Award-winning YA author Patrick Ness, (Chaos Walking trilogy,A Monster Calls) created Class when he was approached to write for Doctor Who. Patrick wanted to explore the effect the Doctor has on the humans who cross his path. “The Doctor’s done things in this school, so what effect does that have on the people he leaves behind? How do they see it?”
Things were still secretive a couple of weeks ago with the announcement that Peter Capaldi would guest star in the first episode, with Patrick saying: “At last, we can tell you a little more about Class! Though there are still many, many secrets to come. Many. Like, a lot. But of COURSE, the Doctor is in episode one! That’s how these things are done. Truly, though, I can’t wait for everyone to see the show; we’ve worked so hard and I’m so proud of it. Soon, soon…”
Patrick has previously written a Doctor Who e-short, Tip of the Tongue.
From left to right: Vivian Oparah as Tanya, Sophie Hopkins as April, Greg Austin (Mr. Selfridge) as Charlie and Fady Elsayed (The Aliens, Penny Dreadful) as Ram.
This is Physics teacher Miss Quill, sans head, played by Katherine Kelly, who had a long roles on Coronation Street and Mr Selfridge and has recently starred in Happy Valley and The Night Manager.
Series regulars will include: Nigel Betts reprising his role as Mr. Armitage from Series 8’s Into the Dalek, The Caretaker and Dark Water, Paul Marc Davis, who has appeared in Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, Jordan Renzo (Chosen, Troubled), Pooky Quesnel (The A Word, Accused). The first two episodes also feature Ben Peel (The Fall, Vampire Academy), Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter, Hollyoaks) and Shannon Murray (The Totally Senseless Gameshow).
Steven Moffat is executive producing, and Ed Bazalgette, who directed The Girl Who Died, The Woman Who Lived and the upcoming Christmas special The Return of Doctor Mysterio, is directing multiple episodes, along with Philippa Langdale (Dickensian), Wayne Yip (Utopia) and Julian Holmes (Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands).
— Class (@bbcclass) October 7, 2016
Class: BBC Three Teaser Trailer
The sixth formers of Coal Hill Academy all have their own secrets and desires. They have to deal with the stresses of everyday life, including friends, parents, school work, sex, and sorrow, but also the horrors that come from time travel. The Doctor and his time-travelling have made the walls of space and time stretch thin, and monsters beyond imagination are planning to break through and wreak havoc upon the Earth.
Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming. Prepare yourselves, Class is coming…
Peter Capaldi is guest starring in Episode One: For Tonight We Might Die. Peter says: “The Doctor Who family is growing, and it’s fantastic to be able to welcome the young new cast of Class in to the Whoniverse.”
The first two episode synopsis have been revealed:
Episode One: For Tonight We Might Die
It’s a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack from the monstrous Shadow Kin, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them.
Charlie, April, Ram and Tanya, assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill, are now charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as ‘The Doctor’: to guard against the creatures of nightmare, who want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.
And this incursion is only the beginning…
Episode 2: The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo
Following the tragic events at the Prom, a devastated Ram isolates himself from the other three as he struggles with his new reality. Desperate to hold himself together on the football pitch, when he thinks he witnesses someone getting skinned alive he’s convinced he’s cracking up.
But when Tanya, Charlie and April are all confronted with the same thing: a horrific, monstrous, skin-peeling dragon, they know that they’re under attack. The gang must pull together to fight against the monster, and try to keep Coal Hill safe.
Class premieres on BBC Three, Saturday 22 October with the first and second episode For Tonight We Might Die and The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo.