If anyone were to ask you how to describe Doctor Who, probably the last thing that would come to mind would be The Hunger Games or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Oddly enough, that’s exactly the basis for Doctor Who‘s latest spin-off show.
BBC Three has just announced that they have been developing a new Doctor Who spinoff series titled Class, developed by YA author Patrick Ness.
Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen them before.
“No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness,” says Doctor Who showrunner Stephen Moffat, “and now we’re bringing his brilliant story-telling into ‘Doctor Who’. This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”
“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the ‘Doctor Who’ universe,” says Ness, “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.”
In addition to its roots in Doctor Who‘s origins, the Coal Hill School has been visited throughout the series’ 50+ year run. Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald is currently a teacher there and the school has been seen as the background for a few episodes of the Peter Capaldi Doctor Who era.
BBC might be treading on CW territory with this concept, but the young adult genre is a huge market place and seems the natural progression for the Doctor Who brand.
I dunno, students and staff battling aliens and oddities atop dealing with British teenage angst… it could be good. It worked for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, why not Doctor Who?
The eight forty-five minute episodes of the Doctor Who spinoff will film in and around Wales from Spring, 2016 and air sometime later that year.