Let’s Try This Again: BBC Three Announces A New Doctor Who Spin-Off Class

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Doctor Who is going to try another spin-off series. This time the franchise will look to the young adult spectrum as the shows audience.

Yesterday (October 1st), it was announced that BBC Three has ordered an eight episode season for the show called Class. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premise of the show is: “Set in contemporary London, Class centers on incredible dangers that breaking through the walls of time and space. With darkness coming, the city is left unprotected. The announcement promises to reveal a side of Doctor Who and Coal Hill School that fans have never seen before. ”

The series come from young adult author, Patrick Ness. Ness has written the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls. He also has a new book coming out entitled, The Rest of Us Just Live Here. The book follows someone who is not the Chosen One living in a world where there is a good chance of his school blowing.

(No lie. I pre-ordered this book and am super excited to give it a read.)

Needless to say, Class does sound like best series for Ness to cut his teeth on television.

About the series, Ness had this to say: “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.”

He continued, “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.”

Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin will executive produce the series alongside Ness.

In a statement, 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!”

This is the fourth TV spin-off from Doctor Who. There was the one that followed the Doctor’s robotic dog called K-9. Better known are the more recent Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

I, for one, am very interested to see just what will Class bring to the table.

The series is aiming to film next spring.

Bec Heim