A Doctor Who Young-Adult Spin-Off Series is Coming

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The BBC has announced an upcoming Doctor Who spin-off series called Class, which is expected to air next spring. The series will have a Young-Adult twist, and the series will be written by the award-winning YA author Patrick Ness. He's written popular YA books like Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls, and Class will be the first TV series that he's writing.

"I'm astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself," said Ness, who was won two Carnegie awards. "I can't wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet 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."

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The new eight-part series is set in contemporary London at the fictional Coal Hill school, the scene of the very first episode of Doctor Who broadcast in 1963. The world of Class is described as one where "incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space. With darkness coming, London is unprotected."

"This is growing up in Britain, but with monsters," said Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. "No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we are bringing his brilliant story telling into Doctor Who."

Class is described as having the "action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA [such as] Buffy the Vampire Slayer [and] Hunger Games".

Source: The Verge