Patrick Ness To Pen New Doctor Who Spin-Off, Class, For BBC Three


Patrick Ness

BBC Three has just announced Class, a new eight-part Doctor Who spin-off from the acclaimed YA author, Patrick Ness, who’s just-published The Rest Of Us Just Live Here is one of the books of the year in Buzz’s opinion. So yeah, we’re delighted with the news.

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 the Vampire Slayer, The Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen them before.” says the press release.

A few immediate musings:

  • Clara is a teacher at Coal Hill. Will she be appearing or cameoing in Class? Or will her fate in Doctor Who determine that?
  • The actor who plays original companion Ian Chesterton – William Russell – is still with us, and chairman of the governors according to the sign above. Will he  have a cameo?
  • Will BBC THREE still be on air next year – or will it be an online service only by the time the show is ready?
  • Let’s get the rumours started: Patrick Ness for next Who showrunner!

Anyway, on with the official stuff. 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 story-telling 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.”

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

Each episode will be 45 minutes long.

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


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