursday at 8:14 PM

    1. We see on Charlie's computer that the day of the confrontation with Coach Dawson is a Thursday. This story takes place over 4 distinct and consecutive days, so it must begin on Monday.
    2. We know from a poster in For Tonight We Might Die that the Autumn Prom took place on Friday, 14 October, during which Rachel Chapman died.
    3. Varun Singh says in this episode that it's been a week since she disappeared. Exactly a week after Prom would be 21 October, but that's a Friday, because the 14th was a Friday. Three days later is 24 October, the only Monday on which Varun could possibly say it's been a week since Prom. Thus, this story takes place between Monday 24 and Thursday 27 October.
  2. In The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo, we see a plaque that tells us the Barbara Wright Building was completed in spring 2016. Additionally, Nightvisiting, set two years after Jasper Adeola's death, tells us he died in 2014. Finally, Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart confirms that Charlie and Miss Quill arrived on Earth in September 2016.
  3. https://twitter.com/BlairMowat/status/1246887191311200256?s=20
  4. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-Class-Script-Season-One-Episode-Two-By-Patrick-Ness-Doctor-Who-Spin-Off-/143614856674
  5. https://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/class-season-one-ratings/