As suspected Doctor Who spinoff series Class has been cancelled. In June we reported that Patrick Ness would not be writing any further episodes. Yesterday reports circulated quoting BBC Three controller Damian Kavanagh on the subject. His admission that Class is “not going to come back” effectively confirms the show’s cancellation.
Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event Damian Kavanagh is quoted as saying;
“No, [we’re not bringing it back]. There was nothing wrong with it – I thought Patrick did a great job, he explored an amazing world.”
“In honesty, it just didn’t really land for us on BBC Three. Things sometimes don’t, and I’ve got to make decisions about what we’re going to do from a drama point of view.”
“There’s always times when you do something and you have to decide that it’s not going to come back. Class is just one of those things.”
When BlogtorWho spoke to Patrick Ness at a screening he confirmed that he did have a second series planned in his mind. This proposed second series will now not see the light of day. Once again Ness took to Twitter to comment on the news of cancellation;
Debuting on BBC Three, available only through the BBC iPlayer, Class received a generally positive critical reception. When the series reached BBC One it was not only given a difficult 10.45pm timeslot on Monday nights. It was also transmitted in double bills. This meant that the second episode of the pair began at 11.30pm. Unsurprisingly ratings were not good and actually below the average for the timeslot. Despite a cameo by Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi in the opening episode, which resulted in the highest viewing figures of the series, the series failed to find an audience. Intended largely for a Young Adult audience, it failed to trouble the iPlayer charts. Sadly Class will now be stranded on only eight televised episodes and three novels. News of cancellation also comes as a blow to BBC Wales in Cardiff who produced the series.
BlogtorWho would like to congratulate Patrick Ness, cast and crew for their work on Class.
Source: DigitalSpy and others.