Hold on to your sonic screwdrivers! BBC has announced that a Doctor Who spinoff, geared towards young adults, is headed our way.
Class will be written by acclaimed young adult author Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking trilogy, A Monster Calls) and set in contemporary London. Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. Fans should be prepared to see Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen it before…with all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction (Buffy, Hunger Games).
Doctor Who executive producer and showrunner Steven Moffat will serve as EP for the new series. “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,” said Moffatt in a statement. “This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”
Ness, whose novel A Monster Calls has been filmed for release in 2016 and stars Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, will also serve as one of the show’s executive producers, along with Moffatt and Brian Minchin.
“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself,” says Ness. “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.”
The series will film in and around Wales beginning spring 2016 and is scheduled to air at some point next year.
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