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Meet the cast of Doctor Who spin-off Class

The BBC has released a whole raft of information today about Doctor Who spin-off Class. Developed by young adult author Patrick Ness, the show will be set in Coal Hill school, which was focused heavily in series eight but actually made its debut way back in the first ever episode The Unearthly Child in 1963.

Katherine Kelly, recently seen in Happy Valley and The Night Manager will play one of the school's teacher along with Nigel Betts, who played one of Clara Oswald and Danny Pink's colleagues when they taught at Coal Hill School in series eight. Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah will all be playing sixth-form students at the school. The show will be looking to tap the audience left behind after The Sarah Jane Adventures.

On the announcements , Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, who will exit the show after next year's series ten, said;

"There's nothing more exciting than meeting stars that nobody's heard of yet. We had the read-through of the first few episodes last week, and there was a whole row of them.

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." - BBC

You can check out Patrick Ness's introduction to the show - and the cast - in this video below.

The eight part Class will debut on the online BBC Three later this year.

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