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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

  • Lol Hayden

    December 4th, 2016 - 2:48pm

    They will eventually

  • Leaderoftheshadowkin

    December 3rd, 2016 - 4:41pm

    Well we will…. when it airs

  • Benjamin

    October 29th, 2016 - 6:45pm

    Why don’t you put class on BBC 1 not online

  • Benjamin

    October 29th, 2016 - 6:43pm

    Why do you put class on BBC 1 not online

  • Anonymous

    October 25th, 2016 - 8:54pm

    I wonder if there’s ever going to be an alien character called Charlie a thug called Ram, a genius called Tanya and a goody two shoes called Sophie. I guess we’ll never know

  • Cman1O1dalek

    April 6th, 2016 - 9:33pm

    I just can’t wait!!! lets hope its sort of like the SJ adventures maybe even throw a Cybermen or two or even some DALEKS….

  • Rachel Cosgood

    January 9th, 2016 - 12:29am

    Hi I was just wondering if the BBC contacted you about casting or whether you could source the information yourself? I teach some students who would like to audition and I can’t seem to find any information on auditions!!

  • Anonymous

    October 27th, 2015 - 4:04pm

    my son is going into audition for it in a couple of months! he’s really excited

  • Whovians R Us

    October 7th, 2015 - 12:41pm

    I wonder if they are going to have any alien help like Mr Smith in the Sarah Jane Adventures or alien technology in Torchwood i looking forward to it anyway

  • the astronaut of death

    October 3rd, 2015 - 7:53pm

    all of me does

  • Zygon63

    October 3rd, 2015 - 7:38am

    Yes, he is only the executive producer on Class, so it won’t need as much of his time…

  • Anonymous

    October 3rd, 2015 - 12:42am

    Part of me still dreams of a paternoster gang spin off

  • Anonymous

    October 2nd, 2015 - 10:11pm

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

  • Anonymous

    October 2nd, 2015 - 10:10pm

    All those rumours were centered around Steven Moffat being too busy writing. He’s not writing this and even then he’s already working on the 2016 series, unless somebody in scheduling makes a last minute change nothing is happening.

  • Anonymous

    October 2nd, 2015 - 8:45pm

    THANKS RASSILON!!!!!!!!!!!! Ever since SJA ended we’ve really been missing ‘that’ extra bit of the whoinverse and now looks like we’re getting it back, plus if my maths is correct, this is aimed just about the right age group of kids/YA (about 15+) that would have been the right age for SJA back in the day

  • Zygon63

    October 2nd, 2015 - 5:48pm

    This is by Patrick Ness. It won’t be dire.

  • The Surgeon

    October 2nd, 2015 - 4:44pm

    PN is awesome, so this should be good.

  • Doyouhearthem?

    October 2nd, 2015 - 4:17pm

    Nome, if Ness is writing it it’ll be proper YA.

  • Zygon63

    October 2nd, 2015 - 3:47pm

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

  • Miffo

    October 2nd, 2015 - 3:17pm

    Is this going to be similar to what the incredible Sarah Jane Adventures was?

  • Adam

    October 2nd, 2015 - 3:16pm

    I don’t want another dire spin off ,especially when getting this means we wont get full series of Who next year.

  • 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.

  • skaroman

    October 2nd, 2015 - 1:52pm

    So Steven Moffat commissions this…

    But no new Torchwood?

  • KORSAIR

    October 2nd, 2015 - 12:23pm

    Sounds interesting.

  • Obsie

    October 2nd, 2015 - 8:40am

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

  • Anonymous

    October 2nd, 2015 - 8:19am

    If this goes well fingers crossed for missy and Clara spinoff

  • 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…

  • slitheen97

    October 2nd, 2015 - 7:00am

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

  • slitheen97

    October 2nd, 2015 - 6:51am

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

  • 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.

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