The world of Doctor Who is set to expand with the BBC’s announcement of a new spin off show called Class.
The new series will be written by author Patrick Ness, whose books include A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy.
Class will be set in Coal Hill, the school featured in the first ever episode of Doctor Who, and recently revisited in both the 50th anniversary episode and 2014’s eighth series. Filming on the eight 45 minute long episodes is due to begin in Spring 2016, with the show airing later that year.
Executive Producer for Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, hailed the announcement of Class:
“No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant story-telling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”
Meanwhile Patrick Ness is looking forward to people seeing what he has lined up for his first screenwriting job:
“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.”