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Class: Doctor Who YA spin-off series announced by BBC Three

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Adrian Rogers, ©BBC/BBC Worldwide 2014

Hold on to your fez. A new Doctor Who spin-off series is in the works at BBC Three, the network announced Thursday.

The spin-off, titled Class, is a YA series set in contemporary London and featuring the Coal Hill School, a key location in the longrunning sci-fi adventure series.

“With all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction (Buffy, Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen it before,” according to a BBC press release.

Class will be executive produced by acclaimed author Patrick Ness, who penned A Monster Calls, which is being adapted for the big screen, and the YA series Chaos Walking.

No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant storytelling into Doctor Who,” said Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer for Doctor Who, in the press statement. “This is growing up in modern Britain — but with monsters!”

The new 45-minute drama, executive-produced by Ness, Moffat and Brian Minchin, marks Ness’ television debut.

“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself,” Ness said in the press statement. “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.”

Class will film in and near Wales beginning spring 2016 before airing next year.

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