Saturday 17 March 2018

Dr Who gets Young Adult spin-off 'Class' as ratings fall on main show

Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman return in the new series
Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman return in the new series
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Doctor Who is getting a young adult spin-off titled 'Class' which will air on BBC Three.

Young Adult author Patrick Ness has signed up to pen the new sci-fi series which will be set in modern day London with "incredible dangers breaking through the walls of time and space" threatening the city.

Class will revolve around Coal Hill School which has featured in the series since 1963.

"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," said Doctor Who head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, the man behind the revival of the original series.

"This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters."

The eight episode series will air next year.  The news comes just as Doctor Who's ratings have taken a tumble. Just 4.6m tuned in live to watch the new series premiere.

Figures may well increase substantially, however, as iPlayer and phone and tablet viewing are taken into account.

Of the new show 'Class'l author Ness said he was "astounded and thrilled" to be on board.

"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."

He added, "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."

The award-winning author has also recently written the screenplay for A Monster Calls, a film starring Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver scheduled for release next year.

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