Class – A New YA Doctor Who Spin-off Announced

Last night, the BBC teased a big announcement for Doctor Who fans. At 23:00, the internet community was first hit with the announcement of a new spin-off from popular television show, Doctor Who. The series is called “Class” and it will be written by acclaimed Young Adult author Patrick Ness. The show is set in Coal Hill School in Shoreditch which featured in the very first Doctor Who story as well as 1988’s Remembrance of the Daleks and is also the school where Clara Oswald has been seen teaching from Day of the Doctor up until the present series.

According to the BBC, the series will have the heart of such properties as Buffy and The Hunger Games. Given the title of the show and the reference to a certain Vampire Slayer, I can only assume that the program will follow the adventures of a class of school children rather than focussing on the teachers. Given Jenna Coleman’s announced departure from Doctor Who, I imagine many are speculating at her involvement in this project.

Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin will be the executive producers for the program, which will air initially on the digital BBC3 platform in 2016. This morning, writer Patrick Ness confirmed on Twitter that the plan is for each episode to premiere on the online platform and then be shown on BBC1 before the next episode lands online.class tweet

Here’s what Steven Moffat and Patrick Ness have to say about the series:

Steven Moffat says: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!

On 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.

Now, I admit that initially I was a bit confused by this idea. But the more I think about it, the more I think that the program could do. With a great writer and creative team on board and a great cast, I have no doubt that this spin-off can be every bit as successful as The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood.

Source: Press Release
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