The upcoming Doctor Who spin-off, Class, has announced that Patrick Ness will be joining the show as an Executive Producer. For those who are unaware, Ness is a young adult fiction author, whose work includes The Rest Of Us Just Live Here and A Monster Calls. As well as this, he also adapted the latter into a film which is scheduled to be released in 2016.
During a recent interview with EW, Ness was relatively tightlipped about the show. However, he did discuss some his general ideas for it. He stated that: “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”.
As for the world of the show, Ness said: “I want to have new things that maybe we haven’t seen before. That’s my goal… 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.”
I will freely admit that I am not really a fan of young adult fiction, but his is worth paying attention to. This is the first Doctor Who spinoff in a long time and the first new IP in a long time. Here’s hoping that Class can live up to expectations.