‘Doctor Who’ spin-off ‘Class’ will air on BBC One after online debut

We’ve had lots of messages asking if Class will get a traditional television broadcast in the UK.

The new eight-part Doctor Who spin-off, created by YA author Patrick Ness, began filming in Cardiff in April and will premiere on BBC Three this autumn.

BBC Three became an online-only channel earlier this year, meaning that viewers need an internet connection to watch the channel’s content on BBC iPlayer.

However, Class writer Patrick Ness has previously confirmed plans for the show to air on BBC One following its debut on BBC Three.

He revealed: “Btw, plan is, Class airs on BBC3 online, then on BBC1, at which point the new episode of Class hits BBC3.”

He added: “It’s cool.”

Class cast

Class will air in the US on BBC America later this year.

The BBC’s synopsis for Class reads: “Like all sixth formers, these four Coal Hill School students have hidden secrets and desires. They are facing their own worst fears, navigating a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence.

“Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who Universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. All the time travelling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow.

“Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves, Class is coming.”

Class Vivian Oparah

The show’s cast includes Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah as four Sixth Formers, with Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street) playing a “powerful” teacher at Coal Hill School and Doctor Who actor Nigel Betts reprising the role of Mr Armitage.

Peter Capaldi is also believe to have filmed a cameo role in Class as the Doctor.

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The new season of Doctor Who begins filming soon and will air on BBC One in spring 2017.

> Here’s everything we know so far about Season 10.

Are you looking forward to Class? Let us know below…

  • Mat Greenfield

    Based on what, admittedly little, information we have so far, I’m pretty sure Class won’t be my cup of tea. But that’s OK, I’ll give it a fair shot but even if it’s not to my taste it’s going to appeal to some corner of fandom so that’s never a bad thing.

    Go enjoy your YA spin-off and have fun! I’ll be off in the corner listening to Big Finish, let me know when you want picking up. We’ll get McDonalds on the way back.