BBC Three today announces Class - a new 8-part, 45 minute 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 8x45 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.
Since the announcement broke, Patrick Ness has confirmed that the show will also be broadcast on BBC One:
Fan reaction appears to be generally positive, but some fans have taken to Twitter sharing their dissatisfaction at the premise. Fans took particular umbrage in the way the BBC teased the announcement before 11pm last night.
Wait until the show airs - as Doctor Who fans, there was a time we would have grabbed anything available with both hands. Let's show Class the support it deserves and come together as fans instead of fragmenting over something we have very little information about.
For the BBC to have invested in the spin-off, shows immense trust and commitment to the brand, in a time when cuts and cancellations are at the forefront of news. It also shows trust and commitment to the spin-off itself, so, to bookend our 'verdict', lets wait until the show airs.
[Source: BBC Press Office]