Exciting details about the new Doctor Who spinoff, Class, have now been released!
Described as being akin to Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the Whoniverse, this spinoff series has just begun filming, and is set to be released later this year on BBC Three, with another broadcast on BBC One shortly afterwards. It’s an eight part series, written by esteemed YA author Patrick Ness, and will also feature a guest appearance by Peter Capaldi.
Today we’ve had our first official news about the project since it’s first announcement, including some teasing details from Patrick Ness, as well as information about the cast themselves.
The following tweets from Ness give us some hints about the general premise - it seems that the Doctor will be bringing the last survivors of an alien civilisation to hide at Coal Hill. (Old habits are so hard to break, after all!)
The cast of Class has also been revealed; the show will centre around four Sixth Form students, as well as one mysterious new presence.
Greg Austin (Mr Selfridge), Fady Elsayed (My Brother the Devil), Vivian Oparah (Class will be her first TV role, I believe, but she’s got experience in theatre), and Sophie Hopkins (Dark Matter) will each be playing the Sixth Form characters. We don’t know a huge amount about them, but one of them is called Charlie, apparently.
Katherine Kelly (The Night Manager) will be playing the mysterious new presence, described by Patrick Ness as being “powerful, dangerous, lethal…”
You can see them all together here, in this clever 360′ introductory video; they’re also pictured below.
From left to right, that’s Vivien Oparah, Greg Austin, Sophie Hopkins, Fady Elsayed, and finally Katherine Kelly.
I’ve got to say, I’m extremely excited about this new spinoff show. I love Doctor Who, and I’m never going to say no to more of it; even then, though, this sounds to me to be a very exciting pitch. Patrick Ness does Doctor Who’s version of Buffy, with a brand new cast of skilled, up and coming actors? That speaks of so much potential, and you’d be a fool not to look forward to it!
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