As Doctor Who has kicked off its ninth series in the UK, BBC Three made the big announcement today that they have ordered a new Doctor Who spin-off series titled Class for an 8-episode pick-up that will air in 2016.
Class, which is coming from acclaimed YA author, Patrick Ness, is described by BBC as followed:
“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.”
In the announcement, Ness talks about his excitement for the spin-off while also teasing the tone of the new series.
“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.”
Doctor Who show-runner and executive producer Steven Moffat, who will also be executive producer on this project as well, said this in the press release of Ness’ Class series:
“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!”
While no characters or cast was announced for Class, BBC confirms that the show is set to begin production in Wales in spring of 2016.
Doctor Who airs on Saturday nights at 9/8c on BBC America.