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BBC Three has announced that a Doctor Who spinoff from author Patrick Ness is in development.
Titled Class, the series will be geared toward young adults, with a tone that is being compared to that of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Hunger Games. The eight episode series will take place at the Coal Hill School (a location seen in the very first episode of Doctor Who) and will feature “dangers [that] are breaking through the walls of time and space.” The series is being executive produced by Ness and Doctor Who EP’s Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin.
“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself,” said Ness. “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.”
Ness is best known for his young adult novels, including the Chaos Walking series, More Than This, and A Monster Calls (which he also adapted for film).
Both Doctor Who spinoff series, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, ended in 2011. Class is set to air next year.
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