BBC Books has confirmed today that they will publish three brand new novels to tie in with BBC Three’s new Doctor Who spin-off ‘Class’, created by and written by award-winning and bestselling YA author Patrick Ness.
The three stories Joyride by Guy Adams, The Stone House by A.K. Benedict and What She Does Next Will Astound You by James Goss will follow Ness’ vision for the series and provide a thrilling extension of this new fictional universe.
BBC Books Senior Editorial Director Albert DePetrillo says, “Patrick Ness is simply one of the finest writers working today – in any genre – and his new television series has all the hallmarks of his dazzling fiction. Class is a hugely exciting new brand for the BBC list, and we’re delighted to be working with Patrick and the production team at BBC Wales on these official tie-ins.”
The three Class novels will be published on the 27th October 2016
‘Class’ is set in the fictional Coal Hill School, London where incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space. With darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction (Buffy, Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen it before.
Coal Hill School, which has long been a fixture in the world of Doctor Who, made its first appearance in the very first episode of the Doctor Who. Susan, the First Doctor’s granddaughter, was a student at Coal Hill back in 1963. Coal Hill reappeared in modern times when Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) began her teaching career. Her maths teacher boyfriend Danny Pink, also worked there. The school is also featured in several episodes with Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor including Series 9 season opener, The Magician’s Apprentice.
The series, announced in October 2015 was filmed at Cardiff University.
Cast & Crew
Protecting us from the hidden dangers of time and space are Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah. Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly is the Class’ teacher.
The series is written by award winning young adult writer Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls). It is executive produced by current Doctor Who show runner Steven Moffatt, Patrick Ness and Brian Minchin. Derek Ritchie is the shows producer and Ed Bazalgette (Poldark, Doctor Who) directs. Class is a BBC Cymru Wales production, co-produced with BBC America and BBC Worldwide.
The Doctor Who spin-off will broadcast on BBC Three sometime in October.
The books are available to pre-order now from Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions.