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September 24th, 2016 17 comments

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Class drops on BBC Three this October

The wait is over! Today BBC Three confirm the new YA drama, Class, written by Patrick Ness, will drop its first two episodes on BBC Three on Saturday 22 October.

Coal Hill acts like a beacon across all of space and time to any being who might want to use it for mischief….you’ll have to be on your guard.

Class drops on BBC Three, Saturday 22 October with the first and second episode For Tonight We Might Die and The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo

Peter Capaldi appears as the Doctor in the opening episode

Class World premiere details announced – Thursday 20 October

Peter Capaldi will join the cast of exciting new talent in the opening episode of the series, For Tonight We Might Die. Coal Hill School holds some very dark and deadly secrets in its shadows… but who will survive?

Commenting on his involvement with the new Doctor Who spin-off series, Peter Capaldi, says: “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.”


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) to 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).

YA writer and Class creator Patrick Ness, says: “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…”

Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three, says: “We know lots of BBC Three fans are Doctor Who fans so Class on BBC Three is a perfect fit. It’s nice to be back as part of the Doctor Who family.”

From Writer Patrick Ness, Director Ed Bazalgette (Poldark, Doctor Who), Producer Derek Ritchie, and Executive Producers Patrick Ness, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, the BBC Studios Wales production, co-produced with BBC America and BBC Worldwide.

To watch the Class cast YouTube and Facebook streamed Q&A again, please visit the Class website



  • Spamella

    October 18th, 2016 - 10:10pm

    Is it true that the Class series will be shown on bbc1 a week after being shown on bbc3

  • The Living Shadow

    October 5th, 2016 - 9:21pm

    Right from the title, Class sounds different to Doctor Who, simply from the use of the word “We”.
    Doctor Who rarely (possibly never) uses any sort of pronouns such as ‘I’ ‘he’ ‘she’ or ‘we’ in any if the episode titles.
    To me this indicates that Class will have a very different feel to it. I can’t wait!

    • MrHaloWho

      October 10th, 2016 - 12:31pm

      Yeah, it always seems to be ____ of the _____.

      Here’s a few:
      Return of Doctor Mysterio
      The Husbands of River Song
      The Woman Who Lived
      The Girl Who Died
      The Time of the Doctor
      The Day of the Doctor
      The Night of the Doctor
      The Name of the Doctor
      The Rings of Akhaten
      The Bells of Saint John
      The Power of Three
      The Wedding of River Song
      The Girl Who Waited
      The Curse of the Black Spot
      Day of the Moon
      The Vampires of Venice
      The Time of the Angels
      Victory of the Daleks
      The End of Time
      The Waters of Mars
      Planet of the Dead
      Forest of the Dead
      Voyage of the Damned
      The Last of the Time Lords
      The Sound of Drums
      The Family of Blood
      Evolution of the Daleks
      Rise of the Cybermen
      Girl in the Fireplace
      Parting of the Ways
      Aliens of London
      The End of the World

      And that’s just the ‘New-Who’ episodes.

  • luis

    October 5th, 2016 - 7:18pm

    i love doctor who so much also my freinds and family

  • thewhoman

    September 26th, 2016 - 9:13am

    Just noticed my issue 503 of DWM says October on its cover… Got worried I had missed class.. But it must be a misprint

    • Anonymous

      September 27th, 2016 - 6:46pm

      No, it’s correct. Magazines are dated a month in advance. So September’s Issue would be October, October’s Issue November & so on.

  • prototype dalek

    September 25th, 2016 - 9:41am

    Does that mean its only online as it is BBC 3?

    • The Surgeon

      September 25th, 2016 - 10:50am

      I think so

      But you can get it on iPlayer

    • Savethecoffeeboysavetheworld

      September 25th, 2016 - 12:13pm

      It airs on bbc one the week after bbc three

    • prototype dalek

      October 6th, 2016 - 10:34am

      Well I have BBC Iplayer on my TV so I will probably put it on when it is aired then. Looking forward to this

  • Anonymous

    September 25th, 2016 - 1:04am

    Personally I think it’s a waste of time and a waste of money. If they didn’t do this spin off there would be more money to go towards Doctor who itself for better props, better CGI effects and paying better story writers

    • Anonymous

      September 29th, 2016 - 6:35pm

      No there wouldn’t.

  • The Surgeon

    September 24th, 2016 - 8:12pm

    Patrick Ness is the one

  • Dalekparadigm2

    September 24th, 2016 - 3:06pm

    Looks quite good. Awesome that the date has some history with DW spin offs. Really want to see a trailer soon though…

  • Savethecoffeeboysavetheworld

    September 24th, 2016 - 2:30pm

    I’ve just noticed that 22nd October is ten years to the day that torchwood began.


    September 24th, 2016 - 11:50am

    Makes sense to have capaldi in the opener to give it an almighty launch. fits nicely into the doctor who canon that way as well.

  • The Super Whovian

    September 24th, 2016 - 11:30am

    Now Class sounds much more interesting. After reading this I think this could be a really good show


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