Just last week, news hit that a Doctor Who spinoff was in the works over at BBC Three. Titled Class, the YA series will be set in Coal Hill School, where Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) currently teaches. The eight 45-minute episodes will be filmed in the spring of 2016 in order to premiere later the same year.
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and producer Brian Minchin will be joined in this new endeavor by Young Adult novelist Patrick Ness, whose YA novel The Rest of Us Just Live Here has just hit bookstore shelves. Ness also adapted his own novel, A Monster Calls, for the big screen. Starring Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones, it will open in movie theaters on Oct. 14, 2016.
So, as I said above, the plan is for Class to air in the fall of 2016, but since it’s still pretty much a year away, Ness has kept mostly mum about the whole thing. Talking to EW, he did confirm the series would take place in Coal Hill School but that it WILL NOT involve Clara. Ness didn’t give any specifics, but he did say he was excited to bring his YA street cred to the project.
“The idea is to take everything that I love about YA, which is the great breadth of it and the great depth of it and its fearlessness about the emotional stuff and its fearlessness about emotional truth, and the way that it takes teenage characters seriously as complex human beings, and just put that on television in the Doctor Who universe, and that sounded very, very exciting to me,” he says.
Ness said that his Twitter account has been bombarded with requests to bring various things from Doctor Who back. But the writer wants to put his own specific spin to Class, while confirming a certain monster won’t put in an appearance on the show.
“I want to show the world new stuff,” he says. “I want to have new things that maybe we haven’t seen before. That’s my goal. That’s what I’m aiming for — shock you with something new. Something like the Weeping Angels, which I think are great, are brand new. Steven Moffat invented them a couple seasons ago. There’s not going to be any weeping angels on Class, but I’m just saying that they’re something new to the Doctor Who universe that are just awesome, and I would like to do that.”
What do you think? Are you excited to learn that Patrick Ness wants to bring "new stuff" to the Doctor Who spinoff? What would you like to see on Class?