The BBC has revealed the first picture from Class, Patrick Ness’ new young-adult Doctor Who spinoff series.
It will be set in Coal Hill School, a place connected to The Doctor and several of his companion: Clara, Susan, Barbara, and Ian.
According to io9 the image features new characters “Miss Quill, played by Katherine Kelly, a teacher described as a “powerful new presence at Coal Hill School,” and the alien gun owner is April [oh April twice in one story!], played by Sophie Hopkins.”
Showrunner Patrick Ness told Empire what to expect from the new series: “Coal Hill has existed in Doctor Who since literally episode one. The Doctor’s granddaughter went there. So we thought, ‘All that time activity at the school, has that caused any problems?’ Well, what do you know, it has!
“Adults watch [Buffy], because it’s a great show, but the POV and the agency are all teenage, and that’s what we want to do with Class. It needs to be from the point of view of the sixth-formers—but that doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a ‘young show’.
“We’re not telling stories of the ‘chosen ones’. It’s happenstance that puts these people [at the centre of things]. What if your timing is just weird and things happen to you? How do you deal with it? I’m interested in real consequences. The Doctor is always exciting, but he never stays. He goes off on the next adventure. What happens to real people?”
Are you excited for Class?