Doctor Who: new spin-off YA TV series announced

A Monster Calls writer Patrick Ness will oversee Doctor Who spinoff Class

Doctor Who Class

Following in the footsteps of Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Totally Doctor Who, the BBC has announced that a new TV series will spin off out of the current iteration into a new, teen-centric show, named Class.

Airing on BBC Three, Class will be set in a modern-day school in London (Coal Hill School? Has to be surely?), will take place in the form of eight 45-minute episodes, and is being helmed by Patrick Ness, who has written the likes of The Rest Of Us Just Live Here and A Monster Calls, the latter of which is being adapted into a film by Juan Antonio Bayona.

We have to say, we’re happy with the prospect of a new series. There’s been a dearth of YA Doctor Who adventures since the sad end of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and with the current series being one of the darkest yet, there’s definitely a place for it on TV.

Doctor Who Class Patrick Ness
Patrick Ness will helm Doctor Who spinoff Class

Speaking in a press statement, Ness spoke of his happiness at being involved. “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 producer 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.”

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