BBC announces new ‘Doctor Who’ spinoff series

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As if all of time and space wasn’t enough, it looks like the world of Doctor Who will soon be getting even bigger!

BBC announced on October 1 that Who showrunner Steven Moffat, executive producer Brian Minchin, and author Patrick Ness will be developing a new spinoff of the sci-fi giant titled Class. Composed of eight 45-minute episodes, the series will revolve around teenage life at the show’s iconic Coal Hill School, where “incredible dangers are breaking through the walls of time and space.”

Ness, a prominent young adult author with two Carnegie Medals under his belt, will be taking the reins of the show, and he’s nothing short of excited about it. “I’m astounded and thrilled to be entering the Doctor Who universe, which is as vast as time and space itself. There’s so much room there for all kinds of amazing stories, and to work with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin to find a place to tell one of my own has been an absolute joy.”

Class will be the third spinoff from the 52-year-old show: The Sarah Jane Adventures, starring the titular classic Who companion played by Elisabeth Sladen, aired from 2007 to 2011, while Torchwood, focused on the reboot’s occasional companion Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, ran similarly from 2006 to 2011. 

The show will begin production early 2016, with a projected premiere later in the year. Meanwhile, Doctor Who’s ninth series, starring Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and soon-departing companion Jenna Coleman, is currently airing on BBC and BBC America on Saturdays.