Doctor Who is considered a classic British show, with the BBC’s resurrection of the series leading to a whole new generation of Whovians watching the show in eager anticipation. While the series is on hiatus for a year (with people still waiting for the news about the next companion), more details have been announced about the Doctor Who spin-off, Class.
Class is not the first Doctor Who spin-off, with series like Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures exploring the lives of the doctors companions after their interactions with the Doctor. It’s been known for a while that Class will target a younger audience, with the show set in Coal Hill school, a scene that Whovians from the older generation will recognise from back in 1963.
The official teaser for the show starts with a simple description that just makes us wish it was already on our TV’s:
What if your planet was massacred and you were the sole survivor?
What if a legendary figure out of space and time found you a place to hide?
But what if the things that want to kill you have tracked you down?
And worst of all, what if you haven’t studied for your exams…?
With everything from family, friends, school work, and the everyday issues that being a teenager throws at you meeting with interplanetary secrets and dark mysteries the fate of the very world may, in fact, rest with, and end, with a bunch of teenagers.
With newcomers Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah starring alongside their soon to be teacher played by Katherine Kelly, an actress well-known for her roles in Coronation street and Happy Valley, as they fight to save the world and their grades from aliens.
Does any of this sound familiar? While many may think Power Rangers, executive producer Steven Moffat has a different opinion on what the show could be like. “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”. That’s right, Steven Moffat himself has compared the show to a “British Buffy”, something that can only be seen as the highest of praise from fans on both Buffy and Doctor Who.
I don’t know about you but I am excited to see how the series comes out, with it airing on BBC Three in the UK and BBC America within the US, we only have to wait on time now.