BBC Three recently announced a new Dr Who spinoff series, to be called Class as “incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected.”
BBC Three recently announced a new Dr Who spinoff series, to be called Class, aimed at a young adult audience. The first series of 8, 45 minute episodes will begin filming in Wales in the spring of 2016, and be shown sometime in the autumn of the same year. The screenplays were all written by Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness, an established YA author, probably best known for his novel A Monster Calls, the film version of which will be released in 2016 starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones.
In Class, the action takes place in modern London, in and around Coal Hill School, setting for the very first Dr Who episode, and work-place of the Doctor’s side-kicks Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and, more recently, Clara Oswald. The premise of Class has been described as “incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected.” And promises “all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction”. The tone of the show has been likened to such big names as The Hunger Games and Buffy the Vampire Slayer by the Channel.
Class has Steven Moffatt, Patrick Ness himself and Brian Minchin as executive producers.
Steven Moffat said, “No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant story-telling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”
Talking about his first television series, writer Patrick Ness says, “I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself. There’s so much room there for all kinds of amazing stories, and to work with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin to find a place to tell one of my own has been an absolute joy. I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your A-Levels.”
The cast has yet to be announced, but speculation is rife. Some fans are calling for William Russell to reprise his roll as Ian Chesterton, and many other requests have been made. As the action takes place in a school, most of the cast will be young actors, and therefore mostly unknown. One person we know won’t be there is Clara, played by Jenna Coleman, despite the fact her character works at Coal Hill.
Another, as yet unrevealed, fact is where the program will be shown. With BBC Three due to go internet only in January of 2016, and Class to premiere in the autumn, fans we will have to wait and see on which channel it will actually air.