BBC Three officially revealed the main cast of the Doctor Who YA spin-off series Class: Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah. They join Katherine Kelly who plays a teacher who proves to be a powerful new presence at Coal Hill School. The Beeb has also released a special 360° video from the set introducing the cast of Class.
Like all sixth formers, these four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires. They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence.
Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the first episode in 1963, but that has come at a price. All the time travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow.
Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves: Class is coming.
Award winning YA writer and Class creator Patrick Ness, says: “We searched far and wide for this amazing cast, fantastic actors who understand what we’re aiming for with this show. And how lucky we are to get Katherine Kelly! She’s been stunning in Happy Valley, The Night Manager and Mr Selfridge. Just wait until you see her here.”
Steven Moffat, Class and Doctor Who executive producer, says: “Coal Hill School has been part of Doctor Who since the very first shoot in 1963, but this new show is anything but history. Class is dark and sexy and right now. I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy – it’s taken the brilliant Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen.”
Filming starts today and the series will premiere on BBC Three this year.