School is back in session and BBC Three is sharing its notes on its upcoming Doctor Who spinoff series, Class. The first two episodes premiere on Saturday, October 22, 2016. A world premiere has been scheduled for Thursday, October 20th, at Rich Mix — the home of Coal Hill Academy, Shoreditch. Doors open at 6:00pm. We have details on obtaining tickets, as well as a meet the cast video and more show information, after the jump.
The Class TV series cast includes: Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, Vivian Oparah, Katherine Kelly, Jordan Renzo, Pooky Quesnel, and Nigel Betts. The current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, joins them in the Class series premiere, “For Tonight We Might Die.” Ben Peel, Anna Shaffer, Paul Marc Davies , and Shannon Murray also guest star in the first two installments. The BBC says, “Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves, Class is coming.”
Written by YA author Patrick Ness, the new TV show consists of eight 45-minute episodes centering around the Coal Hill School in Shoreditch, which has been a part of the Doctor Who Universe since the very first episode of the franchise back in1963, “An Unearthly Child.”
Meet the cast of Class.
From the BBC:
Grab your tickets now!
An exclusive World premiere of the first episode will take place at Rich Mix on Thursday 20 October, the home of Coal Hill Academy, Shoreditch, with doors opening at 6pm.
Tickets are limited and are now available via the BBC Shows and Tours website bbc.co.uk/showsandtours.
Drawn at random, successful applicants will be allowed a maximum of one pair of tickets each.
Here’s more on Class, from a BBC press release:
Commenting on his involvement with the new Doctor Who spin-off series, Peter Capaldi, says: “The Doctor Who family is growing, and it’s fantastic to be able to welcome the young new cast of Class in to the Whoniverse.”
It’s a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them. And this incursion is only the beginning.
Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Ram (Fady Elsayed) and Tanya (Vivian Oparah), assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly), are charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) to guard against the creatures of nightmare that want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.
Patrick Ness has created intriguing and complex characters that have to navigate their way through more than just teenage hormones, exams and detention. Joining them as series regulars are Jordan Renzo (Chosen, Troubled), Pooky Quesnel (The A Word, Accused), Nigel Betts (Boy Meets Girl, Doctor Who). The first two episodes also feature Ben Peel (The Fall, Vampire Academy), Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter, Hollyoaks), Paul Marc Davies (Doctor Who, Torchwood), and Shannon Murray (The Totally Senseless Gameshow).
YA writer and Class creator Patrick Ness, says: “At last, we can tell you a little more about Class! Though there are still many, many secrets to come. Many. Like, a lot. But of COURSE, the Doctor is in episode one! That’s how these things are done. Truly, though, I can’t wait for everyone to see the show; we’ve worked so hard and I’m so proud of it. Soon, soon…”
Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three, says: “We know lots of BBC Three fans are Doctor Who fans so Class on BBC Three is a perfect fit. It’s nice to be back as part of the Doctor Who family.”
From Writer Patrick Ness, Director Ed Bazalgette (Poldark, Doctor Who), Producer Derek Ritchie, and Executive Producers Patrick Ness, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, the BBC Studios Wales production, co-produced with BBC America and BBC Worldwide.
To watch the Class cast YouTube and Facebook streamed Q&A again, please visit the Class website bbc.co.uk/class.
For more on Class, check out these links from the BBC.
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