Doctor Who Spin Off Series Announced
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The BBC have officially announced a new Doctor Who spin-off. It's not the Paternoster Gang (it looks as if that ship has sailed), but eight forty-five minute episodes of a new teen-focused series, Class, set in contemporary London at Coal Hill school
The spin-off is being written by author Patrick Ness (the Chaos Walking trilogy, A Monster Calls), making his television debut. Steven Moffat, executive-producing along with Brian Minchin and Ness, described the show as " growing up in modern Britain - but with monsters!".
Everyone is probably asking, is this the British Buffy The Vampire Slayer?. Maybe. In the official announcement, Ness said "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 added, “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."
Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, continued, “I am thrilled that Patrick Ness is writing his first drama series for BBC Three. The combination of Patrick and Steven Moffat, is an exciting partnership that has created a brilliant Doctor Who spin off for our BBC Three audience.”
Class starts filming in Spring 2016.