Doctor Who Schoolkids Spin-Off 'Class' Sounds Like 'Dangerous Minds' With Aliens

By Gerald Lynch on at

While the core Doctor Who show is going through a bit of a rough patch, ratings-wise, the BBC has made sure all its eggs aren't in one Tardis by announcing a new spin-off show. Class will be aimed at young adult viewers, and is set to be penned by acclaimed children's author Patrick Ness.

The new show will be broadcast on BBC Three, and focuses on the students of Coal Hill School, where Doctor Who companions Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Clara Oswald have each worked. The kids will battle intergalactic monsters, and probably have a moan about maths homework, too.

"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," said Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. "This is growing up in modern Britain - but with monsters!"

"I'm astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself," Ness himself added. "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."

Set to air next year, there's no word on casting yet. Even Jenna Coleman, whose character Clara is a regular at the school, is due to be leaving the core show soon, and would be unlikely to move on to Class as a result. As for Ness, author of the massively popular Chaos Walking young adult books, he's dipped his toes into the world of Doctor Who fiction before, writing the Tip of the Tongue tie-in book. It is, however, the first time he's been the scribe behind a whole TV series.