There are now happy Whovians on both sides of the pond. Today, BBC America announced it will air the Doctor Who spin-off series, Class. Deadline reported the story from today’s session at the TCA winter press tour. Back in October, we reported that Class would air in UK, on BBC Three.
Author Patrick Ness is penning the series, and will executive produce with Steven Moffatt and Brian Minchin. Author of nine books, Ness has also written the screenplay adaptation of his novel, A Monster Calls, starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, and Felicity Jones, coming this year.
A two time Carnegie Medal winner, the US born Ness lives in London. Author John Green describes him as “an insanely beautiful writer.”
Don’t blink, or you’ll miss this trailer for Class, from PsychicStudios UK:
In case you did blink, the seconds-long trailer starts with a shot of the bottom of a fence, then pans up to sign, obscured by sunbeams, reading: “COAL HILL SECONDARY SCHOOL SHOREDITCH.” Below, in smaller letters are: “Chairman of the Governors: I Chesterton. Headmaster: W. Coburn.”
Get more information from the October press release, announcing BBC Three will broadcast the Class TV show in UK:
BBC Three announces Doctor Who spin-off, Class
Date: 01.10.2015 Last updated: 01.10.2015 at 23.00
Category: BBC Three; Drama
BBC Three today announces Class – a new 8×45 Doctor Who spin-off from the acclaimed young adult author Patrick Ness.
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, Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen it before.
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 storytelling 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.”
Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, adds: “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 is executive produced by Steven Moffatt, Patrick Ness and Brian Minchin. It was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, and Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning.
An 8×45 minute series is produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with BBC Worldwide for BBC Three.
The series will film in and around Wales from spring 2016 and be on air next year.
What do you think? Do you like the sound of the Class TV show? Do you plan to check it out?