Class is the Doctor Who Spin-off You Weren’t Expecting


BBC’s Doctor Who is getting a surprise spin-off! The newly announced Class with feature none other than the famous Coal Hill School.

The BBC twitter accounts were teasing that there was a big announcement to be had and fans were throwing out tons of guesses like Steven Moffat leaving the show, a new companion being announced, more lost episodes surfacing, and even that Tom Baker might be making a return. But all of those theories were proved wrong as the BBC finally revealed a new Doctor Who spin-off to air on BBC Three spearheaded by young adult author Patrick Ness.

Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen them before.

We’ve previously had television spin-offs like Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures and while we don’t have too much to go on for Class just yet, it seems like it might be like a combination of the two. Executive producer 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!”

You may recall not too long ago the BBC announced that Jenna Coleman was exiting Doctor Who, could the announcement of Class mean she’s going to lead the pack of students? After all, Clara is already a teacher there, unless the creators have a darker end for the character in mind on Who it would make sense for her to be on this new show.

“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,” said Ness. “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 series is set to have eight 45-minute episodes and will begin filming Spring 2016. Are you excited?

(via BBC)