BBC Announces New Doctor Who Spinoff

The BBC has announced production of a new Doctor Who spin off series has been commissioned for BBC Three for release in 2016, (by which time BBC Three is likely to be an online only channel).

Class is a new 8 part series from acclaimed author, Patrick Ness. The series will be set in contemporary London and will feature Coal Hill School, first seen in Doctor Who’s very first episode in 1963.

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.

Class will the the third full Spin off Series from Doctor Who, commissioned by the BBC. It follows Torchwood, which launched in 2006 and The Sarah Jane Adventures which launched on 2007

Steven Moffat, who will be executive producer on the series, 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.”

Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three adds, “We’re excited to give Patrick Ness this opportunity to work with us at BBC Three and the Doctor Who family. Patrick understands young audiences and I’m delighted he will use his incredible skills as a storyteller to delight audiences on BBC Three. BBC Three will always innovate and offer opportunities for brilliant new talent.”

Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, adds, “I am thrilled that Patrick Ness is writing his first drama series for BBC Three. The combination of Patrick and Steven Moffat, is an exciting partnership that has created a brilliant Doctor Who spin off for our BBC Three audience.”

Class is executive produced by Steven Moffatt, Patrick Ness and Brian Minchin. The 8 x 45 minute series will film in and around Wales from Spring, 2016 and be released next year.

Update on Issue 28

A quick update to our readers to let them know that work has begun on the next issue of Whotopia. We’ve got a good lineup of material for our first new issue which we’re currently in the editing stage. Once we’ve completed editing, we’ll begin work on laying out the new issue. No definite release date at this point in time but we can confirm that Issue 28 will definitely be released sometime after September 2015.

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Doctor Who Returns Saturday September 19th

BBC One has confirmed Doctor Who will be back on UK screens on Saturday 19th Sepetember

The news was announced via the channel’s twitter feed, along with the release of the first trailer for the upcoming series. BBC America has confirmed that Series 9, the 35th Season of Doctor Who, will also premiere in the United States on the same day.  Canadian broadcaster Space has not confirmed as of yet when it will begin airing the new season.