BBC America Sets ‘Doctor Who’ Spinoff ‘Class’ for 2016

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Doctor Who” spinoff series “Class” will air stateside in 2016 on BBC America, it was announced Friday at Television Critics Association in Pasadena, Calif.

The eight-part series is from young-adult author Patrick Ness, who is known for writing the “A Monster Calls” books. The series is exec produced by “Doctor Who’s” Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin and is a co-production between BBC America and BBC Cymru Wales. It is filmed in Cardiff in the U.K.

“I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself,” said Ness. “I can’t wait for people to meet the heroes of ‘Class,’ to meet the 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 exams,” he joked.

“Class” was already set to air on BBC Three in the U.K.

BBC America also announced that it will air thriller “Prey” at 10 p.m. on Feb. 25.

Produced by Red Production Company, the BAFTA-nominated drama airs as two three-part stories and is created and written by TV newcomer Chris Lunt.

The first half is directed by Nick Murphy and stars John Simm as Detective Constable Marcus Farrow, a man on the run, who will do things he never thought possible to clear his name for the sake of his family. The second half is helmed by Lewis Arnold and stars Philip Glenister whose life spirals out of control when he receives an unexpected phone call threatening the life of his pregnant daughter. Rosie Cavaliero plays Detective Sergeant Susan Reinhardt, a recurring character tasked with catching both.

“Prey” is produced by Tom Sherry with Red Production company founder Nicola Shindler as executive producer.

“With each of these shows we aim to cut through the noise and provide the innovation and originality our fans have come to love and celebrate,” said Sarah Barnett, president of BBC America. “We’re excited about a fresh twist on the Doctor Who universe [and] an unconventional take on the crime drama that keeps you guessing at every turn.”

Other BBC America news out of TCA includes an announcement that it has given a series order to Max Landis’ adaptation of Douglas Adams’ novel series “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” and that it will air “Adele: Live in London” on Valentine’s Day.

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  1. liesl1963 says:

    This spinoff is fun news. I have always felt that there is a story at Coal Hill that could be fun to tell.

    What I don’t want is a truncated Season 10 of Doctor Who. It seems that there is a ratings-based shakeup that will shorten the season. Ratings cannot always go up up up. It’s not possible. Cannibalizing the Doctor to improve ratings won’t work in the end.

    While Season 8 was very solid, Season 9 was SUPERB. Not one lame implausible kindergarten naptime plot carried on the shoulders of skilled guest actors. And my 10 year old has noticed that under his eyebrows, Capaldi can act circles around his predecessor and she is enthralled, soaking up craft.

    There is so much depth and texture and richness to Capaldi’s Doctor. It’s like eating chocolate that never makes you ill. Above and below the line, these folks can be proud of every single second they’ve produced. Seasons 8 and 9 – and hopefully 10 – will stand up to posterity despite the machinations of the BBC.

    So go ahead and show us what’s going on at Coal Hill School In Shoreditch, where Ian Chesterton is on the board of governors. Just don’t mess with my Doctor. He is fine the way he is.

  2. Joe Sycamore says:

    So we are going to get a Dr. Who rip-off, sorry spin-off starring The Master as a detective. Confused? You will be. One thing’s for certain if it goes the same way as Torchwood and Dr. Who expect lots of incomprehensibly disjointed stories with the pc factor ramped into overdrive. I can’t wait

  3. As long as Stephen Moffat isn’t involved I’m ok with it.

  4. Allen Saenz says:

    Bring back Christopher Eccleston in some capacity and i’m in.

  5. Louise says:

    I can’t see this being good or great…doctor who is English so why even do this.
    All I can say is
    Nooooooooo

    • Julia says:

      If you had read the article properly you’d have seen that it’s a BBC America and BBC Cymru Wales collaboration and will be filmed in Cardiff, just like Doctor Who is.

  6. Popsiclez says:

    As long as Steven Moffat dosen’t actually do anything and stays as far away as possible then I’m im.

    • So sorry to tell you this, but Steven Moffat is executive producer on this; and we all know that he will mess it up just as he has Doctor Who!! John Simm will be the saving grace of this show, I’m definitely going to watch it because I like him a lot, and; I’m a loyal Whovian who loved Simm as the master with my favorite Doctor David Tennant!!!!

  7. sci-fi fan 5926 says:

    I like all the Doctor Who episodes so I will give “Class” a try when it airs on BBC America.

  8. Sam L says:

    The episodes with that Coal Hill mob were the worst in the Capaldi-Coleman era, it astounds me it would get a spinoff. The children’s acting was so horrible it made you cringe, and the writers had no idea how to do kids dialogue – all smarmy, flip, precocious, etc. The good news is that if they exile the school to its own show it won’t appear on Doc Who anymore.

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