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Doctor Who Is Getting a New Teen-Cast Spinoff, Class. Because You LOVE the School Scenes

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Hope you liked all those scenes of Clara in the classroom, because in what I presume is an effort by the BBC to get the most usage out of the school sets they already built and paid for, you’re getting a whole series out of Coal Hill School.

Class is a YA series set in contemporary London. 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.

Steven Moffat says, “No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we’re bringing his brilliant story-telling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain – but with monsters!”

I’m not familiar with Patrick Ness, but he is apparently known for a series of books called Chaos Walking, about a world where all women are dead, and all men and animals have audible thoughts. This seems contrary to our notion of “YA” as predominantly female-centric, but I will say it sounds more interesting than many of Moffat’s ideas.

I presume it’s unlikely Jenna Coleman will be a regular.

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Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.) Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist