Doctor Who Spinoff Class Will Include Gay Lead Says Creator


In light of the tragic shooting at an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Orlando, Florida over the weekend, BBC’s Class creator Patrick Ness wanted to give folks something nice to think about. The show will feature a gay lead.

We previously learned Class would focus on the famous Coal Hill School of Doctor Who lore and star Vivian Oparah, Sophie Hopkins, Greg Austin, and Fady Elsayed as students with Katherine Kelly starring as their teacher.

As the Doctor would say, “Fantastic!”

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat recently surprised me (in a good way!) by specifically saying the show needed to do more for diversity. “I had this baffling idea that if we just threw open each part to everybody, it would all work out in the end. I put my faith, inexplicably, in the free market,” he said. “It doesn’t work. You can only cast for talent – you’ve got to cast the best person, every single time – but you’ve got to gauge where you’re looking for the talent.”

As an out gay man, this isn’t the first time YA writer Ness has spoken out about the need for diversity in fiction works.

I think a lot of folks are going to be tuning in for Class. The series will air on BBC Three in the UK and most likely BBC America here in the US.

(via io9)