Doctor Who spin-off coming to BBC Three

The BBC has announced a new Doctor Who spin-off series called Class to be premiered on BBC Three next year. Aimed at young adult fans, the series will be written by acclaimed author Patrick Ness, well known for his work in the genre.

Set in the fictional Coal Hill school in contemporary London,this new show promises to include the "action, heart andadrenaline" of popular sci-fi and young adult fiction like TheHunger Games. In Class, danger is emerging from the walls of spaceand time, and darkness is approaching unprotected London.

This will be a new experience for Ness, who has not written a TVseries before.

Executive producer Steven Moffat said: "No one has documentedthe 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!"

BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh added: "We're excited togive Patrick Ness this opportunity to work with us at BBC Three andthe Doctor Who family.

"Patrick understands young audiences and I'm delighted he willuse his incredible skills as a storyteller to delight audiences onBBC Three. BBC Three will always innovate and offer opportunitiesfor brilliant new talent."

The show could be one of the first major series to debut on theBBC Three online-only platform if the Beeb's plans to scrap thefree-to-air channel are approved.

Filming of the eight-part series will begin in Wales duringspring 2016, and will air later in the year.

Source: BBC

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