During Russell T Davies' run of Doctor Who we had not one but two separate spinoff shows in the form of Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
During the Steven Moffat era? Bupkis. Nada. Zip. You want Who? It's the main series or bust.
Well, that's all set to change ...
Yes, it's true, while some fans fantasized about David Tennant and Billie Piper returning (bless the sweet summer children who thought this) or thought we'd be getting introduced to the Doctor's new companion, the reality is much more interesting. Author of The Rest of Us Just Live Here Patrick Ness has been tapped to write a YA series set in Coal Hill school and called, simply, Class.
The eight 45-minute episodes will be filmed in spring 2016 and air later the same year. Other YA series mentioned in the press release (just to give us an idea what the series might be like), Hunger Games and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, set a high standard indeed. Of course, I might say that Doctor Who has been Doctor Who meets Buffy since 2005, but never mind me ...
One person who seems thrilled at the news is Doctor Who showrunner Steve Moffat, who said, "No one has documented the dark and exhilarating world of the teenager like Patrick Ness, and now we're bringing his brilliant storytelling into Doctor Who. This is growing up in modern Britain -- but with monsters!" Of course, this may be in part due to those pesky rumors that there shan't be another season of Doctor Who in 2016.
No one could possibly be happier than Patrick Ness himself. "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. I can't wait for people to meet the heroes of Class, to meet the all-new villains and aliens, to remember that the horrors of the darkest corners of existence are just about on par with having to pass your A-Levels."
Oh, and in case you were wondering the same thing I was, no, Clara Oswald will not be part of Class.
So, going to bed, but: 1. Not the casting director, sorry. 2. Yes, it will definitely air in America. 3. No, no Clara. 4. That's it for now.— Patrick Ness (@Patrick_Ness) October 1, 2015
So there you have it -- a brand-new Doctor Who spinoff series with all-new talent involved. Once you're over the "But no David and Billie" blues, go ahead and lay it on me -- you down for Who to spin you right round, baby?