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September 7th, 2017 60 comments

Doctor Who Spin off Class Officially Cancelled


Doctor Who spin off Class has been officially cancelled by the BBC.

The news was confirmed by BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh speaking today at a Broadcasting Press Guild.

No, [we’re not bringing it back]. There was nothing wrong with it – I thought Patrick did a great job, he explored an amazing world.

In honesty, it just didn’t really land for us on BBC Three. Things sometimes don’t, and I’ve got to make decisions about what we’re going to do from a drama point of view.

There are always times when you do something and you have to decide that it’s not going to come back. Class is just one of those things.


  • The Drums The Never Ending Drum Beat

    September 25th, 2017 - 7:13pm

    I don’t think class was as bad as everybody said it was to be entirely honest it was not as good as some way of expected however when I first tuned I thought it was good so this is kind of put a damper on my day only that the community of Doctor Who have gotten a little bit out of hand recently they don’t give anything a chance like with the paradigm Daleks everybody complains how multicoloured they were but if they have just give them a chance they wouldn’t have minded it wasn’t a big change and the same with class if we’d have just stayed in the second series then we would have probably been able to judge you if everyone thought it was as bad as the first one then fair enough it should have been cancelled but it could have been better and that is why we need to have a more open mind as a community

    • Jordan Scott

      September 25th, 2017 - 8:09pm

      Yeah I agree with your statement here, especially about the Daleks too

    • Doctor Stu

      September 25th, 2017 - 9:57pm

      I’m gonna miss Charlie and matteusz, that was the most interesting thing about it tbh and Quill obviously

  • Adam

    September 16th, 2017 - 1:18pm

    I dipped into the series and thought it was awful! Like a lot of new who it was let down by poor writing and characterisation. Maybe next years new time lady spin off will fare better..

    • whovian

      October 10th, 2017 - 3:00pm

      Time Lady spin off? Must have missed that announcement

  • Borg

    September 14th, 2017 - 1:38pm


    Also, as a young adult myself, I heard about it fairly early, was excited, but then episode one comes along… It left me speechless. Not in a god way.

  • Anonymous

    September 12th, 2017 - 5:30pm


    • Anonymous

      September 15th, 2017 - 12:40pm

      The invisible ink is working well!!!

  • The Moffat Paradox

    September 10th, 2017 - 4:03pm

    Was underwhelming.

  • 100,000BC

    September 9th, 2017 - 12:47pm

    I think the problem is, as a spin-off of Doctor Who, it needed to appeal to a much larger section of the fanbase.
    While in theory non-fans would have enjoyed it, I can imagine they were put off by the promotion of it as a who spin-off, or the appearance of the Doctor in episode 1. If they had chosen to create a spin-off with a Doctor Who character as a lead, then this would have been less of a problem as there would be less need to reinforce the fact of it being a spin-off (in order to appeal to the fan audience) all over the promotional material and in episode 1.
    It’s a shame as it was a nice spin-off and a great show in its own right; non-fans could have easily got into it.

  • Hatman

    September 9th, 2017 - 9:53am

    I really liked Class, and I would’ve liked to see a second series, even if that was the last one just to tie things up, BUT Class suffered from multiple things:

    1) Pre show advertising – there was very little of this, most people I know weren’t aware it was happening at all. There should have been more build up, probably some advertising on the tv.
    2) Post show advertising – after an episode aired there was almost nothing. On YouTube after an episode of Doctor Who airs we get the next time trailer, and multiple behind-the-scenes videos. This is the same for many tv shows these days. For Class, all we got was ‘Classmates’: a bunch of youtuber fans, most of which I’m guessing people didn’t know who they were (I only knew one of them), giving their very brief reviews on the episode.
    3) Online only – This wasn’t too much of an issue, but it did make it seem that maybe it “wasn’t good enough” for tv and was banished to the online realm. This opinion, which I did see floating around quite a lot, was backed up by the fact there was barely any advertising.
    4) Doctor Who? – If this had been a standalone sci-fi series on it’s own, it probably would have been okay. HOWEVER, it was labeled a spin off from Doctor Who. That meant it had to appeal to DW fans, by including things from the show. But apart from a brief appearance from The Doctor in episode 1, and a Weeping Angel cameo at the end, there was nothing.
    Torchwood had a Cyber-Woman in episode 4, and SJA had the Slitheen in multiple epispdes, and a Graske in series 1, with other familiar monsters appearing in later series.
    Plus both of these had a major character from DW in the leading role. SJA also had appearances from K9, and in later series of both, other characters made apperances, such as Martha (TW), the Brigadier (SJA). Even the Doctor appeared in SJA, but not until series 3, giving the show to grow on it’s own.
    If Class had had more DW elements, it probably would’ve won over more fans. Alternatively, if it had not been connected to DW at all, it would probably be fine as it wouldn’t have this pressure to be good.

    Class had a lot of potential, but really wasn’t handled well enough.

    • booboo

      September 9th, 2017 - 10:51am

      We knew from day 1 this was produced for the new BBC3 digital platform with a budget to match that would certainly not stretch to additional filming for youtube behind the scenes etc.

      It was promoted via social media by the official sites and many others with a reach of millions.

      As far as i can see It was in effect and experiment that did not work.

  • Doctor Stu

    September 9th, 2017 - 1:15am

    I’d love a spin off with RiverSong where she’s reading bed time stories to Donnas’ children in the library computer from her diary and then we get to see the adventure unfold with river and eleven. Perfect opportunity to get more river song, more Matt smith who clearly still wants to be the Doctor and maybe throw a few more Doctors in, 8 or 10. Or see what her and 12 got up to on Darillium.

    • 12th Doctor Fan

      September 10th, 2017 - 8:47pm

      I’d avoid like the plague can’t stand River

  • The Surgeon

    September 8th, 2017 - 10:31pm

    The show itself was excellent, but I think it was marketed wrong. The spin-off hole was left by SJA, not Torchwood in my opinion. Also alienated a ton of people due to the awkward scheduling, but the writing and acting was genuinely really really good

  • R1ch1e

    September 8th, 2017 - 7:15pm

    This is a shame! I actually enjoyed it more as it went on. That was a doozy of a cliffhanger too.

  • T.A

    September 8th, 2017 - 5:15pm

    Hopefully the next spin off they do will be done better. BRING BACK JACK!

  • GallifreyanKnight

    September 8th, 2017 - 1:23pm

    I’m not at all surprised.
    It was a terrible show.

    • The Outcast

      September 8th, 2017 - 2:36pm

      I agree. I watched episode one, but I didn’t watch any others because of how bad it was.

    • GallifreyanKnight

      September 8th, 2017 - 4:05pm

      I got as far as halfway through episode 4, and I just couldn’t stand it anymore.

  • Jordan Scott

    September 8th, 2017 - 11:09am

    I enjoyed Class personally, although it was 100% down to the terrible advertising in my opinion that it’s been cancelled. While the series was running, I would even mention it to people I know who are Dr Who fans and nobody had a clue that “Class” existed.

    • booboo

      September 8th, 2017 - 11:18am

      that’s quite odd as the social media promotion was huge and i thought that’s where the “young adult” generation that this was aimed at got their info from?

    • The Cyber Squirrel

      September 8th, 2017 - 4:17pm

      I’d have to disagree – I thought the social media promotion was abysmal.

    • booboo

      September 8th, 2017 - 5:19pm

      well our Facebook and twitter feeds were full of it at the time, as was every fan site.

    • Jordan Scott

      September 8th, 2017 - 10:48pm

      It was constantly posted about on Twitter from what I saw, however I think it just wasn’t enough to post about it on pretty much only Dr Who accounts – (also bearing in mind only a portion of followers are actually the target audience).

    • Anonymous

      September 8th, 2017 - 10:49pm

      Yes, But most whovians are still rather lay compared to the likes of whovians on forums such as this. Very few young adults are following the bbc and doctor who related forums 24-7, atleast not as a priority. The show DESPERATELY needed to be advertised on TV in my opinion. I watch bbc 1 and 2 quite regularly pre and post watershed and never seen a thing class related. Then again, maybe it was just me.

    • booboo

      September 9th, 2017 - 10:09am

      The whole point was though this was supposed to be viewed and promoted via digital platforms for a new generation and it clearly didn’t work big time.

    • Jordan Scott

      September 9th, 2017 - 11:55am

      Indeed it didn’t booboo.

    • Lol Hayden

      September 11th, 2017 - 10:39pm

      People I knew just couldn’t be bothered to watch it :/ I loved it though 🙁

  • Anonymous

    September 8th, 2017 - 7:03am

    It’s sad to see this show go. But I had such a weird dream last night of a Series 2 episode. It’s disappointing that it’s going but it would never of lived up to SJA and TW


    September 8th, 2017 - 6:58am

    Hopefully Big Finish will get the license.

  • The Outcast

    September 8th, 2017 - 1:04am

    The comment Anonymous below (or should be below) that says RIP Class was mine.

  • Anonymous

    September 8th, 2017 - 1:03am

    I think we all saw this coming.
    RIP Class, I personally won’t miss you, but I accept that others will.

  • Anonymous

    September 7th, 2017 - 11:50pm

    I wish we could see the Weeping Angel story. I guess cancelled means no 2 hour long final story to resolve everything ahaha. Gonna be unfinished in Who History forever


    September 7th, 2017 - 10:39pm

    Can,t say i,m surprised. I never really warmed to the teenage characters. they seemed too old for the parts unlike the characters in the sarah jane adventures. the only saving grace was katherine kelly who was wasted and who i think would still make an excellent ‘The Rani’.

  • Slitheen97

    September 7th, 2017 - 9:42pm

    Not surprised sadly. having it as an Online only thing was a terrible decision especially as the show it self was pretty good, Shame there’s not one Last episode to wrap things up though

    • prototype dalek

      September 8th, 2017 - 11:18am

      I thought the same whilst Atlantis was on, final episode was a cliff-hanger

  • Anonymous

    September 7th, 2017 - 9:14pm

    Im not too fussed about class being cancelled as i didnt really care for the series.

    I reckon the far, FAR bigger problem here is the fact that the BBC will take this to mean there is no market for a spin-off series anymore. This will scare them off from ever allowing a “Mickey and Martha” series or “UNIT” TV series.

    So yeah, I just hope this isnt the case, as I think there are many far more accessable ways to make a spin off series than what happened with class…

    • Anonymous

      September 29th, 2017 - 9:45pm

      no it wont scare the bbc off from spin offs class failed due to being online and being shown on aMonday night at about 11 o clock

  • whofan36

    September 7th, 2017 - 8:49pm

    I thought it was an ok series nothing great but a lot of shows dont have good first series but get really great as it goes on. If the BBC had put it on BBC 1 instead of BBC 3 along with giving it some proper advertising I think it would have done a lot better. They banked far to much on assuming that as it was a Doctor Who spin off people would watch it.

    Currently hoping Titan comics will be able to make Class comics to give some kind of closure to thay cliffhanger

  • Dalek Eye Stalk

    September 7th, 2017 - 8:37pm

    Wasn’t a good series in all honesty. A poor spin off. Doomed from the start with such a terrible title as ‘Class’. Won’t be missed. I mark it an F…could do better Ness. Go back and redo your home work.

  • Queen Iraxxa

    September 7th, 2017 - 8:21pm


  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    September 7th, 2017 - 6:25pm

    It’d have been nice to know what was going on with the Weeping Angels. Maybe Patrick Ness could publicly release what he was planning for series 2. But, overall, I’m not all that fussed about Class being cancelled to be honest. I did actually enjoy watching it (unlike some). I think episodes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 were all at least decent (the middle 2-part story less so) but I have no great attachment to it like I do with Doctor Who.

    So, what was going to happen with the Weeping Angels? Bring on the fan-fiction!

    • booboo

      September 7th, 2017 - 6:32pm

      he did actually say he would finish it in a book if it got cancelled but presumably as he has now said he wont right anything to do with class again that’s gone out of the window

    • Doctor Stu

      September 7th, 2017 - 9:07pm

      I remember him saying something about a weeping angel civil war, I think it’s the bbcs fault it’s been cancelled they had ridiculous promotion for it and showed it far too late. I remember Katherine Kelly only got interviewed to promote class on the week the final was due to air.

    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      September 8th, 2017 - 9:55pm

      I didn’t know that booboo, thanks. But yeah, if he’s said that then I guess all we can hope for is releasing a series 2 plan or something. I think someone mentioned Big Finish – that’s a good idea.

      And a Weeping Angel civil war? Wow, that does sound interesting. Maybe the idea could be used in series 11 of Doctor Who instead.

  • The Dalek Whovian

    September 7th, 2017 - 6:01pm

    I hate to say this but I think Class was doomed from the start really. I thought it was an interesting idea but in execution it just didn’t work. I feel like it would have worked better if it was it’s own thing rather being in the Who universe and if the character’s had been better written.

    RIP Class, Thanks for trying to bring something new to us Whovians Mr Ness.

    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      September 7th, 2017 - 6:30pm

      Yeah, it didn’t quite work out, but I do appreciate the time and effort Patrick Ness put into the show and he has my respect for that.

  • Jordan Scott

    September 7th, 2017 - 5:55pm

    Now we’ll never find out what was going on with the Weeping Angels, and Capaldi’s Doctor hasn’t properly faced them either.

  • T.A

    September 7th, 2017 - 5:46pm

    R.I.P Weeping angles for season 2.

  • Dalekparadigm2

    September 7th, 2017 - 5:36pm


  • prototype dalek

    September 7th, 2017 - 5:29pm

    Sort of could see it coming really, could have been done better


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