Patrick Ness’ young adult spin-off from Doctor Who arrives on BBC Three on 22 October. Two episodes will air – For Tonight We Might Die and The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo. A familiar face guest star’s in the opening episode as The Doctor arrives in Coal Hill School once again. Here’s what Peter Capaldi had to say about the appearance:
The Doctor Who family is growing, and it’s fantastic to be able to welcome the young new cast of Class in to the Whoniverse.
This is the first Doctor Who spin-off series to feature the Doctor in the opening episode. Thinking about other shows and their spin-offs this is something of a rarity – usually at least one of the “flagship” show’s heroes will appear in the opener of a spin-off. Patrick Ness notes:
At last, we can tell you a little more about Class! Though there are still many, many secrets to come. Many. Like, a lot. But of COURSE, the Doctor is in episode one! That’s how these things are done. Truly, though, I can’t wait for everyone to see the show; we’ve worked so hard and I’m so proud of it. Soon, soon…
The series focuses on a group of four students and one of their students in a setup that reminds a little of Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
It’s a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them. And this incursion is only the beginning…
Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Ram (Fady Elsayed) and Tanya (Vivian Oparah), assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly), are charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as the Doctor (Peter Capaldi): guard against the creatures of nightmare that want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.
Patrick Ness has created intriguing and complex characters that have to navigate their way through more than just teenage hormones, exams and detention. Joining them as series regulars are Jordan Renzo (Chosen, Troubled), Pooky Quesnel (The A Word, Accused), Nigel Betts (Boy Meets Girl, Doctor Who). The first two episodes also feature Ben Peel (The Fall, Vampire Academy), Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter, Hollyoaks), Paul Marc Davies (Doctor Who, Torchwood), and Shannon Murray (The Totally Senseless Gameshow).
I have to admit, I’ve not been terribly excited about this new series so far – not that I’m it’s target audience as I can no longer call myself a “Young” adult. Childish, maybe – but not “Young”. However, I am definitely interested in giving this a look-see given its Doctor Who / Buffy vibes. I think if the show can get the tone right then it should be a great success for the online platform and the BBC in general.
Source: Press Release
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