Story hints revealed for BBC Three’s ‘Doctor Who’ spin-off ‘Class’

The first official storyline teasers for BBC Three’s Class have been released.

The new eight-part Doctor Who spin-off, created by YA author Patrick Ness, began filming in Cardiff last month.

Set in contemporary London, Class will premiere later this year on BBC Three in the UK and on BBC America in the US.

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 cast

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.

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Season 10 is expected to begin filming this month 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…

  • russell

    “WHAH??!” I don’t belieeeve it! Help me out here CULTBOX- offer this up for discussion guys. Has nobody else noticed PEARL’S back? In the whole of the Whoniverse?? What’s on it? A clue perhaps to her character’s identity?
    I’m talkin’ of the yellow question mark (?) – and the letter i next to it. You’ll find it on the picture of Bill and the Doctor with their backs to the camera….at 0.57 seconds of the ” Meet Pearl Mackie” interview. They’re on the bottom left hand corner of her jacket( next to the pocket). ARE we being told that Bill’s full name, begins with an ” i ” ? Isobel for example. Is Bill a young woman with a name like IsoBEL Williams?

    • Mat Greenfield

      Costume department found a denim jacket that just happened to have a pattern on it. You shouldn’t try to reach that far, you’ll hurt yourself.

      • russell

        Possibly, Mat- and I appreciate your comment. I may well be reading TOO much into something-and am quite happy to be proved wrong:because I do not take myself too seriously. However, I feel that with closer inspection, others will agree that what I am refering to, is not simply some casual oversight-but something of intent. The lettering on the back of the jacket is not some random pattern as you suggest. The issue which I am raising, is whether the lettering is designed to MEAN something.And I suspect that it does…Bill’s “LOOK” will have been considered- and for the promo applied. I believe the taking of the photograph of the two characters with their backs to camera, was deliberate; but of course in a programme about time travel…time will tell…. -” now I’m off to sort out my twisted spleen.”

        • Jessica Cobden

          We’ve been told Bill is a bit of a geek. Her WoW! logo is Pop Art. 1950’s onwards. Washed out denim and black leggings are very 80’s.
          The writing you have noticed is a comic font. Again Pop Art in style- and the i, you mention is probably an upside down question mark!
          The colour of the writing is unusual. Pop Art is bold not subtle.Primary colours etc. Where the writing is placed is also uncommon. In the 80’s – as with now- writing was on the back or the front, or down the arms. Putting it by a pocket is a bit strange.You might have a point by saying its a bit of a tease.

          • russell

            You’re talkin’ about an upside down exclamation mark, Jessica? Hmm, thanks….It has the effect of looking like an ” i ” of course…The 1980’s companion Ace had her name on her back; together with a badge on her jacket showing “1987” : the year she appeared.
            An enlargement of the picture, to clarify the details, would be a cool thing.

    • Wizza

      Who on Earth is Isobel Williams?!

      • russell

        Probably nobody at all Wizza. Just a little harmless speculation on my part…Bill sounding like Isobel…Bill… being short for Williams.

        • russell

          Probably all cobblers on my part – but remember how the Moff played around with the origin of the name River Song.

  • Mat Greenfield

    Is anyone else really worried that some BBC executive originally pitched this as “Doctor Who meets Skins”? It sounds like it’s going to be an SJA format show with the adolescent tone of early Torchwood and holy hell that is going to be hard to make work.

  • Chris Bale

    Be better if the BBC could make another series of Doctor Who instead of churning out a ‘spin-off’ that’ll probably die it’s death after it’s first season.

    I’ll certainly not be tuning in for this Coal Hill School nonsense, thanks.