The wait is nearly over! This Saturday, Doctor Who returns to our screens… well, as close as we’re going to get for now, anyway. Class is finally in session!

With Series 10 still not due until Spring 2017, we’ve got a little something different to tide us over for the year-long hiatus. Enter Patrick Ness’ new spin-off Class, a brand new eight-part series taking place at Coal Hill Academy. With a young adult target audience and an unknown team of heroes, this is something very unique for the Whoniverse. Even just from the first episode alone, it’s clear that Class is going to be something both familiar and fresh.

Class - Ep1 (No. 1) - Picture Shows: Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Simon Ridgeway
Class – Ep1 (No. 1) – Picture Shows: Charlie (GREG AUSTIN) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Simon Ridgeway

There’s an awful lot of questions going into this series, but don’t worry: answers unravel fairly quickly. Just who are each of our four main protagonists? How do they get involved with the rifts in space and time? Where does the enigmatic Miss Quill fit into all of this? And what’s causing all the science-fiction hubbub at Coal Hill in the first place…?

The show debuts with a strong and intriguing adventure that’s big on action and bold on themes. There’s a lot to take in, but it’s all setting up for even more excitement ahead. Expect plenty of twists, shocks, and surprises – including a not-so-secret appearance from the Twelfth Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi. It’s a brief but important cameo, helping to cement Class’ position in the greater Doctor Who universe as well as set up the premise going forward. There might even be one or two nods to the past as well.

Class - Ep1 (No. 1) - Picture Shows: Ram (FADY ELSAYED) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Simon Ridgeway
Class – Ep1 (No. 1) – Picture Shows: Ram (FADY ELSAYED) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Simon Ridgeway

That’s all we can really say for now. Our advice: tune in at the weekend and prepare yourself for a deeper, darker take on Doctor Who…

Episodes 1 and 2, For Tonight We Might Die and The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo will be available on BBC Three from 10am on Saturday 22nd October. Class is written by Patrick Ness and directed by Ed Bazalgette.


It’s a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack from the monstrous Shadow Kin, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them.

Charlie, April, Ram and Tanya, assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill, are now charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as ‘The Doctor’: to guard against the creatures of nightmare, who want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.

And this incursion is only the beginning…

  • Greg Austin – Charlie
  • Fady Elsayed – Ram
  • Sophie Hopkins – April
  • Vivian Oparah – Tanya
  • Katherine Kelly – Miss Quill
  • Peter Capaldi – The Doctor
  • Jordan Renzo – Matteusz
  • Nigel Betts – Mr. Armitage
  • Aaron Neil – Varun
  • Paul Marc Davis – Corakinus
  • Anna Shaffer – Rachel
  • Ben Peel – Coach Dawson
  • Shannon Murray – Jackie
  • Natasha Gordon – Vivian
  • Poojah Shah – Miss Shah
  • Alex Leak – Kevin
  • Laura June Hudson – Mrs Linderhof
  • Satnam Bhogal – Counter Clerk
  • Ellie James – Student 1
  • Moses Adejimi – Student 2
  • Assay Hagos – Student 3
  • Shalisha James-Davis – Student 4
  • Patrick Ness – Writer, Executive Producer
  • Ed Bazalgette – Director
  • Derek Ritchie – Producer
  • Steven Moffat – Executive Producer
  • Brian Minchin – Executive Producer



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