April MacLean

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April
April played by Sophie Hopkins

Facts

Played by Sophie Hopkins
Tenure 22 October 2016 to 3 December 2016
First appearance For Tonight We Might Die
Last appearance The Lost
Number of series 1

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Biography

April MacLean was a student at Coal Hill Academy in 2016. (The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo, Nightvisiting) After she fired a displacement gun at Corakinus and Charlie pushed her out of the way, she and Corakinus began sharing April’s heart, allowing her brief glimpses into his thoughts. (For Tonight We Might Die)

She organised the school prom. April was in the group of students the Twelfth Doctor asked to protect Coal Hill. (For Tonight We Might Die)

PERSONALITY

April considered herself to be “nice”, but her mother corrected her: she was kind. (For Tonight We Might Die)

Miss Quill commented that “God knows, [April’s heart] is big enough [to share with Corakinus].” (For Tonight We Might Die) April found it difficult to make friends, as she believed that everybody perceived her as “fragile”. (Nightvisiting)

ABILITIES

April played the violin—mostly folk music—something she only revealed to close friends, (The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo) as well as the keyboard. (Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart)

After she began sharing her heart with Corakinus, April gained the ability to occasionally see into his thoughts (For Tonight We Might Die) and to produce Shadow Kin scimitars. She also had a certain amount of control over Corakinus, though he, too, would sometimes take control of April. (Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart)

While April was 8 years old, he purposefully drove off the motorway with both Jackie and April in the car. April’s mother was paralysed as a result, while April herself was not hurt. Her father survived and went to prison for causing the crash. (Nightvisiting) She had to testify against him in court. (Detained) After the incident, April made a promise to herself that she would always be in control, that she wouldn’t let others dictate her circumstances. (Joyride) April took care of her mother ever since. (For Tonight We Might Die)

HISTORY

April’s father, Huw MacLean, was a folk singer and fiddle player. He was often away so April and her mother, Jackie, did not see him very much. At some point he began to drink a lot of alcohol and started to have suicidal thoughts. When April was 8 years old, he purposefully drove off the motorway with both Jackie and April in the car. April’s mother was paralysed as a result, while April herself was not hurt. Her father survived and went to prison for causing the crash. (Nightvisiting) After the incident, April made a promise to herself that she would always be in control, that she wouldn’t let others dictate her circumstances. (Joyride) April took care of her mother ever since. (For Tonight We Might Die)

April did not have much of social life. Miss Quill once called her “the wallflower of Shoreditch”. (Joyride)

When the Shadow Kin appeared at Coal Hill, looking for Charlie, the prince of the Rhodians in exile, Miss Quill tried to get April to shoot a displacement gun At The Shadow King, Corakinus, which would kill both April and him. When she fired it at an indirect angle, the Shadow King’s heart was scattered across the universe, and the two began to share April’s. As a result, she could occasionally see into Corakinus‘ thoughts, for brief periods of time. Corakinus tried taking April back through the rip in space-time after the Doctor and Tanya Adeola forced the Shadow Kin back, but Ram Singh freed her by attacking Corakinus with a chair. (For Tonight We Might Die)

April knew Poppy from violin lessons and thought that she was nice, sweet and lonely. April was shocked by the news that Poppy stole a car and drove it into a betting shop window killing herself. It reminded her of her father crashing their car.

One Tuesday, as she was walking from home to school, Steve Hopley, an employee of Joyriders company, took control of her body. Before returning control to her about half an hour later in front of the school, he used her body to binge-drink vodka. As a result, she came to Miss Quill’s class late and completely drunk, although having no memory of drinking. She kissed Charlie with tongue when he tried to help her back on her feet, and threw up on Miss Quill’s shoes.

Later the same day April, Charlie and Tanya saw Amar Sai on the roof. They managed to prevent “joyrider” Viola Cummings, who was controlling Amar’s body, from running a trial suicide at his expense. (Joyride)

April helped Ram after the Lankin took the form of Rachel Chapman. After arriving at Coal Hill she theorised that The main root of the creature was in the direction of Tanya’s flat and went there. When she and Ram got there they were trapped by the Lankin and wrapped in its roots for standing in it’s way when it tried to ensnare. She was released when Quill ran it over with a bus. (Nightvisiting)

She started to become more influenced by Corakinus due to his experiments to keep the heart in his body. This influence made her have extreme ideologies when Miss Shah asked a simple question in class. Her father decided to make an appearance at this time and April nearly killed him with a Shadow Kin scimitar. After Dorothea Ames told Ram to take her home, the pair ended up having sex, before being caught by Jackie MacLean. After Ram left the house, her father reappeared and her heightened anger due to Corakinus‘ influence and tried to kill her father, but due to Ram’s influence she didn’t. She used the connection to try and heal her mother from her paralysis. On completing this, she realised that Corakinus knew where she was and decided to travel to the Shadow Realm to stop him. (Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart)

She went to Corakinus‘ palace intending to to fight him. Ram tried to talk her out of it but she went through with it knowing that if she defeated Corakinus she would become King. Towards the end of the fight, Jackie managed to get a strong enough emotional connection with April to create a tear back to Coal Hill. Ram’s father and Huw went through the tear to try to get them home. Huw told April not to take a life, telling her how hard it was when he tried to take his own. Even though she didn’t kill Corakinus, she had defeated him and became king. She travelled back to Earth in time to see the Killer Petals taking over the world. Using her sovereignty over the Shadow Kin, she commanded them to kill the Killer Petals and then go back home. She was delighted when her mother was able stand up, proving that her attempt to cure Jackie had worked. Jackie’s leg muscles, however, remained weak from prolonged disuse. After Corakinuswas imprisoned she lost the stronger connection with him, so she could no longer go back to the Underneath. (Brave-ish Heart)

When Quill put her in detention, she left April in charge on the class. She had the key to the room they were in and opened the door and accidentally let in the meteor that contained the Prisoner. After seeing the effect that The Prisoner had on Matteusz and Tanya, and hearing the confession of Ram that he believed that she didn’t love him as much as he loved her, she took possession of the meteor and relived the moment she had to testify against her father in court. The Prisoner also made her confess that she didn’t love Ram as much as he loved her as she didn’t trust how fast Ram had fallen in love with her. After they had returned to Earth she went after Ram when he ran off. (Detained)

She remained in detention while Quill was out and does not feature in the episode until the end (The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did)

After the events in Class B3, she didn’t see much of Ram. She decided to write The Lost, a song about her emotions following her breakup with Ram. During a performance, she briefly felt Corakinus on Earth. Shortly afterwards Ram came to her and told her that Corakinus had killed his father Corakinus then came to threaten her mother, but he couldn’t do to Jackie having shadow in her veins. She knew that The closer she was the Corakinus the more she could hear his thoughts. She went to the school to find him, but first called Ram to tell her how much she loved him. She arrived in time to see that Corakinus had captured Matteusz. However, she knew that what he wanted, her to come back to the Underneath, so she got him to release Matteusz and but herself in his place. Being this close she could read Corakinus‘ thoughts and told everyone that Corakinus wanted to kill the human race. Charlie killed her as he knew that this would kill Corakinus and he would become King. After the Shadow Kin were defeat she was resurrected but in Corakinus‘ body. (The Lost)

 

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