For Doctor Who fans who are still a little disappointed that the sci-fi series won’t be returning until 2017, this news should be pretty exciting. The cast for Class, the upcoming Doctor Who spin-off, has officially been announced, as the new series (which debuts later this year) begins filming this week.
So who will be starring in Class? As the BBC press release revealed, the show will feature several new, young actors, such as Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins, and Vivian Oparah. Additionally, Katherine Kelly (The Night Manager, Happy Valley) will also be a part of the Class cast, playing the role of “a teacher and powerful new presence at Coal Hill School.”
“We searched far and wide for this amazing cast, fantastic actors who understand what we’re aiming for with this show,” said Class creator Patrick Ness in a statement. “And how lucky we are to get Katherine Kelly! She’s been stunning in Happy Valley, The Night Manager, and Mr Selfridge, just wait until you see her here.”
“There’s nothing more exciting than meeting stars that nobody’s heard of yet,” added Class and Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat. “We had the read through of the first few episodes last week, and there was a whole row of them. Coal Hill School has been part of Doctor Who since the very first shoot in 1963, but this new show is anything but history. Class is dark and sexy and right now. I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy – it’s taken the brilliant Patrick Ness to figure out how to make it happen.”
Class is described as a young adult series set in contemporary London and is being billed as a show that’s “scary, funny, and as painful and sharp as youth.” Plus, it will also “shine a light on a whole new corner of the Whoniverse.” Class will debut on BBC America later this year.
Check out BBC’s official description for Class below:
Like all sixth formers, these four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires. They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence.
Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who Universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. All the time-travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow.
Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves, Class is coming.
[Photo via BBC]