BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who spin-off series Class
I’m just joking Dr. Who doesn’t have any kids yet (that I know of) but we are getting a new spinoff called ‘Class’. They don’t get their own Blue (Police) Box but instead our at Coal Hill School navigating teen angst and the end of the world! The cast will include
Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah and Katherine Kelly will be the teacher in charge of the kids and maybe the school? I’m curious as a cat and am excited about this new series. I’d always hoped for more Time Lords … or maybe Time Ladies but it’s always exciting to see new adventures in the universe. We don’t have all the details but we do know that the four students will be dealing with major issues as they hide out from enemies as well as dealing with being on a new planet and of course homework (eek), friends, parents and hormones! The Coal Hill School has been part of the Doctor Who universe since time immortal but it’s not the safe haven your high school may have been. This school is smack dab in the middle of trouble with a capital ‘T’ from all the time travel the walls have become thin and a bit malleable so the big bad wolf is scratching at the door trying to blow this school house down. The shadow is hell bent on killing everyone and everything and all that’s standing between total annihilation our four kids and their teacher! I hope they are up to the challenge of fighting the Shadow alone .. or will we get a few visits from a special guy with a sonic screwdriver! I’m excited that the YA series will take place in contemporary London and is supposed to be a bit scary and funny. It’s a peak into the Whoniverse that none of us have seen and should be quite the ride since it sounds as if it’s going to appeal to be geared towards teen and adult fans so it won’t be for small kids like the Sarah Jane Adventures (which I did enjoy). I have my fingers crossed that we might get a K-9 to help out with the adventures!
Patrick Ness the award-winning YA writer is helming the new series ‘Class’ and said “We searched far and wide for this amazing cast, fantastic actors who understand what we’re aiming for with this show. And how lucky we are to get Katherine Kelly! She’s been stunning in Happy Valley, The Night Manager and Mr Selfridge, just wait until you see her here.”
Steven Moffat, Class and Doctor Who executive producer, says: “There’s nothing more exciting than meeting stars that nobody’s heard of yet. We had the read through of the first few episodes last week, and there was a whole row of them. Coal Hill School has been part of Doctor Who since the very first shoot in 1963, but this new show is anything but history. Class is dark and sexy and right now. I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy – it’s taken the brilliant Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen.”
From Writer Patrick Ness, Director Ed Bazalgette (Poldark, Doctor Who), Producer Derek Ritchie, and Executive Producers Patrick Ness, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, the BBC Cymru Wales production, co-produced with BBC AMERICA and BBC Worldwide, starts filming today. The series will air on BBC Three in the UK.
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