The BBC has confirmed that the new Doctor Who spin off, Class
, written by Patrick Ness
, will launch its first two episodes on BBC Three
on Saturday 22 October
The first episode of the young adult series will feature the current Doctor Peter Capaldi
An exclusive World premiere of the first episode will take place at Rich Mix
, in London's East End, on Thursday 20 October
, the home of Coal Hill Academy, Shoreditch, with doors opening at 6pm. Limited tickets will be available via the BBC Shows and Tours
The first two episodes from the series, For Tonight We Might Die
and The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo
, will be available on the BBC Three channel from Saturday 22nd, which also marks the 10th anniversary of the first episode of Torchwood.
Commenting on his involvement with the new Doctor Who spin-off series, Peter Capaldi, said
The Doctor Who family is growing, and it’s fantastic to be able to welcome the young new cast of Class in to the Whoniverse.
The new series is set in Coal Hill Acadamy, first seen in the very first episode of Doctor Who, screened in November 1963.
It’s a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them. And this incursion is only the beginning.
Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Ram (Fady Elsayed) and Tanya (Vivian Oparah), assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly), are charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) to guard against the creatures of nightmare that want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.
The series is created by Patrick Ness
and includes intriguing and complex characters that have to navigate their way through more than just teenage hormones, exams and detention. Joining as series regulars are Jordan Renzo
(Chosen, Troubled), Pooky Quesnel
(The A Word, Accused), Nigel Betts
(Boy Meets Girl, Doctor Who). The first two episodes also feature Ben Peel
(The Fall, Vampire Academy), Anna Shaffer
(Harry Potter, Hollyoaks), Paul Marc Davies
(Doctor Who, Torchwood), and Shannon Murray
(The Totally Senseless Gameshow).
Class creator Patrick Ness
At last, we can tell you a little more about Class! Though there are still many, many secrets to come. Many. Like, a lot. But of COURSE, the Doctor is in episode one! That’s how these things are done. Truly, though, I can't wait for everyone to see the show; we've worked so hard and I'm so proud of it. Soon, soon... Damian Kavanagh
, Controller, BBC Three, added
We know lots of BBC Three fans are Doctor Who fans so Class on BBC Three is a perfect fit. It’s nice to be back as part of the Doctor Who family.