The BBC announced today that they would be releasing their first spinoff to Doctor Who since the end of Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Dubbed “Class,” the show is being created by YA Author Patrick Ness, a Carnegie Award winner who’s written books like The Rest of Us Just Live Here and A Monster Calls. Keeping to its author’s YA roots, the show will follow teenagers growing up in London, with a dash of Doctor Who mystery and monsters to keep things interesting.
Steven Moffat says, “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!”
On his first television series, writer Patrick Ness says, “I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself. 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.”
Here’s my quick thing: This sounds like a show that could’ve been made without the Doctor Who label to propel it along. Did the BBC decide they had a big show on their hands, and made it a spinoff to get eyeballs on it? Is it a quick cash in? Or does this actually fit into the mythos in an interesting way? We’ll find out when the show premieres on BBC Three, and shortly, we’d imagine, on BBC America, in 2016.