Wizards vs Aliens
|Wizards vs Aliens|
|Created by||Russell T Davies
Voice of Brian Blessed
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||24 (as of 3 December 2013) (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Russell T Davies
|Producer(s)||Brian Minchin (series 1)
Peter Bennett (series 2)
|Running time||28 minutes approx.|
|Production company(s)||BBC Cymru Wales
|Original run||29 October 2012 – present|
|Related shows||The Sarah Jane Adventures|
The series focuses on the adventures of 16-year-old wizard Tom Clarke (played by Scott Haran) and his scientifically-gifted best friend Benny Sherwood (played by Percelle Ascott) as they battle against an alien species called the Nekross, who have arrived on Earth with the intention of consuming all of wizardkind and feasting on their magic.
Two series were commissioned by the BBC in late 2011 for broadcast in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Series one premiered on 29 October 2012 and concluded the following 4 December, containing twelve episodes (six two-part stories). The second series began airing from 28 October 2013, this time containing fourteen episodes (seven two-part stories). Co-creator and executive producer Russell T Davies however stated that the show could "easily run for ten years".
Tom Clarke is a seemingly ordinary boy who loves football. He lives with his father Michael and grandmother Ursula in an ordinary house in an ordinary street – but there’s something different about Tom. He has an astonishing secret....his family are Wizards! When an alien race known as the Nekross arrive on Earth hungry for magic, there’s big, big trouble in store for all wizardkind.
With the help of his friend and science super-brain Benny, Tom must stop them – but will these two unlikely heroes succeed, or will the Nekross devour all the magic on Earth with disastrous results for the whole planet?
- Tom Clarke (Scott Haran) - A 16-year-old wizard who defends wizardkind and Earth against the Nekross.
- Benny Sherwood (Percelle Ascott) - Tom's unenchanted best friend who's extended knowledge of science finds its use in battle against the Nekross.
- Ursula Crowe (Annette Badland) - Tom's grandmother and Michael's mother-in-law, a wizard who is a descendant of the Magical Line of Crowe.
- Michael Clarke (Michael Higgs) - Tom's widowed father and Ursula's son-in-law, also an unenchanted.
- Randal Moon (Dan Starkey) - A hobgoblin who lives in the Chamber of Crowe and aids Tom and Benny in their fight against the Nekross.
- The Nekross King (voiced by Brian Blessed) - King of the Nekross' home planet Nekron and father of Varg and Lexi, in charge of their mission to find and consume all known magic on Earth. Due to his obese size, he is immobile on the Nekross starship Zarantulus.
- Varg (Jefferson Hall) - Prince of Nekron. Son of the Nekross King and Lexi's older brother, who fights with brute strength against the Wizards.
- Lexi (Gwendoline Christie) - Princess of Nekron. Daughter of the Nekross King and Varg's younger sister, whose sensitivity and research into Earth's culture helps aid the Nekross in their battle against the Wizards. Later forms an on-again-off-again relationship with Tom.
- Technician Jathro 15 (Tom Bell) - A Nekross of the starship Zarantulus technician class, seen assisting Varg and Lexi in numerous schemes against the Wizards.
- Katie Lord (Manpreet Bambra) - Tom and Benny's classmate and Tom's love interest.
- Quinn Christopher (Connor Scarlett) - Another of Tom and Benny's classmates.
Series 1 (2012)
|Story No.||Episode||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1a||1||"Dawn of the Nekross (Part 1)"||Daniel O'Hara||Phil Ford||29 October 2012||1.1|
|Tom Clarke is hiding a secret – he’s a schoolboy wizard! But when the magic-eating alien Nekross arrive on Earth, a battle for survival begins. Tom must use his magical powers to protect his family – but only the school geek, Benny, can help him against the plans of the terrifying Nekross King.|
|1b||2||"Dawn of the Nekross (Part 2)"||Daniel O'Hara||Phil Ford||30 October 2012||1.2|
|With his Gran trapped in outer space, Tom and Benny must dare to go inside the mystical Chamber to ask the mysterious Randal Moon for help. But with time running out for Ursula, and Tom’s dad joining the fight, can even a magical hobgoblin fight an enemy from beyond the Earth?|
|2a||3||"Grazlax Attacks (Part 1)"||Daniel O'Hara||Phil Ford||5 November 2012||1.3|
|Tom’s quiet Saturday at Benny’s house becomes a thrilling fight for their lives when the vicious alien Grazlax hunts them down. The two boys must learn to fight together, combining Tom’s magic with Benny’s science, or the Nekross’s savage pet will succeed – and devour them!|
|2b||4||"Grazlax Attacks (Part 2)"||Daniel O'Hara||Phil Ford||6 November 2012||1.4|
|In the Grazlax is out of control! But Tom’s used up all of his magic, and Benny’s scientific genius is useless against a creature from beyond the stars. It’s a race against time for both humans and Nekross, as the Grazlax menace grows – but will stopping the rampage leave any survivors at all?|
|3a||5||"Rebel Magic (Part 1)"||Griff Rowland||Joseph Lidster||12 November 2012||1.5|
|When Tom meets another wizard called Jackson Hawke, he can’t resist dabbling in dangerous magic. Benny tries to warn him, to no avail, but all three lads are unaware of the Nekross getting closer and closer – and this time, alien Prince Varg is determined to make it personal.|
|3b||6||"Rebel Magic (Part 2)"||Griff Rowland||Joseph Lidster||13 November 2012||1.6|
|Tom and Jackson take the fight to the Nekross, but their forbidden Grim Magic is taking its toll on Tom. Only Benny can help his best friend – but he’s been enchanted. Tom’s Dad and Gran Ursula fight to reach Tom in time, but dawn is rising, and the final confrontation is about to begin…|
|4a||7||"Friend or Foe (Part 1)"||Griff Rowland||Clayton Hickman||19 November 2012||1.7|
|Lexi adopts human form and transports to Earth, with one aim – to capture Tom Clarke. But both are unaware that a greater enemy is watching – scheming billionaire Stephanie Gaunt is determined to prove the existence of magic, and nothing can stand in her way.|
|4b||8||"Friend or Foe (Part 2)"||Griff Rowland||Clayton Hickman||20 November 2012||1.8|
|With Tom and Lexi held prisoner by Gaunt, the wizards and aliens must learn to work together, but is the alliance doomed to fail? As Benny faces the terror of the Brain Scrape, Gaunt’s plans begin to escalate – with magic and Nekross technology combined, she can rule the world!|
|5a||9||"Fall of the Nekross (Part 1)"||Joss Agnew||Gareth Roberts||26 November 2012||1.9|
|Benny launches an attack on the Nekross ship. The schoolboy genius uses all the computers on Earth against the aliens, and the starship Zarantulus is stricken. But soon the plan runs out of control, with terrifying consequences for both wizards and aliens alike.|
|5b||10||"Fall of the Nekross (Part 2)"||Joss Agnew||Gareth Roberts||27 November 2012||1.10|
|Time is running out for the Nekross, while on Earth, the wizards fall apart - Ursula plans radical action against Benny, while Tom realises that the solution might lie with the ancient and mysterious Stones of Burnt Hill. But if helping Benny means saving his enemy, what choice will Tom make?|
|6a||11||"The Last Day (Part 1)"||Joss Agnew||Phil Ford||3 December 2012||1.11|
|While the Nekross advance their Master Plan in secret, Tom is haunted by dreams of his childhood. And when he tries to have a normal life by going on a date with Katie, he suddenly sees someone from his past, and discovers the impossible has happened. His entire life will never be the same again...|
|6b||12||"The Last Day (Part 2)"||Joss Agnew||Phil Ford||4 December 2012||1.12|
|With a powerful new ally by his side, Tom must bring his entire family together with Benny to destroy the Nekross Master Plan, before the whole of the Earth is changed forever. But are they strong enough to stop the Nekross? And in order to save the world, how much will Tom have to lose?|
Series 2 (2013)
|Story No.||Episode||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|7a||1||"100 Wizards (Part 1)"||Beryl Richards||Phil Ford||28 October 2013||2.1|
|Tom and Benny make an amazing discovery – a new wizard called Chloe! The race is on to find her before the Nekross can feast. But when Hex TV steps in to broadcast Chloe’s powers worldwide, every wizard in the land faces danger. Can Tom stop Chloe in time, before the Nekross can spring their trap?|
|7b||2||"100 Wizards (Part 2)"||Beryl Richards||Phil Ford||29 October 2013||2.2|
|With 100 wizards trapped in the Nekross King’s evil scheme, Tom, Benny and new wizard Chloe must unite to fight the enemy. But with the mighty spaceship Zarantulus on its way to Earth, time is running out. Tom faces losing his family. Can all three heroes defeat the Nekross or will the magic of 100 Wizards be devoured.|
|8a||3||"Vice Versa (Part 1)"||Beryl Richards||Clayton Hickman||4 November 2013||2.3|
|Tom and Benny learn not to toy with the awesome Hobbledehoy! If you cross him you’ll feel stranger because he’s a rearranger! And just to complicate his crime, they have to talk to him in rhyme. Now Tom’s clever, Benny’s magic! But events will soon turn tragic…|
|8b||4||"Vice Versa (Part 2)"||Beryl Richards||Clayton Hickman||5 November 2013||2.4|
|Benny’s finding life alarming, magic his head now is harming. Tom just wants to be a wizard, Ursula would have Moon’s gizzard. Varg tells Lexi ‘don’t be hasty’, though his magic sure is tasty. They’ve got till sunset to swap back, but a Hobbledehoy they lack.|
|9a||5||"The Cave of Menla-Gto (Part 1)"||Mark Everest||Joseph Lidster||11 November 2013||2.5|
|Tom is badly hurt in a magical accident, and the terrible curse of the Devastation threatens his life. His entire family must journey to the wilds of Tibet in search of a cure, within the mystical Cave of Healing. But with Benny and Moon left alone, the Nekross launch their most powerful attack yet – can they be stopped, without Tom?|
|9b||6||"The Cave of Menla-Gto (Part 2)"||Mark Everest||Joseph Lidster||12 November 2013||2.6|
|Tom fights for his life in the Cave of Healing. But left alone, Benny and Randal Moon must work together to find the only thing which can defeat the Nekross assault – a long-lost magical mirror. Can the scientist and the Hobgoblin become friends for long enough to outwit the Nekross – or will Lexi find Tom before it’s too late?|
|10a||7||"The Curse of Crowe (Part 1)"||Mark Everest||Gareth Roberts||18 November 2013||2.7|
|Teenage wizard Gemma Raven makes a terrible bargain with the Nekross – if they save her mother’s life, she will cast a spell strong enough to destroy Tom and Benny’s friendship forever! And when Ursula is drawn into the evil plan, she discovers that a fate worse that death awaits her, in the shape of the terrifying Neverwas.|
|10b||8||"The Curse of Crowe (Part 2)"||Mark Everest||Gareth Roberts||19 November 2013||2.8|
|Tom and Benny suffer from Gemma Raven’s terrible curse – they hate each other, without knowing why. And the curse is spreading – their school friends are drawn into the conflict, and even their parents are at each other’s throats. Can friendship overcome the darkest powers of magic?|
|11a||9||"The Thirteenth Floor (Part 1)"||Paul Murphy||Phil Ford||25 November 2013||2.9|
|Tom faces his greatest challenge yet, when a mysterious elevator takes him to Floor 13 – a destination leading far beyond this world. While Benny struggles to understand this ancient trap, the Nekross arrive, ready to feast – only to discover that Floor 13 has terrible plans for them too…|
|11b||10||"The Thirteenth Floor (Part 2)"||Paul Murphy||Phil Ford||26 November 2013||2.10|
|Trapped in a distant dangerous realm, Tom and Lexi must find ways to survive together – but is their friendship capable of becoming something more? While Benny summons Ursula to fight the gruesome Troll, Tom must do more than fight; he must become a man. But will the cost of returning to his old life be too great?|
|12a||11||"Endless Night (Part 1)"||Joss Agnew||Phil Ford||2 December 2013||2.11|
|Randall Moon is filled with dread – an eclipse is due to take place! He swears that evil will fall when the moon blocks out the sun. And he’s proved right when the Nekross activate their magnificent master plan – to take control of the moon’s orbit and bring everlasting night to Earth!|
|12b||12||"Endless Night (Part 2)"||Joss Agnew||Phil Ford||3 December 2013||2.12|
|The Nekross plunge Tom’s world into a total eclipse, and make their demands to wizardkind – surrender, or the entire human race will suffer! For the first time in millennia, the wizards must go to war. Tom comes up with a drastic solution – but can Benny find a better way to end the fight and save Tom’s life?|
|13a||13||"All-Out War (Part 1)"||Joss Agnew||Russell T Davies||9 December 2013||2.13|
|On the eve of war, Tom is visited by a wizard family who claim to have found the most powerful object on the planet – the Source of All Magic! But in the skies above, the Nekross are forced to take terrible action, as Kooth sets her evil plan in motion. By the end of this night, neither wizards nor aliens will ever be the same again.|
|13b||14||"All-Out War (Part 2)"||Joss Agnew||Russell T Davies||10 December 2013||2.14|
|Worlds collide as Earth becomes a battleground in an intergalactic war. With Ursula dying, Michael trapped, and Moon helpless, Tom and Benny must form a desperate alliance with Varg and Lexi to stop Kooth’s apocalyptic plan. As the countdown nears its end, can Tom become a hero like never before?|
Wizards vs Aliens made its American debut in on the cable channel Hub Network on 1 June 2013, but only ran for four episodes due to poor ratings.
In Australia, the show aired on ABC 3 weekly between 25 April-11 July 2013.
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