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October 1st, 2015 61 comments

Doctor Who Spin-off “Class” by Patrick Ness

BBC Three today announces Class – a new 8×45 Doctor Who spin-off from the acclaimed 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, Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen it before.

Steven Moffat says: “No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant storytelling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”

On his first television series, writer Patrick Ness says: “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. 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.”

Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three, adds: “We’re excited to give Patrick Ness this opportunity to work with us at BBC Three and the Doctor Who family. Patrick understands young audiences and I’m delighted he will use his incredible skills as a storyteller to delight audiences on BBC Three. BBC Three will always innovate and offer opportunities for brilliant new talent.”

Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, adds: “I am thrilled that Patrick Ness is writing his first drama series for BBC Three. The combination of Patrick and Steven Moffat is an exciting partnership that has created a brilliant Doctor Who spin-off for our BBC Three audience.”

Class is executive produced by Steven Moffatt, Patrick Ness and Brian Minchin. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, and Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning.

An 8×45 minute series is produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with BBC Worldwide for BBC Three.

The series will film in and around Wales from spring 2016 and be on air next year.


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61 comments

  • Dalek the Supreme

    October 2nd, 2015 - 2:49pm

    Well, it does sound interesting. I’ll give it a watch when it comes on, just to see how good it is.

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  • skaroman

    October 2nd, 2015 - 1:52pm

    So Steven Moffat commissions this…

    But no new Torchwood?

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    • Zygon63

      October 2nd, 2015 - 3:47pm

      This will be much better than Torchwood…
      Created and written by Patrick Ness – brilliant!!

    • Anonymous

      October 2nd, 2015 - 10:11pm

      RTD owns the rights to Torchwood and is personally blocking it.

  • KORSAIR

    October 2nd, 2015 - 12:23pm

    Sounds interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    October 2nd, 2015 - 8:19am

    If this goes well fingers crossed for missy and Clara spinoff

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  • Zygon63

    October 2nd, 2015 - 7:22am

    Don’t be worried everyone – Patrick Ness is a brilliant author. I suggest you read his ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy, that’ll get rid of your fears for this spin-off…

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  • slitheen97

    October 2nd, 2015 - 7:00am

    Really looking forward to this 😀 strangely I was planning a story with a similar concept 😛

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  • Doctor11

    October 2nd, 2015 - 2:33am

    I will admit I don’t know if I’m excited or not

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  • Marge Silbert

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:42pm

    Not what I was expecting. Sounds like it will only be shown un Britain. What BBC AMERICA is that included? Would be interesting to watch.

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  • 100,000BC

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:20pm

    I don’t know what to think. Part of me doesn’t like the idea of Coal Hill losing its “ordinary place” feel. Also most school-based shows end up really dull. The key to previous spin offs’ successes was having well-established lead characters from the show itself, who could lead a story well themselves. I’m still excited though as it’s too early to make rash judgements. We’ll have to see how it turns out!

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  • sugardoc5

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:18pm

    OK so I like the idea but I just hope they don’t make it to cheesy if that makes sense lol
    So I don’t want kids that over act
    Sounds good though can’t wait !!!!

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    • Doyouhearthem?

      October 2nd, 2015 - 6:37am

      If you read Patrick Ness’ “More Than This”, you’ll realise how exciting this is. It will be perfectly tailored to a YA audience if Ness is doing it; he is perhaps the most vivid and experimental YA author about. There is not a sliver of a chance he can muck this up.

  • Dalek Smith

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:16pm

    Ian better make some sort of appearance in this

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    • Doctor11

      October 2nd, 2015 - 2:34am

      Agreed!

    • Obsie

      October 2nd, 2015 - 8:40am

      That would be a great notion, someone for the pupils to turn to and have believe them.

  • Dalek Smith

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:12pm

    In all honesty it sounds like something aimed at the “Tumbler Demographic” but I’ll give it a go cos you know, fandom loyalty and all that.
    Alas the wait goes on for more live action Paul McGann and Power and Evil of the Daleks.

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  • Doctor Rules

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:12pm

    Well I’m disappointed. I stayed up for that!?! Goodnight everybody

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  • Jamie

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:10pm

    Hmmm! Interesting! Could be very cool!

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  • Doctorfan

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:07pm

    You mean I stayed up for that what the

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  • Dalek Smith

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:06pm

    So it’s not an Eighth Doctor spin-off…
    Damn.

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  • The Doctor Returns

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:05pm

    Yay! New spin off!!!!!! 😀 Coal Hill spin-off! 🙂

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    • Exterminator

      October 1st, 2015 - 11:07pm

      Oh god….. Class = More annoying kids! 🙁

    • The Doctor Returns

      October 1st, 2015 - 11:41pm

      Sadly but if its canon? 🙂 and if there might be monsters from DW in it? It might be older kids like 6th formers? After all they said something about A-Levels lol 🙂

    • bigwhofan

      October 2nd, 2015 - 12:56am

      They said it would be young adult orientated, so think 12A instead of Doctor Who’s typical PG rating

    • slitheen97

      October 2nd, 2015 - 6:51am

      Exterminator – unless they’re like the kids from SJA 🙂

  • mark Belsom

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:03pm

    Is that it ????

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  • RORY DOCTOR RIVER POND

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:03pm

    Interesting! No idea what to expect

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  • caolan

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:02pm

    simm to gomez mini episode

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  • JasonisnotaRobot

    October 1st, 2015 - 11:01pm

    Spin off!

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  • Exterminator

    October 1st, 2015 - 10:58pm

    K-9 is coming back?

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  • The Doctor Returns

    October 1st, 2015 - 10:57pm

    Sutekh????

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  • Doctor11

    October 1st, 2015 - 10:56pm

    Please be the new companion!

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  • herobrine

    October 1st, 2015 - 10:48pm

    ?ti si tahw

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  • Davros

    October 1st, 2015 - 10:47pm

    hi

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  • mark Belsom

    October 1st, 2015 - 10:24pm

    Wish they’d hurry up and make the announcement.

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  • 100,000BC

    October 1st, 2015 - 10:21pm

    I can’t wait!!!
    New companion?
    Missing episodes?
    Spin off?
    I don’t know!!!!

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  • Jake

    October 1st, 2015 - 10:17pm

    I’m really hoping that it’s Rose getting her own spin-off show in the parallel universe- best companion ever!

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    • Jake

      October 1st, 2015 - 10:19pm

      Or it could be a new companion….

    • Jake

      October 1st, 2015 - 10:20pm

      If it is a new companion I bet it will be River Song…

  • The magicans apprentice

    October 1st, 2015 - 10:16pm

    what does everyone think this is about ?

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