The BBC has announced a new Doctor Who spinoff with Class, which looks to be aimed at younger viewers as it's about a group of school kids attending Coal Hill School, which has shared a history with the Doctor for some time as companion Clara Oswald recently taught there.
Class is being written by Patrick Ness and is described as: 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 the Vampire Slayer, The Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen them before.
“No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we're bringing his brilliant story-telling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain - but with monsters!” Steven Moffat told the BBC.
Writer Patrick Ness added: "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."
Class is being developed for BBC Three consisting of eight 45 minute episodes; the series is executive produced by Steven Moffatt, Patrick Ness and Brian Minchin.
The series will film in and around Wales from Spring, 2016 and be on air next year.