Young adult author Patrick Ness, best known for the Chaos Trilogy, Monsters of Men and A Monster Calls, will make the transition for television writer next year, running point on a new Doctor Who spin-off aimed at teens. The series, called Class, will be set in a contemporary London high-school.
The first series will consist of eight 45-minute episodes, which will premiere in 2016.
“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 A-levels,” joked Patrick Nesss.
The BBC offers this short description of the series: “Incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space, and with darkness coming, London is unprotected. With all the action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA fiction (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Hunger Games), this is Coal Hill School and Doctor Who like you’ve never seen them before.”
Coal Hill School, of course, has a long history with the series, most recently as the school where the current companion Clara Oswald teaches.
No casting details have yet been announced. Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat will serve as an executive producer.