A new trailer has been posted online for the upcoming Dr Who spin-off ‘Class’. The series has been created by Patrick Ness and produced by long time Dr Who writers Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin. The show is set for an initial run of eight episodes and will premier on October 22. The trailer was originally screened at New York’s Comic Con.
‘Class’ will be set in the fictional school of ‘Coal Hill Academy’ in Shoreditch, Central London. The school has previously featured in a number of Dr Who episodes including the very first episode ‘An Unearthly Child’ in 1963. It has also featured in the 1988 episode ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’ and the 50th anniversary episode ‘The Day of the Doctor’.
The series will centre around a group of teenagers and their struggle to make it in the hectic world of high school, especially with the occasional threat of an interstellar time travelling monster. The show will star ‘Coronation Street’ actress Katherine Kelly, and young actors Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah. The show will also star actor Nigel Betts who had a recurring role as Mr Armitage during the eighth series of Dr Who.
Creator Patrick Ness has previously stated that hit US teen horror show ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ was one of the key inspirations behind the new series, he explained: “Adults watch that, because it’s a great show, but the POV and the agency are all teenage, and that’s what we want to do with Class. It needs to be from the point of view of the sixth-formers – but that doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a ‘young show’,”
In other Dr Who news, Peter Capaldi has recently confirmed that the new season will not be airing until April 2017. The actor is however, hotly tipped to make a cameo appearance in ‘Class’.