A new spinoff of the extremely popular Doctor Who TV series is in the works. The show, which will feature 45-minute long episodes and air on BBC Three, is titled Class and will be set in a school located in contemporary London.
According to the description, the premise involves “incredible dangers that are breaking through the walls of time and space.” The teaser entices Who’s enthusiastic fans by promising the spin-off will reveal a never before seen side of the doctor and of Coal Hill School.
Writing and executive producing Class is bestselling YA author Patrick Ness, who is known for the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls, the latter of which is currently being adapted for a movie starring Liam Neeson.
This project will serve as Ness’s television screenwriting debut. The author used the words “astounded and thrilled” to describe his feelings on becoming a part of this universe, going on to say, “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.”
Co-executive producing the program are longtime Dr. Who executive producer Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin.
The Hollywood Reporter quoted Moffat’s praise of Ness in a statement: “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!”
Like much of the main series, Class will be shot in and around Wales. Filming is scheduled to begin this coming spring, and the show is expected to premiere in 2016.