A spinoff of the wildly popular sci-fi series “Doctor Who” is in the works at the BBC. Deadline.com reports that the new project, “Class,” is aimed at young adults.
“Written by acclaimed YA author Patrick Ness, the series is set in contemporary London,” the story reports. “Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. Much of the action will be set around Coal Hill School.”
“Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat is quoted saying: “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.’ This is growing up in modern Britain — but with monsters!”
This will be the first TV project for Ness. “I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the ‘Doctor Who’ universe, which is as vast as time and space itself,” the author said. “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.”
Moffat, Ness and Minchin, who is an executive producer on “Doctor Who,” are exec producing the new show, which is due to bow sometime in 2016.