Following the news that Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi would be reprising his role as the Twelfth Doctor in the premiere episode of the new spinoff series Class, the BBC has released two video featurettes putting the spotlight on showrunner Patrick Ness and the character of Miss Quill.
Class will be set in Coal Hill School, where Clara Oswald was a teacher. But the school has a long history with Doctor Who, the fictional setting’s first appearance being in the first episode of the series, “An Unearthly Child,” which aired in November 1963.
The series will take place in modern-day London and center on four high school students named Charlie (Greg Austin), April (Sophie Hopkins), Ram (Fady Elsayed) and Tanya (Vivian Oparah), as well as their physics teacher, Miss Quill (Katherine Kelly). Together they try to protect our Big Blue Planet against unearthly threats.
Four Coal Hill School students who have hidden secrets and desires, navigate a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence. Fear is coming, tragedy is coming, war is coming.
In the first featurette, Patrick Ness (who is a well-known Young Adult writer) talks about how he was brought on board the series as writer and showrunner, explaining that when they offered to set the Who spinoff at Coal Hill School, “I just started lighting up. I thought, being able to look at the Doctor Who universe from a different perspective, I would find that interesting.”
The second featurette introduces us to Miss Quill and features video interviews with Ness and Kelly. We also get to see Miss Quill with a very strange gun with a bit that glows blue. Could it be Sonic?
Class will premiere on BBC Three on Oct. 22. There’s no official date for the series’ North American premiere just yet, but it will air in 2017 alongside its parent series Doctor Who.